2021, 2019 AWO SIX, 2019, 2017 Chamber 8, 2017, 2015
“There is something nostalgic and yet exciting about the social side of the event. Then, of course, when we play together there is a typically open and ‘can do’ Australian attitude about the music making that one doesn’t always find in other orchestras. That is for me the most exciting thing”

Tahlia Petrosian


Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Hochschule für Musik, Berlin, Universität der Künste, Berlin, Humboldt Universität Berlin, Australian Institute of Music

Violist Tahlia Petrosian enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, director of KLASSIK underground, creative producer and member of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Tahlia has performed in Wigmore Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Semperoper Dresden, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, at Tanglewood Music Center, and directly on 5th Avenue in New York. Her chamber music partners have included Leif Ove Andsnes, Joshua Bell, Gautier Capuçon, Leonidas Kavakos and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider.

Tahlia studied with Tabea Zimmermann and Wilfried Strehle in Berlin and achieved the highest postgraduate “Konzertexamen” performance degree. Her individual playing style has been recognised with prizes including an Artist Development Award from the Australia Council and the Australian Music Foundation Prize in London. In addition, she has received awards from the German government’s DAAD, the Paul Hindemith Gesellschaft in Berlin and the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund in New York.

A member of the Gewandhaus Orchestra since 2012, Tahlia also performs with the Australian World Orchestra. She has performed with the Australian String Quartet and has also taught at the Guildhall School in London and the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.

Tahlia is much sought after as a consultant and creative producer for leading orchestras and arts organisations. In 2016, Tahlia created KLASSIK underground, which has since been profiled in publications from New York’s Travel and Leisure Magazine to the Financial Review and the Japan Times. In 2018, Tahlia was featured in the Gewandhaus project TwoPlayToPlay and, in 2019, Tahlia took on the role of Creative Producer at HarrisonParrott in London, where she developed special projects for institutions including Tate Modern and the BBC, and was the producer for the highly successful “50 Years in a Day” concerts at Southbank Centre for the 50th anniversary of HarrisonParrott. Also in 2019, Tahlia took over the leadership of the national music programs of the Norwegian arts organisation, Talent Norge. In 2021, Tahlia created the new online concert format, “Resonate”, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, the Karajan Institute and Symmetrica Creative Technology.

Tahlia has been a guest speaker at the Karajan Conference Salzburg, the ARTS+ Conference Frankfurt and the Avant Première Music + Media Market Vienna.

Born in Sydney, Tahlia initially studied Law, completing her studies two years early and winning multiple university prizes. Tahlia also studied Law at Humboldt University in Berlin and her work has been cited by publications and institutions including the Australian Journal of International Law, the Chicago Journal of International Law, the Washington College of Law and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Tahlia speaks French, German and Mandarin.


Last updated May 2021