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Luke Pownall
Public Relations Manager
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Tel: (08) 9326 0061 Mob: 0400 748 552


WASO’s dream team set to dazzle

10 March 2017

Principal Conductor Asher Fisch will return to conduct the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for a concert of Mozart, Stravinsky and Sibelius, featuring the distinguished talents of WASO’s Concertmaster Laurence Jackson. Opening with Mozart’s sparkling and energetic Symphony No.29, Laurence Jackson will then take centre stage for an exceptional display of virtuosity, in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto – a rare gem that hasn’t been performed by WASO in over 45 years. Read more

Kate Miller-Heidke with WASO

27 February 2017

Australian theatre and pop star performs her 2016 Helpmann Award®-winning show with WASO. Kate Miller-Heidke is a classically trained singer who traverses the worlds of contemporary pop, folk and opera. A versatile and gifted creator, her songs are stamped with witty humour and poignant insight. In her first collaboration with WASO, she performs her popular hits, favourites from recent albums, songs from her Helpmann Award®-winning opera The Rabbits, covers and brand new songs. Read more

A young virtuoso & Beethoven’s rhythmic powerhouse

13 February 2017

Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 was an instant success. Ambitious, beautiful, and relentlessly energetic – Beethoven himself called it "one of the happiest products of my poor talents." This powerhouse crowd-pleaser will be brought to life by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. These concerts will also feature the blistering virtuosity of talented young violinist Yu-Chien (Benny) Tseng, performing Bruch’s passionate Scottish Fantasy. Read more


3 February, 2017

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) has announced the debut of celebrated Japanese pianist Ayako Uehara in its 2017 season due to the withdrawal of pianist Hélène Grimaud. Grimaud has cancelled her appearances in Australia in 2017 for personal reasons. Ayako will make her WASO debut performing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3, in two concerts titled Stravinsky’s Firebird – Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June, 7.30pm at Perth Concert Hall. Read more


25 January, 2017

Described as “The finest young pianist in the world” (The London Times) and “Simply electrifying” (The New York Times), Daniil Trifonov is arguably the hottest property in the classical world right now. This young Russian superstar will bring the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 season to an explosive start, performing Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Piano Concerto No.1. Read more


21 December, 2016

“We’re passionate about nurturing the next generation of young and emerging artists”, said Craig Whitehead, Chief Executive of WASO. “Our own Principal Conductor was once the assistant of acclaimed conductor Daniel Barenboim, and it’s vital we perpetuate this mentoring tradition. This is a unique opportunity for a talented young conductor to be mentored by two highly experienced maestros.” Read more


Triumph: WASO return home from international tour

21 October, 2016

89 West Australian Symphony Orchestra musicians have returned to Perth following performances and ecstatic receptions in Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Shanghai. WASO is now Australia’s first major performing arts company to tour to the United Arab Emirates, where the Orchestra opened the 2016-17 Abu Dhabi Classics season. Read more


29 September, 2016

WASO will become the first Australian major performing arts company to tour to the United Arab Emirates, and Australia’s first representation at the prestigious Beijing Music Festival. Read more

WASO in 2017: Over 60 concerts, 22 artist debuts, and Asher Fisch to lead his Orchestra on their most important journey yet

24 August, 2016

In 2017 the West Australian Symphony Orchestra will present over 60 rich and diverse concerts, offering something for everyone. At the heart of the season, Principal Conductor Asher Fisch will lead WASO in nine handpicked programs, including a two-concert festival exploring arguably the most influential composer of all time, titled Wagner and Beyond. Read more

WASO announces Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™ Film Concert, May 2017

19 August, 2016

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, is bringing the thrill and excitement of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series to Perth in 2017, with two screenings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™ on May 5 & 6, 2017, with the music performed live by WASO. Read more

Exceptional talent returns to perform Mozart 

8 August, 2016

Skride is a regular guest of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and London Philharmonic, and is artist-in-residence of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Her technical mastery and beauty of sound place her in high demand, but it’s her instinctual command of a composer’s idiom – her seemingly effortless affinity with everything – that sets her apart. Read more

WASO announce concerts with Kate Miller-Heidke & Megan Washington in 2017

1 August, 2016

Tickets for both concerts on sale 9am Wednesday 3 August 2016. Read more

Maestro Returns for Orchestra Showpiece

26 July, 2016

These performances mark the beginning of Asher Fisch’s second visit to WASO in 2016. “Asher is a force to be reckoned with,” said Evan Kennea, WASO’s Executive Manager, Artistic Planning. “His experience and understanding of orchestral music is formidable, and he demands a great deal from the orchestra. His leadership inspires our players to perform at their best and the result is exceptional concerts for our audiences. Read more

WASO announce second performance of David Bowie tribute

20 July, 2016

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra will team-up with big names from the Australian music industry to perform a special tribute concert celebrating the extraordinary legacy of David Bowie. Read more

Two Epic Masterpieces 

14 July, 2016

WASO is gearing-up to present two of the most unforgettable orchestral masterpieces of the twentieth-century – Gustav Holst’s The Planets and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.  Read more

Heroic Beethoven: landmark music for a revolution 

5 July, 2016

The years 1802-1805 were some of the most creative yet despairing of Beethoven’s life. While Napolean was conquering Europe, Beethoven was coming to terms with losing his hearing. From this context Beethoven produced revolutionary works – a piano concerto that stretched the instrument well beyond its known limit, and a symphony that dwarfed everything before it. On July 29 and 30, WASO will celebrate this musical watershed with a series of special concerts titled Heroic Beethoven, conducted by Simone Young at Perth Concert Hall. Read more

Sensory feast: Concert fuses circus artistry with live orchestral music

27 June, 2016

Acrobats, jugglers, strongmen, contortionists and high-flying aerialists from around the world will perform incredible acts in front of and above the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Read more

Thrilling soloist returns to WASO

13 June, 2016

Hailed by critics and audiences around the world for her distinct voice, maturity, technical brilliance and heartfelt musicianship, Simone Lamsma is an exceptional talent in high demand across the globe. Read more

Bowie tribute concert: WASO and Australian music industry icons perform his greatest hits 

31 May, 2016

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra will team-up with big names from the Australian music industry to perform a special tribute concert celebrating the extraordinary legacy of David Bowie. Read more

WASO’s Education Week – Something for Everyone

20 May, 2016

In 2015 WASO focussed an entire week on education and community engagement activities, reaching over 5,000 people. This year WASO’s Education Week returns to deliver seven jam-packed days of music educational goodness for all ages! Read more

The Greatest Adventure Film, with Live Orchestra

6 May, 2016

To mark 35 years since the release of Indiana Jones, the original film will be presented in two very special screenings – with full symphony orchestra! Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark became an instant classic, topping 1981’s box office charts and claiming five Academy Awards. At 7.30pm on June 15 and 16, Stephen Spielberg’s original film will be screened at Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, with the music performed live by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Benjamin Northey.  Read more

Youthful and fiery: A young virtuoso in concert with WASO

29 April, 2016

By age 18, Behzod shot to international status after winning the grand prize at the 2009 London International Piano Competition. Seven years on, he is in high demand from the leading symphony orchestras across the planet, having already performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony among many others.
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Two exceptional soloists from within the WASO ranks

4 April, 2016

A graduate of the University of Western Australia, Brent cointinued his music studies in New York, winning first place in the Juilliard School Concerto Competition in 2007, and becoming the first person to win the US National Trumpet Competition (graduate division) for two consecutive years. Read more