Wollongong Symphony Orchestra
|WIN Wollongong Symphony Orchestra (WWSO)|
|Principal conductor||Carlos Alvarado|
The Wollongong Symphony Orchestra (WSO) was formed in 2004 as a collaboration between conductor Carlos Alvarado and Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. The orchestra gives regular concerts at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) in Wollongong, New South Wales. The orchestra was separated from the Wollongong Conservatorium in 2007 and an independent not-for-profit company, the Wollongong Symphony Orchestra Foundation Limited, was set up to administer it. In 2008, WIN Television became the major sponsor and its name was changed to the WIN Wollongong Symphony Orchestra or WWSO. However, It is still natural for audience members to refer to the orchestra simply as the WSO or Wollongong Symphony Orchestra.
The current Principal Conductor of the orchestra and founding conductor is Carlos Alvarado. Having won a full scholarship from the Colombian Institute of Credit to study in Russia, Carlos obtained his Doctorate of Opera and Symphonic Conducting at the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium of Music of Moscow where he studied under Gennady Rozhdestvensky. He also undertook higher studies in choral conducting, piano theory and voice technique, and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in choir conducting from the same Conservatorium. In 1990-92, he was invited by Professor Hellmuth Rilling and the International Bach Academy of Stuttgart to take part as an Active Conductor in various courses and festivals with the Bach Collegium Orchestra and the Gachinnger Kantoire Choir in Stuttgart (Germany), Moscow and Santiago de Compostela (Spain). He subsequently toured as conductor in Russia, Spain, Italy, Brazil and Colombia and made recordings for National Radio and TV. He conducted the Colombian Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphonic Band and the Symphonic Orchestra del Valle. Carlos has been Professor of Symphonic and Choir Conducting at many Universities and Conservatoria in Colombia. Carlos moved to Australia in 2003 where he is the Principal Conductor of the Wollongong Symphony Orchestra. Carlos continues to promote and support other musical groups, choirs and orchestras. He has been musical director of the Manly Warringah Choir since 2003 .
The inaugural concerts of the Wollongong Symphony Orchestra were given at St. Mary Star of the Sea College in Wollongong on the 30 October and 31 October 2004. James Morrison played Graham Koehne's Trumpet Concerto with the orchestra. He commented on WIN television that the Orchestra was 'getting the right mood'.
The current Concertmaster is Alexandra Loukianova.
Number of orchestral members
The size of the orchestra varies with the repertoire. Orchestra members are all professional musicians or senior students of the Sydney Conservatorium of music and are paid at approximately 65% of the rate of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Entry is by audition.