Guest Artists

The world's greatest soloists in concerts performed at the pinnacle of orchestral excellence.

Artist-in-Residence 2017

Maxim Vengerov

Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, and often referred to as the greatest living string player in the world today, Grammy award winner Maxim Vengerov also enjoys international acclaim as a conductor...
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Cello

Mischa Maisky

"... One of the most outstanding talents of the younger generation of cellists. His playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy with great temperament and brilliant technique." - Mstislav Rostropovich Mischa Maisky has the distinction of...
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Trumpet

James Morrison

James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays trombone, euphonium, flugel horn, tuba, saxophones, double bass and piano. At the age...
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Pianist

Marialy Pacheco

Pianist and composer Marialy Pacheco belongs to the most talented Cuban musicians of her generation. Born in Cuba (Havana, 1983) Marialy was raised in a musical family and began piano studies from an early age...
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Piano

Sergio Tiempo

Described by Gramophone magazine as “perhaps the most dazzling and spontaneous pianist of his generation”, Sergio Tiempo has developed a reputation as one of the most individual of pianists, able to make even the most...
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Soloist-in-Residence 2016

Nikolai Demidenko

Nikolai Demidenko’s passionate virtuosity and musicianship has brought him worldwide recognition. Frequent London recitals have included the Great Performers series at the Barbican, the International Piano Series at Southbank Centre, and recently in the London...
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Cello

Li-Wei Qin

Li-Wei Qin has appeared all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with leading orchestras including the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, BBC...
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Trichotomy

Trichotomy are one of Australia’s most inventive contemporary music ensembles. So much more than a traditional jazz trio, this group expands the capacities of the classic piano/bass/drums combination by skillfully blending dense, exciting improvisations and...
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Soprano

Lisa Gasteen

Prior to taking the Chair of Practice Professor of Opera at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University in 2011, Lisa Gasteen had become one of the world’s most sought after interpreters of the dramatic...
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Piano

Zhang Zuo (Zee Zee)

"Zhang Zuo is the one of the most outstanding and passionate pianistic talents I have come across" - Maestro Paavo Järvi An imaginative and electrifying performer, Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”) has been chosen to join...
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Piano

Roustem Saïtkoulov​

Roustem Saïtkoulov was born in Kazan (Russia). He started playing the piano at the age of four and entered the Kazan Conservatory junior classes when he was six years old. He went on to study...
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Clarinet

Paul Dean

Brisbane born and bred clarinettist Paul Dean, has made a name for himself as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and artistic director. Paul is the founder and Artistic Laureate of the chamber ensemble Southern Cross...
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Rafael Karlen Quartet

Saxophone Rafael Karlen Piano Steve Newcomb Bass wen Newcomb Drums Joe Marchisella The Rafael Karlen Quartet features pianist Steve Newcomb, bassist Owen Newcomb, drummer Joe Marchisella and Rafael Karlen on tenor saxophone. They have performed...
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Piano

Beatrice Rana

Beatrice possesses an old soul that belies her twenty years, and more than a touch of genius. Gramophone , January 2014 Twenty-two year old Beatrice Rana has shaken the international classical music world with admiration...
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Piano

Leslie Howard

“Musicianship that was as breathtaking in its virtuosity as it was revelatory in its grasp of the music” - Classical Source (on Leslie Howard’s latest Wigmore Hall recital) This has been another busy season for...
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Voice - Soprano

Vesselina Kasarova

Vesselina Kasarova was born in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria) and began at the age of four years playing the piano. After the concert diploma, she studied voice with Ressa Koleva at the Music Academy of Sofia,...
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Violin

Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next...
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Piano

Zubin Kanga

London-based Australian pianist, Zubin Kanga has performed at festivals across Europe and Australia including the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Festival, London 2012, Borealis Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, BIFEM and ISCM World New Music Days, as...
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Kupka’s Piano

Flute Jodie Rottle Clarinet Macarthur Clough Violin Adam Cadell Cello Katherine Philp Percussion Angus Wilson Piano Alex Raineri Taking its name from Bohemian painter František Kupka’s iconic 1909 painting The Piano Keys, the Brisbane-based contemporary...
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Erhu

