As Queensland’s longest running community orchestra, the Brisbane Concert Orchestra (BCO) is renowned for its highly energetic performances of both classical and popular repertoire.
Formed in 1966 by Australian conductor John Curro AM MBE as the resident orchestra for the Warana Festival (now known as the Brisbane Festival), BCO has since performed to great acclaim across south-east Queensland, recently celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a sold-out gala concert in Brisbane City Hall, Main Auditorium.
In 2015, BCO appointed its current Musical Director, Matthew Schwarz and has since grown in sound and strength to become a 55-member ensemble. Under Matthew’s musical leadership, BCO maintains a very busy performance schedule, producing several of its own concerts per year at major performance venues, a highly popular Kiddies Cushion Concert at its home in Red Hill, as well as free public performances in the Queen Street Mall, and tours to wineries in Stanthorpe.
Musical Director - Matthew Schwarz
Known for his energy and enthusiasm for music-making and the community, Matthew Schwarz was appointed Musical Director of the Brisbane Concert Orchestra at only twenty-one years of age in 2015. Since then, Matthew has guided the orchestra in sold-out performances of classical and pops repertoire at a variety of venues across Brisbane.
A student of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Matthew has observed and been mentored by conductors such as John Curro, Guy Noble, Peter Morris, and Johannes Fritzsch as part of an internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
In 2017, Matthew conducted a performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto to raise funds for beyondblue with Concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Warwick Adeney as soloist.
Matthew is a graduate of the Queensland Leaders, Future Leaders program and previously served as Chief Conductor and President of the Queensland Philharmonia Orchestra.