Canberra Musicians

Mia:

Orchestra: ACO Emerging Artists – Violinist (2018)

Stringspace Events: Solo Violinist for Nespresso Vertuo launch

Mia started piano aged 5 and violin aged 9 after being inspired by the sounds of her father playing jazz. She has recently completed her final year at Sydney Conservatorium studying with Assoc Prof Alice Waten. During secondary School, Mia held music scholarships at the ANU Open School of Music where she completed both her AMusA on piano, LMusA on violin, and took out first prize at the Open Recital section of the Canberra String Festival.

In 2016 and 2017 she was selected to participate in Sydney Conservatorium’s Estivo Chamber Music Summer School in Italy where her love of chamber music has continued to grow. She has worked with Eberhard Feltz and members of the London Haydn, Kuss, and Goldner Quartets.

An experienced orchestral musician, Mia plays regularly with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Through Australian Youth Orchestra programs, she has toured internationally and has collaborated with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian World Orchestra and Momentum Ensemble. At the Sydney Conservatorium, she has held principal positions in both the Modern Music Ensemble and Chamber orchestra.

Mia has been performing with Stringspace since 2017 and features on our YouTube channel StringspaceLive.

Bianca:

Orchestra: Currently a principal member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Bianca has also performed with the Nederland Bach Ensemble, The European Union Baroque Orchestra, Canberra Symphony & as Concertmaster with the New Dutch Academy Orchestra

Studied: Masters from the Royal Koninklijk Conservatorium, The Hague (Netherlands), 1st class Honours Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University

Solo: Violin soloist on ABC Classic FM

Awards: Winner of the Italo-Australian Woman of the Year Award & Winner of the Queens Trust Award for Young Australians.

Corso di Musica Antica in Urbino, Italy

Stringspace Events: Carrick Institute awards ceremony at the Hyatt, Canberra

Ewan:

Studied: BMus in Violin Performance at the Canberra School of Music (1st Class Honours)

Orchestra: Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra; Principal violinist with Canberra Symphony; leader of the baroque orchestra for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (directed by renowned early music specialist Geoffrey Lancaster).

Other Projects:  Stopera – Opera by the Lak

Festivals: Bloom Music Festival – Seven Rooms presented by Pro Musica at the Ainslie Arts Centre

  • Events: State Dinner for American President Barak Obama at the Great Hall, Parliament House & performance for Princess Mary & Prince Frederich also at Parliament House

Stringspace events:

  • Stringspace Orchestra HSBC event at the National Portrait Gallery
  • The Garvan Institute’s 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner
  • The Opening of the Inner Worlds Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Ewan features on our YouTube channel StringspaceLive.

Shahn:

Studied: Full scholarship holder for the Advanced Performers program at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Prizes: Obtained the LMus A at age 14.

Orchestra: Canberra Symphony Orchestra; The Haydn Bande

Festivals: International Summer Festival in Salzburg on Scholarship

Solo: Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto with Musica da Camera.

Awards: Prize winner of the Dean’s Award Of Excellence at the ANU. Lois Simpson/John Painter cello prize for most outstanding cellist at the Canberra School of Music

Pop: Katie Noonan Australia Day Canberra broadcast

Stringspace Events: 

  • Stringspace Orchestra for HSBC at the National Portrait Gallery
  • National Portrait Gallery VIP event
  • Event for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading

Isidore:

Studied: 1st Class Honours graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – Bachelor of Music; Masters Degree at the Staatliche Hochschule and Advanced Studies Certificate at the Musik Hochschule Freiburg.

Orchestra: Fellowship position with the Staatstheatre Darmstadt and Akademie position with the SudWest Rundfunk’s Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart

Awards: Sydney Moss Scholarship & Australian international study grants

Orchestra: Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes & the Badisches Staatskapelle, Karlsruhe.

Other Projects: Featured musician for Oscar Award-winning director Jane Campion in her films The Water Diary and Bright Star.

TV: Australian Idol

Pop: Live performances with a number of Indie bands at Festivals including Tropfest + performances at The Basement and The Kirk

Isidore divides her time between Germany and Cooma. When in Cooma Isidore lives with her artist father Imants Tillers

Michael:

Studied: Bachelor of Music at Monash University (Melbourne) on scholarship; LMusA, AMusA (piano), and then further studies in Germany under Prof. Josef Schwab, Prof. Joachim Hess, and Jan Ickert.

Orchestra: Philharmonie Merck (Darmstadt, Germany)

Festivals: Port Fairy Music Festival, 13th Internationale Sommerakademie Schloss Heiligenberg, Virserum Music Festival

Solo: Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C (Melbourne String Ensemble), Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto in A minor and Piazzolla’s Oblivion (Melbourne String Ensemble European Tour).

Awards: Peter von Witzleben Prize for most Outstanding Performance, and Prize Winner of the Monash University Chamber Music Prize for Most Outstanding Chamber Music Performance.

Pop: Bass player for Woody Pitney at Obstwiesenfestival (Dornstadt, Aug 2015) and supporting Brings. Cellist/bassist in Melbourne band Acid Western.

