Warwick Adeney steps down from the QSO  

Ushering in a new era for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as a legendary concertmaster retires and a new management team arrives.
Warwick Adeney

Warwick Adeney, the charismatic long-term Concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), will be standing down from the orchestra early in 2023 after 22 years. Prior to his appointment, Adeney had been Concertmaster of the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) from 1989, before its amalgamation with the QSO in 2001. He has been an orchestral player since 1984, shortly after graduating with the Gold Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

‘In total I have spent 38 years playing in orchestras, with 34 of those years as a concertmaster or co-concertmaster. I am stepping down now to pursue other musical interests in both teaching and music-making more broadly across the community. I have been considering this for some time and the time is certainly right for me now. I considered it some years ago, but it would not have been the right move for the orchestra then,’ he tells ArtsHub.  

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Suzannah Conway is ArtsHub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer. Suzannah is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She has been writing reviews and music articles for over 15 years and regularly reviews classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals.