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Barbara Zantiotis

Illawarra Symphony Orchestra - 1947

My father, Stephen Zantiotis was born in 1928. He began playing the violin when he was four years old. He entered numerous eisteddfods in his early years and won on several occasions. In 1942 he joined the Illawarra Symphony Orchestra and played in this orchestra consistently for over sixty years. During this time the orchestra changed its name to the Wollongong Symphony Orchestra (WSO). He was made a Life Member of this orchestra. Whilst playing for the WSO, he also occasionally played in the Sutherland Symphony Orchestra, the WIlloughby Orchestra and was invited on countless occasions to perform in smaller ensembles and musicals.
My father is now 87 and still plays in an orchestra that regularly performs!
These photos were taken at the Civic Theatre in Kembla St, Wollongong on July 28, 1947.
My father is located around the middle of the photo in the middle row holding his violin under his arm and looking directly at the camera.

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John Sourrys
on 02.12.2020

In the classic Western movie, "The Man who shot Liberty Valance" there is a scene where the Jimmy Stewart character is being nominated for the senate, and a wizened old newspaperman says, "He didn't come here with a gun, but with ..........and he pauses like all great speakers, 'a law book' ". Similarly those of us who have worshiped at the tawdry altar of money and fame see a 14 year old Greek boy Stephen Zantiotis clutching a violin and we wonder. Having been to Salzburg in Austria where there is violin playing on every street corner it is refreshing and astonishing to look at the photo above and see a handsome, gifted young Greek.......he was only 19, cradling his violin in an orchestra; one in which his peers later award him life membership. And what's more Stephen Zantiotis is Kytherian;. now this is a real success story!