Obituary: John Curro, founder of Queensland Youth Orchestras, 86

Posted on: November 12, 2019

“The news that the godfather of classical music in Queensland is dead has plunged the local music world into mourning. John Curro, 86, died on Wednesday afternoon,” writes Phil Brown in Friday’s (11/8) Courier-Mail (Australia). “He founded Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO) in 1966, an organization that led to music careers worldwide for artists such as composer and viola player Brett Dean, Diana Doherty, who is principal oboe with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Warwick Adeney, who is concert master with Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He also mentored rising stars such as young soprano Xenia Puskarz Thomas, who started out playing violin with the QYO, has sung with the orchestras and is being touted as an opera star of the future. Curro, who was awarded both an MBE and an AM, was hugely respected and served as director of music and conductor of the Queensland Youth Symphony, the QYO’s leading orchestra, until his death…. Curro completed 13 international tours with the Queensland Youth Symphony and he received many honors in his lifetime [and] had a huge impact on Queensland families through his work with young musicians.… Curro is survived by his wife, Carmel, and their five children.”

Posted November 12, 2019