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Who We Are

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is Australia’s flagship Orchestra and performs up to 150 concerts a year to a combined annual audience of more than 350,000.

2021 Season Media Kit Sydney Symphony Orchestra credit Jay Patel

Our History

A permanent symphony orchestra is a sign of a city's musical maturity, and Sydney moved closer to achieving this when the Australian Broadcasting Commission was established. That was in 1932, the opening year of another symbol: the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Our Chief Conductors

SIR EUGENE GOOSSENS 1947–1956

NICOLAI MALKO 1957–1961

DEAN DIXON 1964–1967

MOSHE ATZMON 1969–1971

WILLEM VAN OTTERLOO 1973–1978

LOUIS FRÉMAUX 1979–1981
Principal Conductor

SIR CHARLES MACKERRAS 1982–1985

ZDENĔK MÁCAL 1986–1987

STUART CHALLENDER 1987–1991

EDO DE WAART 1994–2003

GIANLUIGI GELMETTI 2004–2008

VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY 2009–2013
Principal Conductor

DAVID ROBERTSON 2014–2019

SIMONE YOUNG AM
Chief Conductor Designate 2020–2021
Chief Conductor commencing 2022