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The Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Australian Youth Orchestra

The Australian Youth Orchestra is one of the world’s most prestigious and innovative training organisations for young pre-professional musicians aged 12 to 30. AYO occupies a special place in the musical culture of Australia, where one generation of brilliant musicians inspires the next, where aspiring musicians get a taste of life as professional musicians, and where like-minded individuals from all over the country gather for intense periods to learn from each other, study and perform.

AYO Chamber Players offers intensive ensemble training for pre-professional musicians interested in chamber performance and enriching musicianship. In 2017 AYO Chamber Players will be integrated into the Musica Viva Festival. Immersed in this international celebration of chamber music, players will have the opportunity to learn from and perform with some of the world’s greatest chamber musicians. In 2017, 34 young musicians will take part in the AYO Chamber Players program, performing in string quartets, piano trios and a wind quintet. During the Festival, participants will be mentored by visiting ensembles and artists and will perform in a series of public concerts.
Website: ayo.com.au


Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney, is Australia’s premier tertiary music institution. It plays a pivotal role in the Australian musical landscape and provides an international standard of music education, enhancing the skills and opportunities for its students through internships, overseas study tours, and access to renowned teachers and mentors.

The Conservatorium is a creative hub for musicians and scholars, a magical and inspired place where talented musicians and researchers of tomorrow can develop their skills in a fertile academic and performance environment.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music University of Sydney Cnr Bridge & Macquarie Streets Sydney NSW 2000
The Conservatorium is accessible by train, ferry and bus. Parking is not available on-site but street parking and parking stations are available nearby.
Website: sydney.edu.au/music

Thank You

Musica Viva would like to thank the following for their generous support in commissioning new  Australian works at this Festival: Kim Williams AM for Ross Edwards’ saxophone quintet, and Australian Executor Trustees Community Program for the Jakub Jankowski String Octet. Composer Elizabeth Younan was supported by the Hildegard Project. Kees Boersma appears courtesy of Sydney Symphony.