The Queensland Youth Symphony is widely recognised as a world-class youth orchestra and is the leading ensemble of Queensland Youth Orchestras.  QYS performs an annual concert series with a focus on works from the late 19th and 20th centuries and by contemporary Australian composers. Throughout its 50-year history, QYS has toured and performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally in twelve overseas tours. Past members of QYS are active in Australia and abroad as soloists, teachers, chamber musicians and members of major symphony orchestras. In December 2017, QYS is touring to China and Germany.

QYS INFORMATION
• 100-member symphony orchestra 
• Standard professional orchestral repertoire 
• Conductor: John Curro AM MBE (since 1966)
• Rehearsals: Saturday 9.00am-12.45pm at the Old Museum Building (some Sunday mornings if required)
• Sectional tutorials: one weekend per concert plus more if required by section leaders or tutors

ELIGIBILITY
• Min. AMEB Grade 8 (guide only)  
• Flute & clarinet min. AMEB AMusA (guide only)
• Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2018: 25 years

INSTRUMENTS
• Violin 1 (16), violin 2 (16), viola (14), cello (12), double bass (10)
• Flute (2), piccolo (1), oboe (2), cor anglais (1)
• Clarinet Bb & A (2), bass clarinet (1), bassoon (2), contrabassoon (1) 
• French horn (5), trumpet (3), trombone (2), bass trombone (1), tuba (1)
• Timpani (1), percussion (3)

 

Conductor John Curro AM MBE

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.

In 2012 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 Gothichas yet received and perhaps the most accurate to date…”. With QYS, Mr Curro conducted the ResurrectionSymphony 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 2012, he conducted the Queensland Youth Symphony during its 12th international tour with critically acclaimed concerts in Germany, Austraia, France, Singapore and Malaysia. 

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.

 

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Touring

QYS has performed throughout Australia and internationally during twelve 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

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.

QYS will tour again in 2017 performing concerts across China and Germany.

 

2017 Queensland Youth Symphony’s Concert Series

The Queensland Youth Orchestras presents the 2017 season of the Queensland Youth Symphony.

Find out more here