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Southern Cross


Photo: Darren Thomas

The Stars of Australian
Chamber Music

Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) are the stars of Australian chamber music. Since 1995, SXS have firmly established themselves as one of Australia’s pre-eminent classical music ensembles. Championing chamber music globally and nationally, SXS, each year, continues to reach new heights. The collaborative nature of the ensemble and its creative direction, ensures a commitment and desire to form long-lasting, diverse cultural partnerships with Australia’s and, the world’s, most notable musicians, and composers. 

Pursuit of excellence in the magical art of music making, connecting, and inspiring, a healthy, vibrant community, innovating, and creating new Australian works, is at the heart of SXS, who are synonymous with delivering quality music in Australia and abroad.

Composed of leading soloists from across Australia, SXS creates and performs dynamic, unique, and world-class musical experiences for audiences of all ages. 2024 marks the 29th year of excellence in music making. SXS balances breathtaking virtuosity with vibrant storytelling and unique, considered artistic programming. Company in Residence at the preeminent cultural precinct in Brisbane, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, SXS will deliver in 2024, intoxicating virtuosity in its 15th QPAC Concert Series. Enjoying the privilege of strong patronage SXS will perform in standard mode at QPAC as its repertoire continues to gain notoriety and reaches new enthralled audiences.

Passionate exponents for commissioning new Australian music and renowned for fostering creative partnerships with leading international soloists and composers, SXS has commissioned, to date, over 130 World Premiere new works. 2024 is no different with the continuation of the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project - 2022 - 2032 featuring three Australian composers, and a highlight of the 2024 15th QPAC Concert Series. This unique and important cultural 10-year legacy project will continue each year with three new works commissioned for didgeridoo and chamber music per year by renowned composers up until 2032 in time for the Brisbane Olympics.

SXS are committed cultural ambassadors through metropolitan and regional areas, and are dedicated educators and mentors, of the rising stars of chamber music. Through its flagship Educational Programs: the 11th SXS Next Gen Artists Program, 9th Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship and the 4th ADFAS Northern Rivers Young Musician Award, SXS nurtures some of Australia’s most in-demand young musicians today, providing much needed professional development and performance opportunities with virtuosic musicians. The 21st Bangalow Music Festival 2024, owned, operated, and presented by Southern Cross Soloists, is a major August event in the Australian arts calendar. Performing with Australian and international artists and providing meaningful community outreach to regional NSW. 2024 continues our 2nd Sunset Soirée Recital Series which is growing in popularity and will reach new audiences in 2024.

SXS welcomes back proud Wakka Wakka man and didgeridoo soloist Chris Williams as SXS’s permanent Artist in Residence and world-acclaimed, award-winning pianist Konstantin Shamray as 2024 SXS Artist in Residence. 

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