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Peter Morrison

Peter Morrison

Cello – Danish National Symphony Orchestra

“There’s a huge amount of Australian talent on the seats and podiums of many wonderful music institutions overseas and at home. Forming a conglomerate of this talent into an explosion of sound on home soil is a dream that can, and ought to be realised for musicians and audiences alike. This is an excellent concept and initiative.”

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Lecturer in Cello – University of Queensland

“I know playing with the AWO is going to be an amazing experience and I can’t wait for it to start. It will be such a fantastic opportunity for interaction between Australian musicians who are based in different places all over the world. What a thrill!”

Robert Nairn

Robert Nairn

Professor of Double Bass – Melbourne Conservatorium of Music; Juilliard

“What a wonderful and long overdue idea! I am very much looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends again and feel honoured to be a part of this great endeavour. It’s going to be very exciting and a lot of fun.”

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Howard Penny

Howard Penny

Cello – Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Former Principal – Vienna Chamber Orchestra; Professor of Cello -Australian National Academy of Music

“It’s a terrific idea and I’d love to be part of it. Bringing everyone together in Australia will be an absolute blast!”

Shannon Pittaway

Shannon Pittaway

Principal Bass Trombone – New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Australian Brass Quintet

“I am very excited and humbled to be part of this remarkable vision. I know that this concept has been a dream of Australian musicians around the world for many years and the energy, excitement and enthusiasm for this project will be incredibly inspiring.”

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Casey Rippon

Casey Rippon

Horn – Bayerische Staatsoper; Lecturer Horn – University of Augsburg

“It’s a great opportunity to show Australia and the rest of the world that there is more to Australia than Kangaroos, Koalas and Sport, and that the Arts is worthy of more support. I really can’t wait to be a part of it!”

Casey was our July 2014 “Player of the Month”. FULL BIO

Sophie Rowell

Sophie Rowell

Concertmaster – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“What a fantastic concept! An exciting musical experience we’re so looking forward to being a part of.”

Fiona Sargeant

Fiona Sargeant

Associate Principal Viola – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“What a great idea! A long time overdue and what a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues.”

Claire Sterling

Claire Sterling

Co-Principal Second Violin – English National Opera; Former Principal Second Violin – Scottish Chamber Orchestra

“Having spent 14 years in the UK, I relish the prospect of returning to Australia to perform with these inspiring musicians. I am proud to be a part of such an exciting and ground-breaking project.”