Alumni 1990s – 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
Alex Bieri Trumpet 1996 – 2000 Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Lauren Brigden Viola 1996 & 1997 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; 2015, 2016 & 2017 Australian World Orchestra
Elizabeth Chee Oboe 1993 – 1998 Associate Principal Oboe, West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Jacqueline Dossor Double Bass 1998 – 2000 Australian Haydn Ensemble; also Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Guy du Blêt Percussion 1996 & 1997 Orchestra Victoria
Thomas Dundas Violin 1998  Opera Australia Orchestra
Claire Edwardes Percussion 1995 – 1997 Artistic Director & Percussionist, Ensemble Offspring; Casual Lecturer, Percussion & Composition, Sydney Conservatorium of Music; 2011 & 2013 Australian World Orchestra
Christopher Emerson Violin/Viola 1990 – 1996 Hallé Orchestra, UK (viola)
Nicole Forsyth Viola 1991 – 1994 Casual Lecturer in Historical Viola, Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Alison Frilingos Cello 1992  – 1997 Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Volksoper Vienna, Austria; member of Darian Trio; 2015 & 2016 Australian World Orchestra
Anita Gluyas Cello 1996 – 1998 Salut! Baroque; Bach Akademie Australia; Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Philip Green Clarinet 1995 – 1997 Associate Principal Clarinet,  Opera Australia Orchestra; 2016 Australian World Orchestra
Lisa Grosman Violin 1991 – 1995 Viola teacher, Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash University.  Formerly Irish Chamber Orchestra and 2011, 2013 & 2015 (viola) Australian World Orchestra
Neela Hetzel de Fonseka (nee de Fonseka) Viola 1995 – 2000 Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin; 2013 Australian World Orchestra
Neela Hetzel de Fonseka (nee de Fonseka) Violin 1995 – 2000 Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin; 2013 Australian World Orchestra
Andrew Howes Violin 1999 – 2005 & 2010 Graduate, Royal College of Music, London; currently studying for a Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, New York. Andrew’s composition Cathedra was given its world premiere at the City Recital Hall by the Sydney Youth Orchestra on 28 March 2015
Hayley Järvi (nee Reid) Flute 1994  – 2001 Absolute Ensemble, New York
Adam Jeffrey Percussion 1998 – 2002 Principal Percussion, Estonian National Opera Orchestra
Roslyn Jorgensen Trombone 1999 Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Naoko Keatley (nee Miyamoto)  Violin 1991  – 1999 London Symphony Orchestra, 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2017 Australian World Orchestra
Francis Kefford Viola 1996  – 2000 Leondari Ensemble, UK; Director, Saronic Chamber Music Festival, Greece
Matthew  Larsen Clarinet 1995 & 1996 Sub-principal Clarinet, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Emily Long Violin 1991  – 2001 Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Gary McGibbon Tuba 1997 & 1998 Lecturer, Classical Tuba, Elder Conservatorium of Music
Fiona McNamara Bassoon 1990 & 1991 Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Anya Muston Violin 1995 – 1999 First Violins, BBC Philharmonic
Timothy Nankervis Cello 1990 – 1993 Sydney Symphony Orchestra, also Seraphim Trio; 2015, 2016 & 2018 Australian World Orchestra
Monica Naselow (nee Grosman) Violin 1992 – 1994 Former violin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; now Concertmaster &  Education/Outreach Officer, Darwin Symphony Orchestra; 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017v& 2018 Australian World Orchestra
Antonio Neilley Menendez de Llano Tuba 1999 – 2006 Solo Tuba, Malmö Opera, Sweden; 2018 Australian World Orchestra
Stephen Newton Double Bass 1997 – 2002 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jason Noble Clarinet 1996 Ensemble Offspring
Alex Norton Violin 1997 – 2002 Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Matthew  Ockenden Bassoon 1993 – 1995 Associate Principal Bassoon, Opera Australia Orchestra; 2011 & 2015 Australian World Orchestra
Martin Penicka Cello 1995 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Tahlia Petrosian Viola 1992 – 1998 Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; also New Bach Collegium Musicum; 2015 & 2017 Australian World Orchestra
David Phillips Double Bass 1995 Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Jane Piper Violin 1991 – 1999 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, 2013 & 2015 Australian World Orchestra
Bianca Porcheddu Violin 1991 – 1994 Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Shefali Pryor Oboe 1995 – 2000 Member of the Board & Chair, Artistic Advisory Committee, Australian Youth Orchestra; Associate Principal Oboe, Sydney Symphony Orchestra & Artistic Director of the SSO’s Vanguard Program; 2015 & 2018 Australian World Orchestra
Guy Ross Clarinet 1995 Chief Operating Officer, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Clare Rowe Cello 1994 – 1997 Hallé Orchestra; 2015 Australian World Orchestra
Emma Sholl Flute 1994 – 1997  Associate Principal Flute, Sydney Symphony Orchestra; 2011, 2013 & 2015 Australian World Orchestra
Greg Stephens Horn 1996 – 2000 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Patrick Suthers Cello 1999 -2001 Canberra Symphony Orchestra
Rixon Thomas Oboe 1990 – 1995 Solo Cor Anglais, Royal Danish Orchestra; AND 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2016 Australian World Orchestra
Jason Tong Violin 1995 – 2005 Camerata of St John’s
Sally Walker Flute 1995 & 1996 Part-time Lecturer in Flute, School of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle; part-time Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind), Canberra School of Music, Australian National University; freelance flautist
Dushan Walkowicz Double Bass 1990 Associate Principal Double Bass, Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Lyndon Watts Bassoon 1992 Former Principal Bassoon, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra; Professor of Bassoon, Berne University of the Arts, Berne; 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Australian World Orchestra
Rachel  Whealy Cello 1990 & 1991 Orchestra Manager, Sydney Symphony Orchestra & Orchestra Manager, Bach Akademie Australia


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