Ma Xiaohui

Ma Xiaohui speaks with the world through her erhu (Chinese violin). She is most recognised for her famous duet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in...
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Piano

Alexander Malofeev

Alexander Malofeev was born in 2001 in Moscow, and began his studies at Gnessin Moscow Children’s School of Music with Elena Berezkin. He came to prominence after his outstanding appearance at the 8th International Tchaikovsky...
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Voice - Tenor

Andrea Caré

Andrea Caré features as one of the most prominent operatic tenor of his generation. He completed his musical studies at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin. In 2005, he was the winner of the Spoleto...
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Mezzo Soprano

Nicole Youl

Nicole Youl is one of Australia’s leading sopranos. She gained a Diploma of Arts in Music from the Victorian College of the Arts where she studied singing with Dame Joan Hammond. In 1991, Miss Youl...
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Sitar

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is one of the finest sitar players alive today. His dazzling virtuosity and innovative genius have earned him a legacy as a giant of the sitar. Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan learned...
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Piano

Yingdi Sun

Yingdi Sun won the First Prize in the 7th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition held in Utrecht, the Netherlands in April 2005, the first Chinese pianist to win this prestigious competition. In recent years, Yingdi...
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Composer

Phillip Glass

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and...
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Double Bass

Edicson Ruiz

Born in Caracas in 1985, Edicson Ruiz decided to play the bass when he was just eleven years old. His first teacher and mentor Felix Petit guided him through his studies in "El Sistema", the...
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Mezzo Soprano

Deborah Humble

Mezzo-Soprano Deborah Humble is one of Australia’s most successful international artists. She began her musical education in Adelaide gaining a Bachelor of Music Performance and continued her studies in Melbourne completing a Master of Music...
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Lisa Gasteen National Opera School

Internationally acclaimed Wagnerian soprano Lisa Gasteen has established The Lisa Gasteen National Opera School to provide elite opera coaching comparable to that of the best schools in Europe and North America. Professionals from Australia and...
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Mezzo-Soprano

Aoyun Gerile

Aoyun Gerile is honoured in China as a legendary mezzo-soprano. Since 2000, she has performed internationally as a lead soloist in the China Opera and Dance Drama Theatre (CNODDT). Performance highlights include solos in Aida,...
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Cello

Pablo Ferrández

"He is the top young cellist. He has everything: splendid technique, profound musicality and an overwhelming charisma!" - Maestro Christoph Eschenbach Recently awarded the coveted ICMA 2016 “Young Artist of the Year”, and prizewinner at...
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Voice - Soprano

Rachelle Durkin

In 2014/2015, Rachelle Durkin sang Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Norina (Don Pasquale) for Opera Australia, Lisa (La sonnambula) and Clorinda (Cenerentola) at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Violetta (La traviata) in Forth Worth, Texas and...
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Baritone

David Wakeham

The British-based baritone David Wakeham has established an international reputation, with critically acclaimed performances at La Scala Milano, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Theater an der Wien, the Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, the Bayerische Staatsoper München,...
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Organ

Christopher Wrench

Internationally acclaimed Brisbane organist Christopher Wrench is equally at home in the cathedral and concert hall as soloist, ensemble and liturgical musician. A graduate of the Queensland and Vienna Conservatoria and the Vienna University of...
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Mezzo Soprano

Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston, named by BBC Music Magazine as "a rising star", and the Financial Times as the "Face to Watch in Opera", is a former BBC New Generation Artist and a graduate of Cambridge University...
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Piano

Inon Barnatan

Celebrated for his poetic sensibility, probing intellect, and consummate artistry, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan (“ee-NON BAR-na-tan”) currently serves as the first Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. This unprecedented three-season appointment sees him appear as...
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Voice - Tenor

John Longmuir

One of Australia’s most acclaimed young tenors, John Longmuir was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His operatic studies took place at the Australian Opera Studio. John’s awards encompass all of Australia's major Eisteddfods and competitions, having...
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Piano

Piers Lane

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is one of the most inquisitive and engaging live performers of his generation. In great demand as soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano...
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Tenor

Henry Choo

A former member of the Australian Boys Choir, Henry Choo attained an Associate Diploma in Singing in 1997 under the guidance of Noel Ancell, and furthered his vocal and performance studies at the Melba Conservatorium...
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Double Bass

