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Performers with the Zelman Symphony

Caroline Almonte - piano

Australian Pianist, Producer and Presenter, Caroline Almonte, has a reputation as a gifted, versatile and sensitive artist.

She studied with Stephen McIntyre at the VCA and Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School, New York. She has won numerous awards, including the ABC Young Performers Awards and the international chamber music competition in Italy “Trio di Trieste”. (more details...)

Philip Arkinstall - clarinet

Philip has been the Associate Principal Clarinet of the MSO since 2009 and was principal with the Malaysian Philharmonic for 11 years before that. After completing his Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium under Peter Jenkin, he went on to win the ABC Young Performers Award in 1997 playing the Françaix Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and he was the 2MBS Radio Performer of the Year in 1996. (more details...)

Helen Ayres - violin

Helen is a recent Doctoral graduate from the where she studied with Mark Mogilevsky and completed a special study into the music of the Romanian violinist and composer George Enescu. Alongside her degree Helen has previously held a full-time position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, is violinist with the Seraphim Trio and holds teaching positions at the University of Melbourne and Queens College, where she is Director of Music. Helen also tutors for the Australian Youth Orchestra, continuing a long association which started when she toured as a student with AYO to Asia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe and America. (more details...)

Matt Bailey - trumpet

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Matt is an undergraduate trumpet student at the Victorian College of the Arts completing his Bachelor of Music Performance this year. He has been playing the trumpet since 1991 and successfully auditioned for the Sydney Youth Orchestra in 1995. As well as trumpet, Matt took an interest in studying the piano and composition whilst he attended the Conservatorium of Music High School. In 2000 he was awarded the Geoffrey Bailey Memorial Prize for brass playing. Matt's primary interest in his music making is in the exploration of new works by Australian composers for trumpet and brass ensembles. (more details...)

Peter Baker - piano

Melbourne pianist Peter Baker was originally from Liverpool, Merseyside, UK. As a young prodigy he won many prizes in local music festivals and gained a Licentiate in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music at the unusually young age of sixteen. At seventeen he declined an offer of a scholarship from The Royal Academy to study performance and instead he chose to study at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) with the great Polish concert pianist Ryszard Bakst, a winner in his time of the Chopin International Piano Competition. (more details...)

Joshua Bloom – double bass

Australian bass Joshua Bloom studied at the Young Artist Programme of Opera Australia, and later the Merola and Adler Fellowship Programmes at the San Francisco Opera.

Recent engagements include Masetto Don Giovanni (Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera); Escamillo Carmen, the title role of Le nozze di Figaro, Rodolfo La sonnambula and Leporello Don Giovanni (Opera Australia); Harašta The Cunning Little Vixen (New York Philharmonic); Leporello Don Giovanni, Alidoro La Cenerentola, Don Fernando Fidelio and Harašta The Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Opera); Truffaldino Ariadne auf Naxos (Metropolitan Opera); Quince A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Bari and in Reggio Emilia; Colline La bohème (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra); Angelotti Tosca (Los Angeles Opera); Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia (Teatro Dante Alighieri, Ravenna); and appearances with San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and the Wiener Staatsoper. (more details...)

Svetlana Bogosavljevic - cello

Svetlana was born in Belgrade, Serbia, into a family of prominent Yugoslavian musicians. She studied at the prestigious Special High School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium of Music, Moscow, the Peabody Conservatorium, Baltimore, and the Cologne Hochschule of Music. (more details...)

Nicole Car - soprano

Nicole Car is one of Australia’s most outstanding young sopranos.

She completed her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007. While studying, she was the recipient of many awards including the Alice Amy McDonald Trust, the Sleath Lowrey Rotary Scholarship and the Marion Isobel Thomas Estate Award. (more details...)

Stefan Cassomenos - piano

Melbourne pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos is one of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians. Stefan has performed internationally since the age of 10, and performed the premiere of his own composition Piano Concerto No.1: Aegean Odyssey with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16. More recently, he has performed concertos with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra Victoria. (more details...)

Rebecca Chambers - piano

Rebecca Chambers has established herself as a prominent young concert artist. She appears regularly with the Australian Symphony Orchestras, and has performed on four continents. In recognition of her achievements in music, she was named as the 1996 Young Australian of the Year.

