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 regularly 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.




Oscar Shoyo Wong began piano lessons at the age of seven and has established himself as one of Australia’s most talented young pianists. He was granted early entry into Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and recently completed his Bachelor of Music studying in the class of Natasha Vlassenko. His past teachers include Judy Sun and Jennifer Newcomb. As a soloist, chamber musician and concerto soloist, he has performed in Japan, China, Russia, Malta and throughout Australia.

He is a first prize winner of important piano competitions in Australia, including 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; first prize in the 2017 Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition, along with Audience Choice and the John Hopkins Performance Fellowship; first prize in the Australian Society of Keyboard Music Competition; three times first prize in the MTAQ Queensland Piano Competition; and prize winner in the Japan Open International Piano Competition.

During his degree, he received all of the performance prizes available to him, namely the Ruby C Cooling Prize (2015/2016), Minnie May Bussey Pianoforte Scholarship (2016), Basil Jones Sonata Prize (2017), Hilda Woolmer Prize for Piano Accompaniment (2017), Margaret Nickson Prize (2018), Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Prize (2018), and finalist in the Brisbane Club Award.

He has made festival appearances in the Australian Piano Duo Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Hamamatsu International Piano Academy, Kirishima International Music Festival, Moscow State Conservatory International Winterschool, Malta International Music Festival and the Bangalow Music Festival, where he was a 2018 Southern Cross Soloists Next Generation Artist.

Oscar has performed as soloist with the Gold Coast Philharmonic, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony and Queensland Symphony Orchestras under maestros Mark Turpin, Gerard Schwarz and Johannes Fritzsch. His performances have been heard on 4MBS and 102.5FM radio.

Oscar holds L.Mus.A and L.T.C.L with distinctions, as well as the prestigious Fellowship in Music, Australia (F.Mus.A), for which he was selected to perform at the graduation ceremony in 2014 and 2018.

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

He will be performing the final movement of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 25 with the Queensland Pops Orchestra conducted by Patrick Pickett on New Years Eve this year at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.