Antoni Bonetti


The Governor-General is pleased to announce:


Mr Antoni Bonetti (QLD)

For significant service to the performing arts as an orchestral conductor and musical director.

Antoni Bonetti, orchestra conductor and violinist, is Conductor Laureate of Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and Music Director and Founding Conductor of Noosa Orchestra. He is Senior String teacher at both St Aidan’s Girls’ School, Brisbane and Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Noosaville.

As a distinguished Australian musician and Orchestra Conductor, Antoni has:

  • conducted the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • conducted orchestras in Europe and the USA
  • participated in various symposia for professional conductors

With Antoni’s artistic direction, he:

  • performs a wide range of the standard orchestral repertoire, Baroque to Contemporary
  • commissions works by Australian composers
  • accompanies renowned international artistCharles Castleman (violin-USA), Thea King (clarinet-UK), Marcus Stocker (vcello-Switz.) Australian artists: Daniel de Borah, Patrick Murphy, Christopher Wrench, Alan Smith(QSO), Brendan Joyce (Camerata), Rosario La Spina, Deborah de Graaff, Ruth Bonetti, Julian Byzantine, Oleg Stepanov, Simon Tedeschi
  • has released a 3 disc set: ‘Brisbane Symphony in Concert’ 2004-2014 and a compact disc: ‘Brisbane Sinfonia in Concert’ 1990-2000
Further, Antoni has:

  • A conducting repertoire extending to over 200 works by European, Australian and American composers, world premiere performances of Australian compositions, various works for orchestra and chorus including two operas and Setting of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd movement to Psalm 13 for Choir and Orchestra (piano)
  • Performed most major Baroque concerti and has extensive string repertoire knowledge
  • Played as Concertmaster with the Queensland Theatre Orchestra, the Norrlands Opera Sweden and a member of the Mannheim Chamber Orchestra
  • Freelanced with English orchestras including The Philharmonia, RPO, London Mozart Players and most Australian Symphony Orchestras


  • is violinist with clarinettist wife Ruth in Quartetto Bonetti, in solo performances and other ensembles
  • adjudicates, and gives local and international Master Classes, and has a Professional Development lecture: Overture to Conducting
  • led various Baroque instrument ensembles in Germany, Sydney and Brisbane
  • composes and arranges for String ensemble and Orchestra
  • was Head of Orchestral Studies and Director of Strings at St Peters Lutheran College, 1985-2008
  • lectured for ten years at both the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University and the School of Music-University of Queensland
  • speaks German, Swedish and French

Curriculum vitae, DVD’s and other material are available on request.

Antoni’s String Arrangements

Antoni’s String Arrangements
(download pdf)

Full list of Compositions and Arrangements
(available for purchase)

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