Ms Chambers graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York with a Masters Degree in music. Her undergraduate education was completed at Melbourne University’s Victorian College of the Arts studying with Ronald Farren-Price, and she was the recipient of the John Gaitskell Mensa Award for highest academic and performance achievement. (more details...)

Henry Choo - tenor

One of Australia’s finest lyric coloratura tenors, and under new artistic management, Henry Choo was born abroad but raised and schooled in the cultural city of Melbourne. Originally trained as a pianist, Henry achieved an Associate Diploma in Singing under the tutelage of Noel Ancell OAM. He furthered his vocal and operatic studies at the Melba Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music, and with French repertoire specialist and vocal educator Susan Falk. (more details...)

Geoff Collinson - French horn

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Geoff Collinson began his studies on the horn in Melbourne in 1979. In 1993 he moved to Canberra to study with Hector McDonald, one of Australia's finest brass musicians who is currently principal horn of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. From 1983-1988, Geoff was a member of the Canberra Horn Consort and performed as a guest with many of Australia's premier orchestras. In 1990, Geoff was awarded the position of Principal horn with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, a position he held until 2000. During this time he was also guest principal horn of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. (more details...)

Alexandre Da Costa - violin

SONY Classical artist and JUNO Award-winner, violinist Alexandre Da Costa was born in Montreal, Quebec. Among his many accolades, Da Costa counts the prestigious Virginia-Parker Prize, one of Canada’s highest cultural distinctions, the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, and first prize in the International Violin Competition Pablo Sarasate. (more details...)

Jacqueline Dark - mezzo soprano

In 2016, Jacqueline Dark starred as The Mother Abbess in the National Tour of The Sound of Music before returning to Opera Australia as Fricka in their revival of Der Ring des Nibelungen. The following year, she sang Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana for State Opera of SA (Best Female Performance – ‘Curtain Call’ Awards), the title role in Prima Donna for the Adelaide Festival, Anna in Black Rider for Victorian Opera/Malthouse Theatre and major concerts with the Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia and Darwin Symphony Orchestra. (more details...)

Katherine Day - piano

Katherine Day commenced piano studies at the age of four, and began winning prizes in local eisteddfods aged eight. Katherine went on to become a music scholar at University High School, where she performed her first concerto solo aged seventeen, playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1. Katherine pursued tertiary studies at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), gaining Bachelor, Honours and Masters degrees there. In 1999 Katherine won the VCA’s annual concerto competition, and performed Ravel’s Concerto for Orchestra and Piano left hand with the combined forces of the VCA orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. (more details...)

Nicholas Dinopoulos - bass baritone

The young bass-baritone Nicholas Dinopoulos studied at The University of Melbourne with Merlyn Quaife and furthered his training at The Opera Studio Melbourne. He presently works under the guidance of Roger Howell. (more details...)

Helena Dix - soprano

Recently described by critics as ‘The most exciting voice since Joan Sutherland’ with ‘8 stars out of 5’ for her performance of Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux, Australian born Helena Dix has secured her name on the operatic stages all around the world. (more details...)

Donna-Maree Dunlop - mezzo soprano

Australian born Donna-Maree Dunlop was the winner of the 1997 Australian Singing Competition Armstrong-Martin and Nelly Apt Scholarships. She completed her Diploma of Music (Vocal Performance) at the Australian National University in 1992 and a Graduate Diploma of Music (Opera Performance) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1993. (more details...)

Damien Eckersley - double bass

Damien Eckersley commenced his double bass studies at the Canberra School of Music with Max McBride at the age of 16 in 2001. He has subsequently studied in Austria with Johannes Auersperg and Tim Dunin and worked with the Vienna Philharmonic and Graz Philharmonic, as well as the contemporary chamber Ensemble Danube. (more details...)

Kenji Fujimura - piano

Dr Kenji Fujimura is an internationally-acclaimed pianist and chamber musician. Recent CDs include William Hurlstone Complete Piano Music (Musicweb International Recording of the Month; Fanfare USA Colin Clarke’s ‘Top 5 Want List’), The Messiaen Nexus (2014 Limelight Chamber Music Recording of the Year) and Complete Violin Sonatas of George Frederick Pinto with violinist Elizabeth Sellars. Upcoming recordings include solo piano music by Theodore Dubois, Ernest Guiraud, Leo Livens and others. (more details...)

