wssoc no.3

From the Founding Conductor, Artistic & Executive Director - Dr. Brian Chatpo Koo

Welcome to our Great Concerts of Great Classical Symphonies 1 2021.

Supported by the Hills Council, the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra is very proudly presenting its third concert to the Western Sydney communities. It is my hope that the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra will contribute much to the cultural life of Western Sydney and the Hills communities.

I would like to thank our generous sponsors, the Hills Shire Council, Baulkham Hills High School. I would also like to give my sincere thanks to our musicians for their love of music, dedication, for their sense of responsibility and mission as true musicians.

Special thanks to our volunteer Management Committee members, without whom this great concert would not be possible.

Dr. Brian Chatpo Koo
Founding Conductor, Artistic & Executive Director
Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra





The Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra (WSSO) is a community Symphony Orchestra serving the communities of Western Sydney.

Directed by the Artistic Director Dr Brian Chatpo Koo, managed by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Inc. (SCO) Management Committee, composed of brilliant professional musicians of the SCO, and local music lovers of Western Sydney, the WSSO hosts classical music concerts, providing captivating performances that showcase incredible diversity and skill across a variety of crowd-pleasing classics and new works.

Through these events, the WSSO will build a more vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive local community for lovers of classical and symphonic music.

Based in Western Sydney and the Hills Shire area, and supported by the Hills shire Council, and partnered with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra will provide valuable and development opportunities, and will encourage local participation from talented amateur and professional musicians.  All professional musicians, music teachers, and classical music lovers who are over the age of 18 and living in Western Sydney and the Sydney Hills area are welcome to join this new dynamic orchestra.


Dr Brian Chatpo Koo is a Sydney-based musician. 

Having studied music at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Sydney, Brian was the first person in Australia to receive a Ph.D. degree in music composition. Supported by the Hong Kong University Grant, Brian also studied music at the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and obtained his Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas from the Trinity College of Music in London.

He founded the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra in 2013. Together with about 100 of the finest Sydney professional musicians and a strong volunteer management team, Brian is dedicated to creating a platform where more new orchestral works can be written, performed, heard, recorded, published, and become a part of our music culture, as he believes music development history is written by composers' creativities. To encourage and to reach the pinnacle of this creativity and art, Brian believes that it must through devotion, perseverance, determination, and the most importantly through constant performances. Since 2013 the SCO has held 11 concerts, performed 38 new works of the composers from 22 countries.

Brian founded the SCO Youth Symphony (SYS), a training arm of the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, in order to provide professional orchestral training to young musicians, as he believes with classical music training and carefully selected programs covering a variety of cultural perspectives, young musicians can be equipped to broaden their vision and to enhance their understanding of culture, civilization and human society. With its three levels orchestras - the Sydney Contemporary Youth Orchestra (SCYO), the Sydney Hills Youth Orchestra (SHYO), and the Sydney Hills Junior Orchestra (SHJO), more than 200 young musicians have been trained and some of them have become professional musicians.

He also founded the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra (WSSO) in 2019 in the hope to enrich the music culture live of Western Sydney by providing fantastic opportunities for local music lovers to play and enjoy classical music. Through these events, he wants to build a more vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive local community for lovers of classical and symphonic music.


  • Boats
    by Brian Chatpo Koo
  • Symphony No 31 in D Major K 297 "Paris"
    by Wolfgang A. Mozart
    1. Allegro assai
    2. Andantino
    3. Allegro

    I N T E R M I S S I O N

  • Symphony No.4
    by L. V. Beethoven
    1. Allegro con spirito 
    2. Andante 
    3. Menuetto 
    4. Presto


Brian Chapto Koo



One of the most popular Chinese instrumental pieces adapted from a Chinese ancient tune, this descriptive piece of music depicts fishing boats returning home at sunset.

This orchestral arrangement, by Dr. Brian Chatpo Koo, is specially arranged for the SCO Youth Symphony in 2011 and revised for the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2021.

Dr. Brian Chatpo Koo is a Sydney-based musician. He has worked as a violinist, cellist, and conductor in several professional symphony orchestras before settling down in Sydney in 1993.

He studied music at the University of Hong Kong (Bachelor of Arts in music and Master of Philosophy in music), the University of Sydney (Doctor of Philosophy in music) He was the first person in Australia to receive a Ph.D. degree in music composition. He also studied music at International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and obtained his Licentiate, Fellowship Diplomas from Trinity College of Music London.

