Born in Japan, Natsuko began playing the violin at the age of 3
Studied: Yehudi Menuhin School from Lord Yehudi Menuhin on scholarship (age 11)
Orchestra: Concertmaster of Adelaide Symphony
Prizes: Wieniawski, Yehudi Menuhin & the Tibor Varga; Gold Medal Winner – Prestigious London Symphony Orchestra/Shell Competition, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa Award, Iwaki Award for outstanding achievement as a Japanese artist (2007)
Collaboration with artists: Yehudi Menuhin, Heinz Holliger, Brett Dean, and Christina Ortiz
- In 1993 Natsuko was honoured to perform solo in the presence of the Queen and the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace
- Debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall
- Solo: London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Halle Orchestra, Odense Symphony (Denmark), Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
- Australian String Quartet leader in 2001
- Natsuko has given many world premieres of works by Australia’s most prominent composers and has recorded for Virgin Classics, ABC Classics, and Melba Records
Stringspace Projects: Mt Barker Stringspace Concert Series at the Prince of Wales Lodge
Orchestra: Adelaide Symphony, AYO, Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia & the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Studied: Australian National Academy of Music – Professional Performance Program (full scholarship); BMUS (Hons class 1) from the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide. Accepted into Masters degree at Bern, Switzerland.
Awards: Adelaide University scholarship award.
Festivals: Perth International Arts Festival (Quartetthaus), Huntington Estate Festival (ANAM Orchestra directed by Anthony Marwood)
Nadia has performed with international artists including Hugh Jackman (Broadway to Oz Australian tour 2015) and as a backing violinist on many national TV shows (2012-2015)
Stringspace events: MYER
Orchestra: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, WA Symphony & The Adelaide Art Orchestra
Awards: Musica Viva – String Quartet Prize Winner
Festivals: Adelaide Fringe Festival
Recordings: ABC Classic FM Sunday Live – String Quartet
Stringspace Projects: Mt Barker Stringspace Concert Series at the Prince of Wales Lodge; Inspirational corporate short film performance project for Stringspace.
Orchestra: Current Principal player in Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Adelaide Art Orchestra
Studied: Musikhochschule Zentralshweiz, Lucerne Switzerland
Competitions: Semi-finalist in the International Munich Violin Concerto Competition, Germany; Recipient of many awards & prizes at Adelaide Eisteddfods
Solo: Soloist with orchestra’s in France, Switzerland, and Australia; Soloist in the Recitals Australia subscription series, the Adelaide Bach Festival & the Barossa Festival Academy
Masterclasses: in Europe for Pinchas Zukerman & The Vermeer String Quartet
Musicals: The Mikado, South Pacific, Boy from Oz, Porgy & Bess, Pirates of Penzance & Miss Saigon
Pop: The Cat Empire
Stringspace Projects: Mt Barker Stringspace Concert Series at the Prince of Wales Lodge; An inspirational corporate short film performance project for Stringspace.
Orchestra: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Adelaide Baroque, Adelaide Chamber Players
Studied: Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide
Other Projects: Hilary composes and arranges music for film, dance, theatre, and ensembles
Stringspace Projects: Inspirational corporate short film performance project for Stringspace.
Orchestra: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Principal Cellist with the Adelaide Art Orchestra & The Tasmanian Symphony
Prizes: Recipient of Most Promising Cellist 18 years and under; Musica Viva – String Quartet Prize Winner
Festivals: Adelaide Fringe Festival
Radio: ABC Classic FM Sunday Live – string quartet
James (jazz guitar):
“James has it all… I love his playing.” – John Scofield
“James is a mountain of guitar virtuosity…All the things that are the most effective in jazz, rock, blues and country guitar emerge naturally at the right time, in the right place and it can give the listener shivers.” – John Clare (Sydney Morning Herald)
Australian guitarist James Muller is one of the most exciting and innovative musicians on the Australian music scene today. His distinctive sound, coupled with masterful improvisation and breathtaking virtuosity, has made him one of the most respected and most significant young musicians in the country.
By the time he burst onto the Sydney scene in 1996, at just 21 years of age, James had already recorded his first independent album “No You Don’t.” He was soon playing and recording with some of the biggest names in jazz and rock including:
James Morrison, Vince Jones, Katie Noonan, Dale Barlow, Bernie McGann, Don Burrows, Mike Nock, Renee Geyer, Jimmy Barnes, Nigel Kennedy & Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc)
Few people have lit up the Australian music scene so brightly and so quickly. Muller is the recipient of numerous accolades including the coveted ARIA award, the highest acknowledgment in the Australian recording industry.
- Winner of the ARIA for Best Jazz Album – James Muller Trio “ALL OUT” –
- Winner of the National Jazz Award, Wangaratta Jazz Festival
- Dual Mo Award winner (National entertainment industry award) – Best Jazz Instrumentalist & Best Jazz Group
- Best Jazz Album ARIA Awards nomination – James Muller Quartet “THRUM”
- Winner of the APRA award for Most Performed Jazz Work
- Winner of the esteemed Freedman Fellowship
- Best Jazz Album ARIA Awards – James Muller Trio “KABOOM”
- Full-length interview in esteemed US magazine “Guitar Player”