Anne Gilby - oboe

Anne Gilby commenced her oboe studies in Canberra. After completing a BA degree at the Australian National University, she studied in Europe with Leon Goossens, Maurice Bourgue and Helmut Winschermann, achieving her Reifeprufung Performance Diploma with Distinction in Detmold. She was awarded the Gabriel Harrison Scholarship from the International Festival of Youth Orchestras and a study/travel scholarship from the Australia Council. (more details...)

Barbara Jane Gilby - violin

Violinist Barbara Gilby has always had the desire to be an "all rounder" in the music world. After graduating with a BMus from the Canberra School of Music and a Mus.M (violin performance) from Boston University she held a number of positions with German orchestras before returning to Australia as Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 1985. (more details...)

Miriam Gordon-Stewart - soprano

Australian soprano Miriam Gordon-Stewart has gained recognition across four continents for her powerful instrument and dramatic vulnerability, specialising in the repertoire of Wagner and Strauss. Described in the French press as “a genuine singer-actress”, she has performed over 40 leading roles at major opera houses including the Sydney Opera House, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Châtelet (Paris), Korean National Opera and at the Bayreuth Festival. She has also performed in concert with the Dresden Philharmonic, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. (more details...)

David Griffiths - clarinet

David Griffiths is a member of two of Australia’s leading chamber music ensembles, the Australia Ensemble@UNSW and Ensemble Liaison. He also holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Music (Clarinet) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne. (more details...)

Antoinette Halloran - soprano

Antoinette Halloran is one of Australia's most accomplished and best-loved sopranos. She performs regularly with all the major Australasian opera companies and symphony orchestras and appears frequently on national television and radio.

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and recipient of an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Melbourne, Antoinette has appeared in many productions ranging from opera to musical theatre and cabaret. (more details...)

Julie Holmes - bassoon

Originally a trumpet player, Julie began playing the bassoon at the age of twenty four at the Defence Force School of Music. After leaving the Army in 1990 Julie took up the bassoon again in 1996, and in 1999, she successfully attained the Associate of Music Australia degree. (more details...)

Roger Howell - baritone

Welsh-born Roger L. Howell graduated with Distinction from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music School of Opera and Music Theatre.

Roger made his professional debut as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro for the State Opera of South Australia, later going on to perform with that company Count Almaviva also from The Marriage of Figaro, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Figaro in the Barber of Seville, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in the Elixir of Love, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, Valentine in Faust, Dr. Kolinaty in The Makropoulos Affair, Abimélech in Samson and Delilah, and the title roles in both Rigoletto and Macbeth. (more details...)

Thomas Hutchinson - oboe

New Zealand-born oboist Thomas Hutchinson began his studies in Auckland with Martin Lee and Alison Jepson before moving to Melbourne for further study at the Australian National Academy of Music with Jeffrey Crellin, during which time he won the concerto competition and the most outstanding recital prize. (more details...)

Rosamund Illing - soprano

Rosamund Illing is one of Australia’s most renowned sopranos. Her career spans the breadth of the repertoire for lyric soprano in opera, symphony and song. She has performed in England, France, Germany, Japan, the United States, Canada and Australia and her recordings have been showered with many accolades. (more details...)

Julian Jacobson - piano

London-based Steinway Artist

Since the early 1970s Julian Jacobson has been a vital and original presence on the London musical scene, as well as nationally and in more than 40 countries on five continents. His huge repertoire includes the complete 32 Sonatas of Beethoven of which he has given seven complete cycles, including his 2003 'marathon' performance of all the Sonatas in a single day which received worldwide media attention. (more details...)

Lin Jiang - French horn

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Lin Jiang was born in Shanghai, China in 1986 and he moved to Australia at the age of five. He started playing the french horn at the age of ten and, in the following year, received numerous scholarships and accepted to study at the prestigious high school, Scotch College. As a result of his outstanding potential, Jiang was accepted as a student by renowned pedagogue, Geoff Collinson, and was awarded a scholarship at the Victorian College of the Arts at the age 16, before finishing secondary school. (more details...)

