Neil Thompson


Having begun on viola in his hometown Whyalla, Neil's career has taken him all around the world, including Europe as touring soloist whilst at Marryatville High School, a ‘Special Interest Music Centre’ school (Adelaide). Neil has also performed and toured with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras (upon holding an SSO fellowship in 2012), as well as with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and its sister orchestra ACO2 (currently ACO Collective) with whom he was an ‘Emerging Artist’. He enjoyed two years of touring with ‘The Cat Empire’ and features as soloist and guest artist on their DVD ‘Live at the Bowl’. Neil regularly performs at the Sydney Opera House with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra for Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet.

Primarily a chamber-musician, Neil has been fortunate enough to have performed and/or recorded with Pekka Kuusisto, Kristian Winther, Richard Tognetti, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Brett Dean, Lisa Moore and more recently, the Omega Ensemble, as well as others. Recently being invited to join the ‘Caro String Quartet’, 2015 proved to be a particularly exciting year for him having been invited to join the highly acclaimed aformentioned 'Omega Ensemble’ and co-founding 'The Nano Symphony’.

Neil studied on full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying under Christopher Moore and Roger Benedict, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Honours) from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide having studied under Keith Crellin.

Neil is currently conductor-director of Killara High’s orchestras and has directed performances of Schubert’s ‘Great’ 9th Symphony (in Adelaide), Faure’s Requiem with the Mosman Symphony Orchestra and the 2nd Symphony by Brahms with the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra.

In November 2017 Neil toured to China with Omega Ensemble giving performances and masterclasses at the Beijing Central Conservatory, Chang Chun’s JiLin College of Arts and Dalian University.  

Neil is featured on Omega Ensemble's latest ABC Classics album: MOZART - MUNRO - PALMER

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