Queensland Symphony Orchestra unveils QSO Academy Program – Australia’s best of the best young musicians headed to Queensland

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra continues to make music history, and this time, it’s about securing the future.

Introducing the Orchestra’s seven inaugural QSO Academy Program Musicians – Isabella Geeves (trumpet), Kevin Hsu (violin) and William Elvin (percussion and timpani ) from Queensland; Ella Beard (viola) from South Australia, Daniel Chiou (cello) and Samuel Nock (double bass) from Victoria, and Runa Murase (violin) from Western Australia.

“These seven magnificent young musicians will join QSO in July through to December for our first Academy Program, an exciting new annual scholarship and training program hosted in partnership with Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the University of Queensland,” said QSO Chief Executive Yarmila Alfonzetti.

“We are thrilled to announce the program and the musicians who are set to make history with us, while ensuring the future of classical music in this country becomes even more secure.”

“The QSO Academy Program lays the groundwork for aspiring pre-professional musicians to step into an orchestral career through an intense program including masterclasses and lessons with globally renowned artists, mentorship from QSO musicians, and the opportunity to play in chamber and orchestral performances, including mainstage, opera and ballet productions and regional programs.”

“In partnership with Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCQU) and the University of Queensland (UQ), this Program will further develop the technical skills already present from high-level tertiary study, as well as provide insights into career management and preparation for auditions – helping to develop sustainable and rewarding careers for musicians.”

“The QSO recognises its essential role in developing the next generation of instrumentalists, especially where the participants can grow into the future permanent musicians of the Orchestra.”

Two rigorous rounds of auditions were held to select the seven students who represent the best from across the country, set to commence with the QSO in July.

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