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 AO

Artistic Advisor

Nick Deutsch


Peter Tregear OAM (Chair)
Fabian Russell (Artistic Director)
Frank Celata (Artistic Advisor)
Frere Byrne (Philanthropic Advisor)
Meg Collis (Orchestra & Operations Manager)

Principal Sponsor

The Cybec Foundation


Trent Blackett
Megan Burslem
Frere Byrne
Frank Celata
Clinton Daley
Fabian Russell
Peter Tregear
Daniel Ward

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 Robert Salzer Foundation


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 (17 April 2023) 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 our workcan be made on-line via GiveNow here. Tax Deductible donations can be made via our Australian Cultural Fund page **here**

Next Projects 

On Sunday 31 March 2024 at 2:30 pm The Orchestra Project returns to Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music to perform Mahler's Symphony no. 3 in D minor (soloist: Lucinda Mirikata-Deacon) on 

**Tickets can be purchased via this link!**

On Sunday 7 April 2024 at 4:00 pm The Orchestra project combines with Melbourne's finest vocal soloists to perform Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in St Paul's Cathedral in liturgical context on the 200th anniversary of its premiere.  Free entry (retiring collection).

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