Studied: Mirabai grew up in the bush south-west of Sydney, Australia as the daughter of a healer and a painter. She studied at the Australian Institute of Music and the Sydney Conservatorium with renowned violin teachers Alice Waten and Christopher Kimber. In 2006 and 2007 she attended the SIMA Women’s Jazz Course run by Sandy Evans. Other teachers and mentors include Anna Macdonald, baroque violin; Judy Bailey, improvisation; Dr. L.Subramanium in Bangalore, India; Ryan Francesconi, Bulgarian folk, USA; Beth Cohen, Greek violin, USA; Kyriakos Gouventas in Thessaloniki, Greece; Costas Karapanos in Ioannina, Greece; and Husnu Tuszuz in Istanbul, Turkey.
Collaborations: Mirabai has performed with classical groups the St James’ Ensemble, Collegium Musicum and Halcyon, and has performed classical and improvised music with artists including Paul Cutlan, Anna MacDonald, William Barton, Judy Bailey, Lucky Oceans, the Sydney Dance Company, Gavin Locklea, ‘Taikoz’, Aaron Flower, Peter Farrah, and as a guest with the band ’Monsieur Camembert’ and member of the quartet for ‘Yaron Hallis’ Solo Show’. Mirabai has also been a regular member of the free-improvising ‘Splinter Orchestra’, Joanna Argall’s jazz quartet ‘Rosemary Jam’, gypsy jazz group ’Doc Jones and the Lechery Orchestra’, the world music collective ‘Tapestries of Sound’ and female folk band ’De Khupe Heybners’ (now Chaika).
Pop: Mirabai toured internationally with harp-player singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom as a member of her band through 2010 and 2011. She performed in early 2015 at the Sydney Festival with singer-songwriters Alela Diane (Portland) and Olivia Chaney (London). Her duo album with Ryan Francesconi “Road To Palios” was released on Bella Union followed by European and Japan tours in 2013. Mirabai has also worked, writing and recording string parts, with Kim Moyes from The Presets.
Festivals: Sydney Festival – opening act at The Paradiso, Sydney Town Hall
Projects: Mirabai is a member of the free improvisation quartet “The Noise.”
Stringspace Events: Dion Lee Fashion Show at the Sydney Opera House (Sydney Fashion Week); concertmaster and soloist for a Stringspace Orchestra commissioned public concert in Perth; private lunch hour recital hosted by Peter Weir at his studios, in-store Grandiflora product launch, Chanel fashion show event at the Museum of Contemporary Art, APEC lunch for President Putin hosted by Australian PM John Howard at the Sydney Opera House, APEC lunch for Chinese President Hu Jin Tao hosted by Australian PM John Howard, Tourism NSW APEC event, The Channel 9 Christmas Special, the Australian Guild of Screen Composers Awards Night, Architecture In Helsinki – a curated evening of their songs at the Good God Bar.
Mirabai has won a reputation amongst her peers for being one of Australia’s most outstanding musical & talented violinists.
Mirabai has performed with Stringspace since 2005 and features on our StringspaceLive YouTube channel.
Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra (1st Violinist), VCA Symphony & Chamber Orchestra (concertmaster) and Victorian State Opera Orchestra.
Studied: Sydney Conservatorium (1st Class Honours – Bachelor of Music & Masters of Music majoring in Violin Performance) with Alice Waten, The University of Melbourne Program for High Achievers, Victorian College of the Arts, Advanced Performance Program – Australian National Academy of Music.
Awards: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Award – recording the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Mars Young Performer Award, Hephzibah Menuhin 1st Prize; Prize winner in the Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition, Kendall National Violin Competition, National Geelong Advertiser Music Competition & Winner of the Alastair Scott Prize; Sydney Symphony emerging artist program.
Festivals: Melbourne International Arts Chamber Music Festival
Solo: Melbourne String Ensemble, Melbourne Symphony, Frankston Symphony Orchestra, Preston Symphony Orchestra, The Victorian College of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, The Melbourne Musicians Orchestra, National Gallery of Victoria VCA concert series & the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sunday Concert Series & soloist with the Stringspace Orchestra.
Radio: “Rising Stars” on ABC Classic FM
Stringspace Events: Alannah Hill VIP soiree event at Chapel Street store – hosted by Alannah Hill, Korean Airlines TV Commercial, 20 Million Fundraising Dinner for the SAN Wellness Centre hosted by former PM John Howard, NSW Sports Safety Awards, Gourmet Travellers Awards Night, Liberty Place launch, MYER Spring launch.
Claire has performed with Stringspace since 2007 and features on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive.
Orchestra: Sydney Symphony (1st Violinist); The Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra (Concertmaster).
