Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Names New Creative Director

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Australian violinist Sophie Rowell presently serves as Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In her new function with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (MCO), she can be simply its third creative director in its over 30-year historical past. She is going to succeed William Hennessy and Jeffrey Crellin.

Rowell was a founding member of the Tankstream Quartet, which was a prize winner on the Melbourne Nationwide Chamber Music Competitors, the Osaka Worldwide Chamber Music Competitors in 2001, and Melbourne Worldwide Chamber Music Competitors.

Profitable the ABC Younger Performer’s Award in 2000, she is an everyday performer with the Australian World Orchestra, and has held positions with the Scottish and Mahler Chamber Orchestras and the Vancouver, Sydney, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

Having beforehand taught on the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, she is presently the top of CHamber Music Strings on the Australian Nationwide Academy of Music (ANAM).

“I’m extraordinarily honoured to have been given the chance to steer the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra as its Creative Director from 2023 and hope to construct on the legacy of efficiency excellence that my great predecessor William Hennessy has left for us,” commented Rowell.

“I see a way forward for thrilling potentialities that solely an orchestra with the pliability and dedication of MCO can obtain and I can’t wait to get began sharing my creative imaginative and prescient with you all. Thanks to my pricey colleagues on the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for his or her help and encouragement as I start the subsequent chapter in my musical life.”

Previous to her new appointment as Creative Director of MCO, the orchestra has introduced a undertaking titled “Bach’s World” the place Rowell will take the lead as visitor director and soloist from April 30 April – Could 5, 2022.


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