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Rossini: William Tell Overture (excerpt)
by conductor John Curro, performed by Queensland Youth Symphony
John Curro (1932 to 2019) was an Australian violinist, conductor and academic. John Ronald Curro was born on December 6th 1932 in Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. Part of a family of Italian immigrants, he took up the violin at a young age, even though his interests of the time were more towards sport and his academic studies. During the first months of university studies in 1950, he met the English violinist Alfredo Campoli at the Brisbane tennis club, who presented him with a ticket for one of his concerts. Struck by the violinist's perfect execution of Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64", Curro began to sense his own true vocation and so resumed his studies in the violin. Meanwhile, he graduated in architecture from the University of Queensland in 1955 and, during a post-graduate study trip in Europe the following year, took violin lessons with Willy Schweyda in Klagenfurt and Remy Principe in Rome. After returning to Australia in 1958, he divided his time between architecture and music but finally abandoned the former in favour of the violin. In 1962, he joined the class of the renowned Jan Sedivkaat at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane, and also took viola lessons with Robert Pikler and conducting studies with Ezra Rachlin. Curro eventually became an orchestra professor with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and a professor of viola at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and in 1966 founded and directed the 'Queensland Youth Orchestras' ('QYO'), a training centre for 500 young violinists. It included three symphony orchestras, a junior orchestra, a chamber orchestra and a big band. He twice participated in cultural exchange programmes with China, and while there conducted the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in 1975. In 1979, he was also invited to be a professor in the Conservatories of Shanghai and Beijing, and as director of music with the 'QYO' established the National Youth Concerto Competition (NYCC). Curro was appointed an MBE in 1981, and became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1995. He was also awarded the "Centenary Medal" and the "Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award", both in 2001, and the "Don Banks Music Award" in 2002. In 2016, he was additionally a recipient of a "Queensland Greats Award". John Curro died in Brisbane on November 6th 2019, aged 86.
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Posted: About 12 hours ago
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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