Solo: Melbourne Symphony – Shostakovich Violin Concerto solo.
At 17 Alex won the National Youth Concerto Competition and became the youngest player to win a permanent position with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. In 2000 a Big Brother Scholarship enabled her to study in London with Emanuel Hurwitz, who then invited her to attend the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont, USA.
In 2001 Alex won a Fellowship with the Sydney Symphony and soon after was appointed to the First Violins. In 2005 and 2006 she was a finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1.
In 2005 Alex performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra and in 2006 Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in preparation for the orchestra’s European tour in 2007. In 2008 she was invited to work as Concertmaster with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra for their seasons of Carmen and Arabella.
Recently she has played in chamber music concerts with the Australia Ensemble & the Sydney Soloists
Stringspace Events: Estee Lauder product launch, Home & Away, Chanel fashion show event at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Camilla Done’s wedding, Jane Hutcheon’s wedding, Shane Lee’s wedding, performance with Connie from Sneaky Sound System at Justin Hemmes’, ANZ Archibald Dinner at the NSW Art Gallery, Captain’s Package album launch at the Mandarin Club, Garvan Institute’s 50th Anniversary Dinner, Maserati launch, Australian Grand Prix event for Ferrari Maserati.
Alex has performed with Stringspace since 2004 and features on our Youtube channel StringspaceLive.
Oliver completed his BMUS in Cello at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Canberra School of Music, he then undertook further studies in Amsterdam with Wim Straesser. Ollie has also studied classical piano with Michael Kieran Harvey, and jazz piano with Judy Bailey.
Oliver is a cellist, composer, and arranger. He is a founding and current member of The Noise, Bungarribee and the chamber jazz group Amphibious.
Amphibious recently supported the Sydney Symphony at “Symphony In The Park” for Sydney Festival.
Ollie has performed and collaborated with Shaun Parker, Judy Bailey Trio, Amanda Palmer (on Good News Week), Georges Lentz, Delta Goodrem, Anthony & The Johnsons, Sydney Philharmonia, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Australian Idol, Florence and The Machine, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Kammer Ensemble, The Sydney Theatre Company & The ABC Sideshow.
Ollie has also tutored Chamber music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and been involved in various programs for Musica Viva.
In 2014 Oliver further developed his reputation as a versatile and experimental musician, arranger and composer and has been working and collaborating with Paul Cutlan in “Cutlan meets The NOISE”, Gondwana Voices, Gary Daley in the Sanctuary project, Ryan Francesconi of Joanna Newsom Band, Kim Moyes of the Presets and Sophie Hutchings.
Oliver is also nurturing a keen interest and some skills in photography and lives in Sydney’s Inner West with his lovely wife and children.
‘Why isn’t jazz crawling with more cellos? Here, it’s endless possibilities for soloing or accompanying and for opulence or edginess are exploited superbly by Sydney cellist Ollie Miller… [Amphibious’ aLive & Breathing] contains elements of jazz, rock, classical and folk, but the results sound organic and integrated rather than cherry-picked. The mood is often pastoral and the playing sensitive and affecting.”
SMH John Shand
Stringspace events: The Garvan Institute’s 50th Anniversary Dinner, Sir Richard Branson product launch, Global TV camera launch (for the heads of all the major TV networks and production companies), ANZ Archibald Dinner, World Aids Day launch event at the Sydney Opera House hosted by Bono (U2) and former PM Julia Gillard, Volvo VIP events, Australian Guild of Screen Composers Awards Night, private event at Justin Hemmes’, Australian Grand Prix event for Ferrari Maserati, The Prime Ministers 2014 Christmas Party at Kirribilli House, APEC lunch for President Putin hosted by Australian PM John Howard at the Sydney Opera House, Tourism NSW APEC event, APEC lunch for Chinese President Hu Jin Tao hosted by Australian PM John Howard, for the President of France at the National Gallery of Australia – hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2015), private lunch hour recital hosted by Peter Weir at his studios.
Ollie also performed as part of the Stringspace String Quartet at Parliament House in Canberra for Their Royal Highnesses William and Kate – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This event was hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Ollie has been performing with Stringspace since 2004 and features on our Youtube channel StringspaceLive.
Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba is an Australian-French violinist. Thibaud began playing the violin after receiving it as his fifth birthday present.
Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra (current part-time member), Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony & Tasmanian Symphony
Studied: Australian National Academy of Music (Melbourne)
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; Sydney Symphony Fellowship program. 2012 emerging artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Other projects: Thibaud has toured nationally performing with the Sydney Dance Company.
Thibaud has been performing with Stringspace since 2013 and features on our YouTube channel StringspaceLive.
