Orchestra: Melbourne Symphony (current), Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, & ACO2
Studied: Bachelor of Music majoring in Violin Performance (1st Class Honours), Sydney Conservatorium; Masters of Music at The Guildhall School of Music, London.
Awards: Sydney Symphony Fellowship and many scholarships for excellence in violin playing.
Festivals: Euro Arts Music Festival
Solo: Sydney Symphony at Angel Place, Sydney.
Freya Franzen has been performing with Stringspace since 2006 and features on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive.
Orchestra: ACO Emerging Artist; Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra.
Stringspace Events: Solo Violinist for Nespresso Vertuo launch. StringspaceLive Solo Violinist.
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.
Currently studying on full scholarship at the National Academy of Music, Melbourne (2019)
Mia has been performing with Stringspace since 2017 and features on our YouTube channel StringspaceLive.
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.
Currently studying on full scholarship at the National Academy of Music, Melbourne (2019)
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, Solo Violinist for Nespresso Vertuo product launch, Vivid Ideas – House of Cards theme at the Opening of the Beau Willimon interview hosted by Leigh Sales at the Sydney Town Hall.
Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tasmania Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Banff Festival Orchestra & ACO2.
Peter has performed in Carnegie Hall, New York, Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles and in every capital city of Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
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, Rotary Club of Melbourne Young Achiever of the Year, Winner – Melbourne University Concerto Competition.
Other projects: Chamber music performances throughout Denmark with Principal Violist of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Festivals: The International Chamber Music Festival
Peter has been performing with Stringspace since 2014 and features on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive.
“Australia’s wunderkind of the violin, Kristian Winther, returns to both direct and perform the solo part in this much-anticipated premiere of Beethoven’s violin concerto in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.”
Born in Canberra in 1984 to pianist parents, Kristian Winther studied both violin and conducting
Concerto debut: Sibelius Violin Concerto in 2000
Soloist: Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
Kristian performed the Australian premieres of Brett Dean’s Violin Concerto “The Lost Art of Letter Writing”
Guest Assistant Concertmaster: Adelaide Symphony, WA Symphony, & the Hong Kong Philharmonic
Concertmaster: Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Guest Director and Leader of ACO2
Competition Winner: Banff International String Quartet Competition. This was followed by critically acclaimed tours of the USA and Europe
Other projects: Kristian is also a composer. He premiered his work for string quartet “…etude” at the Sydney Opera House.
Kristian has performed with many celebrated musicians including Anne-Sophie Van Otter, Richard Tognetti, Brett Dean, and Piers Lane, and has conducted at the Canberra International Music Festival & the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Ioana began learning the violin at age five, in New Zealand, after her family emigrated from Serbia. She has performed as a core member of the Australian String Quartet.
Her musical background is very much grounded in Romanian and Serbian folk music.
“I have always listened to folk, jazz and good popular music as well as classical music.”
Studied: Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne (scholarship)
Orchestra: Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra & Orchestra Victoria.
Solo: Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Monash Academy Orchestra & Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Ioana has been performing with Stringspace since 2015.
Studied: The Juilliard School (BMus in violin performance), Yale University (BA with distinction), Yale School of Music (Master of Music)
Awards: Yale Friends of Music Award Winner, Yale Concerto Competition Winner, Carl Wendling Kammermusik Wettbewerb Winner (Germany), Fontainebleau Chamber Music Award Winner (France)
Orchestra: Orchestra Victoria, Urban Camerata (Germany)
Soloist: Live solo broadcasts on National Public Radio (US), concerto performances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Fontainebleau Chamber Orchestra
Pop: Recorded string quartet backing tracks with singer Norah Jones (New York City), performed with Angelique Kidjo.
Film: Featured as a violinist extra for a film with Woody Allen. Recorded strings for films featuring Daniel Radcliffe
Other: Performed chamber music for former US President Bill Clinton and a private string quartet concert for the Prime Minister of Germany
Invited to play for Martha Stewart’s Wedding Expo in NYC
Festivals: Toronto Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, St Lawrence String Quartet Festival, Fontainebleau Festival, Lo Spirito Della Musica di Venezia.
Background: Violinist originally from Canberra. Member of the highly respected Harvey family.
Studied: Australian National University – combined degree of Bachelor of Music majoring in Violin Performance and Law. Scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy, Melbourne.
Orchestra: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Canberra Symphony & Melbourne Symphony.
Solo: Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Other projects: Selected to perform in a piano trio at Government House for the Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
Natalia has been performing with Stringspace since 2011.
Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra: #2 (Assistant Leader to Richard Tognetti), Wiener Kammerorchester, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra & Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Assistant Concertmaster)
Violin Soloist: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Tasmanian Symphony
Awards: National Youth Concerto Competition Winner, Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust winner, Major performance award of the Australian Musical Foundation in London, ABC Young Performers Prize Winner
Studied: Vienna Hochschule & The London Guildhall of Music with David Takeno. Chamber music with the Takacs Quartet
TV: Performs regularly on ABC Sunday Live
Film: Violin Instructor to Russell Crowe on the film Master and Commander
“The outshining violinist Zoë Black is an alluring and sensual musician with an appealing charisma” The Age.
Orchestra: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Pops Orchestra – Concertmaster
Solo Violin: Chamber Orchestra of Cologne
Prizes: Gold Medal for Most Outstanding String Player & Most Outstanding Violinist (Dandenong Festival of Music and Art). Most Outstanding Violinist of Competition (Manningham Eisteddfod).
Awards: Scholarship for Most Promising Student at the QLD Conservatorium of Music
Studied: Advanced Performer Program at the National Academy of Music on Scholarship & Masters in Violin Performance from Melbourne University
Other Projects: Recent String Quartet debut at Carnegie Hall, New York City
Radio: Featured Artist on ABC FM’s Young Australia
Aaron has performed with Stringspace since 2007
Orchestra: Will performs regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and ACO2.
Studied: Bachelor of Music from Melbourne University.
Festivals: Perth International Festival, Musica Viva Festival, The Four Winds Festival, Perth International Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, founding violist of the ACO’s Inspire Quartet.
Other projects: An enthusiastic performer of new music William has premiered numerous Australian works as soloist, and chamber musician.
Will has been performing with Stringspace since 2014 and features on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive.
Studied: Bachelor of Music; National Academy of Music on full-Scholarship.
Orchestra: Australian World Orchestra, Victorian State Opera Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra & Melbourne Symphony.
Other: Australian String Quartet member at the Dunkeld Festival.
Stringspace events: Saba Store Opening; StringspaceLive film shoot.
Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Adelaide Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Australian Chamber Soloists, Melbourne Symphony Chamber Players
Festivals: Queenscliff Music Festival
Other Projects: Silo String Quartet (including a string quartet performance at Carnegie Hall, New York City), Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan) & The Black Arm Band (music of the Australian Indigenous Experience).
Musicals: Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Love Never Dies & Phantom of the Opera
Pop: Ben Folds, Harry Connick Jr & Paul Kelly, John Butler Album – “Sunrise Over The Sea” & Clare Bowditch “The Moon Looked On”
Stringspace Events: Alannah Hill private VIP event at the Alannah Hill Chapel Street Store. Myer VIP night.
Cerid has been performing with Stringspace since 2006.
Studied: Royal College of Music, London. Lily is now based in Melbourne.
Recordings/film: BBC & Sony PlayStation. Lily has recently worked as cello double to Kaya Scodelario in the 2017 film The King’s Daughter.
TV: Dancing With the Stars, X-Factor Australia, and Sunrise.
Pop: Rod Stewart, John Farnham, The Veronica’s, Guy Sebastian, Cinematic Orchestra, Andrea Bocelli and many more.
Theatre: Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, and Kinky Boots.
Lily is an in-demand acoustic/electric cellist with a multi-faceted career and mastery in many genres.
On electric cello, Lily performs regularly both as a soloist and in collaboration for events throughout Australia.
Previous Stringspace events include MYER, Melbourne Cup Day Festival at Flemington, Victorian State Government event at Parliament House, State Library of Victoria event at the State Library, Bvlgari Exhibition – NGV solo performance – feature solo cellist with backing-track, Bursaria launch of The Refectory, Hugo Boss Store Opening, SABA opening at The Melbourne Emporium.
Mee Na (cello):
Studied: Masters of Music at Sydney Conservatorium and the Royal Academy of Music, London. After graduating from ANAM’s Professional Performance Program in 2014, Mee Na completed a 2015 ANAM Fellowship (Melbourne).
Awards: ABC Young Performers Award Finalist (2015); E.V. Llewellyn Memorial Award for Overseas Study and an Australia Council for the Arts Development Grant for Affinity Collective’s 2016 European Tour.
Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and Principal Cello of Australian Youth Orchestra. Mee Na also performs with Victorian Opera, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and Sydney Chamber Opera.
Orchestra: Orchestra Victoria (Guest lead cellist), Sydney Symphony, Cologne Chamber Orchestra & Cologne Sextet, North German Radio Orchestra, Musik Triennale Koln & Singapore Symphony
Studied: Tchaikovsky Conservatorium of Music (High School for Gifted Students), The Peabody Conservatorium & Cologne Hochschule of Music
TV: Soloist on the ABC Arts Show
Festivals: Melbourne International Chamber Music Festival
Stringspace Events: Alannah Hill private VIP event at the Alannah Hill Chapel Street store.
”Bogosavljevic’s fine bow control and use of vibrato made for a moving performance.” Herald Sun
Svetlana has been performing with Stringspace since 2006.
Orchestra: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria & Melbourne Chamber Orchestra
Studied: The Elder Conservatorium – 1st Class Honours, baroque cello in Edinburgh, National Academy of Music, & the Young Australian Concert Artists String Quartet program
International Orchestral Experience: The English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique
Other Projects: Sydney Theatre Company (show starring Hugh Jackman)
Edwina has been performing with Stringspace since 2006.
Andrea (jazz piano):
Australian pianist and composer Andrea Keller is a leading figure on the Australian jazz scene.
Andrea Keller has “one of Australia’s most consistently interesting musical minds.”
Awards: Three ARIA Awards, two Bell Awards, and two major fellowships, including the MCA/Freedman Foundation Jazz Fellowship. She has toured extensively nationally and internationally, and her discography includes seven albums under her name and her compositions and performances heard on countless others.
Studied: Andrea Keller holds a Bachelor of Music in Improvisation (Hons) from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Master of Arts from the Queensland University of Technology
Keller and her players are consistently outstanding – Michael Webb
Apart from being an outstanding piano player, Keller has the gift for writing totally distinctive and engaging compositions. This recording stands as a marker of just how good Australian jazz is. – B. Stapleton (allaboutjazz.com)
One of this country’s most daring and fascinating composers, she produces work that bristles with surprises, a powerful blend of European lyricism with space and improvisation. Leon Gettler. The Age
Stringspace events: Andre Rieu VIP event (jazz trio); solo jazz piano concert for ANZ design team dinner.
Harry (jazz & pop piano):
Harry graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first-class Honours in 2013. Harry has performed with many of Australia’s most accomplished jazz musicians including James Morrison, Dale Barlow, and Paul Furniss. He has also been performing regularly with Geoff Bull and the Finer Cuts since 2012, playing and touring extensively with pop music and jazz artists including Matt Corby, Dereb the Ambassador, Touch Sensitive, Ben Hauptmann, Donny Benet, and Ngaiire.
Harry is one of Australia’s most promising young jazz pianists. In 2010 he won the James Morrison Scholarship at the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier. He recorded a set of music for ABC Jazz digital radio and has been featured on “Jazztrack” with Mal Stanley. Finalist in the 2019 Freedman Jazz Fellowship.
“My music director Harry Sutherland – when I sent him the music after it was done and asked him to come on tour, he scored the entire album part by part and he was almost more responsible for divvying up each specific role for each band member more than I was. To have someone with that kind of genius-level of operating has made my job really fun.” – Matt Corby (1883 Magazine)
Hugh (jazz guitar):
Hugh began playing guitar at age 5, and by age 11 he had shared a stage with Tommy Emmanuel.
Studied: The Elder Conservatorium; Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Awards: James Morrison Scholarship; The Elder Conservatorium’s award for most outstanding undergraduate.
The James Morrison Scholarship allowed Hugh to study in New York
In 2007, Hugh was a prize winner at the National Jazz Awards, possibly Australia’s most prestigious competition for jazz instrumentalists.
Stringspace Projects: Youtube Channel – StringspaceLive, Gourmet Traveller Awards Night @ Vue De Monde, Garvan Institute of Medical Research Fundraising Gala, Porsche Christmas Party, duo film clips with Jade Macrae and Briana Cowlishaw, a duo performance with Jade MacRae at Abbotsford Convent for “Friends Gather Round”, & VIP client events for Tiffany & Co. at their Melbourne Collins Street store.
Hugh features on our YouTube channel StringspaceLive.
Lucie Miller | Stringspace Founder & Director:
Stringspace Director: Establishing Stringspace in 2003, Lucie has organised music for U2 (at the Sydney Opera House), The Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Peter Weir, Hopscotch Films, Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Fashion Week, the Sydney Opera House, Sir Richard Branson, Justin Hemmes, Sydney Writers’ Festival & Sydney Fashion Week.
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 music for the President of France at the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), a jazz band for the Prime Minister of Japan (Perth), The Prime Minister’s Christmas Party at Kirribilli House (Sydney), a string quartet 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, the Prime Minister’s Christmas Party at the National Portrait Gallery (2019) and many other events hosted by PM John Howard, PM Tony Abbott, PM Kevin Rudd, PM Julia Gillard, PM Malcolm Turnbull & PM Scott Morrison.
Lucie has organised private orchestra concerts for Sir Richard Branson, Justin Hemmes, an orchestra for the Sydney preview of the James Bond movie “Spectre“, and many simultaneous jazz bands & string quartets throughout Australia for MYER. She has staged a string orchestra performance of House of Cards at the Sydney Town Hall for Vivid Festival – as part of an on-stage Leigh Sales interview of Beau Willimon (the director of House of Cards). She has organised an orchestra for the Sydney Opera House for final decisions on the new acoustics being installed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House to be made, and has also programmed and directed two concert series for the Sydney Opera House.
She has booked string players to perform on episodes of the TV show Home & Away, string players & William Barton for the ABC TV show Q & A, and regularly organises musicians for the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, The State Library of Victoria, and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.
Lucie has provided numerous jazz bands for Tiffany & Co. – in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide; a jazz band in-store for Louis Vuitton, a solo violinist for M.A.C Cosmetics – including a performance at Vogue Fashion Night Out, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Dion Lee, Rolex, Bvlgari, Omega, Grandiflora, Mercedes, Saba, Alannah Hill, Sotheby’s, Ferrari Maserati, Armadillo & Co., The Living Edge, Porsche, BMW, Volvo, Bentley, and musicians for the Harpers Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards.
She has organised a string quartet to record string parts for acclaimed arranger Jessica Wells of Jigsaw Music at Fox Studios, and musicians for recordings for the Australian bands The Presets & Architecture in Helsinki. She has also collaborated with the Sydney Dance Company on an event for David Jones.
Other Stringspace clients include Macquarie Bank, Herbert Smith Freehills, Property Council of Australia, Australian Medical Association, Law Council of Australia, AFTRS, the ACT Government, The NSW Treasury Department, The Garvan Institute, the Australian Performing Rights Association, Aria Restaurant, Australian Guild of Screen Composers, Jones Lang LaSalle, UNSW, Foxtel, Australia Square, AFTRS, IKEA, BHP Billiton, Coca-Cola, Gourmet Traveller, QANTAS, Optus, Disney, Rio Tinto, SwissRe, Ticketek & Westfield.
Stringspace is often recommended by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Pinchgut Opera & the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra to perform live music at events. We recently provided musicians for Alan Joyce’s wedding which was attended by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Director Paul Dyer.
Lucie directed, edited & produced all the StringspaceLive film clips that are featured on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive (which now has over 100,000 subscribers), and comes from a family of third-generation professional musicians and artists.
Studied: Conservatorium High School, Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the ANU (distinction), Graduate Diploma in Violin Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium (scholarship); painting + other subjects at the ANU Canberra School of Art & Sydney College of the Arts.
Orchestra: Lucie has toured extensively performing in hundreds of concerts throughout France, Germany, and Australia with The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Cologne (1999 – 2002), and has performed in many opera and ballet seasons at the Sydney Opera House with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (2003 – 2019).
Awards: ANU Chamber Music Competition 1st Prize winner – String Quartet, and many awards & prizes from the Sydney Conservatorium. Many High Distinctions in chamber music (Sydney Conservatorium & ANU).
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, Tina Arena & Guy Sebastian.
Movies: The Night We Called It A Day (starring Dennis Hopper)
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
Film Soundtracks: Australia, Happy Feet 1 & 2, December Boys, P.S I Love You
Festivals: Shostakovich String Quartet #8 in nightclubs (Sydney & Canberra Fringe Festivals)
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.
“Thank you for organising the string trio for our wedding day on 1st May. The musicians were very professional and set the scene for our ceremony perfectly. We even had a couple of guests who are musicians and knew of Kristian Winther – they wanted to know how we got ‘string royalty’ to play at our wedding!
“Please pass on our thanks to the musicians, and thank you for being so reliable and helpful in organising everything.” Trent Ryan & Rebecca Pollard