Vale John Curro AM MBE

The Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras were saddened to hear of the passing of John Curro AM MBE on Wednesday 6 November 2019.

Vale John Curro AM MBE


John Curro’s contribution to the Australian classical music landscape was substantial and generous. As a violinist, conductor and educator he inspired and taught countless Australian musicians, particularly through his leadership of Queensland Youth Orchestras for over 50 years.

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of one of music’s elder statesmen,” stated Craig Whitehead, Chair of Symphony Services Australia and Chief Executive of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. “John’s passion and professionalism were recognized through the many awards and accolades he received throughout his career. We are all far richer for the contribution that John has made to Australian musical life.”

John conducted many of Australia’s symphony orchestras over the years, and also taught or mentored many emerging Australian conductors who themselves have performed with these same orchestras.

Managing Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sophie Galaise, today commented “In addition to his lasting musical contribution, John was passionate about his family. His legacy will live on through the beautiful music made by his daughters Sarah Curro and Monica Curro, both esteemed members of the MSO”.

The board of Symphony Services Australia sends its condolences to the Curro family and pays tribute to the outstanding contribution made by John Curro AM MBE.

Vincent Ciccarello (Managing Director, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra)

Sophie Galaise (Managing Director, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)

Craig Whitehead (Chief Executive, Queensland Symphony Orchestra)

Emma E. Dunch (Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

Caroline Sharpen (Chief Executive Officer, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra)

Mark Coughlan (Chief Executive Officer, West Australian Symphony Orchestra)