Andrew Jones - baritone

Andrew Jones is one of Australia’s most outstanding young baritones. After completing three years at the Victorian College of the Arts, he built up an impressive list of credits with Australia’s leading performing organisations.

Andrew’s many roles for Opera Australia have included Jake Wallace and José Castro in La fanciulla del West, Alessio in La Sonnambula, Marquis Dobigny in La traviata, Maxamillion in Candide, Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Mr Redburn in Billy Budd, Second Prisoner in Fidelio, Boatswain in HMS Pinafore and Foreman of the Jury in Trial By Jury. (more details...)

Derek Jones - flute

Derek Jones completed studies in flute at the Victorian College of the Arts after which he was awarded German and French government scholarships. He has studied with Andreus Blau of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and with Jacque Zoon of Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra. His performing career has included solo performances with the Melbourne Symphony, The Australian Pops Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the latter involving solo appearances in Carnegie Hall, New York and the Kennedy Centre, Washington D.C. He has also performed as soloist for ABC Radio in live broadcasts and recorded for ABC Classic FM late in 2002. (more details...)

Liane Keegan - alto

Successes in the roles of Erda, First Norn and Waltraute (Die Walküre) in Der Ring des Nibelungen in Adelaide have confirmed Liane Keegan as one of Australia's finest dramatic contraltos. Other engagements in recent seasons include First Norn (Götterdämmerung) for English National Opera; Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des carmélites) (in concert) at the Edinburgh International Festival; Page Salome with the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra with Edo de Waart; Filipjevna (Eugene Onegin) for Staatsoper Stuttgart and recital appearances in Siena, Florence and the Winchester Festival in the UK. (more details...)

Ji Won Kim - violin

Ji Won Kim has established an extensive performing career in Australia as both a soloist and chamber musician. In recent years she has been regularly engaged as a concerto soloist with the major Australian orchestras. (more details...)

Zoe Knighton - cello

Zoe Knighton is a founding member of Flinders Quartet and has toured internationally through Sweden, Canada and the UK. Flinders Quartet appears regularly at Australian festivals as well as their own celebrated subscription series. The group has commissioned many works and continues to be a champion of Australian chamber music.

"Flinders Quartet... whose players give such care and unanimity of musical thought to Australian Chamber Music" — Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald. (more details...)

Kalina Krusteva - cello

Described by the legendary Janos Starker as “a cellist of the highest standard who will play an important part in musical life”, Kalina was born in Sofia into a family of cellists, and from a young age regularly performed as a soloist with all the Bulgarian Orchestras, winning numerous competitions and prizes including The French Academy of Arts “Young Talent Award” and 1st Prize at the International Music and the Earth Competition. (more details...)

Janis Laurs - cello

Janis Laurs is one of Australia's leading cello soloists, chamber music player and teachers. He studied with Pierre Fournier in Switzerland and James Whitehead, and in 1972 graduated with first-class honours from the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide. (more details...)

Elyane Laussade - piano

A graduate of the Juilliard school in New York City, pianist Elyane Laussade has delighted audiences on five continents with her imaginative and strongly individual playing. The New York Times has said she is "a pianist with a powerful, polished technique and many an original interpretive notion ... with an impeccable sense of style and dazzling power." (more details...)

Daria Masiero - soprano

In 2015, Daria Masiero will sing Lady Macbeth in Macbeth in Tetro Petruzzelli Bari, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera in Pavia, Cremona, Brescia, Bolzano and Como and the title roles in Adriana Lecouvreur (Festival in Varna) and Norma (Fidenza). She also returns to Opera Australia as Liù (Turandot) and sings the title role in Aida.

Daria studied cello and obtained an honours degree at the Conservatorio Antonio Vivaldi in Alessandria. She then undertook vocal studies at l’Accademia at the Teatro alla Scala and with Mirella Freni at the Modena Academy; she was a Cardiff Singer of the World finalist in 2005 and won some of the most important competitions in Italy. (more details...)

Dominica Matthews - mezzo soprano

Australian-born Dominica Matthews is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, UK and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Dominica achieved great success in competitions in both the UK and Australia. Awards won include the 2005 Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award (RNCM), the 2005 Brigitte Fassbaender Lieder Prize (RNCM), the Robin Kay Memorial Opera Prize (RNCM), the 2005 Clonter Opera Audience Prize and Runner-Up Award, the 2002 Nina Barden Memorial Scholarship, the 2001 2MBS-FM Young Performer of the Year and the 1997 Joan Sutherland Society Scholarship. She was also a Peter Moores Foundation Scholar 2004-2006 and an Ian Potter Foundation Grant recipient in 2003-2004. (more details...)

