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Benjamin Northey

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Benjamin Northey

Australian conductor Benjamin Northey is the Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  He has previously held the posts of Resident Guest Conductor of the Australia Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (2002-2006) and Principal Conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (2007-2010).

Northey also appears regularly as a guest conductor with all major Australian symphony orchestras, Opera Australia (Turandot, L’elisir d’amore, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Carmen), New Zealand Opera (Sweeney Todd) and State Opera South Australia (La sonnambula, L’elisir d’amore, Les contes d’Hoffmann).  His international appearances include concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, the Malaysian Philharmonic and the New Zealand Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras.

Northey studied conducting with John Hopkins at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.  In 2001, he was awarded first prize in the Symphony Australia Young Conductor of the Year Competition under the direction of Jorma Panula. In 2002, he was he was accepted as the highest placed applicant to Finland’s prestigious Sibelius Academy where he studied with Leif Segerstam and Atso Almila until 2005.  He completed his studies at the Stockholm Royal College of Music with Jorma Panula in 2006.  In 2009/10, he was chosen as one of three conductors worldwide to participate in the Allianz International Conductor’s Academy with the LPO and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

With a progressive and diverse approach to repertoire, he has collaborated with a broad range of artists including Maxim Vengerov, Julian Rachlin, Karen Gomyo, Piers Lane, Alban Gerhardt, Johannes Moser, Piers Lane, Amy Dickson, Slava Grigoryan & Marc-André Hamelin as well as popular artists Tim Minchin, KD Lang, Kate Miller-Heidke, Barry Humphries, Kurt Elling, James Morrison and Tori Amos.

Northey is highly active in the performance of Australian orchestral music having premiered numerous major new works by Brett Dean, Peter Sculthorpe, Elena Kats-Chernin, Matthew Hindson and many others.  An Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, his awards include the prestigious 2010 Melbourne Prize Outstanding Musician’s Award and the 2002 Brian Stacey Memorial Scholarship as well as multiple awards and nominations for his numerous recordings with ABC Classics.

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Festival of Orchestra

Classical Sp(e)ctacular

Adelaide Showground

Wed 24 Nov 2021

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Classical Sp(e)ctacular

Some of the greatest music ever created is played by the ASO in the thrilling opening concert of the Festival – this will be a night to remember!

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Minist(r)y of S(o)und

Adelaide Showground

Fri 26 Nov 2021

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Minist(r)y of S(o)und

Prepare yourself for a celebration of the most beloved dance floor moments of the last 25 years, re-orchestrated.

Festival of Orchestra

Carmina (B)urana

Adelaide Showground

Sat 27 Nov 2021

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Carmina (B)urana

With more than 200 performers on stage, a complete performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina burana is always an epic concert event.

Festival of Orchestra

A night on B(r)oadway

Adelaide Showground

Wed 1 Dec 2021

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A night on B(r)oadway

In glittering orchestral style, the ASO will bring you some of the most exciting music ever written for Broadway, under the direction of maestro Guy Noble.

Festival of Orchestra

S(y)mphony of Angels

Adelaide Showground

Fri 3 Dec 2021

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S(y)mphony of Angels

The Angels and ASO are set to rock your world in the symphonic spectacular Symphony of Angels.

Festival of Orchestra

Blu(e) Planet II

Adelaide Showground

Sat 4 Dec 2021

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Blu(e) Planet II

Immerse yourself in Blue Planet II, Live in Concert, an awe-inspiring and epic experience on a giant screen, set to the mesmerising score by Hans Zimmer, and hosted by Dr Karl

Matinee Series

Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

Elder Hall

Wed 27 Oct 2021

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Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

The Romance for solo violin by Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen makes for a delicate centrepiece in this emotionally charged program, which is directed from the violin by Elizabeth Layton.

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Matinee Series

Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

Elder Hall

Wed 27 Oct 2021

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Drama and Romance – Matinee Series 5

The Romance for solo violin by Norwegian composer Johan Svendsen makes for a delicate centrepiece in this emotionally charged program, which is directed from the violin by Elizabeth Layton.

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