Artistic Director

Sophie Rowell is one of Australia’s most respected and recognisable violinists. She is well known to national audiences for winning the ABC Young Performer’s Award in 2000, founding the Tankstream Quartet, being appointed to the Australian String Quartet and, most recently, being Concertmaster of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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Sophie is in much demand as a teacher, and her ongoing role at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) aligns with MCO’s long-standing commitment to emerging musicians.

She is the third artistic director in MCO’s 30-plus year history, building on the directorial legacies of William Hennessy and Jeffrey Crellin.