Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
A leader in music of the Classical and early Romantic periods, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra enjoys a high profile nationally and internationally through its world-wide broadcasts and award-winning recordings. Winner of backto- back ‘Best Classical Recording’ limelight Awards in 2007 and 2008, the TSO is the only Australian orchestra to have released recordings of the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Schumann. The TSO also champions music by Australian composers, and the Australian Music Program, founded in 2003, is one of the TSO’s key initiatives. To date, the TSO has released on the ABC Classics label 18 CDs featuring works by Australian composers ranging from Peter Sculthorpe and Richard Meale to Elena Kats- Chernin and Brett Dean. The TSO, which is resident in Hobart’s purposebuilt Federation Concert Hall, has a full complement of 47 musicians. Declared a Tasmanian Icon in 1998, the TSO enjoys a high level of support among the Tasmanian community.
Sebastian Lang-Lessing is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Awarded the Ferenc Fricsay Prize in Berlin at the age of 24, he subsequently took up a conducting post at the Hamburg State Opera, was appointed resident conductor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and later Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy. Under his direction, the Opéra de Nancy was elevated to national status, becoming the Opéra National de Lorraine. His international career started at the Opéra Bastille de Paris, followed by engagements at Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera,Washington National Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Opéra de Bordeaux, and the opera houses of Oslo, Stockholm and Cape Town. Concert engagements have included performances with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the principal German radio orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Toulouse and major orchestras in Australia. His CDs with the TSO include the music of Brett Dean, the four Schumann symphonies, Mozart Arias with Sara Macliver, Romantic Overtures, and works by Bruch, Mendelssohn, Franck, D’Indy and Saint-Saëns.