Instruments & Musicians

Musicians & Instruments

Profile | Bree Van Reyk

Bree van Reyk is an Australian percussionist, drummer, composer and sound artist. She has toured and recorded extensively throughout Australia and around the globe with the likes of Paul Kelly, Holly Throsby, Sarah Blasko, Lior, Katie Noonan, Darren Hanlon, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and many other songwriters and ensembles. Bree is long-standing member of Ensemble…

Profile | Lamorna Nightingale

Lamorna Nightingale is a core member of the new music group – Ensemble Offspring and appears regularly with Sydney’s finest orchestras and chamber groups. In 2015, Lamorna produced and performed as a soloist in the Australian Premier Performance of Sciarrino’s work for 104 flute players, ‘Il cerchio tagliato dei suoni’ at the Australian Flute Festival.…

Profile | Kieran Welch

Kieran Welch is a violist, curator, event producer, DJ, teacher and writer. Regularly performing across Australia as part of the indie-chamber septet Nonsemble, Kieran also curates the Brisbane-based concert series ‘Dots+Loops’, exploring the spaces in between a classical concert and a club gig. Kieran’s concerts [events_list limit=5 pagination=1 tag=5153] How old were you when you…

Profile | Anthony Albrecht

Anthony Albrecht is a Novocastrian cellist and recent graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, completing a Master of Music in Historical Performance while studying with Phoebe Carrai. During his degree Anthony performed under William Christie and Nick McGegan and alongside Jordi Savall and Monica Huggett in venues such as Alice Tully Hall…

Profile | Cellist: Geoffrey Gartner

Geoffrey Gartner is a Sydney-based performer who specialises in chamber music and works for solo cello. He performs a repertoire extending from the baroque to the newest works of today, many of which have been written for him. Always the versatile musician, Geoffrey also conducts, plays piano and loves singing choral communion at St Mark’s,…

Profile | Violinist: Anna McMichael

Anna McMichael is an Australian born violinist who returned to live in Australia in 2010 after 17 years in Europe performing in many of the major ensembles and orchestras.

Profile | Pianist & Vocalist: Frances Madden

Frances captivates her audiences with her genuinely warm stage presence together with a voice and style that is uniquely her own.

Musician | Kate Worley

Kate Worley is the recipient of the Nora Baird audition bursary at the Queensland Conservatorium. Entering her 2nd year of study under the tutelage of Michele Walsh.

Profile | Alicia Crossley

One of Australia’s leading recorder players performing a wide variety of repertoire from renaissance dance tunes to contemporary electro-acoustic works.

Profile | Jane Sheldon

Jane Sheldon specialises in the performance and creation of new chamber music. She has appeared with acclaimed ensembles across the globe, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Boston Camerata, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Synergy Percussion, Talea Ensemble, the Australian String Quartet, and Sydney Chamber Opera, where she is an Artistic Associate. Jane has performed…

Profile | Saxophone: Nick Russoniello

One of Australia’s most gifted emerging saxophonists, creating a unique place with exciting new repertoire for the saxophone. Inaugural winner of the Fine Music 102.5 Kruger Scholarship will mean he can record an album in the station’s new studio with some of the best facilities available. While studying for his postgraduate diploma in 2010 at…

Profile | Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard OAM is the founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of Moorambilla Voices. This nationally awarded program seeks at its core to give country kids a rare opportunity to sing, dance and create incredible performances with artists of the highest calibre. The friendships, performances and opportunities the children make are life-changing. Under Michelle’s direction, the…

Profile | Mezzo Soprano: Margaret Plummer

Margaret Plummer gained a Bachelor of Music (Studies) in 2005 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Prior to studying at the Sydney Conservatorium, Margaret attended The Australian National University’s School of Music studying Jazz Vocal Performance in 2000. While in Canberra, she performed at Parliament House, the National Press Club and at both the Manly…

Profile | Violinist: Robin Wilson

A sought after teacher, his students are prizewinners of many important regional, national and international competitions, including recently the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. Previously he lectured in violin, chamber music and pedagogy at the Australian Institute of Music while also being on the faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.…

Profile | Violinist: Rachael Beesley

Violinist, Rachael Beesley is one of Australia’s most versatile and dynamic performers. Based in The Netherlands over the last 14 years, she has established an exciting career as concertmaster and soloist with the finest European orchestras specialising in Early Music. Now based in Australia, Rachael has A Graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts…

Profile | Violinist: Alice Evans

Alice Evans was born in Perth and began to learn the violin at the age of five. At fifteen she became a student at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, from which she graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Music. She also spent periods of time in London in 1984 and 1987 studying with…

Profile | Viola: Nicole Forsyth

Nicole Forsyth’s interest in chamber music spans four centuries. Nicole appears on disc and broadcast with these groups for ABC Classics/ABCFM. Festival appearances include Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Castlemaine, Queensland, and with Ironwood, for the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Victoria. Nicole also enjoys freelance orchestral life with Sydney Symphony, has played with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra…

Profile | Cello & Viol: Daniel Yeadon

Daniel Yeadon has a worldwide career as a cellist and viola da gamba player; his repertoire ranges from Renaissance to contemporary. His regular chamber music collaborators in Australia include Neal Peres Da Costa, Genevieve Lacey, Ironwood, Romanza, Kammer, Elision and The Collective. He is a part-time member of the ACO, he has appeared as soloist…

Profile | Harpsichord: Neal Peres Da Costa

Neal Peres Da Costa specialises in performance on historical keyboard instruments of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. He lectures at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the Musicology and Keyboard units and is Chair of the Early Music Unit. After graduating from the University of Sydney with first class honours B.Mus., Neal attained a…

Profile | Percussionist: Claire Edwardes

Claire Edwardes is an internationally renowned award-winning percussionist. As a soloist and the co-artistic director of Sydney based Ensemble Offspring Claire programs and performs to the highest level, some of the most innovative and cutting-edge music being presented in the world today. Graduating as Student of the Year in 1997 from the Sydney Conservatorium (where…

Profile | Flute: Janet McKay

Janet McKay is a prize-winning flautist committed to the performance and development of new music. As a solo artist, Janet has performed recitals in London, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane. She also undertook a 5-city solo tour of the USA in 2008, performing in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin. Janet demonstrates…

Profile | Percussionist: Leah Scholles

Leah Scholes adores playing percussion, and aside from working with orchestras and chamber groups she gets very excited about her involvement in a variety of projects with puppeteers, circus artists and other creative folk. She delights in travel, baking, discovering musical applications for everyday objects, good wine and the outdoors. It is only a matter…

Profile | Flutist: Lina Andonovska

Australian flautist Lina Andonovska leads an active and diverse career that sees her performing from the Barbican Centre (UK), the Sydney Opera House, the National Centre for Perming Arts (China) to the town squares of East Timor. Most recently, Lina was co-principal flute with the Southbank Sinfonia (UK). Lina was an Australian National Academy of…

Profile | Pianist: Sonya Lifschitz

A sought after soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, Sonya’s interests are increasingly growing in the direction of aesthetic diversification in respect to performance practices and concert culture in Australia. In recent years she has commissioned and premiered numerous large-scale works including Kate Neal’s piano concerto Particle Zoo II premiered in 2010 at Princeton University (USA)…

Profile | Pianist: Chris Cartner

Chris Cartner was still a teenager when he was appointed Organ Scholar at Rochester Cathedral in the UK. He went on to graduate in classical piano performance at Trinity College of Music in London, before completing his training under the expert guidance of concert pianist Professor Matthijs Verschoor at the Amsterdam Conservatoire in Holland. After…

Profile | Pianist: Kathy Selby

Hailed by the Australian press as a ‘formidable talent’ and most recently, ‘Australia’s pre-eminent chamber music pianist’, Miss Selby is the Artistic Director of both the popular nationally touring Selby & Friends concert series and the A Little Lunch Music series at Sydney’s City Recital Hall Angel Place. She was recently honoured with being appointed…

Profile | Cellist: Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott studied with David Pereira in Canberra and Robert Cohen in London. She has played as a soloist and chamber musician in the United Kingdom, Serbia, Albania, Finland, Hungary and Germany. She is now resident in Sydney. Upcoming projects in 2013 include the fifth year of the chamber series ‘Bach in the Dark’ in…

Profile | Violinist: Skye McIntosh

She has a wide range of experience with historical performance having worked with many distinguished baroque/classical specialist performers such as Catherine Mackintosh, Stefano Montinari, Neal Peres De Costa, Danny Yeadon, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Monica Huggett, Richard Egarr, Catherine Mackintosh and Lawrence Cummings.   Skye has been guest director and soloist with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, appeared…

Profile | Frank Pam

Frank Pam came to Australia from Vienna as a small child. He graduated M.A., B.Ed. from the University of Melbourne and has had a varied career in education and music for over 40 years. From an early age Frank has been passionately involved in music. He sang principal roles in Gilbert & Sullivan from the…

Profile | Pianist: Kristian Chong

His competition successes include the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award (keyboard) and the Australian National Piano Award. Concerto highlights have included Rachmaninoff 3rd with the Sydney Symphony, the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini in Beijing, and Britten with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Recent concerto highlights include Beethoven’s 2nd with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra,…

Profile | Pianist: Brieley Cutting

Brieley is a pianist, student and piano teacher as well as being Artistic Director of DeClassified Music. She was also Artistic Director of the Commercial Road Chamber Music Series (2011/12), the precursor to DeClassified Music. During the week, Brieley can be found in New Farm practicing for some upcoming concert and working towards her Doctorate…

Profile | Soprano: Sarah Ann Walker

Sarah Ann Walker, a New Zealand Soprano, was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera where she performed 1st Lady from Mozart’s The Magic Flute in the 2011 production, and previously a Young Artist with NBR New Zealand Opera where she understudied the roles of Liu in Puccini’s Turandot and Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust. Sarah Ann…

Profile | Harpsichord: Diana Weston

Diana Weston is a musician and doctor living in Sydney. Since gaining her Masters in Music in 2008 with a study of harpsichord continuo styles, she has been involved with many musical activities and projects including festivals and concerts, operas and recitals. She is the director of the ensemble Thoroughbass which she formed in 2009.…

Profile | Cellist: Thomas Rann

Sydney-based cellist, Thomas Rann is Artistic Director and Cellist of Australia Quartet, UTS Piano Quartet in Residence. Following studies in the UK (Guildhall School), Switzerland (International Menuhin Music Academy) and Australia (ANAM and Sydney Conservatorium) with teachers including Raphael Wallfisch, Niall Brown, Uzi Wiesel and Frans Helmerson, Thomas has established himself as an active chamber…

Profile | Guarist: Karin Schaupp

Karin Schaupp is one of the most outstanding guitarists on the international scene, her playing hailed by the German press as “so perfect, so complete, that it seems like a miracle”. In her teens she won prestigious international prizes in Italy and Spain, and is today sought after internationally as a recitalist, soloist and festival…

Profile | Violinist: Myee Clohessy

Myee began learning the violin at the age of ten with Ernest Llewellyn, OBE. Within eight years she had won 1st Prize at the QYO National Youth Concerto Competition and had joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra. However, in 1989 Myee left Australia to study with Alice Waten at the Academy for Performing Arts in Hong…

Profile | Viola: Stefan Duwe

Stefan started playing at the age of six with Hedwig Thierfelder in Osnabruck, Germany. His teachers include Marcel Charpentier, Konrad Grahe and Emile Cantor. Stefan completed his Bachelor of Music in 1992 at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. He has attended master classes with Konrad Grahe, Thomas Brandis, Serge Collot and Emile Cantor. From 1992…

Profile | Violinist: Kerry Martin

Kerry Martin currently works with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and casually with the Sydney Symphony. Kerry received a . She was the First Prize Winner of the New Zealand National Concerto Competition in 2001 and a prize-winner at the Gisborne International Music Competition in NZ in the same year. She has appeared as…

Profile | Cellist: Rowena Macneish

Rowena Macneish is currently a contracted member of the Sydney Symphony cello section, a position she has held since participating in their Fellowship Program in 2005. After graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium, Rowena was awarded a scholarship to attend the Advanced Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. She then won…

Profile | Viola: Shelley Soerensen

Soerensen is performing regularly with the Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra, and has performed as Principal Violist on numerous occasions. Shellley also performs with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, with whom she has appeared as a soloist. She graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Leeds in the UK and has a postgraduate diploma from…

Profile | Violinist: Marianne Broadfoot

Marianne has been a member of the Sydney Symphony first violin section since 2008. She is currently completing her PhD in Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium under full scholarship studying with Wanda Wilkomirska. She received her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 2004. Marianne has performed and toured extensively with the Australian…

Profile | Clarinetist: Megan Clune

Megan Alice Clune is a freelance clarinetist and writer from Sydney, Australia. Megan is the editor of World’s Only magazine, a magazine about contemporary art and music and the MUSICAL ALASKA concert series, a monthly night of contemporary music at Kings Cross gallery space Alaska Projects. Megan’s concerts [events_list limit=5 pagination=1 tag=268] Blog posts and…

Profile | Cellist: Anna Martin-Scrase

Anna has completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the University Mozarteum, where she studied with Astrid Sulz, Michael Tomasi and Heidi Litschauer. She has attended master classes with Detlef Mielke, Michael Beckmann and Reinhard Latzko. Whilst in Austria, Anna performed throughout Europe with a variety of orchestras and ensembles including the Vienna Youth Orchestra…

Profile | Pianist: Simon Tedeschi

Simon Tedeschi is quite often described by respected critics and musical peers as “one of the finest artists in the world” making the young pianist’s mark on music both undeniable and admirable. Renowned especially for championing non standard repertoire, Tedeschi enjoys a full international performing career. With a successful career already secured at age 27,…

