The Emerging Artists Fund supports the SSO's commitment to nurturing talented, young musicians. A gift to this fund is an investment in the future of Australian musicians, enabling them to follow their dreams.
The Emerging Artists fund primarily supports the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship. The SSO Fellowship is a year-long elite pre-professional training program for young Australian instrumentalists on the cusp of an orchestral career, and is regarded as one of the world's leading musician training.
"My major breakthrough came when I was selected to be the cellist for the 2004 SSO Fellowship Program. It is hard to describe how incredible this program is for a young musician. There is simply nothing like it. The chance to be guided and mentored by SSO musicians offers a unique experience and a genuine insight into the role of a professional musician."
Kristy Conrau, SSO Cello
During their 12-month apprenticeship with the SSO, each Fellow is awarded a scholarship of $30,000 and provided with invaluable professional development opportunities. These include rehearsing and performing with the SSO, working with SSO Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, David Robertson, playing chamber music concerts, and participating in masterclasses and lessons with both SSO musicians and some of the world's greatest soloists.