ANAM 2017 Players


Iona Allan – Violin

Brisbane-born violinist Iona Allan is currently performing regularly with both the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras as a casual tutti violinist. In 2016 Iona completed her third and final year in the Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Dr Robin Wilson. ANAM highlights included playing in a masterclass for Andrew Haveron, leading the ANAM Orchestra under the baton of Antonio Mendez, and performing at the 2016 Huntington Estate Music Festival.

Iona holds a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, where she studied with Michele Walsh. During her time at the Conservatorium Iona was concertmaster of the Opera Orchestra, Concertos Orchestra and Divertimenti String Orchestra, as well as being a finalist in the 2012 Basil Jones Sonata Prize. As an alumnus of the Queensland Conservatorium, Iona competed in the 2016 Ena Williams Award for Postgraduate Study Overseas and was awarded the Major Prize.

Iona made her solo debut in 2014, performing Vaughan-Williams’ The Lark Ascending with the Queensland Philharmonia Orchestra. A keen orchestral and chamber musician, Iona has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2010. She has twice been concertmaster at the AYO National Music Camp and has been on two international tours with the flagship orchestra, most recently as Principal 2nd Violin. Iona has participated in two AYO Chamber Players programs as part of the Musica Viva Festival, Sydney, as well as being part of the 2013 AYO String Quartet for their Regional Residency program.


Alexander Arai-Swale – Double Bass

Alexander began taking cello lessons at the age of six, but it was not until the end of high school that he started paying any attention to his teachers. Whilst completing his degree at the University of Waikato (NZ), Alexander set off with his cello quartet to the United Kingdom and toured for two months as a recipient of the 2014 Pettman/Royal Over-Seas League ARTS International Chamber Music Scholarship. There, he performed in venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and Royal Over-Seas House in Edinburgh as a part of the Fringe Festival.

Although for a couple of years Alexander had been receiving lessons on the side with Hiroshi Ikematsu, in 2015 he formally changed his major to double bass performance and began having monthly lessons with Joan Perarnau-Garriga. In his first year of being at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), he was a finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition, where he was awarded the Audience Prize after performing with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Johannes Fritzsch. He was also short-listed out of past and present ANAM musicians to audition for a position at the Berlin Philharmonic’s Karajan Academy. Alexander subsequently received the St. Silas ANAM Achievement Award for the best first year musician.

In 2017, Alexander looks forward to continuing his studies at ANAM under the guidance of Damien Eckersley.


Laura Barton – Violin

Raised in the small, country music-obsessed town of Gore in the south of New Zealand, Laura Barton’s mother decided to rebel and become a violin teacher in order for Laura to learn. However, unable to escape her cultural heritage, Laura still had to compete in the Gold Guitars competition every year. From there, she escaped to the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, where she has recently completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours.
A passionate orchestral musician, Laura performed regularly with the majority of professional orchestras around New Zealand. Last year, she was delighted to lead both the NZSM Orchestra and the Wellington Youth Orchestra as their concertmaster, and this year she is the assistant concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. Laura is also a keen chamber musician and is involved with a number of ensembles, including being one half of the Duo VAARP, with harpist Michelle Velvin. Her other love is for the conductor’s baton, a skill she hopes she can continue to develop during her time at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Laura is an advocate for the performance of New Zealand compositions. She has collaborated with several award-winning young composers on both solo and orchestral projects, and also a commissioned chamber work for Duo VAARP. When not in the practice room, Laura enjoys exploring the contemporary jazz scene and expanding her sock collection. What drew her to ANAM this year was its incredible orchestral program and the opportunity to perform with such outstanding guest artists, as well as working among such dedicated peers.


Jonathan Békés – Cello

Jonathan Békés has been playing the cello since the age of 10. He is currently studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the guidance of Howard Penny. In 2014 he completed a Bachelor of Music (performance) under the direction of Julian Smiles. He has won various awards at competitions and eisteddfods and has attained his A.Mus and L.Mus both with distinction.
He is recipient of the 2016 Accenture Australia Scholarship and the Sydney Conservatorium’s Corinna d’Hage String Scholarship.