Adrian McEniery - tenor

Adrian McEniery is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium. His awards include the 1999 Opera Award of the Australian Singing Competition, a 1996 Churchill Fellowship, the 1995 Britten-Pears School Scholarship, Lotus Development Award and the Royal Overseas League Bursary. He was a member of Victoria State Opera's Young Artists' Program in 1994-95. (more details...)

Kerry McManus - lyric/coloratura soprano

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A graduate from the Melba Conservatorium of Music (BMus 2004), Kerry McManus was fortunate enough to be awarded with scholarship funding whilst completing her studies: recipient of the Mary Campbell Scholarship for female vocal study, awarded in 2002, and the much sought after Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship funding of a female vocalist's fees for two years in the Diploma of Vocal Studies (received in 2004). (more details...)

Trio Anima Mundi

International award-winning Trio Anima Mundi is renowned for its "Piano Trio Archaeology" and presenting these "findings" alongside masterpieces of the piano trio genre and freshly-minted contemporary compositions.

Hailed for performances which are "excellent and persuasive" (International Record Review), for interpretations which "bring out the freshness of the works" (American Record Guide), and praised as a "trio of vitality, charm and aplomb" (The Age), the Trio's members - Kenji Fujimura (piano), Rochelle Ughetti (violin), and Noella Yan (cello) - are seasoned performers who have gained a reputation for their sumptuous sonorities, immaculate ensemble and masterly interpretation. Recordings of the trio’s performances are regularly broadcast all over the world, and they are frequently invited to perform on radio, at festivals and teach masterclasses, including the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival, Castlemaine State Festival, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival and Ballan Feast amongst others. (more details...)

Paul O'Neill - tenor

Australian tenor Paul O’Neill has forged a compelling international career singing in opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe and Australasia. (more details...)

Selena Pettifer - mezzo soprano

Selena originally studied as a pianist and has a Bachelor of Music in Piano from the University of Melbourne and an Associate in Piano. She is currently studying voice with Gary May. Selena has appeared in a number of roles in Melbourne Opera productions, and has also performed with Victorian Opera, More than Opera, CitiOpera, Yarra Opera, Mornington Peninsula Theatre Company, Heidelberg Choral Society, the chamber orchestra La Fraternita di Solisti, and the Opera quartet Opera Vivente. She has also performed as a member of the Melbourne Chorale Ensemble & Symphonic Chorus and toured with the Ensemble in Brazil. (more details...)

Brenda Pitts - soprano

Brenda Pitts is a professional opera singer with extensive Australian and international performance experience. She has spent the last several years singing with Opera Australia, where she has appeared in numerous productions including La Traviata, Carmen, Norma, Eugene Onegin, Madama Butterfly, Otello, The Pearl Fishers and Der Rosenkavalier.

Brenda completed her musical studies at The Victorian College of the Arts and Queensland Conservatorium of Music, obtaining a Diploma of Arts in Music and a Graduate Diploma of Music in Opera Performance. She joined the Victoria State Opera in 1994, quickly moving on to sing principal roles with the company, including Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte for the Young Artists Explore Opera Programme. (more details...)

Roman Ponomariov - French horn

Roman received his Master's Degree from Rice University (USA) where he studied with William VerMeulen on a full scholarship. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree (honours) from the University of Melbourne under the tutelage of Geoff Collinson and Barry Tuckwell. (more details...)

Lachlan Redd - organ

Lachlan Redd graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York in 1999, with a Masters degree in piano performance, as a scholarship holder and a recipient of the Queen’s Trust for Young Australians. Lachlan Redd's undergraduate degree was completed at the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Music degree with first class Honours and in 1997 he was awarded The University Medal. (more details...)

Michael Brooks Reid - violin

Michael has been playing the Violin since he was four years old. His former teachers include Pavel Prantl, Alice Waten and Barry Wilde in Hong Kong (where he spent eight years of his childhood); and Julian Quirit in Melbourne. He is currently studying with William Hennessy at the University of Melbourne. (more details...)

