Roger Benedict is Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program. From its inception in 2001 the Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program has grown into the leading training program of its kind in Australasia and has rapidly gained international recognition. A Fellowship with the Sydney Symphony provides access to the nation’s best orchestral mentors, established conductors, masterclasses with the finest international artists and the benefit of a thorough approach to the final stages of training for musicians of the future. Through an intensive one-year fellowship integrating chamber music, mentored orchestral playing and specially designed workshops, the program aims to offer a vital stepping stone from study to work, and prepare musicians as thoroughly as possible for their future careers. As opportunities in the profession become ever more competitive and less predictable, Fellows are encouraged to show adaptability, initiative and resourcefulness as well as being able to perform the widest possible repertoire at the highest possible level.