From the centre of Perth to the furthest corners of our state, every year since 1928, we set hearts racing with extraordinary music and exhilarating performances for all West Australians to share.
West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) is a not-for-profit company that thrives on the enthusiasm, passion and support of our entire community. We harness this energy to create events and programs across the State to stimulate learning and participation in a vibrant cultural life.
We are both fierce advocates for our great classical musical heritage and passionate leaders in the commissioning and performance of new music by leading Australian and international composers. Every year we mobilise and nurture a new generation of young and emerging artists to help secure a bright future for music in Australia.
We create the spark that sets off a lifelong love of music because we believe it has the power to touch the soul and enrich lives.
Our resident company of full-time professional musicians are the beating heart of our organisation. They play a central role in the vibrancy of our creative state, performing to hundreds of thousands of people each year. Our Orchestra is supported by hundreds of visiting artists, alongside the volunteers of the WASO Chorus, to create an exceptional performance at every venue, every time.
Our Orchestra is led by Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser Asher Fisch. A renowned conductor in both the operatic and symphonic worlds, Asher is especially celebrated for his interpretative command of core German and Italian repertoire of the Romantic and post-Romantic era. He is a frequent guest at the world’s great opera houses including La Scala, the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
We are proud to call Perth Concert Hall home.
A world-class orchestra, deeply engaged in the community, inspiring through music.
To touch souls and enrich lives through music.
Innovation and Excellence
We strive for excellence and innovation in everything we do.
We will be the champions of orchestral music in our region and be a leader in the performing arts sector.
Passion and Inspiration
We are passionate and committed to providing our audiences with inspiring and memorable experiences.
Respect and Teamwork
We are a company whose relationships are based on teamwork, honesty and mutual respect.
In addition to many performances in our own season, WASO has an extensive performance calendar in partnership with other Australian arts organisations. Your Orchestra lies at the heart of the artistic life of the state, and our creative partnerships provide opportunities to experience the Orchestra just about every week of the year.