Studied: Bridget O’Donnell moved to Sydney at the age of 15 to study with Alice Waten. She has a Bachelor of Music (Violin Performance) degree from the Sydney Conservatorium, & a Post-Graduate Diploma of Music (Violin Performance) degree also from the Sydney Conservatorium
Awards: many Sydney Conservatorium of Music Violin Scholarships – including the Ernst V. Llewellyn Traveling Scholarship, which supported her recent trip to the U.S to study with prominent violin pedagogues; the 2015 Sydney Symphony Sinfonia violin scholarship.
Orchestra: The 2016 violinist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program; Sydney Sinfonia Orchestra – Sydney Symphony, Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra – principal player; Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra – principal player. International European orchestra tour with superstar violinist Joshua Bell.
Other projects: member of the Verbrugghen Ensemble – a collective of mainly Sydney Symphony musicians who perform rarely performed chamber works at the Sydney Conservatorium.
Aside from her classical performances, Bridget records and collaborates with the electronic artist, Anatole, creating string soundscapes and melodic improvisations. For many years she has performed violin on television programs including The Today Show, Sunrise & Dancing with the Stars. She is inspired by musician Olafur Arnalds, and Violinist, Janine Jansen.
Stringspace events: MYER in-store events, Harpers Bazaar “Woman of the Year”, Andre Rieu pre-show VIP concert, Andreas Bocelli pre-show VIP concert for Ticketek, Justin Hemmes private Stringspace Orchestra concert with Connie from Sneaky Sound System, Omega private event, Archibald Opening Night, March Into Merivale hosted by Justin Hemmes, Life Company of the Year Awards at the NSW Art Gallery, The Australia Day Awards live broadcast from Parliament House, Canberra, Archibald Opening Night at the NSW Art Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW Foundation Dinner & an IKEA media event.
Studied: Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying with Professor Alice Waten. Member of the Rising Star program at the Sydney Conservatorium. Hana has given concerts at cancer hospitals since the age of 10 and has been the winner of many eisteddfods – including junior champion.
Scholarship holder with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for the ACO Academy.
Awards: Winner of the Marcus Edward Violin Scholarship and semi-finalist at the Kendall National Violin Competition.
Stringspace Events: March Into Merivale (hosted by Justin Hemmes), Justin Hemmes private Stringspace Orchestra concert with Connie from Sneaky Sound System, Vivid Ideas – House of Cards theme at the Opening of the Beau Willimon interview hosted by Leigh Sales at the Sydney Town Hall
Studied: Queensland Conservatorium BMUS in Advanced Violin Performance (Class 1 Honours) – graduating with the Griffith University Medal. Lachlan attended the Australian National Academy of Music and then pursued further study in Salzburg, Austria with the support of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Soloist: Live solo broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and SRF2 Swiss Radio. Lachlan has performed concerti with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, the Melbourne University Faculty Orchestra and the Victorian Festival Orchestra.
Awards: Queensland Arts Council’s Gertrude Langer Ensemble Prize and the Australian National Academy of Music’s Chamber Music Award.
Other Projects: QAC’s on-tour onstage program, Melbourne Festival, Huntington Estate Music Festival and at the Salon of the Melbourne Recital Centre. Most recently Lachlan has been performing with the new music group Ensemble Offspring in Sydney.
Masterclasses: Antje Weithaas, Benjamin Schmid, Tasmin Little, James Ehnes, Midori Goto, Anthony Marwood and Dmitri Sitkovetsky.
In 2011 Lachlan was as an Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist.
Stringspace Projects: Myer Spring launch, Andre Rieu pre-show string quartet concert for VIP fans at Acer Arena, Sydney Opera House Acoustic Testing Sessions.
Studied: Australian National Academy of Music graduate; Master of Arts in Classical String Performance, and Graduate Certificate in Arts Management at UTS
Collaborations: Judy Bailey, DJ Spooky, Taikoz, Ensemble Offspring, Sydney Dance Company & Lily Dior
Radio: James had his premiere as a composer (on ABC Classic FM) and co-arranged the strings, and ‘starred’ in the video for a No.2-charting, Aboriginal-charity single.
Other projects: The Noise String Quartet, the Australian Haydn Ensemble & the Little Baroque Company
Composition: Recently lectured on the topic of composing for string quartets and contemporary/electric string playing techniques at Wollongong University
Solo: Soloist with the SBS Orchestra
Stringspace Projects: Liberty Place launch, Sydney Opera House Kids Cafe Series, The Australia Day Awards live broadcast from Parliament House, Canberra.
James features on our Youtube channel StringspaceLive.