Edgar Meyer

In demand as both a performer and a composer, Double Bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. Hailed by The New Yorker as ‘...the most remarkable virtuoso…...
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Soprano

Kiandra Howarth

Since graduating with from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2010, Kiandra Howarth has sung a variety of major roles throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. For Opera Australia, she has sung Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina in...
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Violin

Ray Chen

“Sibelius dreamed of a career as a violin virtuoso. Ray Chen is fulfilling this dream with a brilliant debut in the Golden Hall [of Musikverein]. Rock-solid technique and lush sound.” KURIER "The tone he gets...
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Voice - Mezzzo Soprano

Bronwyn Douglass

Bronwyn graduated with a Masters in Operatic Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2014, receiving an Award for Academic Excellence and the Wagner Society in Queensland Encouragement Award. She has been the recipient...
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Cello

Julian Schwarz

Born in 1991 to a musical family, cellist Julian Schwarz is already being recognized as one of the finest cellists now before the public. In August 2013, he won the first prize in the inaugural...
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Voices of Birralee

Founder and artistic director Julie Christiansen Associate Director Paul Holly Voices of Birralee is a Brisbane based youth choral organisation founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julie Christiansen OAM. It now comprises nine ensembles, which...
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Composer

Max Savikangas

Max Savikangas (b. 1969) started playing the violin at the age of 6 and the piano at the age of 9, concentrating later on the darker and larger viola. He received his MMus degree from...
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Bass-Baritone

Christopher Richardson

A graduate of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, Christopher Richardson has studied with Marilyn Smith, Jane Edwards, Glenn Winslade and Sharolyn Kimmorley, and is a graduate of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School. He has...
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Guitar

Miloš Karadaglić

Now firmly positioned as the leading classical guitarist of his generation, Miloš Karadaglić continues to top the record charts and delight audiences around the world. The Times said of his latest Beatles album, Blackbird: “It...
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Soprano

Yafen

Yafen is an award-winning Chinese folk soprano who has promoted traditional Chinese fine arts around the world. She is part of the Chinese Police Headquarters Art Troupe, a member of Chinese Musicians Association, ambassador of...
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Tenor

Iain Henderson

Iain Henderson is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCGU) under the tutelage of Margaret Schindler. He joined Opera Queensland in 2011 and has performed as a member of...
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Soprano

Celeste Lazarenko

Australian soprano Celeste Lazarenko has Masters Degrees in performance from both the Guildhall London, and the Sydney Conservatorium. Celeste’s many awards include the Countess of Munster Award, The Australian Music Foundation Award, The Marten Bequest...
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Piano

Lang Lang

If one word applies to Lang Lang, to the musician, to the man, to his worldview, to those who come into contact with him, it is “inspiration”. It resounds like a musical motif through his...
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Sampology

Creating multi sensory, high octane, audio visual landscapes prodigal producer Sam Poggioli is Sampology. Having toured the world extensively from India to Germany to China to North America, Sampology spent much of 2014 and 2015...
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Piano

Jan Lisiecki

Just 22, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. The New York Times has called him “a pianist who makes every note count”. Lisiecki’s insightful...
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Pipa

Zhao Cong

Zhao Cong is a top musician in China and the Chief Pipa Performer of China National Orchestra. She is revered for her devotion to promoting Chinese folk music and introducing the pipa to the world...
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Soprano

Dominique Fegan

Dominique has performed in over 20 Opera Queensland productions in the chorus, as a soloist, an understudy (Mother in Hansel & Gretel, High Priestess in Aida ) and in small roles (Butterfly’s Aunt in Madama...
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Mezzo Soprano

Sally-Anne Russell

Sally-Anne Russell has over fifty operatic roles in her repertoire and has sung in fifteen countries including the United States, Austria, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Japan and Canada. As a principal...
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Piano

Louis Schwizgebel

Born in Geneva in 1987, Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel has been described as an “insightful musician” by the New York Times (May 2013) and “already one of the great masters of the piano” by Res...
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Saxophone

