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Starting out as an agency booking string quartets, STRING SOURCE rapidly expanded to become a portal which sources larger ensembles and musicians of all descriptions.


PHILHARMONIA AUSTRALIA is an orchestra of the highest pedigree. Its core players hold principal positions in the country’s major symphony orchestras and its foremost chamber ensembles and are among the most respected and established session musicians in the musical theatre, recording and TV industries.

Whilst primarily comprising of members who represent the elite of the classical scene, each of its members are adept in a large variety of genres. This makes the orchestra ideal for commercial work and unique collaborations.

Whilst extremely disciplined and professional, PHILHARMONIA AUSTRALIA maintains an energetic enthusiasm and prides itself on being adaptable and versatile.

A dynamic ensemble with an emphasis on polished presentation, it offers a truly refreshing take on the traditional image of a symphony orchestra.

Orchestral contracts have included:

*Hans Zimmer Live Tour – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane 2019
*From Broadway To La Scala – Melbourne, Sydney, Perth 2019
*Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy – Melbourne 2019
*Ministry Of Sound Orchestrated at the A League Grand Final – Perth 2019
*Romiosini & Beyond – Brisbane 2019
*Ministry Of Sound Orchestrated Strings Of Life – Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney 2018
*Jimmy Webb and Friends – Sydney, Melbourne 2018
*Michael Buble – Sydney 2018
*Planet Earth Live 2 – Melbourne 2018
*Ministry Of Sound Orchestrated Encore – Sydney, Melbourne 2018
*Adele Live Tour – Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne 2017
*La La Land In Concert – Melbourne 2017
*Pete Tong And The Heritage Orchestra – Sydney, Melbourne 2017
*Ministry Of Sound Orchestrated – Sydney, Melbourne 2017
*Ball And Boe Australian Tour 2017
*The Whitlams 25th Anniversary Tour – Brisbane 2017
*Mark Vincent – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane 2017
Elvis, The Wonder Of You Tour – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide 2017
The Music Of Queen – Sydney, Melbourne 2017
*Hans Zimmer Revealed – Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane 2017
The Beatles Orchestrated 2 – Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast 2017
Roy Orbison Orchestrated – Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast 2017
*Noel Gallagher – Sydney, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth 2016
The Beatles Orchestrated – Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide 2016
Disney Under The Stars – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane 2016
*Diana Krall – Brisbane 2016
The Space Symphony – Melbourne 2016 
Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions – Melbourne 2015 
*John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John – mulitple cities 2015 
*Gurrumul/Sarah Blasko – Melbourne Festival 2013
*The Cinematic Orchestra – Melbourne Festival 2013
*The Whitlams – Melbourne and Brisbane 2013
*Idina Menzel – Melbourne 2013
*Kristin Chenoweth – Melbourne and Brisbane 2013
*Glenn Frey – Melbourne 2013
*Josh Groban – entire tour Australia and New Zealand 2013
*Human Nature – Sydney and Gold Coast 2012
*Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2012
*The Voice Australia – Sydney 2012
*Michael Bolton – Sydney 2012
*Olivia Newton-John – Melbourne 2012
*Il Divo – Melbourne 2012
*Launches/premieres of “Skyfall” – Sydney and the 3D rereleases of *Star Wars – The Phantom Menace and *Titanic – Sydney, Melbourne
*The Black Arm Band – Sydney Festival 2010
*Morphoses – Sydney Festival 2009
*Helmut Lotti – entire Australian Tour 2009
*The Whitlams – Sydney 2008
*Olivia Newton-John and Friends – Sydney 2008
*Patrizio Buanne – entire Australian Tour 2007
*Sarah Blasko – Brisbane 2007
*”Music by Moonlight” – concert series Brisbane 2006 and 2007

The orchestra is specifically assembled according to the requirements of each engagement.

Past Concertmasters have included:

Dale Barltrop (Concert Master Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, 1st Violin Australian String Quartet)

Kirsty Hilton (Principal 2nd Violin Sydney Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, formerly Assistant Principal 2nd Violin Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster Sydney Symphony)

Natsuko Yoshimoto (Concertmaster Adelaide Symphony Orchestra)

Steven Tooke (Concertmaster Queensland Symphony Orchestra)

Cameron Hill (Associate Concertmaster Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, guest Concertmaster Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, casual member Australian and Mahler Chamber Orchestras)

Huy-Nguuyen Bui (Associate Concertmaster Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra)

Erica Kennedy (Principal 2nd Violin Orchestra Victoria, guest Concertmaster Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra)

Rachel Smith (formerly Principal 1st violin Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra)

Kristian Winther (formerly 1st Violin Australian String Quartet, guest Concertmaster Melbourne Symphony and Mahler Chamber Orchestras)

Maddy Boud (freelance violinist, former member Australian Chamber Orchestra)

Jemima Littlemore (freelance violinist, former member Australian Chamber Orchestra)



PHILHARMONIA AUSTRALIA members can perform in many different configurations, from a small brass section to a wind ensemble with choristers or a full symphony orchestra, and are available for concerts, special events, functions, recording sessions and TV appearances, throughout Australia.

Read what others have to say about PHILHARMONIA AUSTRALIA on our TESTIMONIALS page.


Listen to PHILHARMONIA AUSTRALIA in concert with JOHN FARNHAM and OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN – Melbourne, April 2015.

Watch and listen to PHILHARMONIA AUSTRALIA (in this instance a string section and choir) performing with ACTIVE CHILD for the 2013 Melbourne Festival.

Listen to PHILHARMONIA AUSTRALIA accompanying NY dance company “Morphoses” for the 2009 Sydney Festival.

Watch and listen to PHILHARMONIA AUSTRALIA performing for Ministry Of Sound Orchestrated – Sydney, January 2018.