Now in its eighth decade, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra is a much loved cultural institution and a ‘source of pride’ to 87% of Tasmanians, according to a recent survey. In addition to performing to its substantial subscriber audiences in Hobart and Launceston, the TSO reaches a broad cross-section of listeners in both cities with free outdoor concerts, performs in regional Tasmania, attracts newcomers to classical music with its Live Sessions concerts, performs in schools and community centres, and collaborates with Mona Foma, Dark Mofo, Victorian Opera and the Australian National Academy of Music, among other organisations. Interstate touring in recent years has taken the orchestra to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. In December 2016-January 2017 the TSO made a highly successful tour of the Chinese provinces of Jiangsu, Fujian and Shanghai, giving nine concerts in seven cities.
A much recorded orchestra, the TSO has more than 80 CDs in its catalogue, including more than 20 in the Australian Composer Series on ABC Classics and 16 in the Romantic Piano Concerto Series on the British label Hyperion. Founded in 1948, the TSO is a 47-piece ensemble. For works that require choral forces, the TSO is joined by the TSO Chorus, an auditioned group of approximately 80 voices. Eivind Aadland is the orchestra’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Designate.