The BPO treks through exotic worlds in our end of year finale. We welcome the 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition winner, Oscar Wong, who will perform Saint-Saën's ‘Egyptian’ concerto – a musical travelogue conjuring the sounds of a sea voyage, the chirping of frogs and crickets on the Nile and the exotic songs of the bazaar. Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia takes us on a caravan journey along the Silk Road and Rimsky-Korsakov's masterpiece Scheherezade closes the concert with its vivid and colourful depiction of the beautiful slave girl Scheherezade enthralling the cruel Sultan with tales of the Arabian Nights


Conductor:  Peter Luff

Soloist:  Oscar Wong (piano)

Borodin                         In the Steppes of Central Asia
Saint-Saëns                Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 10 (the Egyptian)
Rimsky-Korsakov    Scheherazade Op.35



Peter Luff is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director (Performance and Engagement) at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU). An until recently, held the position of Associate Principal Horn with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra where he still performs.

In 1987, after completing his Bachelor of Music in Performance at Adelaide University’s Elder Conservatorium, Peter moved to Brisbane to join the Horn section of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has since completed a Master of Music degree in conducting at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and continues to pursue a busy career performing, teaching and conducting.

Peter has conducted many ensembles and orchestras nationally and internationally, including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Ensemble, Bangalow Festival Orchestra, Macgregor Summer School Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Brass Ensemble.

Peter is in great demand as a horn teacher. Many of his horn graduates have secured permanent playing positions in national and international professional symphony orchestras. He has tutored for the Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra, Australian National Academy of Music, University of Arkansas (USA), Korean National University and Shandong University (China). Peter currently lectures in Horn and Brass Studies at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.


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Oscar Shoyo Wong was a full music scholarship recipient at Emmanuel College before being granted early entry into the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, where he is currently pursuing a fourth year Bachelor of Music majoring in Performance in the class of Natasha Vlassenko. He previously studied with Judy Sun and Jennifer Newcomb. Oscar is the First prize winner of the 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, where he also received the Enid Lane Memorial Prize for Mozart, Best Performance of a Work by Chopin and Best Recital in Round 3. 

He has performed as soloist with the Gold Coast Philharmonic, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony and Queensland Symphony Orchestras under such conductors as Mark Turpin, Gerard Schwarz and Johannes Fritzsch.

Some other highlights include First prize, John Hopkins Performance Fellowship and Audience Choice Prize at the 2017 Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition, First prize in the Australian Society of Keyboard Music Competition and three times First prize at the MTAQ Queensland Piano Competition.

At the Conservatorium he is the recipient of the Basil Jones Sonata Prize (2017), Hilda Woolmer Prize for Piano Accompaniment (2017), Minnie May Bussey Pianoforte Scholarship (2016), Ruby C Cooling Prize (2015/2016), Griffith University Academic Excellence Award (2015-2017) and received invitation to the Golden Key International Honours Society. His performances have been broadcasted on 4MBS and 102.5FM radio.

He has participated in the 21st Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in Japan and as a passionate chamber musician, performed in the Australian Piano Duo Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Oscar is Queensland’s final recipient of the prestigious Fellowship in Music Australia (F.Mus.A), having achieved L.Mus.A and L.T.C.L with distinctions and performing at the graduation ceremony in 2014.

Oscar is also an accomplished bassoonist, but when not making music enjoys eating food, following the tennis and pondering life philosophies.