Dr Brian Chatpo Koo

Founding Conductor, Artistic & Executive Director
Sydney Contemporary Orchestra

Welcome to our concert of Soloist Spotlight 2019.

In this concert, both of our the Sydney Hills Junior Orchestra and the Sydney Hills Youth Orchestra will demonstrate their great improvements and achievements for accuracy and agility by playing Mozart’s full version of ” Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Symphony No. 35 in D Major. Our talented young violinist, Concertmaster, Rachael Gock will play a famous work for violin solo and orchestra by L. V. Beethoven – Romance in F major Op.50.

Thanks to those parents who give these kids the opportunity to be a part of our training program. I am sure this experience will broaden their vision, and to enhance their learning and understanding culture and civilization of human society, which can benefit them over a lifetime.

Sincere thanks to our volunteer Management Committee managers without whom nothing could have been done.

I would like to thank the Hills Shire Council, Baulkham Hills High School for their great support.

Dr Brian Chatpo Koo

Artistic Director

Sydney Contemporary Orchestra



The training arm of the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Inc. (SCO), the SCO Youth Symphony (SYS) is our Youth Program for young music lovers, music students, young musicians, and young music teachers in Sydney, Australia.

Led by its Founding Conductor, Artistic & Executive Director, Dr. Brian Chatpo Koo, the SYS offers young music lovers the opportunity to play and enjoy classical orchestral music of all kinds, not only performing but also learning to understand how those masterpieces were constructed, and expanding their orchestral music education training and orchestral music performance experience. The orchestra also broadens their potential music career by building up their orchestral music repertoires, as well as imparting to them the value of communication, teamwork, and discipline.

To achieve one’s full potential as a musician what better and greater opportunity there is for a youngster than being part of the SYS Orchestras. With professional training and be influenced by the classical symphonies, you will be equipped to broaden their vision globally and to enhance their understanding of human civilizations.


Dr. Brian Chatpo Koo is a Sydney-based musician.

Having studied music at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Sydney, Brian was the first person in Australia to receive a Ph.D. degree in music composition. Supported by the Hong Kong University Grant, Brian also studied music at the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and obtained his Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas from the Trinity College of Music in London.

He founded the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra in 2013. Together with about 100 of the finest Sydney professional musicians and a strong volunteer management team, Brian is dedicated to creating a platform where more new orchestral works can be written, performed, heard, recorded, published, and become a part of our music culture, as he believes music development history is written by composers’ creativities. To encourage and to reach the pinnacle of this creativity and art, Brian believes that it must through devotion, perseverance, determination, and the most importantly through constant performances. Since 2013 the SCO has held 11 concerts, performed 38 new works of the composers from 22 countries.

Brian also founded the SCO Youth Symphony, a training arm of the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, in order to provide professional orchestral training to young musicians, as he believes with classical music training and carefully selected programs covering a variety of cultural perspectives, young musicians can be equipped to broaden their vision and to enhance their understanding of culture, civilization and human society.

He founded the Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2019 with the aim to enrich the music culture live of Western Sydney by providing fantastic opportunities for the local music lovers to play and enjoy classical music. Through these events, he wants to build a more vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive local community for lovers of classical and symphonic music.

About the young solo violinist – Rachael Gock

12 years old young violinist, Rachael Gock is a very gifted young musician as remarked by an AMEB examiner on her Grade 8 exam report: “Your established and developing skills are allowing you to not only provide the technical components, fluently, but also a musicality. Good to hear the variety of your styles in tonal and interpretive contrasts.””

She has been learning the violin with Dr. Koo for about 4 years and now is preparing for her AMEB diploma exam.

Rachael is the Concertmaster of the orchestras of the SCO Youth Symphony. Besides leading the orchestra, she will play Beethoven’s famous work for solo violin and orchestra – Romance in F major with the Sydney Hills Youth Orchestra tonight.

Watching her amazing performance of quality in tone in the dramatic episodes of this work should be very enjoyable.


Conductor – Dr Brian Chatpo Koo
Concertmaster – Rachael Gock
Soloist – Rachael Gock (violin)

Sydney Hills Junior Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ” Eine kleine Nachtmusik”

  1. Allegro
  2. Romanze
  3. Menuetto Allegro
  4. Rondo Allegro

Sydney Hills Youth Orchestra

L. V. Beethoven Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F Major, Op. 50

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No.35 in D major K.285

  1. Allegro con spirito
  2. Andante
  3. Menuetto
  4. Finale Presto

J. Pachelbel Canon in D



Rachael Gock*
Orli Ades
Alina Lin
Jonathan Yap
Grace Liu
Kiana Napernikova
Nicholas Ip
Audrey Stavropoulos
Timothy Phokos
Emma Kan
Douglas Ip
Isobel caffyn
Isabella Kong
Maya Kikuchi
Jaren Sun
Vanessa Pachico


Jessica Koo
Jaden Choi
Jack Ji Fang
Jade Li


Felix Soon
Elina Napernikova
Joshua Koo
Roger Gock
Angela Chiu
Brendan Kye Jian Cheong
Julian Yap


Bryton Johnson
Lyra Lin


Isabella Neville
Adhav Manoj Pillai



  • President – Dr Brian Chatpo Koo
  • Vice President – Julia Farquharson
  • Secretary – Rajishwar Datt
  • Treasurer – Lalesh Chand
  • Rawah Dorranian
  • Linda Haworth


  • Artistic & Executive Director – Dr Brian Chatpo Koo
  • Office Manager – Raj Datt
  • Finance Manager – Lalesh Chand
  • Publicity Manager – Rawah Dorranian


  • Membership Manager – Eva Lau
  • Development Manager – Jennifer Leung
  • Concert Manager – Rita Lee