The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has announced its latest intake of young musicians for its prestigious Fellowship program. Selected from 145 applications across Australia and New Zealand, 10 emerging artists will spend a year being mentored by orchestra members, rehearsing and performing in concerts with the SSO, and participating in masterclasses with leading guest artists. The Fellows will also perform in a chamber music series and participate in a range of community engagement projects.

The 2020 Fellows with Roger Benedict. Photo © Tobias Rowles

“The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is committed to supporting the next generation of artists,” said SSO Fellowship Artistic Director Roger Benedict. “For more than 19 years, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has nurtured and provided young musicians with the tools and opportunities to pursue careers and share their musical passions as professional musicians.”

“The 2020 Fellows are an exceptional group of musicians and represent the next wave of artists that will shape how we hear and experience music. I look forward to working closely with them and invite audiences to experience their phenomenal talent at our Sydney Symphony events and special Fellows concerts over the coming year.”

Photo © Tobias Rowles

This year’s Fellows are Brian Hong, 23, NSW (violin); Tim Yu, 22, VIC (violin); Dana Lee, 19, South Korea (viola); Miles Mullin-Chivers, 22, NSW (cello); Callum Hogan, 23, NSW (oboe); Richard Shaw, 26, QLD (clarinet); Jordy Meulenbroeks, 23, QLD (bassoon); Fletcher Cox, 25, WA (trumpet); Dale Vail, 25, New Zealand (trombone); and Emily Newham, 23, QLD (horn).

Violinist Brian Hong has expressed his excitement for the year ahead. “Ever since I committed to being a violinist, I wanted to be a part of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program – winning a position as a 2020 Fellow feels like a dream is being fulfilled.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and participating in masterclasses with internationally renowned guest artists throughout the year. I’m also excited to work with the Sydney Symphony’s extraordinary Concertmaster Andrew Haveron. I’ve watched him perform as an audience member – experiencing his leadership as part of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s violin section will truly be a big honour.”