​The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship at the Sydney Opera House, 2014. Photo: Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship is the leading orchestral training program in Australia for musicians who are on the cusp of their professional careers.

The participants in the year long program are chosen in national auditions and are known as the Fellows. During the year they are immersed in all that the Sydney Symphony Orchestra does to learn from those who are already making their living from being professional orchestral musicians

Throughout the year the Fellows will join the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on the Concert Hall stage as paid members of the orchestra. Under the baton of Principal Conductor, David Robertson as well as visiting great conductors such as Charles Dutoit and Thomas Adès the Fellows will be able to learn and refine their orchestral playing skills and repertoire knowledge.

Another key component of the program is chamber music. Under the guidance of Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Viola & Fellowship Artistic Director, Roger Benedict the Fellows present a series of concerts around Sydney and New South Wales. During the year they also have opportunities to workshop these chamber works with visiting international soloists such as Pinchas Zuckerman, Pieter Wispelwey, Anthony Marwood, François Leleux and Arabella Steinbacher. Each year they also work with Australian composers to commission and premiere new works.

In 2015 the Fellowship will be nearly doubling in size to consist of 14 musicians; including trumpet, trombone and percussion fellowship chairs for the first time.

These are the musicians you will see on the concert hall stages of Australia and the world tomorrow.

The Sydney Symphony Fellows in concert at the Arthur & Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale

The Sydney Symphony Fellows in concert at the Arthur & Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale, 2013


During their 2015 residency the SSO Fellows will be working on developing their ensemble skills and undertaking an intensive rehearsal program to prepare for upcoming performances. It also provides the ensemble with an opportunity to get to know each other better over the course of the five days. They will be spending time developing a program for their fourth visit in as many years to the South Coast Correctional Centre in Nowra where they will present a workshop and performance for a number of inmates and Correctional Facilities staff members.