He is the founder of ‘The Bushwalking Union for the Musicians of Sydney and supports a number of charitable organizations with his music
James has performed with Stringspace since 2009
Vanessa studied classical violin at the Sydney Conservatorium and has since performed with artists such as Tim Minchin, Michael Buble, The Scissor Sisters & Goldfrapp.
Vanessa has arranged music for Peking Duk, Stan Walker, and Axle Whitehead. Her TV shows have included “So You Think You Can Dance”, “Sunrise” and “X Factor”. The Festivals Vanessa has played at include Splendour In The Grass, Vivid Festival (Since I Left You: A Celebration of the Avalanches) and the Graphic Festival (Dave McKean’s 9 Lives).
Stringspace Events: March Into Merivale (hosted by Justin Hemmes), Archibald Opening Night, Sydney Opera House acoustic testing sessions (including a solo performance), Final Fantasy Stringspace Orchestra concert, The Australia Day Awards live broadcast from Parliament House, Sydney Opera House Kids Music Cafe Series.
Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, WA Symphony & Tasmanian Symphony
Other projects: Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane – Sydney Festival; Daniel Johns – “Ship Song Project”
Violin Soloist: Australian Ballet in the “The New Romantics”
Awards: Gold Medal winner – Brisbane Violin Competition. Full scholarship to perform at the Lucerne Festival Academy with Pierre Boulez and Ensemble Intercontemporin.
TV: Dancing With the Stars & The Logie Awards. Violin Soloist on Home & Away.
Stringspace Events: Dion Lee Fashion Show at the Sydney Opera House for Sydney Fashion Week, Escada, Estee Lauder, Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Home Loans Launch), Macquarie Bank, Australian Hearing, Alannah Hill (VIP Client Night), ANZ Archibald Dinner, Ferrari model launch, Australian Stock Exchange, SwissRe, U2 + Julia Gillard – Sydney launch of World Aids Day at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Fashion Week, Stringspace private lunch recital hosted by Peter Weir at his studios – the Sound Stage, Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA), Australian Hearing (Christmas party), Christian Dior product launch + many others.
Orchestra: Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, Canberra Symphony – Principal Violinist, Leader of the Baroque Style Orchestra for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, directed by renowned early music specialist Geoffrey Lancaster
Studied: Bachelor of Music with 1st Class Honours in Violin Performance from the Australian National University
Collaborations & Projects: Stopera – Opera by the Lake, Bloom Music Festival.
Past performance events: State Dinner for American President Barak Obama at the Great Hall, Canberra, Princess Mary & Prince Frederich performance at New Parliament House
Stringspace Events: Garvan Institutes 50th Anniversary Dinner, Hardy Brothers VIP Dinner @ The Guardian Vaults – Castlereagh Street, Sydney, Stringspace Orchestra HSBC Corporate Event at the National Portrait Gallery. Ewan features on our youtube channel StringspaceLive.
Ewan has been performing with Stringspace since 2007
Katherine Lukey successfully auditioned for the position of Deputy Concertmaster of the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra in 2015. She has been a member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and has also served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Principal 1st Violin of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Katherine has appeared with the Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Chamber & Sydney Conservatorium Orchestras. She won the Hephzibah Menuhin and Kendall Violin Competitions and was an ABC Young Performers Award string finalist. Guest principal appearances include Orchestra Victoria, Auckland Philharmonia, and West Australian, Tasmanian, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. Formerly a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Katherine also performs with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Upcoming performances include an appearance as Guest Principal Second Violin with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
An ANAM alum, Katherine completed her Masters with Alice Waten (Sydney Conservatorium).
When not playing the violin, Katherine indulges in her other passion: training for triathlons.
Kat has been playing with Stringspace since 2012.
Studied: Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first class honours
Master classes with some of the world’s best guitarists including Paul Galbraith, Pavel Stiedl and Carlos Bonell
Collaborations & Projects: TaikOz, Ensemble Offspring, Halcyon, the Sydney Electric Trio and the Sydney Guitar Quartet. Performs currently with Sydney’s leading jazz/fusion/world music groups, such as the Danny G Felix Project, Roger vs. the Man and Usutu
Awards: Winner of a number of competitions and finalist in the Adelaide International Guitar Competition
Composer/Arranger: TaikOz, Bambina Borracha Productions & Dylan Thomas’ classic ‘Under The Milk Wood’
Stringspace Projects: Joseph features on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive.
Joseph has performed with Stringspace since 2011
Solo: Solo performances for Queen Elizabeth II, former Prime Minister John Howard, and former Governor General Michael Jefferies
Radio: ABC Classic FM
Studies: Bachelor of Music Performance degree (Honours), Scholarship holder at the reputable Exhibition Programme (WAAPA)
Orchestra: Australian World Orchestra, Principal harp with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Canberra Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Sinfonia
TV: X Factor & Stateline (solo)
Collaborations & Projects: The Halcyon Ensemble & Yothu Yindi
Prizes: Churchill Fellowship for Harp Technician Studies in Italy & Most Outstanding Music Student Prize
Stringspace Projects: Harp feature soloist on Guinness TV Commercial.
