Gerard Salonga Art music award
Gerard Salonga and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra competes against 3 other orchestras in the Australian Art Music Awards. Photo from Raymund Isaac.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO), led by Filipino conductor Gerard Salonga, is a finalist at the 2019 Australasian Performing Right Association Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (APRA AMCOS) Art Music Awards.

SSO made its world premiere performance of Lachlan Skipworth’s “Breath of Thunder” alongside Sydney-based performing ensemble Taikoz, and soloists Riley Lee and Kaoru Watanabe.

Their piece, performed across three consecutive nights with two sellouts at the Concert Hall Sydney Opera House in February 2018, earned the finals spot in the Performance of the Year category.

The National Geographic-featured Gerard Salonga went on social media to congratulate the finalists and said: “We need to figure out when and where to do this piece again! What a privilege to have participated in this. Definitely one of my most cherished memories. Bravo to everyone involved!”

The other nominees in the category are:

  • Ali McGregor, Antoinette Halloran, Dimity Shepherd and the Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra, Phoebe Briggs (musical director), and Sarah Giles (director) for “Lorelei”
  • Ray Chen & Julien Quentin for “Violin Sonata No. 1: Dark Matter”
  • Speak Percussion with Jessica Aszodi for “Atlas Of The Sky”

APRA AMCOS is the only event in Australia that specifically acknowledges achievements in the fields of composition, performance, education, and presentation of Australian art music.

The winners for the 2019 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards will be announced on August 19 at the Great Hall of the University of Sydney in Australia.

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