International Touring

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is Australia’s flagship orchestra, with a strong international profile and an active role in global diplomatic relations on behalf of City, State and Federal governments. In 2017, the SSO represented Australia in China at the celebrations of the 45th Anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations.

From Tokyo, Hong Kong and Manila in 1965 to China in 2017, the SSO is honoured to fly the flag for Australian arts and culture on the world stage and has in the last five decades ventured abroad to perform in 14 countries across three continents, to hundreds of thousands of people.

The musicians are looking forward to touring Europe with Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson at the end of 2018. On this two-week journey they will travel from Warsaw to Paris to perform 12 concerts in seven countries in some of the most magnificent halls in the world.

The SSO was honoured to win the Australian Government’s 2014 Australia-China Achievement Award for its ground-breaking work in growing the relationship between our countries through music – be it performing concerts to audiences in Beijing or working with bright young students at China’s conservatories.

Highlights of the SSO’s tours around the world since it first packed its bags in 1965 include:

  • Representing Australia at the 1965 Commonwealth Arts Festival in London
  • Becoming the first Australian orchestra to tour Europe in 1974 when it performed a mammoth 33 concerts in seven countries in two months!
  • Celebrating the Bicentenary of 1988 with a tour of the United States led by then Chief Conductor Stuart Challender
  • Travelling to Japan and Taiwan (1996) and the United States (1998) with Edo de Waart
  • Performing in the new concert hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2000
  • Touring Tokyo and Osaka in 2006 and Italy in 2008 under the baton of then Chief Conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti
  • Returning to Malaysia in 2009 with then Principal Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, who also took us to Europe in 2010, Japan and Korea in 2011 and China in 2012
  • Playing in some of China’s sparkling new concert halls in 2014 when we did a seven-city tour of that country with Robertson
  • Touring China and Korea in 2015 and China in 2017 under the baton of Robertson

 

On tour in Beijing

On tour in Beijing

David Robertson and our musicians touched down in Beijing for two concerts at the National Centre for the Performing Arts on a trip that also included trekking the Great Wall and working with local students.

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On tour in Shanghai

On tour in Shanghai

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Australian-China bilateral relations, the SSO set off on their fifth tour to China, beginning with performances at the Shanghai Symphony Hall and workshops with students at the Shanghai Orchestra Academy. .

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Header Image: Horn Rachel Silver, Associate Principal Flute Emma Sholl and Assistant Principal Cello Leah Lynn outside China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts on our 2014 China tour. Credit: Julian Kingma