Jonathan has taken his cello across the world having performed in four different continents. He has toured with the Australian World Orchestra and performs regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the world renowned Estivo Trio and was the cellist for the award winning Tecchler String
Quartet. Jonathan has been the principle cellist of the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

Jonathan has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras around Australia. In 2011 he played for a full house at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as part of the HSC ENCORE program. He has performed for many of the world’s great cellists and chamber groups including Steven Isserlis, Pieter Wispelwey, the Borodin String Quartet and the Goldner String Quartet. He has worked closely with members of Ensemble Liaison, the Australian World Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and is in great demand as a performer, chamber musician and teacher across Australia.

In his spare time Jonathan is a passionate Sydney Swans supporter. He is a keen squash player, an avid golfer and loves to get outside to go hiking and mountain biking.

In 2016 Jonathan played with the Australian World Orchestra as a member of their Academy programme.


Amy Brookman – Violin

Amy Brookman studied violin at the Queensland Conservatorium completing a Bachelor of Music (2009) and Master of Music Studies (2010). Amy graduated from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2014 and is currently on contract with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is a casual violinist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Penny String Quartet.

Amy is passionate about collaborating with composers and artists and is a driving force behind the Penny Quartets partnership with Melbourne based composer/Pianist Joseph O’Connor. She has participated in many local and interstate music festivals and competitions including Huntington Estate, Melbourne Festival, Four Winds Festival and the 3MBS Schubert Marathon and is a past winner of the Australian Concerto and Aria competition. Amy has extensive chamber music and orchestral experience including being a finalist in the 2013 Chamber Music Competition at ANAM and winning with the Penny Quartet in 2014.

In 2015 Amy held an Emerging Artist positions with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and is currently a member of the ACO Collective.


Jason Catchpowle – Tuba

Jason Catchpowle is a native of Great Britain. He moved with his family to Perth, Western Australia in 2007 and has since moved to Melbourne in 2014. Jason had his first musical training from the age of five with piano lessons. Later he joined the music program at Churchlands SHS and had the opportunity to learn an orchestral instrument. Unfortunately Jason joined a year after the program start and had to pick between the Euphonium or the Tuba as his second instrument. Fortunately Jason made the right choice and has experienced an enduring love for the velvety sound of the tuba.

Jason has performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and is set to play with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Jason’s teachers have included Cameron Brook, Steve Rossé and Tim Buzbee.

Whilst not playing the tuba, Jason enjoys Windsurfing, Cycling, Frisbee and motivational reading. He is also extremely grateful for the friends he’s met whilst studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) who have enormously enriched his life both musically and otherwise.


Eunise Cheng – Viola

Eunise is currently a second-year viola student at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) from Perth. She grew up in a musical family beginning her studies on the violin and piano at the age of five. Eunise attended Perth College on a music scholarship where she swapped to viola at the end of high school under Olga Seregeyeva. Eunise went on to finish her undergraduate studies on viola at the University of Western Australia (UWA) under Tzvi Friedl, where she became a recipient of the Woodside Viola Scholarship, Wesley Mission Perth Music Scholarship, Flora Bunning Memorial Prize and Margaret Bello Memorial Prize.

In 2015, Eunise relocated to Melbourne attaining her Bachelor of Music Performance with First Class Honours at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music (UMCM) under Fiona Sargeant as a recipient of the Kate Flowers Scholarship and Corinna D’Hage Mayer String Scholarship. She was selected for the AYO/MSO String Fellowship in 2015 and has had the privilege of performing as Viola Principal in orchestras around Australia at UWA, WAYO, UMCM, AYO (NMC), ANAM, RMPO and Associate Principal for AISOI and AYO. Last year, