“A great orchestra uplifts the sounds of the every day, beckoning people to share the exaltation of great music.”
- Johannes Fritzsch, Conductor Laureate, Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Queensland Symphony Orchestra is renowned for its high quality, breath-taking performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of all musical tastes, interests and ages.
As the largest performing arts company in Queensland employing 88 full-time musicians and the state’s only professional symphony orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra plays a vital role in Queensland’s cultural community, giving over 157 live performances across 47 weeks each year to more than 1.6 million people.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s annual season attracts high-profile international and national artists featuring repertoire from Beethoven to the Proms, and special events such as the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular and Journey through the Cosmos with Professor Brian Cox.
Located principally in Brisbane, each year the Orchestra also undertakes a regional tour delivering a free community engagement program and conducts an extensive state-wide education program that connects with 30,000 students, from pre-school to university level.
The Orchestra also presents innovative corporate workshops engaging the business sector to think outside of the box about leadership and team work.
In addition to its own program, Queensland Symphony Orchestra performs for major arts festivals, direct broadcasts and recordings, and supports state and national opera and ballet companies.
"They were very prepared for the first rehearsal, top-class. I was deeply impressed, it sounded like we had had so much rehearsal, so I think it is going to be a great concert."
Lang Lang, 2016
“The conductor for the evening was Mexican Alondra de la Parra, who Placido Domingo has described as 'an extraordinary conductor'. In the second work on the programme, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Orchestral Suite, she showed her skills not just in the guiding of the orchestra, she became part of the orchestra, responding to the music with some balletic qualities.”
John Daly-Peoples - NBR, 29 May 2015 (QSO, Alondra & Sergio)
“Basing my judgement on their recent Mahler performances with Simone Young – the First Symphony in 2014 and, even more spectacularly, the massive Sixth this year – and having heard them under Fritzsch in a couple of operatic performances, I can say that the QSO is now an excellent ensemble: indeed, it is difficult to imagine any other of the Australian orchestras surpassing this most recent Mahlerian achievement.”
John Carmody - Limelight, 14 September 2015 (QSO & Simone Young)
"This was one of the most refreshing, fascinatingly programmed and enjoyable concerts in Brisbane in recent times"
Martin Buzacott - The Australian, 18 March 2014 (Chamber Players: The Soldier’s Tale)
"This exhilarating concert received a well–deserved standing ovation and also set an exacting standard for QSO's future events"
Gillian Wills - The Courier-Mail, 19 February 2014 (Simone Young & Shlomo Mintz)
"When a full house leaves this happy, someone's doing something right"
Martin Buzacott - The Australian, 17 February 2014 (Simone Young & Shlomo Mintz)
"Following on from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, it is gratifying to know that our state orchestra can hold its head high with the best in the world"
Suzannah Conway - The Courier-Mail, 3 December 2013 (QSO with Chen & Fritzsch)
“It is both challenging and rewarding to develop a relationship with an orchestra. I feel that the QSO and I have established a very positive musical communication. I always look forward to working with this excellent orchestra.”
Eivind Aadland, Principal Guest Conductor 2012
“It’s a first-rate orchestra: incredibly quick and very expressive and musical. I felt very supported; it was a real dialogue I could have with the orchestra. It was a fantastic concert and I’m so happy it’s happening again.”
Sergio Tiempo, pianist - Brisbane News 28 March 2012