John Curro AM MBE is both the Founder and Director of Music of Queensland Youth Orchestras, conducting the Queensland Youth Symphony since its beginning in 1966.
Mr Curro has completed 13 international tours with QYS, including the 12-concert, 2017 tour to China and Germany. In 1972 QYS was the first Australian youth orchestra to successfully audition for the prestigious International Youth Orchestra Festival in Lausanne, Switzerland. Festivals followed in 1976 and 1980 in Aberdeen, Scotland, this last occasion being the first time a youth orchestra from Australia has ever been chosen to host the festival.
Mr Curro has conducted many of Australia’s professional orchestras as well as many opera and ballet seasons in Australia. His guest conducting appearances have included the London Virtuosi, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Australian and Bavarian Youth Orchestras, Principal Guest Conductor with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and many more.
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 Millennium Award for Excellence in the Arts.Read More