“A great orchestra uplifts the sounds of the every day, beckoning people to share the exaltation of great music.”
- Johannes Fritzsch, Conductor Laureate, Queensland Symphony Orchestra
As an arts leader and great Australian orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra is renowned for its high quality, breathtaking performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of diverse musical tastes, interests and ages.
The largest performing arts company in Queensland and the state’s only professional symphony orchestra, the Orchestra plays a vital role in Queensland’s cultural community, educating; mentoring aspiring performers; touring regional centres; broadcasting and performing with state, national and international ballet and opera companies.
Each year, Queensland Symphony Orchestra attracts the world’s best conductors and soloists as part of its acclaimed concert season, in addition to presenting unique blockbuster events. Queensland Symphony Orchestra is passionate about commissioning innovative new programs and Australian works and continues to invest in collaborations, recordings and digital initiatives. In 2016 alone, the Orchestra engaged with more than 1.2 million people. In 2017, Queensland Symphony Orchestra welcomed Alondra de la Parra as Music Director.
"In the most exciting QSO concert in memory, resident music director Alondra de la Parra conducted a never-to-be-forgotten performance that was bursting at the seams with vitality, giving the smiling players a white-knuckle ride that looked as enjoyable as it was terrifying."
Martin Buzacott, 2017 (QSO, Alondra and Duo Lechner Tiempo)
"They were very prepared for the first rehearsal, top-class. I was deeply impressed, it sounded like we had had so much rehearsal, so I think it is going to be a great concert."
Lang Lang, 2016
“The conductor for the evening was Mexican Alondra de la Parra, who Placido Domingo has described as 'an extraordinary conductor'. In the second work on the programme, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Orchestral Suite, she showed her skills not just in the guiding of the orchestra, she became part of the orchestra, responding to the music with some balletic qualities.”
John Daly-Peoples - NBR, 29 May 2015 (QSO, Alondra & Sergio)
“Basing my judgement on their recent Mahler performances with Simone Young – the First Symphony in 2014 and, even more spectacularly, the massive Sixth this year – and having heard them under Fritzsch in a couple of operatic performances, I can say that the QSO is now an excellent ensemble: indeed, it is difficult to imagine any other of the Australian orchestras surpassing this most recent Mahlerian achievement.”
John Carmody - Limelight, 14 September 2015 (QSO & Simone Young)
"This was one of the most refreshing, fascinatingly programmed and enjoyable concerts in Brisbane in recent times"
Martin Buzacott - The Australian, 18 March 2014 (Chamber Players: The Soldier’s Tale)
"This exhilarating concert received a well–deserved standing ovation and also set an exacting standard for QSO's future events"
Gillian Wills - The Courier-Mail, 19 February 2014 (Simone Young & Shlomo Mintz)
"When a full house leaves this happy, someone's doing something right"
Martin Buzacott - The Australian, 17 February 2014 (Simone Young & Shlomo Mintz)
"Following on from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, it is gratifying to know that our state orchestra can hold its head high with the best in the world"
Suzannah Conway - The Courier-Mail, 3 December 2013 (QSO with Chen & Fritzsch)
“It is both challenging and rewarding to develop a relationship with an orchestra. I feel that the QSO and I have established a very positive musical communication. I always look forward to working with this excellent orchestra.”
Eivind Aadland, Principal Guest Conductor 2012
“It’s a first-rate orchestra: incredibly quick and very expressive and musical. I felt very supported; it was a real dialogue I could have with the orchestra. It was a fantastic concert and I’m so happy it’s happening again.”
Sergio Tiempo, pianist - Brisbane News 28 March 2012