Rebecca:

Studied: BMus in Violin Performance at the Canberra School of Music

Orchestra: Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Festivals: International Chamber Music Festival

Pop: Human Nature

Stringspace events include:

  • National Portrait Gallery Foundation Dinner
  • Nespresso Boutique Opening at Canberra Centre
  • Event for the Department of Immigration at New Parliament House
  • Stringspace Orchestra at the National Portrait Gallery for HSBC
  • Stringspace String Quartet performance at Parliament House for Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This event was hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Rebecca features on our YouTube channel StringspaceLive.

Pip:

Studied: 1st Class Honours graduate in Violin Performance from the ANU

Orchestra: Principal violinist with Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Bande

Festivals: International Chamber Music Competition

Solo: Solo violin recital at the Embassy of Spain

Other projects: Formed the klezmer bands Closet Klezmer and Triplica and has performed at all the main folk festivals in Australia

Pop: Katie Noonan Australia Day broadcast from Canberra, Delta Goodrem, Anthony Callea & Olivia Newton-John

Stringspace Events: Stringspace Orchestra at the National Portrait Gallery for HSBC; National Portrait Gallery VIP event

Estelita:

Studied: Completed her BMUS/BVA combined Degree of Violin Performance and Painting at the ANU; Full scholarship holder at the National Academy of Music.

Orchestra: Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Stringspace Events: National Public Sector Women In Leadership Summit at The Boathouse; Nespresso Boutique Opening at Canberra Centre; Department of Immigration event at New Parliament House

Kiri:

Studied: BMUS majoring in flute performance

Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Sinfonia & Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Stringspace event for DFAT.

Elaine:

Studied: First class Honours degree in Music from Trinity College Dublin, Masters degree in Advanced Accompaniment from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Masterclasses with exceptional musicians including Dame Felicity Lott, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Thea King and James Galway

Awards: the Michael MacNamara Award for excellence in performance; Broadwood Fellow of Accompaniment at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow

Recent performance venues: the National Concert Hall Dublin, Cork Opera House, St. Martin in the Fields London, Teatro Della Maestranza Seville, New York University and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, as well as live broadcasts on RTE Radio 1, Deutsche Welle television and RTE Lyric FM.

Film Music: live and recorded improvisation of scores for silent and experimental material.

Elaine arrived in Canberra in 2011, having moved from Vienna

Campbell – Prize-winning classical guitarist:

Campbell is an award-winning classical guitarist currently completing his Bachelor of Music in guitar performance under the tutelage of Timothy Kain and Minh Le Hoang. He began studying the classical guitar at the late age of 16, and now at age 21, he is developing a reputation as one of the leading guitarists of the young generation. He has appeared on ABC Classic FM, ABC Radio National, Fine Music FM and ArtSound radio performing as a soloist and chamber musician – particularly as part of the Canberra Guitar Quartet, alongside Andrey Lebedev, Callum Henshaw, and Andrew Blanch. He has performed throughout Australia as a soloist in a number of the country’s most prestigious venues, including recently featuring in the Canberra International Music Festival.

He has been a prize winner in numerous national competitions and eisteddfods, including 1st prize in the 2013 Open Victorian Guitar Competition, 1st prize in the 2013 Australian National Eisteddfod Open Guitar Competition, a Finalist in the coveted Open Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship, open to all instruments nationally (excluding piano), and as a duo Campbell and Callum Henshaw were awarded 1st prize in the 2013 Sydney Eisteddfod Open Instrumental Duo competition.

Campbell has recently been selected as a Semi-Finalist in the forthcoming Tokyo International Guitar Competition.

Matt (classical & flamenco guitarist):

Matt has performed with many highly esteemed artists including William Barton, The Carl Pini Quartet & with numerous national orchestras, as well as maintaining strong commitments in the Australian chamber music guitar groups Guitar Trek and The Brew Guitar Duo.

Matt has a strong history of performing, recording and commissioning Australian works with solo and chamber studio albums released on ABC Classics and Soundset Recordings (USA). Matt thrives on taking his music to wider audiences, broadening and expanding their musical horizons.

Matt has performed across the globe including featuring as a Rising Star at the World Expo in Shanghai. He has given showcase performances across Australia, New Zealand, and Europe with highlights at embassies, universities, festivals and for community organisations. Matt has been invited to be an adjudicator for major guitar competitions including the Melbourne International Guitar Festival and the Uppsala Guitar Festival (Sweden).

Matt, M.Mus, B.Mus (Hons)

Stringspace Events:

Matt performed solo guitar at The Lodge for the Prime Minister’s Australia Day party (2017)

Lucy:

Studied: Lucy commenced harp studies aged six. ANU Bachelor of Music Performance degree (Honours) and a scholarship holder at the reputable Exhibition Programme (WAAPA)

Orchestra: Australian World Orchestra, principal harp with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony and Sydney Sinfonia

Awards: Most Outstanding Music Student Prize

TV: X Factor

Solo: Lucy has performed as a harp soloist on Stateline and for ABC Classic FM. She has also performed as a soloist for Queen Elizabeth II, former Prime Minister John Howard and former Governor General Michael Jefferies

Other projects: Lucy has performed with the Halcyon Ensemble, Yothu Yindi, and Vladimir Ashkenazy

Prizes: Churchill Fellowship for Harp Technician Studies in Italy

Stringspace Projects: soloist on a Guinness TV Commercial filmed at Melbourne’s Premier Studios.

 


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