He has conducted many premieres of his own works, including both his operas. Other notable performances include those by Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan), Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Tasmania Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphonic Winds, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Zelanian Ensemble (New Zealand), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Kochi (Tokyo Japan), Taiwan National Ensemble, Hamburg New Music Ensemble (Germany), Darmstadt Ensemble (Germany), Accords Quartet (Toronto Canada).

As a composer, he has been commissioned by a variety of organizations, including the Hong Kong Composers' Guild, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and the Symphony Australia. His compositions have been performed and broadcasted over Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia.

He won the Hong Kong Young Musicians' Award in 1985 and the Himalaya Cup Award in the First International Competition for Piano Composition in Beijing in 1995.

As an academic member, he has worked as a tutor/teaching assistant for the Music Department in the University of Hong Kong, a senior faculty member of the Australian Institute of Music, (where he established curricula for the Bachelor degree in Music Composition), and an external examiner for the University of Wollongong.




Symphony No. 31 in D Major K 297


Composed in 1778, Symphony No. 31 in D major, K. 297/300a (Paris), is one of the most famous symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The symphony is laid out in fast-slow-fast form, omitting the Minuet normally found in classical-era symphonies:

Allegro assai,

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era. Born in Salzburg, Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his early death at the age of 35. The circumstances of his early death have been much mythologized.

He composed more than 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music. Ludwig van Beethoven composed his own early works in the shadow of Mozart, and Joseph Haydn wrote: "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years".

 Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No.4 in Bb Major Op.60

Composed in 1806, Symphony No. 4 in B♭ major, Op. 60, is the fourth-published symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. It was premiered in March 1807 at a private concert in Vienna at the Prince Lobkowitz. The first public performance was at the Burgtheater in Vienna in April 1808.

The symphony is in four movements.

1. Allegro vivace
2. Adagio
3. Scherzo and trio
4. Finale 

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and the predominant musical figure in the period between the Classical and Romantic eras.

As a German pianist and composer, he is widely considered the greatest of all time, whose innovative compositions combined vocals and instruments, widening the scope of sonata, symphony, concerto, and quartet. He is the crucial transitional figure connecting the Classical and Romantic ages of Western music. Beethoven’s personal life was marked by a struggle against deafness, and some of his most important works were composed during the last 10 years of his life when he was quite unable to hear.

He died at the age of 56.




Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Founding Conductor, Artistic & Executive Director - Dr Brian Chatpo Koo

Violin I

Beata Stanowska (Concertmaster)
Rachael Gock (Assistant concertmaster)
Paul Pokorny (Co-concertmaster)
Zeynep Unnal
Jelena Cvetkovic
Angela Shen
Sally Wang

Violin II

Dorothy Sercombe (Principal)
Caleigh Chow
Flynn Yim
Lucinda Wu
Sylvia Wu
Grace Liu


Miguel Sonnak (Principal)
Julia Porkony
Jaden Choi


Michal Wieczorek(Principal)
Kayla Flaxman
Nazli Sendurgut
Xin Connie Chen
Zara Velani

Double Bass

Vitaliy Palitsyn (Principal)
Bryton Johnson


Michelle Phillips-Schork (Principal)
Emma Armstrong
Megan Amos


Jillian Taylor (Principal)
Dianne Harrell


Carson Du  (Principal)
Matthew King
Ishaan Vellani


David Pow (Principal)

French Horn

Elana Trauring (Principal)
Annalisa Solinas


Kamal Jayakumar (Principal)
Raphael Harvey


Sandra Chan


Amy Kang


Sujin Kang


Megan Amos



The Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra would like to thank our supports: 


The Sydney Hills Shire Council

Baulkham Hills High School

Special thanks to the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Management Committee and the Executive Committee


President - Dr Brian Chatpo Koo
Vice President - Julia Farquharson
Secretary - Rajishwar Datt
Treasurer - David Gock
Rawah Dorranian
Rita Lee
Susanne Xi
Rosanne North


Executive Director - Dr Brian Chatpo Koo
Orchestra Manager - Bryton Johnthan
Office Manager - Rajishwar Datt
Finance Manager - Lalesh Chand
Publicity Manager - Rawah Dorranian
Concert Manager - Rita Lee
Membership Manager - Susanne Xi
Youth Symphony Manager - Rebecca Caffyn


­For more information: Call our Orchestra Manager - Bryton Johnson 0427 818 771