John Curro

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John Ronald Curro AM MBE (6 December 1932 – 6 November 2019[1]) was an Australian violinist, violist, conductor and music director.

Curro was the founder (1966) and Director of Music of the Queensland Youth Orchestras, with which he established the National Youth Concerto Competition (NYCC).[2]


Curro was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1981[3] and a Member of the Order of Australia in 1995.[4]

He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.[5]

He was awarded the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award in 2001[6][7] and the Don Banks Music Award in 2002.

In 2016, Curro was a recipient of the Queensland Greats Awards.[8]


  1. ^ McPherson, Angus (7 November 2019). "John Curro has died". Limelight. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. ^ Queensland Youth Orchestra
  3. ^ It's an Honour: MBE
  4. ^ It's an Honour: AM
  5. ^ It's an Honour: Centenary Medal
  6. ^ "Nudgee College". Archived from the original on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  7. ^ "Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
  8. ^ "2016 Queensland Greats recipients". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.