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Emma Sholl


Associate Principal Flute – Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Emma Sholl is regarded as one of Australia’s finest flautists. Her “gorgeous honeyed tone” (Sydney Morning Herald) has lead to a successful and varied career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.

Emma began working with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at age 19. As one of the youngest musicians ever appointed, she was awarded the position of 2nd Flute the following year.   In 2003 Emma was appointed Associate Principal Flute with the Sydney Symphony. Since joining the SSO Emma has worked with some of the world’s finest conductors and toured throughout Europe and Asia.

Emma’s named the 2MBS Young Performer of the Year in 1997, National Orchestral Flute Competition Winner in 1999, Symphony Australia Young Performers Award “Other Instruments” winner in 2001, and National Solo Flute Competition winner in 2002.

In 2002-3, Emma was the recipient of many awards including the Martin Bequest and Dorothy Fraser scholarships, to study in Geneva, Switzerland with Jacques Zoon. During that time she performed in St Petersburg and Moscow as part of the World Orchestra for Peace conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Performances as Guest Principal Flute have included the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony, the Queensland Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony, West Australian Symphony, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  Emma was also invited to perform as part of Australian World Orchestra in 2011 and 2013.

Emma has performed as soloist with the Adelaide, Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.  Her recordings include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 with Angela Hewitt, Alison Mitchell and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for Hyperion Records in 2006.

Australian composer George Palmer wrote a double concerto for Emma and her brother, clarinetist Richard Sholl, which they premiered at the Town Hall with the Sydney Youth Orchestra in 2011.

Emma has enjoyed a longstanding collaboration with pianist Kate Golla and their performances have included recitals for Musica Viva and ABC Classic FM. An experienced chamber musician, Emma has performed in many festivals around Australia, including the Huntington Festival, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Bangalow Festival.  Further to this she has worked with such groups as the Australia Ensemble, the Sydney Soloists, the Sydney Omega Ensemble and the Southern Cross Soloists. Teaching engagements have included the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music.

Last updated 2020