Rafael Karlen

Rafael Karlen is receiving attention as a rising talent on the Australian music scene. He is active as a performer, composer and arranger in a variety of styles and is known for his rich harmonies...
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Viola

Antoine Tamestit

Antoine Tamestit has achieved the rare distinction as a violist of playing at the highest level with orchestra and being in constant demand as a chamber musician and recitalist. He is recognised for his peerless...
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Violin

Zoë Black

Zoë Black is a violinist's violinist, known for her beauty of sound and natural virtuosity. She has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician and as a member of Australian Chamber Orchestra, with whom...
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Presenter

Professor Brian Cox OBE

Brian Edward Cox OBE is an English physicist and former musician, professor, a Royal Society university research fellow, PPARC advanced fellow in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. Cox is...
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Baritone

Pelham Andrews

Pelham Andrews trained in Australia, the UK and Germany, and is a graduate of the Cardiff International Academy of Voice and Adelaide University. A former Young Artist of the State Opera of South Australia, Pelham...
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Cello

Kian Soltani

He’s still something of an insider’s tip, this 21-year-old cellist. Yet by the time he won first prize at this year’s International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki, Kian Soltani had joined the top rank of...
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Piano

Steve Newcomb

Steve Newcomb is an Australian pianist, composer, arranger who in 2013 completed doctoral study at the Manhattan School of Music in composition, with Jim McNeely (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra). He is in demand for commission work...
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Voice - Countertenor

Christopher Lowrey

Countertenor Christopher Lowrey, originally from the United States, holds degrees with distinction from Brown University, the University of Cambridge (where he sang with the choir of Trinity College), and the Royal College of Music International...
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Voice - Soprano

Miriam Allan

Gramophone describes Miriam Allan’s singing as “enchanting” and “impressive” with audiences around the world engaged by her honesty and “depictions of sublime hope” in places of darkness and sorrow. She has given performances from Edinburgh...
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Violin

Jack Liebeck

London violinist Jack Liebeck made his concerto debut aged fifteen. Now established as one of the most compelling young violinists he has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras and has appeared at major...
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Music Director Emily Cox

Brisbane Chorale

The Brisbane Chorale is a symphonic chorus of over 100 voices with a reputation for outstanding choral performances. Since its formation in 1983 the Brisbane Chorale has made its mark on the choral landscape of...
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Tenor

Kang Wang

Kang Wang is a lyric tenor, the son of two renowned opera singers from Harbin, China. He recently completed the International Artist Diploma (Opera) at the Royal Northern College of Music and prior to that...
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Performer

Adalita

Adalita, lead singer of seminal band Magic Dirt, has been one of Australia’s most respected and influential artists for nearly two decades. You may well have grown up with her music, watching it evolve from...
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Voice - Tenor

Paul McMahon

Performing regularly as a soloist with symphony orchestras, chamber music groups and choirs throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia, tenor Paul McMahon is one of Australia’s finest exponents of baroque and classical repertoire, particularly the...
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Voice - Soprano

Barbara Zavros

Barbara Zavros graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts. As a student at the college she was a recipient of the Athenaeum Award, Margaret Sutherland Bursary Award, Murray...
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Composer

Dario Marianelli

In 1997, after winning the Benjamin Britten international composition prize, Dario Marianelli graduated in Film Music from the National Film and Television School in London. Marianelli has written music for the concert hall, contemporary ballet,...
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Mezzo Soprano

Roxane Hislop

Roxane Hislop is a graduate of Sydney University and the NSW Conservatorium of Music. She won the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, the Inaugural AIMS Scholarship, the Dame Mabel Brooks Scholarship and the Sydney Sun Aria...
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Soprano

Natalie Christie Peluso

Melbourne-born Natalie Peluso (previously Natalie Christie) achieved thrilling early success as a precociously talented young opera singer admired for her warm and youthful lyric soprano and superb acting ability. After winning The Australian Singing Competition...
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Performer

iOTA

iOTA’s is a tale of self-discovery with all the hallmarks of a Hollywood saga. An epic story arc that rattles out of unlikely origins through whiplashing changes in fortune across exotic locations and cramped cages...
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Voice - Bass/Baritone