Studied: Graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music majoring in harp performance
Orchestra: The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Youth Orchestra & Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra.
Festivals: Pacific Music Festival held in Sapporo, Japan & The ABC Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music directed by Roger Woodward
Radio: Azumi has been broadcast in recital for ABC Classic FM
High School: Sydney Conservatorium
Please note: Stringspace only books harpists for indoor events.
Loni is an emerging classical harpist based in Sydney whose music career began at the early age of 7 when she commenced piano studies. In 2015, she completed her Bachelor of Music Performance degree majoring in classical harp at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. During her time at the Queensland Conservatorium Loni was the recipient of a number of awards, and in 2014 won a casual position with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra which she currently still holds.
In 2016, Loni relocated to Sydney to pursue her career as a freelance harpist and since then has toured to Europe and China with the Australian Youth Orchestra with a final performance in the Sydney Opera House and worked as section harpist for Orchestra Victoria and Opera Australia’s production of Richard Wagner’s ‘The Ring Cycle’.
Briana is a Sydney-based 24-year-old vocalist and composer, whose itchy feet have led her bouncing back and forth between New York and Sydney over the past few years. Briana graduated from the Australian Institute of Music (BMUS) and travelled to New York to record her debut album of original compositions ‘When Fiction Comes to Life’. Briana also jumped back on a plane to the big apple to record her pop-inspired second album ‘Paper Mache City’. Her album “When Fiction Comes to Life” was recently nominated for ‘Best Vocal Jazz Album’ in the Australian Jazz Bell Awards.
Briana’s inspiration ranges from The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Fiona Apple, Blossom Dearie to Bach. Her unique creativity and outstanding ability as a performer, improviser and composer she continues to be recognised through her ongoing career achievements.
Briana has been performing all over Australia: the Paris Cat and Bennett’s Lane in Melbourne, The Ellington in Perth, NIMA in Newcastle, Venue 505, SIMA in Sydney and COMA in Adelaide.
Briana was invited to perform with her band at the 2011 Wangaratta Jazz Festival supporting Katie Noonan. Briana was again invited back to the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in 2012 to compete as 1 of 10 finalists in the 2012 National Jazz Awards for Voice.
“With influences ranging from Joni Mitchell and James Taylor to painters Rothko and Picasso, Cowlishaw’s new sound is bound to be a heady brew. “The Sydney Morning Herald, 2012
Stringspace Projects: StringspaceLive YouTube shoot filming many songs including Time After Time, What A Wonderful World & Autumn Leaves.
Stringspace Events: Handpicked by Tiffany & Co. to perform at two Tiffany’s VIP events at their Collins Street store in Melbourne, & then later at their Sydney city store. Briana was given jewellery by Tiffany’s to wear at these events. ANZ Design team dinner at the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne. In-store performances for MYER.
Milan adds a young and fresh perspective to timeless hits and a classic take on the newest pop sensations. She combines her love for hip hop and jazz with soul and pop tunes. Milan is known for her sultry vocals and electrifying guitar work, she seamlessly swaps between song, rap and guitar, having the listener mesmerised and all the while creating a fun, intimate and relaxed environment.
Milan creates an effortlessly classy and relaxed ambience on a lazy Sunday afternoon, or turning up the heat and having the room shaking like a polaroid picture on a Friday night! Needless to say, Milan is versatile and incredibly experienced. She can perform solo with her guitar or upwards to a 6 piece band – adding backing vocalists and extra instrumentalists to really pump up the jam!
Festivals: Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival & The Soul Festival.
Stringspace Projects: Milan features on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive.
Lily Dior is firmly established as one of Australias finest Jazz and Soul artists. Her voice has been described as “deep, full, heartstopping and sultry”(SMH).
Projects: Wrote & produced: ‘A Night Of Lady Day’ – a tribute to Billie Holiday. Lily performed regularly with Jackie Orszaczky as one of the founding members of ‘The Godmothers’.
Sydney’s Drum Media wrote of Lily’s CD Invitation: “almost ridiculously listenable and is destined to be required listening for any music lover possessing a cultured taste.”
Jim McLeod of Jazztrack wrote: “She can belt out a song, dramatize a lyric, swing hard and earthy, flirt, sing a tender song – Lily can ‘tell a story’.”
In New York, she was singled out by legendary arranger/pianist Dave Matthews’ to perform with his band The Manhattan Jazz Quintet, which included the amazing Bill Evans.
