|Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO)|
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is an Australian orchestra based in Melbourne. The MSO is resident at Hamer Hall. The MSO has its own choir, the MSO Chorus, following integration with the Melbourne Chorale in 2008.
The MSO relies on funding by the Victorian State Government and the Federal government and support from private corporations and donors. It is supported by Symphony Services International. Sophie Galaise joined the MSO as its first female Managing Director in 2016. Its current Chairman is Michael Ullmer.
The founder of the Albert Street Conservatorium Orchestra was Alberto Zelman. This orchestra gave its first concert on 11 December 1906. In 1923, Bertha Jorgensen became the first female leader of a professional orchestra in Australia, and she went on to play with the orchestra for 50 years and became the longest-serving female leader of an orchestra on an international scale. In 1927, the orchestra combined with the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra to form the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
In 1934, the MSO became one of the Australian Broadcasting Commission's radio orchestras.In 1949, the orchestra took on the new name of the Victorian Symphony Orchestra. In 1965, the orchestra's name reverted to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
The MSO's longest-serving chief conductor was Hiroyuki Iwaki (1974–1997), who was named Conductor Laureate of the orchestra in 1989 and held the title until his death in 2006. The orchestra's most recent Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor), was appointed in June 2012. Sir Andrew Davis gave his inaugural concerts as the MSO's Chief Conductor in 2013, having made his debut with the orchestra in 2009.The MSO also works with Principal Conductor in Residence Benjamin Northey and guest conductors like Thomas Adès, John Adams, Tan Dun, Markus Stenz and Simone Young.
The MSO was the first Australian orchestra to perform overseas (New Zealand, 1965), and the first to play in Carnegie Hall, New York, in 1970.Its overseas tours – the US, Canada, Japan, Korea, Europe (2000, 2007, 2014), China (2002), St Petersburg, Russia (2003) and Japan (2005) – have gained it widespread international recognition. In January 2000, under the baton of the then Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Markus Stenz, the MSO represented Australasia at the Festival of the Five Continents in the Canary Islands alongside other orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic. In January 2007 the Orchestra embarked on its second European tour, visiting five cities in Spain (Castellon, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Pamplona, Madrid), Paris, Berlin and Milan.
Sir Andrew Davis became chief conductor in 2013. During his tenure, the MSO made its debut at five of the classical music festivals, including The Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival.In July 2015, the MSO extended Davis' contract through 2019. In April 2018, the MSO announced that Davis is to conclude his MSO chief conductorship at the end of December 2019.
In April 2020, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of live performances, the MSO management stood down the MSO musicians and selected administrative staff into 'hibernation' status.
In June 2019, Jaime Martín first guest-conducted the MSO. He returned for an additional guest-conducting appearance in February 2021. In June 2021, the MSO announced the appointment of Martin as its next chief conductor, effective in 2022.
The MSO's recent discs include Strauss' Four Last Songs, Don Juan and Also Sprach Zarathustraon ABC Classics. On the Chandos label the MSO has recently released Berlioz' Harold en Italie with James Ehnes and Ives' Symphonies No.1 & 2, both led by Sir Andrew Davis.
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|Music for Dreaming||98|
|Live in Australia|
(with Meat Loaf)
The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. They commenced in 1987.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Ref.|
|1991||Percy Grainger: Orchestral Works (with Geoffrey Simon)||Best Classical Album||Nominated|
|1994||Violin Concertos (with Dene Olding & Hiroyuki Iwaki)||Nominated|
|1995||Simple Gifts (with Yvonne Kenny & Vladimir Kamirski)||Won|
|1999||The Eternal Rhythm (with Vernon Handley)||Nominated|
|2001||Music from the Motion Picture – The Dish||Best Original Soundtrack||Won|
|2013||Catch Me If You Can (with Amy Dickson)||Best Classical Album||Nominated|
|Missa Solis: Requiem for Eli (with Nigel Westlake)||Nominated|
|2014||Ades Polaris / Stanhope Piccolo Concerto (with Andrew Macleod, Benjamin Northey & Markus Stenz)||Nominated|
|2015||Paper Planes – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (with Nigel Westlake)||Best Original Soundtrack, Cast or Show Album||Nominated|
|2017||Medtner: Piano Concerto No 1 / Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No 2 (with Jayson Gillham & Benjamin Northey)||Best Classical Album||Nominated|
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