Andrew Collis

Nick Shadow, The Rake’s Progress , Victorian Opera “Andrew Collis was a commanding Nick Shadow, cajoling Tom Rakewell by pandering to his every wish. His persuasively strong characterisation and intelligible pronunciation initially suggested a confident...
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Voice - Soprano

Helen Sherman

Born in Australia, mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she completed a Bachelor of Music and Post Graduate Diploma in opera. Following her success in the 2007 Australian Singing Competition...
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Violin

Shlomo Mintz

Critics, colleagues and audiences regard Shlomo Mintz as one of the foremost violinists of our time, esteemed for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique alike. Born in Moscow in 1957, Mintz immigrated to...
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Ensemble in Residence

The Australian Voices

It is with high artistic energy that The Australian Voices (now in its 21st year) commission and perform the works of Australian composers. Recently The Australian Voices have recorded new works intended for “performance” on...
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Beatbox

Tom Thum

It’s been said many times that Beat Boxer Tom Thum appears to have not only a symphony orchestra but also a jazz band, techno DJ, 80’s synth pop group and collection of exotic world instruments...
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Violin

Nemanja Radulović

In just a few years, Nemanja Radulović has taken the classical music world by storm with his virtuosic playing and adventurous programming. Recently signed as an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon, with whom he releases...
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Performer

Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway has been a significant and eloquent contributor to the Australian music scene for over 30 years. Her first band Do Re Mi topped the charts; her first solo album achieved platinum sales whilst...
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Voice - Soprano

Judit Molnar

Judit was born in Miskolc, Hungary and graduated from the world famous Liszt Academy of Music in 2008. She performs at solo and chamber concerts, festivals, oratories and operas in Hungary and across Europe- Italy,...
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Performer

Ed Kuepper

[Auto]biography 2017 I think it's safe to say that I've always been obsessed with music; from my earliest memories of hearing the popular country pop hits of Jim Reeves and Johnny Cash that my mother...
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Presenter

Professor Brian Foster

UK born Brian Foster has a strong commitment to the popularisation of physics, including the Superstrings and Einstein’s Universe lectures, which he presents with the virtuoso violinist Jack Liebeck and the Accelerate! lecture, intended for...
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Composer

Tim Shiel

Tim Shiel is a computer-based musician and radio broadcaster from Melbourne, Australia. His music, released formerly as Faux Pas and now under his own name, combines experimental electronica, avant-garde pop and sample-based beats in a...
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Piano

Javier Perianes

Awarded the ‘National Music Prize’ in 2012 by the Ministry of Culture of Spain, Spanish pianist Javier Perianes has been described as “a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch.”...
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Performer

Steve Kilbey

Steve Kilbey was born in England in 1954, and formed the band The Church in Sydney in 1980. The Church have achieved many Gold-level records all around the world. Kilbey is a double inductee into...
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Voice - Soprano

Rachel Pines

Canadian coloratura soprano Rachel Pines embraces a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary. A journey to Brisbane led Rachel to earn a Masters of Voice Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Recent...
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Violin

Sarah Chang

Sarah Chang is recognised as one of the world’s great violinists. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 8 she has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists internationally...
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Presenter

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson is a renowned music journalist. He has broadcast frequently for BBC Radio 3, 4 and World Service, with major projects including 14 programs about Bruckner, and has written regularly for The Independent, The...
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Gordon Hamilton

Having freelanced for five years in Germany, composer and conductor Gordon Hamilton moved back to his homeland in 2009 to take over as Artistic Director of one of Australia’s foremost vocal ensembles, The Australian Voices...
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Piano

Hannes Minnaar

Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar received international acclaim after winning prizes at the Queen Elisabeth Competition (3rd prize) and the Geneva International Music Competition (2nd prize). He studied with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory, graduating...
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Performer

Tex Perkins

Tex Perkins has played a key role in Australian music, and its understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of a man whose career has taken in everything from the groundbreaking experimental punktonica of...
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Voice - Soprano

Siobhan Stagg

Orpheus, Royal Opera House “…Stagg showed why her star is in the ascendant, combining a ravishing tone with pinpoint accuracy”. Claire Seymour, Opera Today, October 2015 “…gave us a chance to hear a new soprano...
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