Monica Naselow holding violin
2018 India, 2018, 2017, 2015 Chamber – Bothwell, TAS, 2015 India, 2015, 2013
“The AWO gives Australia’s ex-pat musicians the chance to show other Australians just how proud they can be of the standard of musical training and depth of musical commitment that exists in our homeland. None of us would be where we are now without it, and there is no better way to prove this than to be able to perform together in a project such as the AWO.”

Monica Naselow


Principal 2nd Position – Orchestra Victoria; Former Concertmaster and Education/Outreach Officer – Darwin Symphony Orchestra; Violin – Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; 2nd Violin – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Zurich Opera Orchestral Academy

Monica Naselow began violin lessons at the age of four with Suzuki Method in Sydney, completing her Bachelor of Music degree at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a student of Goetz Richter. She participated in Sydney Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and Sydney Sinfonia with Richard Gill, and in 2000 was awarded a Queen’s Trust of Australia Scholarship to pursue orchestral training in Switzerland at Zurich Opera House Orchestral Academy. 

Monica joined the 2nd violins of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2002, performing in festivals and concert halls throughout Europe, Asia and the USA under conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Riccardo Chailly. Monica was Principal 2nd Violin in the Concertgebouw Kamerorkest and a mentor for the Concertgebouw Academy program. 

Returning to Australia in 2012, Monica held positions with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Darwin Symphony Orchestra and has been Principal 2nd Violin with Orchestra Victoria since 2019. Monica teaches at the Victorian College of Arts Secondary School (VCASS) and is a member of the Board of Melbourne Youth Orchestras. Monica has been a member of Australian World Orchestra since 2013. 

Last updated 2022