Profile | Violinist: Lisa Stewart

Born in Sydney, Lisa began playing the violin at the age of five with Suzuki teacher Hiroko Primrose. She continued with Yasuki Nakamura, performing solos throughout Australia and represented Suzuki Australia in Japan, the United States and New Zealand, performing Mozarts violin concertos at the age of 11. Continuing studies with Christopher Kimber, Lisa won…

Profile | Violinist: Julia Fredersdorff

Melbourne born violinist, Julia Fredersdorff, studied baroque violin with Lucinda Moon at the Victorian College of the Arts, before travelling to the Netherlands to study with Enrico Gatti at The Royal Conservatorium, in The Hague. Recently repatriated having been based in Paris for almost 10 years, Julia has freelanced with some of the finest European…

Profile | Viol: Laura Vaughan

Following her return from studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2004, she has established an active performing career encompassing a wide range of solo and chamber repertoire across Australasia. Passionate about the unique sound world of the viol, Laura is committed to bringing this exquisite repertoire to audiences around the world. She…

Profile | Harpsichord, Organ & Piano: Donald Nicolson

Harpsichordist, organist and pianist, Donald Nicolson is quickly establishing himself as an important part of the young Antipodean Early Music movement. Donald undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatorium in the Hague, the Netherlands studying under Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot, focussing especially on the interpretation of the 16th Century English Virginal music and the…

Profile | Clarinet: David Rowden

David studied clarinet with Francesco Celata from the age of eleven. He played in the Sydney Sinfonia and Sydney Youth Orchestra before being awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won the Geoffrey Hawkes Prize for clarinet performance in his final year. His teachers in London were Angela Malsbury…

Monika Kornel

Monika performs regularly as both soloist and continuo player with a number of well known ensembles and orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Orchestra, SBS Orchestra, the St Laurence Baroque Orchestra, Marais Project, Salut!Baroque.

Stan Kornel

At 12, Stan formed with his elder siblings the Kornel String Quartet, performing in Canberra and Sydney.

Sally Whitwell

Antipodean creative Sally Whitwell is a pianist, composer, conductor and educator whose primary purpose is to Keep Classical Music Friendly. She’s equally happy performing solo recitals on concert platforms as she is playing rhythmic clapping games with rooms full of eight year olds. She and her partner Glennda live happily behind their shopfront studio in…

Andrew Meisel

Andrew Meisel was born in Sydney and began his musical and double bass studies at the age of 16. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 1996 after five years of study with Brett Berthold and in the same year was awarded a Big Brother Scholarship for overseas study. Andrew spent five months in London…

Heloise Meisel

[divider] Heloise’s concerts [events_list limit=5 pagination=1 tag=1019, 754] Blog posts and interviews with Heloise [display-posts tag=”heloise-meisel” image_size=”thumbnail” wrapper=”div” include_date=”true” date_format=”M j, Y” include_excerpt=”true”] We asked Heloise a few questions [list type=’arrow’] How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? Almost five. My older…

Grace Kim

Australian pianist Grace Kim is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She has performed with the major symphony orchestras of Australia, Belgium, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, and won numerous prizes in various national and international competitions. Grace has performed in major concert halls such as Het Concertgebouw, and De Doelen. Many of her…

Profile | Jenny Eriksson

Jennifer is widely recognised as one of Australia’s best known and most versatile viola da gambists.

Ian Sykes

Ian Sykes studied at the University of Newcastle with Margery Smith, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (first class honours). Subsequent studies have included a Master of Music (performance) degree with Catherine McCorkill at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and private lessons in Australia and London. Ian is a busy freelance musician, dividing his time…

Alison Evans

Alison completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance in 1999 and her Master of Music Studies in 2000 at the Queensland Conservatorium. She then went on to complete Master of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 2005 with High Distinction. Her research thesis focussed on the bassoon compositions of the German…

Helen Ayres

Helen Ayres is a Doctoral graduate from the University of Melbourne where she studied with Mark Mogilevsky and completed research into the music of the Romanian violinist and composer George Enescu. She served as Acting Head of Strings in 2007 and continues now as a violin teacher and examiner. Helen has previously held a full-time…

Helen Ireland

Helen Ireland, originally from Adelaide, has made Melbourne her home since moving in 2000 to attend the Australian National Academy of Music. Soon after Flinders Quartet was formed, and as her dream had been for many years to be a member of a permanent string quartet it is not surprising that the Flinders Quartet has…

Zoe Knighton

Zoe Knighton began cello studies at the age of nine and has since made a career as a pedagogue, chamber musician and soloist. In 2008, Zoe founded the Melbourne Chamber Feast as a biannual festival, and in 2009 was the Artistic Director of the Montsalvat twenty concert series. She was an adjudicator for the 2009…

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