Hong Zhi Gao

Hong Zhi (David) Gao graduated from  Harbin Normal University Music College, China, and is currently completing a Master of Music (Conducting) at Sydney Excelsia College under Dr. Sadaharu Muramatsu. Hong Zhi Gao has conducted the Wesley Institute Choir (now Excelsia College Choir) and Tian Guo Yue Tuan (Celestial) Concert band. He worked as assistant conductor …

Shirrley Mahableshwarwalla

“Then in 1975 Shirrley Mahableshwarwalla became secretary, a lady recently from India, who was very intrigued with the orchestra when she arrived. She remained the secretary until 1997, an extraordinary period of devotion to a task, often very time consuming, that has merited our life long thanks.” So wrote Geoff Widmer in “A Thirty Year …

Sylvie Humphries – Soprano

French-Australian soprano, Sylvie Humphries, has a Bachelor of Music Performance (2007-2010) and an Advanced Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2011-2013). She has performed many roles, including Cupidon (Orphée aux enfers), Serpetta (La finta giardiniera), and Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto). Sylvie also has a blossoming recital career, having appeared as a soloist …

Bernard Walz

Bernard Walz made his conducting debut with the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra in June, 2010 and his US conducting debut in Colorado, USA (Pueblo Symphony Orchestra) in February, 2011. In October Bernard conducted Strathfield Symphony Orchestra at the inaugural “Breakfast On Bondi” event as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. He has recently completed …

Maria Lindsay

Maria Lindsay has an active career as soloist, chamber musician, artistic director, ensemble leader and teacher. Maria has recently established the Lurline Chamber Orchestra, of which she is Leader and Co-Artistic Director. With Lurline she has performed, to great acclaim, the World Premiere of the Violin Concerto dedicated to her by Tommy Tycho. Her performances of …

Tommy Tycho

Tommy Tycho was born in Budapest in 1928. His musical life started as a child prodigy pianist. He played George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra at age 10. He commenced studying at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where his teachers included Leo Weiner and Zoltán Kodály. He and …