Matthew Rigby - violin

Born in Townsville, Matthew moved to Brisbane in 1998 to study with Elizabeth Morgan and completed his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. During this time he won all of the performance competitions open to him and was awarded the highest recital performance marks for strings in the Conservatorium’s history. (more details...)

Phoebe Russell - double bass

Phoebe Russell studied Double Bass in the prestigious orchestra academy of the Berlin Philharmonic under the guidance of Janusz Widzyk in Berlin. Before starting in the Academy, Phoebe had been a frequent casual member of the Berlin Philharmonic, aged just 18. She has played under conductors such as Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel, Christian Thielemann, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti among others. (more details...)

Jack Schiller - bassoon

Born in Adelaide, Jack Schiller began playing the bassoon at the age of 12. From 2008 Jack spent four years under the tutelage of Mark Gaydon (Adelaide Symphony Orchestra), including two years of study at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. In 2012 he took up a scholarship position at the Australian National Academy of Music, studying with Elise Millman (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra). During his time at the academy Jack won the ANAM Concerto Competition, performing the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He also won the in-house chamber music competition and was awarded the Director’s Prize for outstanding achievement by a leaving student. (more details...)

Elizabeth Sellars - violin

Born in Melbourne in 1966, Elizabeth Sellars has enjoyed a career specialising in chamber and solo performance in Australia and overseas.

Elizabeth studied in Melbourne with Nathan Gutman, making her concerto debut at the age of 13. She was the winner of the Hepzibah Menuhin and Australian Musicians Guild Scholarships and appeared as soloist with the Geelong Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Pops Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the state final of the ABC Young Performer of the Year. With the assistance of the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee and Northcote Trusts, Elizabeth left Australia in 1985 to study at London's Guildhall School of Music with David Takeno. She was awarded the Peskai and Warshaw prizes for solo performance along with the Guildhall Chamber prize. (more details...)

Wilma Smith - guest concertmaster

Wilma Smith has been the Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2003. Born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand Wilma studied in Boston at the New England Conservatory with Dorothy DeLay and Louis Krasner before becoming First Violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, winners of the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music and prizes at the Evian, Banff and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions. (more details...)

Karen van Spall - mezzo soprano

Karen Van Spall graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Music with a Bachelor of Arts (Music) and Bachelor of Music Performance (Hons). Following this she engaged in a semester of study at the Brisbane Conservatorium Opera School and then continued her tuition in London which included singing as a guest of the Arya Opera Company. (more details...)

Adrian Tamburini - bass-baritone

After singing as a boy chorister from the age of 5, Adrian commenced vocal lessons with Bettine McCaughan at the age of 15 with whom he achieved great success winning awards in many vocal eisteddfods and competitions throughout Victoria, including two international singing competitions. In 2017, Adrian was the winner of Australia’s prestigious singing award, the Australian Opera Awards (YMF, MOST). (more details...)

Kathryn Taylor - violin

Born in Tasmania, Kathryn studied for many years with former ABC Concerto Competition winner Alison Lazaroff and gave her first solo performance with orchestra at the age of eleven. After moving to Brisbane, her violin studies continued with Spiros Rantos and Michelle Walsh, with whom she completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance. (more details...)

Roy Theaker - violin

Conductor and violinist, Roy Theaker has a diverse and well-travelled career. (more details...)

Ivana Tomášková - violin

Ivana Tomášková comes from a family with musical tradition. At the age of seven, she began her studies at the Experimental School for Talented Children,and gave her first recital in 1977 when she was 13 years old. She graduated in 1983 at the Conservatorium in Brno and in 1988 at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In 1992 she completed Master of Music at the Prague Music Academy. (more details...)

Kat Tsyrlin - violin, viola

Kat has over 20 years experience as a string performer, educator and conductor. She has premiered new violin and chamber works in Forest Collective's concert series including solo commissions written for her by May Lyon, new works by such Australian composers as Joe Chindamo, Evan Lawson and Brenton Broadstock for piano trio and mixed chamber ensemble with Ensemble Goldentree, and newly commissioned string quartets with Allotropy! (more details...)

