Queensland Symphony Orchestra
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra, under the guiding baton of Chief Conductor Johannes Fritzsch, is renowned for its high quality, breathtaking performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of all musical tastes, interests and ages. As the largest performing arts company in Queensland, employing 88 full-time musicians, and the state’s only professional symphony orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra plays a vital role in Queensland’s cultural community, giving over 100 live performances across 47 weeks each year to more than 100,000 people.
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s annual season attracts high-profile international and national artists and is made up of seven contrasting concert series featuring everything from Beethoven to the Proms, plus a number of special events supporting high calibre artists such as Ben Lee, José Carreras and Roberta Flack. Each year, the Orchestra also undertakes a regional tour delivering a free community engagement program, and conducts an extensive state-wide education program that connects with 30,000 students, from pre-school to university level. The Orchestra also presents innovative corporate workshops engaging the business sector to think outside of the box about leadership and team work.
In addition to its own program, The Queensland Symphony Orchestra performs for major arts festivals, direct broadcasts and recordings, and supports state and national opera and ballet companies.
Johannes Fritzsch is currently the Chief Conductor of The Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Graz Philharmonic Orchestra and Graz Opera in Austria. He was previously Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg State Opera. Johannes Fritzsch was born in Meissen, Germany, and received his higher education at the Carl Maria von Weber Music Academy in Dresden, majoring in conducting and piano. After a period in Rostock, he accepted the position of Kapellmeister with the Dresden State Opera, Semperoper, where he conducted more than 350 opera and ballet performances over a period of five years.
The German reunification enabled Johannes Fritzsch to accept engagements outside of Eastern Europe; he has led many orchestras in Germany and internationally including the Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestras, Mannheim National Theatre Orchestra, Staatskapelle Schwerin, Staatskapelle Dresden, North German Philharmonic Orchestra Rostock, Halle State Orchestra, Swedish and Norwegian Radio Orchestras, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestra Victoria, and the Sydney, Tasmanian, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.
Opera companies with which he has worked include the Dresden State Opera, Köln Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Bastille Paris, Graz Opera, Royal Opera Stockholm, Malmö Opera and Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne (including Wozzeck, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Tosca, Rigoletto, Salome and Der Rosenkavalier).