Lily was also a guest artist with Oscar Castro-Neves and his all-star band for ‘Jazz In The Domain’. They performed in front of 100,000 people.
Festivals: Jazz in the Vines, Kiama, Bellingen, Wangaratta, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Thredbo, Manly, Wollongong, Magnetic Island, Noosa, Darling Harbour, Sydney Festival and more.
A regular presenter at Sydney’s leading jazz station Eastside Radio, Lilys program has had many feature guests including Katie Noonan, The Idea of North, Vince Jones, James Valentine and Emma Franz.
Television appearances include ABC’s O’Loghlin on Saturday Night, The Arts Show and “The Pulse.”
Stringspace Projects: Lily has performed At Last, Between Kisses and Poor Wayfaring Stranger with the Stringspace Orchestra on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive. Lily has also performed these songs + “Moon River” with the Stringspace Orchestra live in concert at Claremont, Perth.
Studied: Graduate Diploma in Jazz Studies Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Style: Between Soul & Jazz.
Collaborations: guest vocalist with Lulo Reinhardt, Darren Percival, Delta Goodrem, Paul Capsis and as part of the recently reformed Australian band, D.I.G.
Virna spent some years as a regular vocalist with Sydney’s godfather of soul, Jackie Orszaczky, working closely with Tina Harrod and Jade Macrae.
“… Virna Sanzone’s voice is informed by her fine melodic sensitivity, her sophisticated understanding of the jazz tradition and above all, her characteristically rich, soul-drenched feel.” DRUM MEDIA
“ …Shining through all of this was the voice, somewhat reminiscent of Aretha Franklin in her finer earlier years, yet delivered in a style honed and perfected by a very talented performer in her own right.” STIX (Live Review)
TV: The Voice, Australian Idol
Stringspace Projects: National Jewish Memorial Centre Concert in Canberra with the Stringspace Jazz Band. Singing with our string quartet musicians in a private event at Q Station, Manly.
- Studied: Masters in Jazz Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music
- Other projects: Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, Amphibious
- Theatre: Showboat, Billy Elliott, Highschool Musical, Chicago, Jersey Boys, Candyman & Hairspray
- Pop & Rock bands: The Black Sorrows, Human Nature, Harry Connick Jr, Michael Buble & Liza Minelli
- World music: Badema, Candela, Cumana & Tigramuna
- CD: “Free Running” on Jazzgroove Records, aLive and Breathing – Amphibious
- TV: Australian Idol band & X Factor
- Collaborations: James Morrison, Mike Nock, Judy Bailey, James Muller & Sean Wayland
‘Over the past 40 years I have encountered many talented saxophonists, but only every now and then, an exceptionally gifted one. Richard is all that and more‘ – Col Loughnan- Lecturer, Jazz Dept- Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Stringspace Events: Garvan Institute Dinner at the OPT, Bell Shakespeare King Lear Opening Night at the Sydney Opera House and 20th Anniversary Gala, Herbert Smith Freehills new office launch at Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
Stringspace Projects: Richard features on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive.
“CONCERTS at Sydney Opera House are always special occasions for local and overseas musicians, but they are particularly pleasing if you’re an Australian jazz muso and you walk away with $15,000.
That’s what happened to Sydney saxophonist and composer Matt Keegan at the weekend when his performance helped him win the MCA/Freedman Jazz Fellowship for 2011.
The award is designed to assist young musicians (under 36) develop their careers here and overseas. Keegan, 34, already a stalwart of the local jazz circuit, plans to forge a new music genre by taking his talents to India to collaborate with folk musicians there.
Keegan’s versatility has taken him in several directions.
He has released five albums under his own name and also spent a few years touring and recording in the US with California rock band Pseudopod at the turn of the century.
“I had an artist visa to work in the States for a number of years and I learned a hell of a lot about being a musician in that time,” he says.
Other mainstream artists he has worked with include American band Maroon 5 and our own Guy Sebastian.”
TV: The Voice
Stringspace Events: Chifley Tower Christmas party at Guillaume – The Bennelong, Sydney Opera House.
Aaron plays the guitar and writes music! He was the 2007 Jazz Guitar Award winner. Bands he plays with are; “BAZ”, The MFW, Sidecar, Amphibious, Luke Escombe and The Corporation, Vince Jones, The Swinging Blades, Elana Stone, The Alcohotlicks, Zoe and the Buttercups & The 10 Guitar Project
Alex Hirlian is a drummer and percussionist currently living in Sydney, Australia. Alex holds a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has played in bands led by James Muller, David Theak, Sean Wayland and Judy Bailey, just to name a few. Alex has studied under percussionists Daryl Pratt and Richard Miller, as well as drummers Andrew Dickeson and Simon Barker during his time at the Conservatorium of music. Alex was a finalist for the James Morrison Generations in Jazz Scholarship in 2014.
Stringspace Events: Final Fantasy – Stringspace Orchestra Concert
Stringspace Projects: Alex features on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive
- One of the most in-demand drummers in Sydney.
- Winner of the 2011 National Jazz Awards at The Wangaratta Jazz Festival.
- Regularly performs and records with James Morrison, Don Rader Quintet, James Muller, Jamie Oehlers, Paul Grabowsky, Bernie Mcgann, The Judy Bailey Trio, Kristin Berardi Band, Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band, Mark Ginsburg Band, Galaxstare, Phil Stack Trio, Craig Scott Quintet, John Harkins Trio, Steve Barry Trio, Dave Panichi, Dale Barlow, Mike Nock, Emma Pask, Virna Sanzone and many others.
“Firth colours the music with marvelous sounds, displays sophisticated intuition, and plays inventive, melodic solos.” John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald.
Stringspace Events: Herbert Smith Freehills new office launch at Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
Stringspace Projects: Tim features on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive.
Jamie holds a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has played in bands led by Sean Wayland, Steve McKenna, and Elana Stone. He maintains a busy schedule of performances in Sydney and has recently toured with Judy Campbell’s Mosaic, singer-songwriter Greta Gertler and jazz trio The Adorables.
Stringspace Events: Bell Shakespeare’s King Lear Opening Night at the Sydney Opera House and 20th Anniversary Gala.
Gerard is a highly sought after virtuoso pianist in demand with the elite pop and jazz artists of Australia. He performs regularly with Lior, Wes Carr, Lisa Mitchell, Pete Murray, Lily Dior, James Morrison, Emma Pask, The MyClymonts & Missy Higgins (2 Australian National Tours & 1 USA tour).
Musical Director: Lisa Mitchell (touring band); Wes Carr (Australian Idol winner)
Projects: Member of ‘Tambalane’ with Ben Gillies (Silverchair) and Wes Carr; solo support shows for Lior; Lady Rizo band – Sydney Festival 2014.
- Independently released ‘Spin’ EP – film clip played frequently on the ABC TV show ‘Rage’
- Studio sessions with The Potbeleez, co-writing song ‘101 Reasons’ on their Gold Record
- Song ‘Red Rocket’ included on the smash US TV show ‘Breaking Bad’
Stringspace Events: Concert at the Jewish Memorial Centre in Canberra; Freehills events; Louis Vuitton in-store jazz band.
Ollie (jazz piano):
- Studied: Jazz piano at the Sydney Conservatorium with Judy Bailey
- Kinetic Jazz Festival
- Our main Stringspace cellist (see cello bio above) and cellist in his band Amphibious. Amphibious were the support act to Sydney Symphony in Symphony at the Domain for Sydney Festival
- Ollie has arranged a number of our pop songs for strings.
- Collaborations: The Presets, Shaun Parker, Sydney Theatre Company, Wicked (the musical), Amanda Palmer (Good News Week), Judy Bailey Trio, Delta Goodrem & Architecture in Helsinki.
Stringspace Events (jazz): Garvan Institute Dinner at the OPT, Chifley Tower Christmas party at Guillaume – The Bennelong, Sydney Opera House; Bell Shakespeare King Lear Opening Night at the Sydney Opera House and 20th Anniversary Gala.
- Certificate in audio production
- Richie looks after the technical side of Stringspace, & amplification for events (when requested)
- You can also often find Richie working behind-the-scenes in various positions at Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, Underbelly Arts Festival, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Film Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival & at Bell Shakespeare.
Richie has been at Stringspace since the start in 2003.
Lucie Miller | Stringspace Founder & Director:
Stringspace Director: Establishing Stringspace in 2003, Lucie has organised music for events hosted by U2 (at the Sydney Opera House), Tiffany & Co., Alannah Hill, the Sydney Opera House, The Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Australian Film Director Peter Weir, Hopscotch Films, Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Fashion Week, Sir Richard Branson, Ferrari Maserati, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Fashion Week & Global TV. She has collaborated with Melbourne band Architecture in Helsinki on a string quartet performance project of their songs and provided recording musicians to the Australian band The Presets.
Most recently Lucie performed as part of the Stringspace String Quartet at Parliament House for Their Royal Highnesses William and Kate – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This event was hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Other Stringspace events for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet include: string quartet lunch music for the President of France, a jazz band for the Prime Minister of Japan in Perth, The Prime Minister’s Christmas Party at Kirribilli House, a string quartet lunch music for Russian President Putin at Guillaume’s – The Sydney Opera House, a string quartet for Chinese President Hu Jintao, a jazz band for the PM’s Australia Day party at Parliament House, a solo guitarist for Australia Day at The Lodge (2017) and many other events hosted by PM John Howard, PM Tony Abbott, PM Kevin Rudd, PM Julia Gillard & PM Malcolm Turnbull.
Lucie has organised private orchestra concerts for Sir Richard Branson, Justin Hemmes, an orchestra for the Sydney preview of the James Bond movie “Spectre“, an outdoor public orchestra concert for Claremont Council in Perth, an in-store orchestra for IKEA, an acclaimed year-long public chamber music concert series for The Prince of Wales Lodge in Adelaide, and many simultaneous jazz bands & string quartets throughout Australia for MYER.
She has booked string players to perform on episodes of the TV show Home & Away, and regularly organises musicians for the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW and the National Portrait Gallery.
Lucie has provided numerous jazz bands for Tiffany & Co. – in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide, and a jazz band in-store for Louis Vuitton. She has organised a solo violinist to perform throughout Australia for M.A.C Cosmetics – including an event for M.A.C at Vogue Fashion Night Out, and a string quartet for the Harpers Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards.
Lucie has booked orchestras to perform music in popular Final Fantasy concerts in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and music at the State Theatre for Disney.
She has staged a string orchestra performance of House of Cards at the Sydney Town Hall for Vivid Festival. This event was an on-stage Leigh Sales interview of Beau Willimon, the House of Cards director.
In 2017, Lucie organised an orchestra for the Sydney Opera House so final decisions on the new acoustics being installed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House could be made.
Lucie has organised musicians to record string parts for acclaimed arranger Jessica Wells of Jigsaw Music at Sonar Studios, Fox Studios, musicians for pre-show entertainment concerts for the TV show Q & A, and has programmed and directed two concert series for the Sydney Opera House in 2017.
Lucie has toured extensively performing in hundreds of concerts throughout France, Germany and Australia with the The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Cologne (1999 – 2002), and has performed in many opera and ballet seasons with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (2003 – 2017). She has directed, edited & produced all the Stringspace film clips that are featured on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive, and comes from a family of third-generation professional musicians and artists.
Other corporate Stringspace clients include: Macquarie Bank, Herbert Smith Freehills, the ACT Government, The NSW Treasury Department, Estee Lauder, The Garvan Institute, the Australian Performing Rights Association, Aria Restaurant, Grandiflora, Australian Guild of Screen Composers, Allphones Arena, AFTRS, BHP Billiton, Chanel, Coca-Cola, BMW, Sonar Music, Dion Lee, Omega, Gourmet Traveller, Jones Lang La Salle, QANTAS, Mercedes, Optus, Rolex, Flying Fish Restaurant, Westfield, SABA, Rio Tinto, SwissRe, Ticketek, Volvo, Westfield, Hardy Brothers Jewellers & Porsche.
Studied: Bachelor of Music (ANU – Distinction) & Graduate Diploma in Violin Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium (scholarship) – with a major in painting from Sydney College of the Arts. Many High Distinctions in chamber music (Sydney Conservatorium & ANU).
Orchestra: Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Cologne, Canberra Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia & The Sydney Opera House Orchestra.
Awards: ANU Chamber Music Competition 1st Prize winner – String Quartet, and many awards & prizes from the Sydney Conservatorium.
Collaborations: Sydney International Spring Festival – Ensemble Offspring, Artistic Residence with CODA at the Australian painter Arthur Boyds’ Bundanon, Architecture in Helsinki.
Concerts: Liza Minelli, Delta Goodrem, Anthony & The Johnsons, Harry Connick Jr, Andrea Bocelli (national tour), Tina Arena, Anthony Callea, Dennis Hopper & Guy Sebastian.
Movies: The Night We Called It A Day (starring Dennis Hopper, Rose Byrne, and Joel Edgerton).
Recordings: Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Human Nature, Architecture in Helsinki.
TV: Australian Idol, ABC “The Sideshow”, X Factor, Young Talent Time, Women’s Weekly Christmas Special, Home & Away
Video clips: Human Nature
Film Soundtracks: Australia, Happy Feet 1 & 2, December Boys, P.S I Love You
TV Commercials: Telstra (solo), Qantas & Westfield Worldwide Advertising Campaign
Festivals: Shostakovich String Quartet #8 in nightclubs as part of the Sydney & Canberra Fringe Festivals, Grandmaster Beats Festival at the Hordern Pavilion
High School: Sydney Conservatorium High School
Other: Stringspace Nightclub Performances at The Mandarin Club & The Midnight Shift; Sydney Fashion Week
- Lucie arranged almost all the Stringspace pop songs for string quartet that are listed on our repertoire page.