Francesco “Frankie” Lo Surdo was born in Sydney and began learning the French horn at the age of nine, studying at the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and participating in the Sydney Youth Orchestra. He commenced a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2005, studying with Ben Jacks.
In 2005 he was the recipient of the Big Brother Scholarship and completed a six-week study tour of England, Germany and the Netherlands. Throughout Frankie’s studies he worked as a freelance orchestral and recording musician, and was a member of the Sydney Sinfonia and the Australian Youth Orchestra, the latter as Principal Horn in 2009. In 2009 he spent a year on contract with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, where he also studied with Andrew Bain and Peter Luff, before returning to Sydney to complete his degree. In 2010 Frankie gained a position in the Sydney Symphony’s Fellowship program.
Frankie has appeared with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has performed with the Sydney Omega Ensemble, Sydney Brass, and the Australia Ensemble. Frankie has toured throughout Europe with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. He was invited to participate in the Bayreuth Young Artists Festival in 2008, where he studied with Will Sanders and had the opportunity to see the Ring Cycle in Wagner's Festspielhaus. As an educator, Frankie was invited to be the horn tutor at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s 2014 national music camp in Canberra. In addition to this Frankie continues to have a passion for teaching at both high school and tertiary levels in Perth.
The WASO Horn Section is partnered by Rod & Margaret Marston