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  • Paul Terracini
  • Peter Ellis
  • Colin Piper
  • Sada Muramatsu

Dr Paul Terracini was born in Sydney and has enjoyed a career in Australia and internationally as an instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and conductor. He has held permanent positions as Principal Trumpet in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; Lecturer in Trumpet, Brass Ensemble and Big Band at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music; and Solo Trumpet in the Danish Chamber Players, Denmark.

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Peter Ellis is a native of Halifax, UK and read Music at the University of Birmingham, studying violin, organ and conducting. He was Music Director of the Birmingham University Chamber Choir and also a member of the renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, performing at the BBC Proms, on BBC Radio and Channel 4 television and on the Gramophone award winning EMI recording of Syzmanowski’s King Roger.

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Colin's first musical studies were piano lessons from the age of six. He completed the Diploma course studying piano and percussion at the N.S.W. State Conservatorium of Music and joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1968, having graduated through the A.B.C.'s National Training Orchestra scheme.

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Born in Japan. Based in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Sadaharu Muramatsu (Sada) is the Music Director of Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, Lecturer of Conducting at Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute), Conductor of Suzuki Cello Ensemble and Choirmaster of Sydney Sakura Choir.

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  • Jessica Westcott
  • Tamara-Anna Cislowska
  • Lisa Sung

Soprano Jessica Westcott graduated the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and received the Patricia Lucas Achievement prize.

In her two years of performing with Opera Australia’s NSW Schools Tour, Jessica delighted children from around the state in over 400 performances. Her roles for OA include Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola).

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Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia's most acclaimed and recognised pianists, and winner of the 2015 ARIA award for 'Best Classical Album' for her landmark recording, Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics), featured as 'Recording of the Month' in BBC Music Magazine and Limelight Magazine.

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Hailed by the Australian Daily Telegraph as a “viola prodigy,” Australian-Korean violist Lisa Sung is a special prizewinner at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition (2016), the Gisborne International Music Competition (2013), silver medalist at the Vivo International Music Competition (2017), two-time winner of the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition Senior Section (2012 & 2013) and the Multiples Section (2010).

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Friends of the KPO are an exclusive "inner circle" who support the Orchestra and introduce the KPO to the wider community. In return, they receive a range of privileges - including being able to attend free Sunday afternoon chamber concerts. Read More

The KPO is a truly community-based orchestra.

A modest grant from Ku-ring-gai Council contributes less than 10% of the Orchestra’s annual income; no on-going financial support is received from the State or Federal governments. So each year more than 90% of the Orchestra’s funding must be sourced from ticket sales, from the support of many individuals and from community-minded companies.

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The KPO is a not for profit, incorporated organisation. Donations to the KPO are tax deductable. (DGR endorsement is available on request.) Read More

About the KPO

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The Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra enjoys an unrivalled reputation:
  • For superb presentations of exciting, interesting music.
  • For innovative, community-focussed programs - including the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition, Kids' Proms concerts, its Composer Workshops, and commissions of special works from leading Australian composers.
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KPO has an extensive library of orchestral music which is available for hire to other orchestras. For details contact our Music Librarian - Sandy Giugini: 0404 481 590 or email. Read More
The Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) was founded in 1971 by the Chinese-Australian conductor Helen Quach, with the support of the Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council and the Australian Council of the Arts, under the patronage of Alderman J.F. Bennett (Mayor of Ku-ring-gai), Sir Charles Moses (ABC), Rex Hobcroft (Director of the N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music), Sir Bernard Heinze and John Hopkins (both conductors of the SSO). Read More