Principal 2nd Position – Orchestra Victoria, Former Concertmaster and Education/Outreach Officer – Darwin Symphony Orchestra; Violin – Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; Former Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Zurich Opera Orchestral Academy
Violinist Monica Naselow (nee Grosman) grew up in Emu Plains, NSW, on the banks of the broad Nepean River at the foot of the beautiful Blue Mountains. The third of four children, Monica started learning Suzuki Method violin at age 4 along with her siblings, and music became an important part of daily life. As a student Monica participated in both Sydney and Australian Youth Orchestra programs, as well as every string ensemble and choir at MLC School Burwood. After graduating from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Monica was awarded a Queen’s Trust Scholarship to study at Zurich Opera Orchestral Academy in Switzerland, and in 2002 won a position with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, with whom she recorded extensively for CD and video, toured throughout Europe, USA, Asia and Australia and performed regularly in concert halls such as Suntory Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre as well as at major festivals BBC Proms, Salzburg Festival and Luzern Festival. Returning to Australia in 2012 with her husband Aaron and two sons, Monica joined the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and founded the Kettering Piano Quartet, then swapped the cold for some serious heat and moved to the Northern Territory in 2017 as the Concertmaster and Education/Outreach officer with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Monica has played with the AWO since 2013, including tours to India and Singapore and as a chamber musician in collaboration with Moorambilla Voices. Monica enjoyed a year in Darwin while still playing with the TSO, enjoying the diversity of her new role in the Top End, developing and presenting her own Kids’ Classics Series. Monica continues to promote, program and perform contemporary Australian works, and is collaborating with Australian composers and working closely with local musicians to actively support the classical music base in Darwin. engaging with the broader community and contributing to sustainable classical music performance and education programs for the future.
Monica is now based in Melbourne playing with Orchestra Victoria.
Last updated 2018