Virtuoso Profile

Jo Beaumont

Jo was Deputy Leader of the Orchestra of La Scala Opera House in Milan Italy for 20 years, and for 10 years was the Artistic Director of Orchestra Victoria

About Me

Jo studied violin with Nathan Gutman and was selected for the Australian Youth Orchestra at 14 and was leader of that Orchestra at the Adelaide Festival of Arts in 1966.

She graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne and practised that profession in London before graduating in advanced violin studies in Italy.

Jo became a member of various Italian chamber orchestras in Naples, Florence, Como and Brescia, travelling worldwide with these ensembles for several years.

In 1977, she won the competition to become Deputy Leader of the Orchestra of La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. She held this position for 20 years.  During this time, she was selected by Maestro Claudio Abbado to be an inaugural member of I Solisti della Scala.  She worked extensively with other famous conductors including  Riccardo Muti, Carlos Kleiber, Leonard Bernstein,  Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel and Georges Solti.

She had extensive experience as a chamber musician. She formed her own string quartet and headed master classes in Brazil.

Beginning her teaching career at the Conservatorium in Cagliari in Sardinia,  Jo was appointed as Professor of Violin at the Milan Verdi Conservatorium of Music,  a position she held for 23 years.

Returning to Australia in 2000, Jo was String Co-ordinator at Australian National Academy of Music and she lead the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House during the Sydney Olympic Games Arts Festival.   Later that year, she was appointed Concertmaster of Orchestra Victoria  and later also became Artistic Director .  She held these positions for 10 years.

From 2011, besides continuing as a freelance violinist, she has been Artistic Consultant at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and has worked extensively as a panel member for the Australian Youth Orchestra and ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.  She is Artists Manager at the Melba Opera Trust and she is a Board member for Melbourne Youth Orchestras.

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