Hobart Musicians

Edwina:

Studies: Full scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music, Arts degree at the University of Queensland, Masters of Music Studies from Queensland Conservatorium & Master of Music performance from the University of Melbourne.

Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and Orchestra Victoria.

Awards: Gertrude Langer Ensemble Prize, AYO Young Australian Concert Artists, winner of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition, winner of the Townsville City Council Prize.

Radio: ABC Classic FM’s “Rising Stars” program

Other Projects: Toured regional Queensland with didjeridu player William Barton. In 2011 and 2012, Edwina performed at the Melbourne Festival in Quartetthaus, a custom-built string quartet venue.

Solo: Recital and Concerto Tour of North Queensland in 2012, Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Orchestra Victoria and Deputy Concertmaster Roger Jonsson, rehearsal soloist (Prokofiev Violin Concerto #2) for Symphony Australia’s conductor training program.

Edwina has been performing with Stringspace since 2012

 

Natalya:

Natalya began her studies in music and violin at the Central Coast Conservatorium with Christopher Bearman.

She then continued her studies with Dr. Susan Collins at the University of Newcastle and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in performance with Honours. During her time there she received numerous academic scholarships including the Vice-Chancellor Academic Honours Scholarship, Valma Barker Memorial Prize and the Pauline Snow Scholarship.

During her time in Sydney from 2012 she worked as a freelance violinist and session musician as well as studying violin and the principles of the Alexander Technique with Janet Davies (Lecturer and violin teacher at Sydney Conservatorium).

She has worked with conductor Alexander Briger (Chief Conductor of the Australian World Orchestra) where she led the 2nd violin section in the 2014 AISOI program of Mahler’s 9th Symphony, as well as Marko Letonja (Chief Conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra) and in 2009 with Yannick Nézet-Séguin playing in workshops with the Sydney Sinfonia. She is also a regular performer with ‘The Musician Project’ in Sydney and ‘Symphony In A Day’ in Melbourne with conductors Max McBride and Fabian Russell.

From 2009-2012 she featured as solo violinist in “The Rock Show” with Jon English and toured extensively throughout Australia performing over 100 shows in every major Australian venue, as well as receiving two Mo Awards and an Aria Award nomination for ‘Best Soundtrack’.

Natalya frequently collaborates and performs with other musicians, ranging in a wide variety of styles from electronica, blues, rock, jazz, folk, tango, Latin, gypsy, punk, pop and experimental music.

She has performed on stage with Michael Buble, Christine Anu, Leo Sayer, Jonti, Katie Noonan, Josh Groban and Rainbow Chan. She has performed in many programs at the Sydney Opera House for international artists as well as for Vivid Festival Sydney, Graphic Festival Sydney, and concerts at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Hall and Melbourne Festival.

She has appeared on TV with Australia’s Got Talent and X Factor, and is also in demand as a session recording violinist for artists at Sony Music Group, 301 Studios and Trackdown at Fox Studios, Sydney.

Natalya is currently studying her Masters of Music at the University of Tasmania where she is Concertmaster of the Orchestra and Camerata Ensemble.

She is a member and 1st violinist of Hinterlandt, an experimental contemporary classical quartet. The group has released a live recording album through the ‘Art As Catharsis’ label and opened for Hauschka in his performance at the Basement, Sydney in 2015.

Natalya is also the solo violinist with upcoming Australian artist Jack Colwell, and recently toured with Sarah Blasko on her 2016 national tour.

StefanieFarrandsStefanie:

Studies: Stefanie studied in Melbourne from Alice Waten at the Australian National Academy of Music and in Berlin with renowned Violist Tabea Zimmermann at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik Berlin.

Awards: 2008 recipient of The Georgina Grosvenor Memorial Scholarship at ANAM. In 2009 she was awarded a scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2010 Stef was awarded a full Fellowship to attend the 8 week long Aspen Music Festival in the US studying with Masao Kawasaki and is currently holding a fellowship at Villa Musica in Germany. Stefanie’s string quartet was winner of the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition – taking the Overall 1st Prize Tony Berg Award, 1st prize for String Quartet and the Audience Prize.

Orchestra: Current leader of Tasmanian Symphony (viola section); Casual with the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 2008 after being selected as an Emerging Artist in 2008. In 2010 Stefanie appeared as Soloist with the ACO2 on a tour throughout Western Australia and in 2011 and 2012 she toured to Japan with Richard Tognetti and Emmanuel Pahud (Berliner Philharmoniker) to perform a series of Chamber Music Concerts.

In 2011 Stefanie appeared as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed as soloist with the Melbourne String Ensemble and with several orchestras in Germany. She has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, with whom she has also appeared as soloist numerous times. Stefanie has performed as a guest artist with Camerata Salzburg, Spira Mirabilius and Le Concert Olympique, all renowned chamber orchestras in Europe. She has also performed as soloist with local Melbourne Orchestras and has been featured on 3MBS and ABC Classic FM Radio.

Stefanie has toured extensively and has performed concerts in New York, Japan, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Czech Republic, but enjoys spending half her time in Melbourne, Australia.

Peter:

Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tasmania Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Banff Festival Orchestra, Ludovico’s Band & ACO2.

Studied: First Class Honours at Melbourne University; Full Scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Awards: Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year Finalist 2010, Rotary Club of Melbourne Young Achiever of the Year, Winner – Melbourne University Concerto Competition.

Performed in Carnegie Hall, New York, and Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles and in every capital city of Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Other projects: Chamber music performances throughout Denmark with Principal Violist of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Festivals: The International Chamber Music Festival (2012, 2013)

Pop – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Peter has been performing with Stringspace since 2013.

 

Thibaud:

Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra & Tasmanian Symphony

Festivals: FIMU Festival in France, Huntington Festival and Quartetthaus for Perth Festival

Competitions: ANAM Chamber Music Competition winner

Awards: String scholarship and Vice Chancellor scholarship to the Conservatorium of Tasmania.

rohannaRohana:

Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra

Awards: Awarded several University prizes for performance. Her teachers were Elizabeth Sellars and William Hennessy

Studies: Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance (Honours) from University of Melbourne; Australian National Academy of Music under the tutelage of Alice Waten, Salzburg Mozarteum International Summer Academy & the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program.

Doug:

Studied: Victoria College of the Arts; Australian National Academy.
Orchestra: Melbourne Chamber Orchestra; Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Solo: Australian Doctors Orchestra

 

JAZZ:

Matt:

Matt is an Australian jazz pianist, originally from Hobart, Tasmania. After study in Hobart, he moved to Melbourne, Australia to pursue a performing career. After two years in Melbourne, Matt moved to Berlin where he resided for a year, studying with German great Andreas Schmidt. The following year saw Matt move to Paris, France where he lived for 6 years, earning a high reputation as a pianist. During this period Matt also studied with renowned French jazz pianist Laurent de Wilde.

Matt has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants and prizes from various festivals and industry bodies including the Australian Jazz Bell award for Best Traditional Jazz Album in 2011. Matt was a finalist in the inaugural Boris Vian Concours du Jazz in Paris with his trio. He has also been a finalist in Australia’s premier jazz competition, the 2013 Wangaratta Jazz Festival National Jazz Awards. Matt has performed all around the world in leading venues such as Sunset/Sunside (FR), Les Duc Des Lombards (FR), A-Trane (GER), Caveau de la Huchette (FR), CJW (CH), The Paris Cat (AUS), and Bennetts Lane (AUS).

Matt has performed at many jazz festivals including The Paris Jazz Festival, The Jazz pas Grave Festival (Paris), The Boris Vian Jazz Festival (Paris), The Ascona Jazz Festival (Switzerland), The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues (Australia), and The Melbourne International Jazz Festival (Australia).

Aside from his work as a pianist, Matt creates classical orchestrations for film, TV and the stage.


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