Announced annually on Queensland Day, the Queensland Greats Awards recognise the efforts and achievements of extraordinary Queenslanders for their remarkable contribution to the history and development of this great state. Over 17 years only 82 individuals and 11 institutions have been recognised as a Queensland Great.
With internationally acclaimed Music Director Alondra de La Parra firmly holding the artistic baton, and inspiring Chief ExecutiveDavid Pratt wooed back from the United States to lead the Queensland Symphony Orchestra into its next exciting era, the company is this year celebrating 70 years of making music for and across Queensland.
“The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is transforming into an orchestra for the 21st century – an orchestra that’s relevant, that connects with all people, across all geographies, cultures, backgrounds and ages, and an orchestra that the world wants to listen to. We are thrilled, excited and so humbled to be named a Queensland Great – on behalf of every single orchestra member, from the First Violin to our dedicated backstage team and the people on whose shoulders we stand, thank you,” said Chief Executive David Pratt.
“The QSO is Queensland’s largest performing arts organisation. What’s extraordinary is that we create and deliver unique musical experiences across this huge state. Highly trained professional musicians – at home in any great concert hall on the planet – travel to all corners of Queensland to connect with Queenslanders, to ensure all Queenslanders can experience the power of live music.