The Pierrot Project

Paul Rissmann - Creative Director

Inspired by South Australia’s intriguing obsession with the character Pierrot Lunaire at the time of World War I, internationally acclaimed composer Paul Rissmann leads an innovative creative project with secondary school aged musicians. Over a week of collaborative creative workshops with Rissmann and ASO mentors, the students will re-imagine the extraordinary music of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin. In an exciting concert finale, a brand new work will be premiered by the student ensemble and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, performed on stage at Elder Hall.


With a commitment to nurturing SA’s emerging musicians, ASO will invite 4 Elder Conservatorium students to undertake training in workshop leadership as part of this project.


The Pierrot Project forms part of a larger initiative funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage grant scheme and the State Library of South Australia. The ‘Beyond the Stage’ project, which is being conducted by the University of Adelaide, explores the performing arts in South Australia during the First World War.

Mon 16 - Tue 24


This program is suitable for instrumental and vocal students aged 15 - 18 (approx. AMEB level 5+).


Cost $200 per student, with lunch provided daily.


Before applying, please consider that a commitment to 100% attendance is required to take part.


Applications for The Pierrot Project are now closed.