A music creator, founding conductor, Artistic and Executive Director of the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, Brian has worked as a violinist, cellist, composer and as a conductor in several professional symphony orchestras before settling down in Sydney in 1993.

Brian studied music at the University of Hong Kong  (Bachelor of Arts in music and Master of Philosophy in music), the University of Sydney (Doctor of Philosophy in music).  He was the first person in Australia to receive a PhD degree in music composition. Brian also studied music at International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and obtained his Licentiate, Fellowship Diplomas from Trinity College of Music London.

As a composer, he has been commissioned by a variety of organizations, including the Hong Kong Composers' Guild, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and the Symphony Australia. His compositions have been performed and broadcasted over Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.  He won the Hong Kong Young Musicians' Award in 1985 and the Himalaya Cup Award in the First International Competition for Piano Composition in Beijing in 1995.

As an academic member, he has worked as a tutor/teaching assistant for the Music Department in the University of Hong Kong, a senior faculty member of a conservatory of music in Sydney (where he established curricula for the Bachelor degree in Music Composition), and an external examiner for the University of Wollongong.

Brian is a represented composer of the Australian Music Centre. All of his music is available for purchase or hire through the centre. 

By signing the Deed of Assignment with The Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH), Brian has assigned to the Society all Performing Rights as they subsist in all countries of the world in the musical work.

As a conductor, he conducted many of his works' premieres including both his operas around the world.  With the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, and with his passion and dedication, Brian wishes to create a platform where their works can be performed, heard, recorded, published and become a part of our music culture.

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".......the Accordes Quartet delivered a convincing reading of Brian Chatpo Koo's String Quartet No. 2. Bristling with dissonance, angularity and intensity, the piece offered the white-hot inspiration one seldom encounters on the western concert circuit these days.".

William Littler, Music critic, The Toronto Star, 9/12/1997



"I am impressed by the originality of his thinking and by his work. He has found a way, in his music, to place Western avant-garde techniques and structures at the service of this own particular beliefs and inherited culture."

Peter Sculthorpe, Professor in music, University of Sydney, Australia



One is continually drawn to the impressive range and subtlety of textures, the harmonic richness, rhythmic flexibility and formal procedures. The works are satisfying in their range of expression and the way in which they lead the listener to ever deeper levels on subsequent listening.

John Rimmer, Professor in music, University of Auckland, New Zealand