The fellowship, which has been running now for 13 years, will also be expanded to include both brass players and percussionists for the first time.
During their 12-month apprenticeship with the orchestra, each Fellow is awarded a scholarship of $30,000 and provided with invaluable professional opportunities throughout the year. These include working with SSO Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson, rehearsing and performing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, one-on-one lessons with SSO musicians, and participating in masterclasses with the orchestra’s guest artists.
This intensive mentoring and training significantly increase the Fellows likelihood of attaining a permanent chair in a professional orchestra.
SSO Managing Director Rory Jeffes said, ‘We are delighted that the generous ongoing support of our Premier Partner Credit Suisse and new funding from The Ian Potter Foundation has allowed us to expand this important program so significantly.’ The program is also supported by the Australia Council, Arts NSW and individual donors.
More than 65 per cent of the fellowship's previous alumni have positions in professional orchestras around the world. Eight of these are within the Sydney Symphony Orchestra itself.