Alumni 1980s – Where are they now?

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Since 1973 SYO has been an engine room of excellence, produced some of Australia’s finest musicians and educators, and built a community of classical music lovers. Many SYO Alumni go on to professional jobs in orchestras in Australia and overseas. Indeed, many of Australia’s professional orchestras and ensembles wouldn’t exist without the specialised training SYO provides.

First Name Last Name Instrument Years In SYO Currently
Philip  Arkinstall Clarinet 1987 – 1994 Associate Principal Clarinet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; 2015 Australian World Orchestra
Ani  Aznavoorian Cello 1987 Principal Cello, Camerata Pacifica, USA
Melissa Barnard Cello 1980 – 1985 Australian Chamber Orchestra;
Andrew Barnes Bassoon 1987 – 1992 New Sydney Wind Quintet; Senior Lecturer, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Kirsty Beilharz Violin 1986 & 1987 Award winning composer. Formerly Professor of Music, Sonification & Interaction Design, University of Technology, Sydney. As at April 2018:  Director of Music Engagement HammondCare Learning and Research Centre & Visiting Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK 
Diane Berger Flute 1987 – 1990 Principal Piccolo, Opera Australia Orchestra
Brigid Bolliger Flute 1982 – 1985 New Sydney Wind Quintet (founding member); founder and Artistic Director of Sydney Chamber Music Festival
Mark Bruwel Oboe 1980 & 1981  Opera Australia Orchestra
Paul Champion Clarinet 1986 – 1988 Principal Clarinet, Orchestra Victoria; 2015 Australian World Orchestra
Myee Clohessy Violin 1984 – 1987 Founding member of the Acacia Quartet
Susan Collins Violin 1984 Coordinator of Strings & Orchestral Music, Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania; freelance violinist 
Virginia Comerford Viola 1983 – 1987 Principal Viola,  Opera Australia Orchestra; 2016 Australian World Orchestra
Matthew Coorey French Horn 1986 – 1995 Freelance Conductor based in the UK.  The orchestras Matthew has conducted include the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra to name but a few.  Matthew made his debut at the BBC Proms conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  The Sydney Youth Orchestra’s final 2016 concert in November will be conducted by Matthew and we are delighted that he will be returning in 2017 to conduct the SYO once again. 
Lucinda Cran Bassoon 1980 – 1981 Principal Bassoon, Orchestra Victoria
Rosemary Curtin Viola 1981 – 1989 Sydney Symphony Orchestra; 2011, 2015, 2016 & 2018 Australian World Orchestra
Tania Davis Violin 1983 – 1987 First Violin in ‘Bond’ Electric String Quartet, based in the UK
Nick Deutsch Oboe 1988 & 1989 Former Solo Oboe, Frankfurt Opera, Germany; former Solo Oboe, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hungary; 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Australian World Orchestra.  Also Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music and Professor of Oboe, Hochschule für Musik – Felix Mendelsohnn Bartholdy, Leipzig 
Grant Dickson Oboe 1980 & 1981 Lecturer in Oboe, Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide
Sarah Dunn Violin 1984 – 1986 Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Rachel Easton Violin 1986 – 1995  Opera Australia Orchestra
Madeleine Easton Violin 1986 – 1996 Artistic Director, Bach Akademie Australia; former Leader, The Hanover Band, UK; also 2013, 2015 & 2016 Australian World Orchestra
James Eccles Violin & Viola 1986 – 1994 Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; also member of the Australian Haydn Ensemble and Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Douglas Eyre Bassoon 1982 & 1983  Opera Australia Orchestra
Anna Hansen Violin 1989 Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (viola)
Alex Henery Double Bass 1985 Principal Double Bass, Sydney Symphony Orchestra; 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2016 Australian World Orchestra
Kirsty Hilton Violin 1984 – 1993 Co-Principal 2nd Violins, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, also Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Europe; 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Australian World Orchestra 
Luisa Hyams Violin 1986 – 1993 Assistant Principal, 2nd Violins, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Deborah Lander Viola 1981 Assistant Professor, Viola, College of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky
Prem Love Flute 1987 – 2000 Head of Woodwind, Orange Regional Conservatorium
Eszter Mikes-Liu Cello 1985 – 1987 Associate Principal Cello,  Opera Australia Orchestra
Simon Murphy Viola 1981  – 1989 Founding Director & Conductor of The New Dutch Academy, The Hague.  Also freelance conductor and solo violist with a special focus on music of the 18th and early 19th centuries. 
Guy  Noble Piano 1984 Freelance conductor, ABC announcer, presenter for SYO (2013)
Geoffrey O’Reilly French Horn 1987 – 1989 Principal 3rd Horn, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Jennifer Penno Double Bass 1982 – 1985 Opera Australia Orchestra
Veronique Serrett Violin 1983, 1984 & 1986 Ensemble Offspring
Kirsten Shlomowitz (nee Le Strange) Violin 1984 – 1993 Sub-principal, 2nd Violins, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, UK
Leanne  Sullivan Violin & Trumpet 1984 (violin) & 1985 – 1987 (trumpet) Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Scott  Taggart Violin 1983 String Co-ordinator, Wollongong Conservatorium of Music
Andrew Tait Double Bass 1984 West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Warwick Tyrrell Trombone 1983 & 1984 Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Andra Ulrichs Viola 1981 – 1985 Basel Symphony Orchestra; 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2018 Australian World Orchestra
Greg van der Struik Trombone 1986 & 1987 Principal Trombone,  Opera Australia Orchestra
Antony  Walker Cello 1984 & 1985 Artistic Director & Conductor, Washington Concert Opera; Music Director, Pittsburgh Opera; Music Director, Cantillation; Conductor Emeritus, Pinchgut Opera; founding Artistic Director of the Orchestra of the Antipodes  (Notes: (1) conducted SYO performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah on 14 & 15 Sept, 1996 – see Program History) (2) New York Metropolitan Opera conducting debut Orfeo ed Eurydice in 2011; conducting New York Metropolitan Opera production of The Magic Flute in Dec 2016/Jan 2017
Allan Watson Percussion 1985 Associate Principal Timpani, Opera Australia Orchestra
David  Wickham Cello 1984 & 1985 Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Lyn Williams Harp 1980, 1984 & 1986 Artistic Director, Sydney Children’s Choir
Asmira Woodward-Page Violin 1982 – 1983 Concertmaster, Strings Orchestra of New York City; 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Australian World Orchestra
Marianne  Yeomans Violin, Viola 1989  – 1995 Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (viola) and the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Yvonne Zammit Violin 1988 & 1989 Director, External Relations, Sydney Symphony Orchestra


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