Alumni 2000s – 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
Ben Adler Violin 2001 – 2003 Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist 2016
Jonathan Békés Cello 2009 – 2013 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; also Clarendon Trio; Australian World Orchestra Academy Player 2016; 
Mitchell Berick Clarinet 2002 Principal Bass Clarinet, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Josef Bisits Double Bass 2006 & 2007 Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Julia Brooke French Horn 2005 & 2008 West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Chris Cartlidge Viola 2007 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, 2017 Australian World Orchestra  
Tom  Chawner Viola 2007 Orava String Quartet.  Currently Quartet-in-Residence with Camerata, Queensland. Recently signed with Deutsche Grammophon Australia, first CD released February 2018
Meg Cohen Violin 2000 – 2014 Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Joseph Cohen Viola 2001 – 2013 Sydney Symphony Fellow 2017
Michelle Forbes Oboe 2003 – 2007 General Manager, Tasmanian Youth Orchestra
Matthew  Greco Violin 2003 & 2004 Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; also member of the Australian Haydn Ensemble and Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Benjamin Hanlon Double Bass 2006 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Aurora Henrich Double Bass 2009 & 2011 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra 
Huw Jones Oboe 2002 Principal Oboe, Queensland Symphony Orchestra; 2018 Australian World Orchestra
Hugh Kluger Double Bass 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniel  Kowalik Violin 2006 & 2007 Orava String Quartet.  Currently Quartet-in-Residence with Camerata, Queensland; Recently signed with Deutsche Grammophon Australia, first CD released February 2018
Karol Kowalik Cello 2007 Orava String Quartet.  Currently Quartet-in-Residence with Camerata, Queensland; Recently signed with Deutsche Grammophon Australia, first CD released February 2018
Kate Lawson Flute 2002 & 2004 Principal Piccolo, Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Bethan  Lillicrap Cello 2006 Sydney Symphony Fellow 2016
Francesco lo Surdo French Horn 2000  – 2007 West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Matthew  Manchester Trumpet 2003 – 2005 Australian Brandenburg Orchestra 
James Menzies Double Bass 2004, 2005 & 2007 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Jackie  Newcomb (nee Hansen) Bassoon 2001 – 2006 Principal Contrabassoon, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Andrew  Nissen Trombone 2008 & 2009 Sydney Symphony Fellow 2016
Bridget O’Connell Violin 2009 Sydney Symphony Fellow 2017
Liisa Pallandi Violin 2004 & 2005, 2007, 2010 Australian Chamber Orchestra; 2011 Australian World Orchestra
Heath  Parkinson French Horn 2006 Principle Third Horn, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Casey Rippon French Horn 2001 & 2002 Bavarian State Opera, Munich; 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Australian World Orchestra
David Rowden Clarinet 2000 & 2001 Founder & Artistic Director of Sydney Omega Ensemble
Rainer Saville Trumpet 2005 Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Adam  Szabo Cello 2005 – 2007 Founder & Managing Director of Manchester Collective; 2011 & 2016 Australian World Orchestra
Toby Thatcher   Oboe 2004 – 2010 Formerly Assistant Conductor, Sydney Symphony Orchestra 2016 & 2017; currently freelance based in London
Susan Thatcher (nee Scott) French Horn 2004 Program Coordinator, Australian National Academy of Music
Ben Tjoa Violin 2007 – 2014 Sydney Symphony Fellow 2016
Gabriel van Aalst Violin 2001 – 2008 President & CEO of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, USA
Jack  Ward Cello 2003 – 2007 Penny Quartet; Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist 2017
Benjamin Ward Double Bass 2004 & 2007 Sydney Symphony Orchestra


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