Applications are now open for the 43rd National Youth Concerto Competition, the most prestigious competition in Australia for string soloists aged up to 17 years. Past winners include Jane Peters (1978), Richard Tognetti (1980), Nicholas Milton (1985), Li-Wei Qin (1993), Ray Chen (2002) and many other leading professional musicians.
Welcome to all of our new and returning members, families and supporters. With a very successful 2017 behind us, we look forward to 2018 featuring world premieres of new works by local composers, collaborations with guest ensembles and soloists, music camps, regional tours and day trips, and our National Youth Concerto Competition, all under the expert guidance of our conductors and tutors.
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 member Tim Allen-Ankins and QYO alumni Patrick McKechie and Patrick Nowland performed the hymn tune from Sibelius’ Finlandia and other works as members of the Brown Snake Brass quintet at Parliament House on 2 Dec 2017. In the presence of the Finnish Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Lars Backström, the Finland 100 event celebrated 100 years of Finnish independence.
The Queensland Youth Symphony had the honour of performing for QYO Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland in a special concert for our patron members and donors, to thank them for their contributions towards the 2017 QYS International Tour.