Barry Tuckwell AC OBE - French horn

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Barry Tuckwell's multi-faceted career in music spans more than fifty years and, during this time, he has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician and conductor. Born into a distinguished musical family in Melbourne, he played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which he joined at the age of 15, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra before leaving for England at the age of 19. After playing with the Halle, Scottish National and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras, Mr Tuckwell was appointed as Principal Horn with the London Symphony Orchestra. During his 13 years with the orchestra, which is a co-operative orchestra, run entirely by the players, he was elected to the Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Board for the last six years. (more details...)

Rochelle Ughetti - violin

Rochelle Ughetti graduated with an honours degree from the Victorian College of the Arts studying with William Hennessy and Miwako Abe and continued her studies as a scholarship holder with Professor Maurice Hasson at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Graduating with distinction and qualifications including Postgraduate Diploma, Diploma and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, she was awarded the outstanding final recital. (more details...)

Josephine Vains - cello

Josephine was born in Melbourne. After winning the National Chamber Music Competition with Trio 3.0.3 she worked and studied in Europe for five years with Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Tilmann Wick (Hannover Musikhochschule). She has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Australia, Asia and Europe on diverse projects including piano trio, quartet, contemporary and electronic music, and Argentine tango music. (more details...)

Emily Xiao Wang - soprano

Born in China, Emily Xiao Wang completed a Bachelor of Music from Shanghai Normal University in 1992 and a Graduate Diploma in Opera Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002. Emily received the Mabel Kent Estate Singing Scholarship 2001 and Harold Fisher Opera Scholarship B’nai B’rith 2002. (more details...)

Jason Wasley - tenor

Australian tenor Jason Wasley received a scholarship in 1991 to attend the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio in Melbourne. In 1993, Jason won the Herald-Sun Aria, which enabled him to further his studies in Europe. The following year he represented Australia in the finals of the Placido Domingo World Operalia Competition in Vienna. Jason then worked as an apprentice soloist with the Victorian State Opera, undertaking the roles of Sciarrone and The Gaoler in Tosca, Juan in Don Quichotte, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore. (more details...)

Larissa Weller - violin

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Larissa Weller began her study of violin at the age six under Bernadette Rotar in the regional Queensland city of Bundaberg. She spent the remainder of her childhood in Hervey Bay, learning violin, clarinet and piano under an assortment of teachers. By the end of high school, Larissa had been granted (by the A.M.E.B.) honours in eighth-grade clarinet, distinction in eighth-grade piano and an LMusA with distinction on violin. Last year she completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours (I) in Advance Performance at Griffith University, Brisbane. Larissa has been the prize winner of several regional music awards as well as the Sydney May Memorial Scholarship, issued by the A.M.E.B. Queensland. (more details...)

Charlotte Winslade - cello

"she is truly a model for all musicians... Ms. Winslade possesses refined technical and musical abilities, and an intelligent and charming personality..." - Peter Cokkinias – Conductor, USA

Charlotte Winslade was the founding director of The Casals Academy of Music, which opened in Canberra in February 2003. The Academy has grown rapidly, with a faculty of nine of Australia’s finest performers and teachers and just over a hundred students. (more details...)

Noella Yan - cello

Hailed as a cellist with "exceptional talent and innate musicality, one with superb technique and interpretation", Singaporean cellist Noella Yan has been recognised for her "expressive sound" (The Straits Times). A passionate advocate of new music, Noella has premiered numerous works by composers such as Bernard Tan, Andre Myers and Jeff Myer amongst many others. Noella has been a member of Ad Hoc Collective since 2015 with recent collaborations of multivisual works by composer Andree Greenwell at the Arts Centre, Melbourne and Riverside Parramatta. Formerly artistic co-director of a cross-cultural project celebrating Singapore’s 50th, Noella co-curated a series of concerts across Australasia, including Parliament House, Canberra. Previous projects include collaborations with dancers and visual artists fostering awareness around social and environmental issues. (more details...)

Shu-Cheen Yu - soprano

Before emigrating to Australia in 1987, Shu-Cheen Yu was a principal artist with the Shan-Xi Province Beijing Opera Company and The Chinese National Oriental Song and Dance Company. She made regular broadcasts on Radio Beijing and appearances on Television China and made five successful albums. (more details...)

The above details were supplied by the individual performer and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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