After having to rely on their exceptional home-grown talent since the pandemic struck, Sydney Symphony Orchestra certainly cast a wide net to bring in their first two international artists in two years – a Peruvian conductor and a Macedonian pianist.

And their choices could not have been better. Miguel Harth-Bedoya provided fire, colour and flair in his reading of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony while Simon Trpčeski put on a performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 1 that will live long in the memories of SSO fans.

And to top that he unselfishly turned his encore into a chamber music gem, inviting Concertmaster Andrew Haveron, cellist Catherine Hewgill and violist Tobias Breider to join him for the Andantefrom Brahms’ Piano Quartet No 3, Op. 6.

Miguel Harth-Bedoya

The night took off, literally, with a world premiere of Australian composer Jessica Wells’s Uplift, a short piece commissioned by the SSO as part of their 50 Fanfares projectand inspired by the poem High Flight (An Airman’s Ecstasy)by 19-year-old Royal Canadian Air Force pilot John Gillespie Magee who took a Spitfire to 33, 000ft on a test flight.

The poem...