The Orchestra Project Inc. was established by conductor Fabian Russell in 2002 as a training ensemble for the development of Australia's best young orchestral musicians. Alongside Russell himself, former MSO Chief Conductors Markus Stenz and Oleg Caetani conducted major concerts throughout 2002- 2006 and regular performers included former ANAM Artistic Directors John Harding and Brett Dean.


Dr Richard Mills AM


Peter Tregear OAM(Chair)
Fabian Russell (Artistic Director)
Frank Celata (Artistic Advisor)
Tim Kennedy (Executive Producer)
Jessica Hort (Orchestra Manager)

Principal Sponsor 

Cybec Foundation
The Robert Salzer Foundation

Performance Partners

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Victoria
The Consort of Melbourne
The Australian National Academy of Music Monash University
  Academy of Performing Arts
Victorian College of the Arts
The Musician Project (NSW)


The first project was a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 6 under Markus Stenz in 2003. Subsequent projects have included performances of major orchestral works by Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Maurice Ravel, and Sergei Prokofiev, and a world premiere of a new completion of W. A. Mozart's 'Great' Mass in C Minor.  The most recent (10 December 2019) Project was held in Sydney at the Verbruggen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Hear us.

Archival recordings of some of our performances can be found on our 'Media' page or by clicking here

Support Us

The work of the Orchestra Project is only possible through the generous donation of time, expertise and money from our supporters.  Donations to support the educational and outreach work of The Orchestra Project can be made on-line via GiveNow here.

Next Project  CANCELLED

Mahler Symphony no 2 'Resurrection'
South Melbourne Town Hall. 12 April 2020

Owing to the impact of COVID-19,  we have taken the tough, but necessary, decision to cancel our planed performance of Mahler's 'Resurrection' Symphony on 12 April at the South Melbourne Town Hall.

Our overriding duty in such circumstances is to support the community'sefforts to slow and control the spread of the disease. 

We hope nevertheless to reschedule this Project for a date in the near future.

The Orchestra Project Inc. (VIC) A0057279S