Sir Andrew Davis conducts the MSO

Current Supporters

Thank you for your support

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the support of its Patrons. Patrons are individuals and organisations who support the Orchestra through annual, tax deductible donations of $1000 and above. MSO thanks the following private individuals and organisations for their kind patronage.

MSO Patron

The Honourable Linda Dessau AC Governor of Victoria

Honorary Appointments

Marc Besen AC and Eva Besen AO |
Mr John Gandel AC and Mrs Pauline Gandel | Life members
Sir Elton John CBE | Life member
Harold Mitchell AC | Life member
Lady Potter AC CMRI | Life member
Jeanne Pratt AC | Life member
Tan Dun | Artistic Ambassador
Geoffrey Rush AC | Ambassador

John Brockman OAM | Life member
The Honourable Alan Goldberg AO QC | Life member
Dr Roger Riordan AM | Life member
Ila Vanrenen | Life member

Chairman’s Circle

Marc Besen AC and Eva Besen AO
The Gross Foundation
Harold Mitchell Foundation
David and Angela Li
Harold Mitchell AC
MS Newman Family Foundation
Joy Selby Smith
The Cybec Foundation
The Pratt Foundation
The Ullmer Family Foundation
Anonymous (1)

Artist Chair Benefactors

The Cybec Foundation – Cybec Assistant Conductor Chair
The Ullmer Family Foundation – Associate Concertmaster Chair
Anonymous – Principal Flute Chair
The Gross Foundation – Principal Second Violin Chair
Di Jameson – Principal Viola Chair
MS Newman Family Foundation – Principal Cello Chair
Marc Besen AC and Eva Besen AO – 2019 Soloist in Residence Chair

Program Benefactors

Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program
The Cybec Foundation

Cybec Young Composer in Residence
Made possible by The Cybec Foundation

East Meets West
Supported by the Li Family Trust

Meet The Orchestra
Made possible by The Ullmer Family Foundation

MSO Audience Access
Crown Resorts Foundation
Packer Family Foundation

MSO Education
Supported by Mrs Margaret Ross AM and Dr Ian Ross

MSO International Touring
Harold Mitchell AC
The Ullmer Family Foundation
The Pratt Foundation

MSO Regional Touring
Creative Victoria
Freemasons Foundation Victoria
Robert Salzer Foundation
Perpetual Foundation – Alan (AGL) Shaw Endowment

Musical Acknowledgment of Countries
Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
Commonwealth Government through the Australian National Commission for UNESCO

The Pizzicato Effect
The Marian and E.H. Flack Trust
Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust
Supported by the Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program

Sidney Myer Free Concerts
Supported by the Sidney Myer MSO Trust Fund and the University of Melbourne

Platinum Patrons ($100,000+)

Marc Besen AC and Eva Besen AO
John Gandel AC and Pauline Gandel
The Gross Foundation ◊
David and Angela Li
MS Newman Family Foundation ◊
Anthony Pratt ◊
The Pratt Foundation
Joy Selby Smith
Ullmer Family Foundation ◊
Anonymous (1)

Virtuoso Patrons ($50,000+)

Di Jameson ◊
David Krasnostein and Pat Stragalinos
Harold Mitchell AC
Kim Williams AM

Impresario Patrons ($20,000+)

Michael Aquilina ◊ ◊ ◊
The John and Jennifer Brukner Foundation
Mary and Frederick Davidson AM
Rachel and the late Hon. Alan Goldberg AO QC
Margaret Jackson AC
Andrew Johnston
Mimie MacLaren
John and Lois McKay

Maestro Patrons ($10,000+)

Kaye and David Birks
Mitchell Chipman
Sir Andrew and Lady Davis
Tim and Lyn Edward ◊
Danny Gorog and Lindy Susskind ◊
Robert & Jan Green
Hilary Hall, in memory of Wilma Collie
Nereda Hanlon and Michael Hanlon AM ◊
Suzanne Kirkham
The Cuming Bequest
Ian and Jeannie Paterson
Lady Potter AC CMRI
Elizabeth Proust AO
Xijian Ren and Qian Li
Glenn Sedgwick
Helen Silver AO and Harrison Young
The Hogan Family Foundation
Maria Solà
Profs. G & G Stephenson, in honour of the great Romanian musicians George Enescu and Dinu Lipatti
Gai and David Taylor
Juliet Tootell
Alice Vaughan
Harry and Michelle Wong
Jason Yeap OAM
Anonymous (1)

Principal Patrons ($5000+)

