Southern Cross Soloists are a chamber ensemble comprising of leading Australian musicians, educators and entrepreneurs who in the past two decades have established an outstanding reputation for musical excellence.
“Southern Cross Soloists is a remarkable group of Australian musicians whose unique interpretations breathe fresh life into classical repertoire. Their concert seasons offer an array of familiar classics and world premieres, masterfully showcasing the talents of the individuals of the ensemble. QPAC is committed to ensuring that as many people as possible are able to experience our ensemble in residence.” John Kotzas - Chief Executive, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Southern Cross Soloists’ (SXS) vision is - To enrich lives through music globally.
SXS takes a multifaceted approach to delivering its vision through producing high quality performances, collaborating with artists at the forefront of chamber music, providing innovative learning opportunities to diverse communities and celebrating music by creating intimate connections with artists, audiences and communities in all contexts. The company is collectively: a commissioning house, a performance ensemble, a recording ensemble; a music education provider; and a mentoring organisation.
Based at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Southern Cross Soloists has cultivated Australian musical identity through their innovative performances and collaborations with virtuoso musicians from around the world.
The Soloists have helped set the benchmark for Australian chamber music through their well-deserved reputation for artistic excellence and continue to delight audiences with their constantly evolving repertoire, intimate performance style and ground-breaking annual programs.
These include the Bangalow Music Festival, held in August each year, their award-winning Winter Music School regional education program, and many high profile cross art form collaborations with companies such as Expressions Dance Company.
In 2015, the Soloists celebrate their 20th anniversary of music-making as an ensemble. To mark this occasion, the company has invited esteemed guests from around the country to perform at their QPAC Series.
“The Southern Cross Soloists really are one of the ensembles that make Queensland music unique. Their concert was a lot of fun, full of antics and mickey-taking in the best Australian style. The Soloists take absolutely nothing seriously except their music.
It occurs to me that perhaps this is what makes the ensemble special; Every member of the audience walked away from this performance with a smile on their face and laughing. The concert was more than just music, it was very great fun.” Limelight Magazine April, 2014
In addition to regional, national and collaborative performances around Australia, the Soloists present three flagship events each season.
As Ensemble in Residence at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Soloists present three subscription concerts every year featuring the ensemble and their invited guest artists. New Australian works and beloved chamber music repertoire is performed in the Intimate Mode setting of the beautiful QPAC Concert Hall. Each performance is a one-off experience not to be missed.
Bangalow Music Festival
The Bangalow Music Festival is a boutique chamber music event in the heart of the Northern New South Wales hinterland. Every August, exquisite internationally renowned performers come together to present nine concerts throughout the festival weekend. This charming event is unlike any other!
“The finest music festival outside of a capitol city I have attended anywhere in the world” Peter Sculthorpe, late Australian composer
“...the scale of the achievement, the originality of programming, and the brilliance of many of the performances of this Festival…a real privilege to attend.’ Australian Stage August 2014
Southern Cross Soloists Music School
Leading the next generation of musicians, the Soloists present an all-inclusive music school each year for secondary instrumentalists. Traditionally held in Rockhampton, QLD, the Music School invites students from around the nation to participate in one of Australia’s most inspiring and diverse music schools.