wssoc no.3

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

Welcome to our Great Concerts of Great Classical Symphonies 2 2019.

Collaborated the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra is very proudly presenting it's second concert to the Western Sydney communities. 

Featured with local musicians alongside the professional musicians of the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, this concert will feature great symphonic works of great classical composers: Marriage of Figaro Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pavane pour une infante défunte by Joseph Maurice Ravel, Fantasia - Clouds Chasing the Moon by Brian Chatpo Koo, and Symphony No.35 in D major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
I am sure it will be a great and unforgettable evening as to playing and listening to the great classical symphonies which contain complex structures, rigorous tonalities, rich harmonies, and the contrasting timbres of the various instruments.  Like the paintings of the great artists, or the novels of the great writers, all of these can open our minds, widen our vision and enrich our souls.
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, theSydney Olympic Park Authority, 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 a true musician.

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

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


From the Sydney Olympic Park Authority




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 PhD 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 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, civilisation and human society. With it's 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 hope to enrich the music cultural live of the Western Sydney by providing fantastic opportunities for the local music lovers to play and enjoy the classical music. Through these events he wants to build a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local community for lovers of classical and symphonic music.



The Structural Analysis of the Symphony No.35 by Mozart by Dr Brian Chatpo Koo


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

Violin I

Beata Stanowska (Concertmaster)
Rachael Gock
Paul Pokorny (Co-concertmaster)
Zeynep Unnal
Angela Shen
Nebojsa Miletic

Violin II

Monica Cichon (Principal)
Kiana Napernikova
Jonathan Yap
Nicholas Ip
Grece Liu


Eda Talu (Principal)
Jonathan Karanikas
Jack Ji Feng
Sherry Ding


Michal Wieczorek(Principal)
Kayla Flaxman
Margaret Lindsay Machamer
Felix Soon
Ian Macourt
Zara Vellani

Double Bass

Bryton Johnson
George Machado


Lucy Weng (Principal)
Catherine Anne Wainwright
Samatha Chan


ShangGuan Jia jia  (Principal)
Dianne Harrell


Carson Du  (Principal)
Ishaan Vellani


Shuai Yang  (Principal)
David Pow

French Horn

Derek Wang (Principal)
Sandra Miletic
Martin Coote


Ryley Gillen (Principal)
Harriet Channon


Sandra Chan


Stevan Machamer


Megan Amos



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



The Sydney Olympic Park Authority

The Sydney Hills Shire Council

Western Sydney Business Accesses

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 - Lalesh Chand
Linda Howarth
Rawah Dorranian


Executive Director - Dr Brian Chatpo Koo
Orchestra Manager - Jocelyn Palmer
Office Manager - Rajishwar Datt
Finance Manager - Lalesh Chand
Publicity Manager - Rawah Dorranian
Event Manager - Junior Lene
Concert Manager - Rita Lee
Membership Manager - Eva Lau
Development Manager - Jennifer Leung
Orchestra Assistance - Jevi Tinagan


Up Coming Concerts