Christine and Mark Armour
John and Mary Barlow
Barbara Bell, in memory of Elsa Bell
Stephen and Caroline Brain
Prof Ian Brighthope
David and Emma Capponi
May and James Chen
Chisholm and Gamon ◊
Wendy Dimmick
Andrew Dudgeon AM ◊
Andrew and Theresa Dyer ◊
Mr Bill Fleming
John and Diana Frew
Susan Fry and Don Fry AO
Sophie Galaise and Clarence Fraser ◊
Geelong Friends of the MSO
Jennifer Gorog
HMA Foundation
Louis Hamon OAM
Hans and Petra Henkell
Hartmut and Ruth Hofmann
Doug Hooley
Jenny and Peter Hordern
Dr Alastair Jackson
Dr Elizabeth A Lewis AM
Norman Lewis, in memory of Dr Phyllis Lewis
Peter Lovell
Lesley McMullin Foundation
Mr Douglas and Mrs Rosemary Meagher
David and Helen Moses
Dr Paul Nisselle AM
The Rosemary Norman Foundation ◊
Ken Ong, in memory of Lin Ong
Bruce Parncutt AO
Jim and Fran Pfeiffer
Pzena Investment Charitable Fund
Andrew and Judy Rogers ◊
Rae Rothfield
Max and Jill Schultz
Mr Tam Vu and Dr Cherilyn Tillman ◊
The Hon. Michael Watt QC and Cecilie Hall
Lyn Williams AM
Anonymous (2)

Associate Patrons ($2500+)

Dandolo Partners
Will and Dorothy Bailey Bequest
David Blackwell OAM
Anne Bowden
Bill Bowness
Julia and Jim Breen
Lynne Burgess
Oliver Carton
John and Lyn Coppock
Miss Ann Darby, in memory of Leslie J. Darby
Natasha Davies, for the Trikojus Education Fund
Merrowyn Deacon
Sandra Dent
Peter and Leila Doyle
Lisa Dwyer and Dr Ian Dickson
Jane Edmanson OAM
Dr Helen M Ferguson
Elizabeth Foster
Mr Peter Gallagher and Dr Karen Morley
Dina and Ron Goldschlager
Louise Gourlay OAM
Peter and Lyndsey Hawkins ◊
Susan and Gary Hearst
Colin Heggen, in memory of Marjorie Drysdale Heggen
Rosemary and James Jacoby
Jenkins Family Foundation
C W Johnston Family
John Jones
George and Grace Kass
Irene Kearsey and M J Ridley
The Ilma Kelson Music Foundation
Kloeden Foundation
Bryan Lawrence
Ann and George Littlewood
John and Margaret Mason
H E McKenzie
Allan and Evelyn McLaren
Don and Anne Meadows
Marie Morton FRSA
Annabel and Rupert Myer AO
Sue and Barry Peake
Mrs W Peart
Graham and Christine Peirson
Julie and Ian Reid
Ruth and Ralph Renard
S M Richards AM and M R Richards
Tom and Elizabeth Romanowski
Jeffrey Sher QC and Diana Sher OAM
Diana and Brian Snape AM
Dr Norman and Dr Sue Sonenberg
Geoff and Judy Steinicke
Elisabeth Wagner
Brian and Helena Worsfold
Peter and Susan Yates
Anonymous (8)

Player Patrons ($1000+)

David and Cindy Abbey
Christa Abdallah
Dr Sally Adams
Mary Armour
Arnold Bloch Leibler
Philip Bacon AM
Marlyn and Peter Bancroft OAM
Adrienne Basser
Prof Weston Bate and Janice Bate
Janet Bell
Michael F Boyt
Patricia Brockman
Dr John Brookes
Suzie Brown OAM and Harvey Brown
Roger and Col Buckle
Jill and Christopher Buckley
Shane Buggle
Bill and Sandra Burdett
Peter Caldwell
Joe Cordone
Andrew and Pamela Crockett
Beryl Dean
Rick and Sue Deering
Dominic and Natalie Dirupo
Marie Dowling
John and Anne Duncan
Kay Ehrenberg
Jaan Enden
Valerie Falconer and the Rayner Family in memory of Keith Falconer
Amy & Simon Feiglin
Grant Fisher and Helen Bird
Barry Fradkin OAM and Dr Pam Fradkin
Applebay Pty Ltd
David Frenkiel and Esther Frenkiel OAM
David Gibbs and Susie O’Neill
Merwyn and Greta Goldblatt
Colin Golvan QC and Dr Deborah Golvan
George Golvan QC and Naomi Golvan
Dr Marged Goode
Prof Denise Grocke AO
Max Gulbin
Dr Sandra Hacker AO and Mr Ian Kennedy AM
Jean Hadges
Michael and Susie Hamson
Paula Hansky OAM
Merv Keehn & Sue Harlow
Tilda and Brian Haughney
Anna and John Holdsworth
Penelope Hughes
Basil and Rita Jenkins
Stuart Jennings
Dorothy Karpin
Brett Kelly and Cindy Watkin
Dr Anne Kennedy
Julie and Simon Kessel
Kerry Landman
William and Magdalena Leadston
Andrew Lee
Dr Anne Lierse
Gaelle Lindrea
Andrew Lockwood
Violet and Jeff Loewenstein
Elizabeth H Loftus
Chris and Anna Long
The Hon Ian Macphee AO and Mrs Julie Macphee
Eleanor & Phillip Mancini
Dr Julianne Bayliss
In memory of Leigh Masel
Ruth Maxwell
Jenny McGregor AM & Peter Allen
Glenda McNaught
Ian Morrey and Geoffrey Minter
Patricia Nilsson
Laurence O’Keefe and Christopher James
Alan and Dorothy Pattison
Margaret Plant
Kerryn Pratchett
Peter Priest
Treena Quarin
Eli Raskin
Raspin Family Trust
Bobbie Renard
Peter and Carolyn Rendit
Dr Rosemary Ayton and Dr Sam Ricketson
Joan P Robinson
Cathy and Peter Rogers
Doug and Elisabeth Scott
Martin and Susan Shirley
Penny Shore
Dr Sam Smorgon AO and Mrs Minnie Smorgon
John So
Dr Michael Soon
Lady Southey AC
Jennifer Steinicke
Dr Peter Strickland
Pamela Swansson
Jenny Tatchell
Frank Tisher OAM and Dr Miriam Tisher
The Hon. Rosemary Varty
Leon and Sandra Velik
Sue Walker AM
Elaine Walters OAM and Gregory Walters
Edward and Paddy White
Nic and Ann Willcock
Marian and Terry Wills Cooke
Lorraine Woolley
Richard Ye
Panch Das and Laurel Young-Das
Anonymous (21)

