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 2018, the Orchestra embarked on a tour of Europe, led by Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, David Robertson, performing 12 concerts in seven countries in some of the most magnificent halls in the world.
From Tokyo, Hong Kong and Manila in 1965 to China in 2017 and Europe in 2018, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra 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 Sydney Symphony Orchestra 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 Orchestra’s tours around the world since it first packed its bags in 1965 include:
Find out all about our 12 concert tour across seven European cities, from Warsaw to Paris, and Berlin to Aalborg.
We officially launched our 2018 European Tour with our first performance in Linz, Austria, to a full house at the Brucknerhaus Concert Hall on the Danube River waterfront.
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.
Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Australian-China bilateral relations, the Orchestra 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. .
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