Queensland Youth Symphony
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 52-year history, QYS has toured and performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally in thirteen overseas tours. Past members of QYS are active in Australia and abroad as soloists, teachers, chamber musicians and members of major symphony orchestras.
- 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
- Min. AMEB Grade 8 (guide only)
- Flute & clarinet min. AMEB AMusA (guide only)
- Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2019: 25 years
- 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)
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.
Mr Curro has been a 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.
QYS Principal Flute Greta Hunter provides insights for the upcoming QYS Concert on Sat 26 May and her new conducting roles.
Congratulations to the Queensland Youth Symphony members for an outstanding start to their 2018 Concert Series.
The recently completed QYS tour was a great success with wonderful performances and receptions from audiences in China and Germany. The final concert earned a standing ovation from the 1,400 audience members in the Bamberg Concert Hall.
QYO founder and QYS Conductor John Curro AM MBE celebrated his 85th birthday in December in Bonn, Germany while on tour with the Queensland Youth Symphony.