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Australian World Orchestra with Alexander Briger, Violinist Cho-Liang Lin

Australian World Orchestra with Alexander Briger, Violinist Cho-Liang Lin

Australian World Orchestra

The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) is one of the most exciting orchestra initiatives in Australia’s cultural history, we bring together Australia’s successful classical musicians from around the world, to form an electrifying orchestra.

The AWO features Australians who play in the leading orchestras of the world such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras, the LA and the Hong Kong Philharmonics, the list just goes on. Australia’s international players come together with their colleagues from our own wonderful state orchestras, over 100 musicians, representing over 50 orchestras, all at the top of their profession under one roof. The result is an award-winning orchestral sound that has the power to attract the world’s top conductors to work with us here in Australia and overseas.

Awarded the 2016 Helpmann Awards – Best Symphony Orchestra Concert and Limelight Magazine Award: Best Orchestral Concert 2011.

Alexander Briger

Australian/Russian conductor, Alexander Briger, is one of Australia’s preeminent conductors, having worked with Maestros Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Pierre Boulez and Sir Charles Mackerras.

Awarded the Order of Australia for “services to music as a leading conductor” in 2016, he is considered an opera specialist. He is also a specialist in the works of Janáček (having conducted all his major works), Mozart and contemporary music and has premiered works by composers such as Arvo Pärt, Bruno Mantovani and Mark Anthony Turnage.

In 2010, he founded the Australian World Orchestra, of which he is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, and in 2011 conducted their award-winning inaugural season at the Sydney Opera House with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, which was subsequently released on Deutsche Grammophon, as well as leading the orchestra on a tour of Sydney and Singapore in 2016 and India in 2018.

He has also worked with such orchestras as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble InterContemporain, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester, Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Danish Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum, Japanese Virtuoso Symphony and with the London Sinfonietta, collaborating with Peter Sellars and pianist Hélène Grimaud for the premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Lament Tate.

Cho-Liang Lin

A neighbor’s violin studies convinced this 5-year old boy to do the same. At the age twelve, he moved to Sydney to further his studies with Robert Pikler, a student of Jenő Hubay. After playing for Itzhak Perlman in a master class, the 13-year old boy decided that he must study with Mr. Perlman’s teacher, Dorothy DeLay. At the age fifteen, Lin traveled alone to New York and auditioned for the Juilliard School and spent the next six years working with Ms DeLay.

A concert career was launched in 1980 with Lin’s debut playing the Mendelssohn Concerto with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta . He has since performed as soloist with virtually every major orchestra in the world. His busy schedule on stage around the world continues to this day. However, his wide ranging interests have led him to diverse endeavors. At the age of 31, his alma mater, Juilliard School, invited Lin to become faculty. In 2006, he was appointed professor at Rice University. He is currently music director of La Jolla SummerFest and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.  

In his various professional capacities, Cho-Liang Lin has championed composers of our time. His efforts to commission new works have led a diverse field of composers to write for him. The list includes John Harbison, Christopher Rouse, Tan Dun, John Williams, Steven Stucky, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bright Sheng, Paul Schoenfield, Lalo Schifrin, Joan Tower and many more. Recently, he was soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Nashville Symphony and Royal Philharmonic.