2016 QSO Prodigy Project

“Last Friday night, Maria and I had the privilege to work alongside and perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO); participating in the QSO prodigy project. Earlier this year, the 20 July to be exact, we faced auditions for positions in this program through playing to Warwick Adeney (QSO concertmaster). Both Maria and I were fortunate enough to be accepted into this program. 

Over the past 2 weeks, we were given the opportunity to attend a one-on-one workshop with QSO musicians. In this process however, a disastrous event had occurred… I was given a mentor with my type of humour!! Moreover, this session was quite beneficial and an enjoyable experience; as it enabled me to view my pieces through a different lens.

However, the moment everyone has been waiting for. The final stage of the prodigy project!! But before then, was a full dress rehearsal. Kicking off with cheers as there were NO VIOLAS present at the scene… Nonetheless, the actual performance was magnificent and it was a great privilege to perform and work with the QSO. Definitely an experience and highlight that I will remember in the years to come.”

Farquhar, DanielDaniel Farquhar
Year 11 Student

QSO Prodigy 8

“Last Friday, Daniel and I performed in the ‘Queensland Symphony Orchestra Plays The Firebird’ concert as part of the Prodigy Project, replacing professional QSO players for the performance of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. Once being chosen to be part of this experience through an audition, I attended a one-on-one mentoring session with a member of the QSO, which was held two weeks ago in Brisbane. On the day of the performance, we had a rehearsal in the afternoon with our professional conductor Daniel Kossov and our mentors, to understand what would be expected of us. This was followed by a rehearsal with the full QSO on stage of the Gold Coast Arts Centre. After rehearsing Night on Bald Mountain, we were able to observe the rest of the works which included Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. The concert began at seven-thirty, with the Night on Bald Mountain as the second item in the repertoire. Although there were many challenges involved in this experience such as working with a professional conductor and orchestra, and playing the piece itself, I believe this was an incredibly valuable experience as it built our technical skills whilst being immersed in the world of professional music.” 

Saito, MariaMaria Saito
Year 10 Student