Established in 1906, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is Australia’s oldest professional orchestra. Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis has been at the helm of MSO since 2013.
Engaging more than 2.5 million people each year, the MSO reaches a variety of audiences through live performances, recordings, TV and radio broadcasts and live streaming. As a truly global orchestra, the MSO collaborates with guest artists and arts organisations from across the world. Its international audiences include China, where the MSO performed in 2016 and Europe where the MSO toured in 2014.
The MSO performs a variety of concerts ranging from core classical performances at its home, Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne, to its annual free concerts at Melbourne’s largest outdoor venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The MSO also delivers innovative and engaging programs to audiences of all ages through its Education and Outreach initiatives.
The MSO also works with Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, as well as with such eminent recent guest conductors as Thomas Ades, John Adams, Tan Dun, Charles Dutoit, Jakub Hrůša, Markus Stenz and Simone Young. It has also collaborated with non-classical musicians including Nick Cave, Sting, Tim Minchin, Ben Folds, DJ Jeff Mills and Flight Facilities.