Harry Wilson

MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Harry Wilson began playing the didjeridu at a young age using a plastic “vacuum cleaner” pipe as an instrument. While studying at the Queensland Conservatorium he was tutored by trombonist Simone De Hann, and in 1983 received lessons from virtuoso Aboriginal player David Blansai and was made an “Honorary Tribal Member” of the Irridja Moiety of Eastern Arnhem Land.

Mr. Wilson played didjeridu for the Premier of China during the Australian Youth Orchestra’s 1979 tour of China. In 2009 he performed Peter Sculthorpe’s Earth Cry with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and was invited to perform the same work with the Graz Philharmonic in Austria in 2012.

Mr. Wilson has lectured at the Queensland and Catholic Universities on didjeridu and Aboriginal culture as well as appearing on many CDs including The Christmas Album with the American Horn Quartet. Mr. Wilson has also been a violinist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years.