Queensland Youth Symphony (QYS)
The Queensland Youth Symphony is widely recognised as a world-class youth orchestra and is the leading ensemble of Queensland Youth Orchestras. The orchestra enhanced its reputation during the 2012 international tour to Asia and Europe, earning much praise from audience members and critics, and many standing ovations during the ten-concert tour.
QYS performs an annual concert series at the QPAC and Old Museum Concert Halls, and entertains audiences with music from the baroque to modern periods, with a focus on works from the late 19th and 20th centuries, and by contemporary Australian composers.
The main works in 2013 include Mahler’s 5th Symphony, Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet Suite No.2 and Britten’s War requiem. Please find the complete repertoire here.
Photos from Mahler 5
Saturday 1 June 7pm - QPAC Concert Hall
Wilfred Lehmann - Moti Perpetuo
Piotr I Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1
Soloist: Quang Hong Luu
Serge Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 2
Tickets and subscriptions for the QYS 2013 Concert Series are now available here.
QYS has performed throughout Australia and internationally during eleven overseas tours (Europe, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand) to much critical acclaim.
The orchestra enhanced its reputation during the 2012 international tour to Asia and Europe, earning much praise from audience members and critics, and many standing ovations during the ten-concert tour. Concert destinations included Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Linz (Austria), Strasbourg (France), and German cities Worms, Frankenthal, Stuttgart, Ehingen and Bamberg. Read more about the tour here
In 2008, QYS toured to Germany, France, Austria and Italy giving concerts in Mannheim, Speyer, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Bouxwiller, Scherwiller, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Bamberg, Ancona, Sulmona and Rome. In 2004, QYS toured to Germany and Italy giving concerts in Ulm, Munich, Bamberg, Würzburg, Florence, Santa Fiora and Tivoli.
QYS regularly hosts visiting international youth orchestras including, in 2012, the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, in 2010, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, in 2009 the Albuquerque Youth Symphony from the US and the Ulm Youth Wind Philharmonic from Germany. In 2007 and 2008, QYO hosted orchestras from Germany (Mannheim and Stuttgart) and Macau.
John Curro AM MBE is both the founder and Director of Music for Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO), conducting the Queensland Youth Symphony since its beginning in 1966. He is in demand as a conductor and tutor for professional and youth orchestras and festivals.
Last year, Mr Curro conducted Havergal Brian’s Symphony No. 1 The Gothic, for the first ever performance in 30 years and the first performance outside the UK. Writing in the Havergal Brian Society Newsletter of December 2010, Malcolm Mc Donald wrote: “… it was as vivid and powerful a reading as the Gothic has yet received and perhaps the most accurate to date…”. With QYS, Mr Curro conducted the Resurrection Symphony by Gustav Mahler in a remarkable performance with Judith Henley (Soprano), Anne Fulton (Mezzo Soprano), the Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Choir and the Brisbane Chorale.
In 2009, he was conductor of the Bishop Orchestra at the Victorian State Music Camp and guest conductor at the Tasmanian Conservatorium and Brisbane Philharmonic (also in 2010 and 2011) orchestras. In 2008, he conducted the Queensland Youth Symphony during its 11th international tour with critically acclaimed concerts in Germany, France and Italy.
Mr Curro has conducted many of Australia’s professional orchestras as well as many opera and ballet seasons in Australia. His guest conducting appearances include the London Virtuosi, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian and Bavarian Youth Orchestra, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Throughout his distinguished career, Mr Curro has received many prestigious awards including Member of the Order of Australia and Member of the British Empire. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University, Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow award, the Australian Music Centre (Qld) Award, the Don Banks Music Award, the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award, the Orchestras Australia Lifetime Achievement award and the Queensland Premier’s Millenium Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Past QYS repertoire
In 2011, QYS performed
|Johannes Brahms||Violin Concerto in D major (Soloist Kristian Winther)|
|Samuel Dickenson||Scherzo - World Premiere|
|Claude Debussy||Images - Iberia|
|Edouard Lalo||Symphonie Espagnol (Soloist Lily Higson-Spence)|
|Maurice Ravel||Daphnis & Chloe - Suite No. 2|
|Ottorino Respighi||Ancient Airs & Dances - Suite No. 3|
|Serge Prokofiev||The Love for Three Oranges Symphonic Suite|
|Camille Saint-Saens||Symphony No. 3 - Organ Symphony|
|Robert Schumann||Cello Concerto in A minor (Soloist Dan Curro)|
|Igor Stravinsky||The Rite of Spring|
|Pyotr Tchaikovsky||Variations on a Rococo Theme (Soloist Stephanie Stamopoulos)|
|Pyotr Tchaikovsky||Violin Concerto in D major (Soloist Wendy Kong)|
|Joseph Twist||Pop Culture Parody - World Premiere|
|Allan Zavod||Oboe Concerto - World Premiere (Soloist Diana Doherty)|
In 2010, QYS performed
|Bach||Concerto for two harps and orchestra BWV 1060|
|Dickenson||Romance for Chamber Strings - World Premiere|
|Elgar||Symphony No 2|
|Gustav Mahler||Symphony No2 in C Minor - Resurrection|
|Haydn||Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major|
|Mahler||Symphony No 5, 3rd movement|
|Malecki||Concertino in an Ancient Style|
|Prokofiev||Violin Concerto No 2 in G minor|
|Respighi||Pines of Rome-The Pines of the Appian Way|
|Shostakovich||Symphony No. 6 op. 54, B minor, 3rd movement|
|Sibelius||Violin Concerto in D minor|
|Wieniawski||Violin Concerto No 2 in D minor|
In 2009, QYS performed
|Arr. Ian McKinley||The Lord is My Shepherd|
|Beethoven||Egmont Overture, op. 84|
|Bernstein arr Mason||West Side Story: Selections for Orchestra|
|Brahms||Symphony no. 2 in D major|
|Butterworth||A Shropshire Lad|
|Debussy||Nocturnes 1 & 2 (Nuages & Fetes)|
|Haydn||Cello Concerto in C major|
|Lutoslawski||Concerto for Orchestra|
|Prokofiev||Cinderella Suite no. 2|
|Shostakovich||Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor|
|Strauss||Radetzky March, op. 228|
|Tchaikovsky||Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor|
|Tchaikovsky||Variations on a Rococo Theme|
Watch the Queensland Youth Symphony conducted by John Curro play the 2nd movement of Mahler’s First Symphony: