Orchestra: Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia Orchestra – Sydney Symphony.
Solo: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Studied: Sydney Conservatorium (Bachelor of Music & Post-Graduate Diploma of Music both majoring in Violin Performance) with Alice Waten; Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program (2016 & 2017). 2017 Young Artists Program with Pinchas Zukerman (Canada).
Awards: Sydney Conservatorium of Music Violin Scholarships; the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia Violin Scholarship.
TV: The Today Show, Sunrise & Dancing with the Stars.
Stringspace events: MYER in-store events, Harpers Bazaar “Woman of the Year”, March Into Merivale – hosted by Justin Hemmes, Life Company of the Year Awards at the NSW Art Gallery, Archibald Opening Night at the NSW Art Gallery, 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, Solo Violinist for Nespresso Vertuo product launch, Archibald Opening Night, The Australia Day Awards – live broadcast from Parliament House, Canberra; Art Gallery of NSW Foundation Dinner.
Bridget has performed with Stringspace since 2014 and features on our YouTube channel StringspaceLive
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, and at the Australian National Academy of Music – Advanced Performance Program.
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).
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. Alex then won a Fellowship with the Sydney Symphony and soon after was appointed to the First Violins.
Solo: Melbourne Symphony – Shostakovich Violin Concerto solo; Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards finalist.
Stringspace Events: Estee Lauder product launch, Home & Away, Chanel fashion show 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.
Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, ACO Emerging Artists – Violinist & Victorian State Opera Orchestra.
Stringspace Events: Solo Violinist for Nespresso Vertuo launch. Violin soloist on StringspaceLive.
Studied: Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium with Professor Alice Waten. Full Scholarship holder at the National Academy of Music.
Mia started piano aged 5 and violin aged 9 after being inspired by the sounds of her father playing jazz. 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.
Mia has been performing with Stringspace since 2017 and features on our YouTube channel StringspaceLive.
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.
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.
Orchestra: Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Studied: Queensland Conservatorium Bachelor of Music in Advanced Violin Performance (Class 1 Honours) – graduating with the Griffith University Medal; Australian National Academy of Music, and then further study in Salzburg with the support of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
Soloist: Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, The Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, The Melbourne University, and Victorian Festival Orchestra.
Radio: Live solo broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and SRF2 Swiss Radio.
Awards: Queensland Arts Council’s Gertrude Langer Ensemble Prize, and the Australian National Academy of Music’s Chamber Music Award. Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist.
Other Projects: Melbourne Festival, Huntington Estate Music Festival, Salon of the Melbourne Recital Centre & Ensemble Offspring.
Stringspace Projects: Myer Spring launch, Andre Rieu pre-show string quartet concert, Sydney Opera House Acoustic Testing Sessions.
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 Alice Waten. Further violin studies have been at the SIMA Women’s Jazz Course, India; Bulgarian folk, USA; Greek violin, USA; with Kyriakos Gouventas in Thessaloniki, Greece; Costas Karapanos in Ioannina, Greece; and Husnu Tuszuz in Istanbul, Turkey.
Collaborations: William Barton, Judy Bailey, Lucky Oceans, The Sydney Dance Company & Taikoz. Her duo album with Ryan Francesconi “Road To Palios” was released on Bella Union, followed by European and Japan tours.
Pop: Mirabai has toured internationally with harp-player singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom as a member of her band. She has also worked, writing and recording string parts, with Kim Moyes from The Presets.
Festivals: Sydney Festival
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); 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, Solo Violinist for Nespresso Vertuo product launch, 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 performed with Stringspace since 2005, and features on our StringspaceLive YouTube channel.
Orchestra: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia, Modern Music Ensemble.
Studied: Sydney Conservatorium of Music Bachelor of Music 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. Full scholarship holder at the National Academy of Music.
Scholarship holder with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for the ACO Academy.
Awards: Winner of the Marcus Edward Violin Scholarship and twice 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 Youth Orchestra Concertmaster, BBC Proms Performance at Royal Albert Hall, London; Yehudi Menuhin Festival Gstaad; Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and artistic associate with Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra; Sydney Symphony Emerging Artist Sinfonia Program (2012, 2013, 2014); Royal Opera House Orchestra – Covent Garden. Yena has also toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Studied: Bachelor of Music Advanced Performance (1st Class Honours); National Academy of Music Performance Program (Melbourne); Australian Post-graduate Award Scholarship; Masters in Philosophy; New York Winter Strings Conference, Aurora Festival (Sweden, Britten-Pears Young Artist Program (UK), Chipping Campden Festival (UK), Anghiari Festival (Italy) and Cervo Music Festival (Italy).
Awards: UQ Graduate Scholarship for International Travel Award, Ernest Llewellyn Scholarship Fund and Finalist for the 2018 Apra Amcos Award for Excellence.
Pop collaborations & performances: Eminem, Hanson, Maribou State, Peking Duk, Tina Arena, Boy & Bear, Mirusia, Ilan Kidron, Jack Carty, Michael Bolton, Neil Finn, Megan Hilty, Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan.
Projects: Commonwealth CEO Awards, Italian Embassy London performance, The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards ft. the Hon Malcolm Turnbull (2015) and The Festival of Tibet in the presence of the Dalai Lama’s family (2018).
Orchestra: Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra
Studied: Violin performance at the Sydney Conservatorium.
She has 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.
TV: So You Think You Can Dance, Sunrise and X-Factor.
Festivals: 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: Deputy Concertmaster of the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra since 2015; Melbourne Chamber Orchestra; Assistant Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Principal 1st Violin of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Soloist: Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Chamber & Sydney Conservatorium Orchestras.
Awards: Winner of the Hephzibah Menuhin and Kendall Violin Competitions, and ABC Young Performers Award 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.
Studied: Australian National Academy of Music; 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.
Orchestra: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; Pinchgut Opera, Konzerthaus Orchestra (Berlin).
Studied: Sydney Conservatorium and Australian National Academy of Music graduate; Master of Arts in Classical String Performance and Graduate Certificate in Arts Management at UTS. James then did further studies in Berlin.
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, founding member of Ensemble Offspring & the Australian Haydn Ensemble.
Stringspace Projects: Liberty Place launch, Sydney Opera House Kids Cafe Series, The Australia Day Awards live broadcast from Parliament House, Canberra.
Founder of ‘The Bushwalking Union for the Musicians of Sydney”, James supports a number of charitable organizations with his music
James features on our Youtube channel StringspaceLive. He has performed with Stringspace since 2009
Orchestra: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Australian Youth Orchestra (principal cellist) & Orchestra of the Antipodes.
Studied: Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music & Canberra School of Music, and then further studies in Amsterdam with Wim Straesser.
Oliver is a cellist, composer, and arranger. He is a founding 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.
Collaborations: Shaun Parker, Judy Bailey Trio, Paul Cutlan, The Gondwana Voices, Georges Lentz, Gary Daley in the Sanctuary Project, Ryan Francesconi of Joanna Newsom Band, Kim Moyes of The Presets, Amanda Palmer, Delta Goodrem, Anthony & The Johnsons, Florence and The Machine, Sydney Festival & The Sydney Theatre Company.
TV: Australian Idol, The ABC Sideshow & Good News Week.
‘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‘
“…immaculate control, this was improvisatory string playing at its uncompromising best.” (The BRAG)
Stringspace events: The Garvan Institute’s 50th Anniversary Dinner, Sir Richard Branson Virgin Home Loan 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 Australian 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 Christmas Party at Kirribilli House, 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, for the President of France at the National Gallery of Australia – hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, private lunch hour recital hosted by Peter Weir at his studios, Stringspace String Quartet performance 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.
Ollie has been performing with Stringspace since 2004 and features on our Youtube channel StringspaceLive.
Studied: Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with First Class Honours.
Masterclasses with some of the world’s best guitarists including Paul Galbraith, Pavel Stiedl, and Carlos Bonell
Collaborations: TaikOz, Ensemble Offspring, Halcyon, the Sydney Electric Trio, Sydney Guitar Quartet.
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, he has performed with Stringspace since 2011
Briana (jazz & pop singer):
Briana is a Sydney-based 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 traveled 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, Fiona Apple, 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 was invited to perform with her band at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival supporting Katie Noonan. Briana was again invited back to the Wangaratta Jazz Festival to compete as 1 of 10 finalists in the 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.
Stringspace Projects: StringspaceLive YouTube Channel. Briana’s Stringspace YouTube performances are amongst some of the most viewed jazz covers in the world.
Stringspace Events: Tiffany’s VIP events at their Collins Street store in Melbourne, & then shortly after at their Sydney city store. Briana was given jewellery by Tiffany’s to wear at these events; ANZ Design Dinner at the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne; In-store performances for MYER.
Jade (jazz, soul & pop singer):
Australian R&B/soul singer Jade MacRae is also a beautiful, stylish jazz singer. Her self-titled album was nominated for an ARIA Award and a number of her songs have had chart-topping success.
Stringspace Projects include:
Jade features on our YouTube channel StringspaceLive; the launch of the Olivia Newton-John Wellness Centre (Melbourne), feature performance at the Friends Gather Round Supercharge Your Life event, Porsche Christmas Party (Melbourne), March Into Merivale – a Justin Hemmes event – singing with our String Quartet (Sydney), feature performance at the New South Wales Art Gallery Exhibition Opening “Making Modernism”.
“Gladys could have saved us all a fortune by having Jade MacRae demolish the Sydney Football Stadium. One note should have done the job, such is the singer’s staggering power. Were anything left tottering, Carl Dewhurst could have napalmed it with a guitar solo. MacRae doesn’t do things by halves. Having penned a batch of songs buried deep in the R&B tradition.”
Milan (pop & soul singer):
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 mesmerized and all the while creating a fun, intimate and relaxed environment.
Milan creates an effortlessly classy and relaxed ambiance 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.
Jeremy is one of Australia’s leading saxophonists and composers, having performed nationally and internationally at festivals, concert halls, and jazz clubs. Jeremy regularly performs with Ensemble Offspring and The Vampires.
Studied: As a music student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jeremy studied with saxophonist Dale Barlow, trumpeter Phil Slater and pianists Judy Bailey and Mike Nock. He then returned to Sydney to graduate in 2007 with First Class Honours in Jazz Saxophone. In 2016 Jeremy completed a PhD at the Sydney Conservatorium. Jeremy has also studied in London, Oslo, and New York. Jeremy was part of the fertile hotspot of creativity at the Banff Workshop in Canada in 2009, and has also undertaken study of Balkan Brass Music in Greece, and study trips to Cuba and Bali.
His released albums as both leader and co-leader indicate his broad perspectives on musical styles, drawing from artists as such as Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Morton Feldman, Karaikudi Mani, The Roots, Olivier Messiaen, Igor Stravinsky, and Astor Piazzola to merge with his deep respect for the jazz tradition.
The media has reported that ‘his compositions stand out from the pack’ (SMH), ‘is developing into a significant Australian voice’ (Jazz-Planet.com), and that ‘his playing shows subtle glimpses of a mature master’ (The Australian).
Jeremy has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including the 2015 APRA Professional Development Award, the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist, a BBM Award, and an Australian Postgraduate Award. He was a finalist in both the 2012 and 2013 Freedman Jazz Fellowship.
In 2012 Jeremy was a finalist in the 2012 APRA/MCA Art Music Awards for Best Jazz Work. He was also a finalist for the 2013 APRA/MCA Art Music Awards for Excellence in Jazz.
“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) develope 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.
1st prize winner in the National Jazz Awards at the prestigious Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. 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. Bachelor of Music degree.
“This is one intelligent, obfuscating, revved-up release. These men play with repetition, they play sound, with effects and with a form that lends itself to taking things just about as far as you can go.
This is Yes and Zappa in a minimalist setting, with a bit of Goldfrapp thrown in.” – Review of The Alcohotlicks album Danaides by Arne Sjostedt (SMH).
“Flower’s compositions are as masterful as his playing.” – Jessica Nicholas, ABC Jazz.
“This music bristled with fun, imagination and surprise, and constitutes a fascinating project.” John Shand SMH
Originally hailing from the lush countryside of rural New Zealand, Peter has become a regular fixture on Sydney’s music scene since his arrival in late 2011, appearing with various jazz and pop groups around the country and abroad. His love of music was first sparked by the many and varied albums in his Dad’s record collection, and he spent his late teens gigging around the Auckland jazz scene in bands led by Roger Manins and Frank Gibson jr, before moving to Australia.
Recent highlights include tours to Asia with the Briana Cowlishaw Band, and playing in Tim Firth’s jazz-metal band Scoreatura. In 2014 Peter placed 3rd in the prestigious National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. He currently tours with Katie Noonan.
“I think Australian jazz audiences have been waiting to hear a voice like Peter Koopman on guitar. He has such a sweet sound and his inventiveness is individual.” – D. Goodman
Stringspace Events: Porsche at Alexandria; Performance with Briana for Clover Moore at the MCA.
Stringspace Projects: PJ features on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive
Harry graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first-class honours in 2013. Performing since a young age, Harry has gained extensive experience playing with some of Australia’s most accomplished jazz musicians including James Morrison, Dale Barlow and Paul Furniss. He has 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)
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.
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: Louis Vuitton in-store Christmas jazz band.
Alex is a drummer and percussionist currently living in Sydney, Australia. Alex holds a Bachelor of Music 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 and was the 1st prize winner of the 2018 National Jazz Awards at Wangaratta.
Stringspace Events: Final Fantasy – Stringspace Orchestra Concert; Australia Day performance at Parliament House Canberra – event hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Stringspace Projects: Alex features on our YouTube Channel StringspaceLive
Performs pop & Cuban style drumming
Dominic is Australias youngest Babalawo and only Olu-Bata (Priest of Aña Sacred Bata drums). Also, an accomplished musician performing professionally since the age of 12, Dominic has performed throughout Australia and internationally with artists such as Deni Hines (AUS), HERMITUDE (AUS), Pedrito Martinez (CUBA), OMAR (UK), Bill Summers (Herbie Hancock), Julio Padron (CUBA/Irakere) and Huey Dunbar (DLG) among others.
In 2013 at 23 years of age Dominic placed 2nd competing at the prestigious international percussion festival held annually in Havana; ‘La Fiesta Del Tambor’. Dominic continues to work as a Babalawo and as a musician internationally and has recently launched his own Afro Cuban folkloric company ‘OSA EŠU’ performing the music and dance of Santeria/IFA.
Richie – Stringspace technical + actor/voiceover artist
Studied: certificate in audio production; Arts Degree – Acting with a major in English Literature.
Richie looks after the technical side of Stringspace and our YouTube channel StringspaceLive.
Aside from Stringspace, Richie also works for the following companies:
Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, Underbelly Arts Festival, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Film Festival & 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 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.