Current Conductor’s Circle Members

Jenny Anderson
David Angelovich
G C Bawden and L de Kievit
Lesley Bawden
Joyce Bown
Mrs Jenny Brukner and the late Mr John Brukner
Ken Bullen
Peter A Caldwell
Luci and Ron Chambers
Beryl Dean
Sandra Dent
Lyn Edward
Alan Egan JP
Gunta Eglite
Mr Derek Grantham
Marguerite Garnon-Williams
Drs L C Gruen and R W Wade
Louis Hamon OAM
Carol Hay
Tony Howe
Laurence O’Keefe and Christopher James
Audrey M Jenkins
John Jones
George and Grace Kass
Mrs Sylvia Lavelle
Pauline and David Lawton
Cameron Mowat
Rosia Pasteur
Elizabeth Proust AO
Penny Rawlins
Joan P Robinson
Neil Roussac
Anne Roussac-Hoyne
Suzette Sherazee
Michael Ryan and Wendy Mead
Anne Kieni-Serpell and Andrew Serpell
Jennifer Shepherd
Profs. Gabriela and George Stephenson
Pamela Swansson
Lillian Tarry
Dr Cherilyn Tillman
Mr and Mrs R P Trebilcock
Michael Ullmer
Ila Vanrenen
The Hon. Rosemary Varty
Mr Tam Vu
Marian and Terry Wills Cooke
Mark Young
Anonymous (24)

The MSO gratefully acknowledges the support received from the Estates of:

Angela Beagley
Neilma Gantner
Gwen Hunt
Audrey Jenkins
Joan Jones
Pauline Marie Johnston
C P Kemp
Peter Forbes MacLaren
Joan Winsome Maslen
Lorraine Maxine Meldrum
Prof Andrew McCredie
Miss Sheila Scotter AM MBE
Marion A I H M Spence
Molly Stephens
Jennifer May Teague
Jean Tweedie
Herta and Fred B Vogel
Dorothy Wood

Trusts and Foundations

Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation
The Cybec Foundation
The Marian and E.H. Flack Trust
Gall Family Foundation
The Archie & Hilda Graham Foundation
Ern Hartley Foundation
The A.L. Lane Foundation
Gwen & Edna Jones Foundation
Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation
Freemasons Foundation Victoria
Gandel Philanthropy
The Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust
Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
The Harold Mitchell Foundation
Perpetual Foundation – Alan (AGL) Shaw Foundation
Thomas O’Toole Foundation
Sidney Myer MSO Trust Fund
Pratt Foundation
Robert Salzer Foundation
Telematics Trust
The Ray & Joyce Uebergang Foundation

The MSO relies on your ongoing philanthropic support to sustain our artists, and support access, education, community engagement and more. We invite our supporters to get close to the MSO through a range of special events.

The MSO welcomes your support at any level. Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible, and supporters are recognised as follows: $1,000+ (Player), $2,500+ (Associate), $5,000+ (Principal), $10,000+ (Maestro), $20,000+ (Impresario), $50,000+ (Virtuoso), $100,000+ (Platinum).

The MSO Conductor’s Circle is our bequest program for members who have notified of a planned gift in their Will.


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