Australia’s alternative classical duo ‘The Nano Symphony'
are an ensemble of multi-instrumentalists, composers and
producers. Their debut single ‘Night Air’ has been described
as ‘fantastic.. a beautiful piece of music’ (Studio 301). The
Nano Symphony weave live string and wind instruments together
with piano and expressive electronics for a breath-taking live experience.
In early 2020 The Nano Symphony accompanied Joep Beving live in the Sydney Opera House for two sold-out shows to great acclaim. They accompanied Luke Howard, Peter Gregson, Sibeal (Ireland) and Double Touch at the inaugural ZoneOut Festival. The Nano Symphony tour both internationally and domestically on a mission to take their signature sound-experience to the world.
Frequently expanding live, The Nano Symphony are often joined live on stage by Lee Akinsanya (nee Cheong) to take on piano duties as well as by some of Australia’s other leading musicians.
Past projects include 'HIVE' (released on the Kammerklang label) which was composed by Peggy Polias through her recently awarded Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship.
Neil and Catherine Thompson’s individual professional performing careers have seen them perform as soloists as well as with the likes of Omega Ensemble, Caro String Quartet, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and the Opera Australia Orchestra on major stages both nationally and internationally; also sharing the stage with a slew of global icons including The Cat Empire, Nico Muhly, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Brett Dean, Lisa Moore, Simone Young and The Ten Tenors.
Neil is a conductor currently holding the post of music director and chief conductor of the Ku-ring Gai Youth Orchestra. He has conducted symphony orchestras in Sydney and Adelaide.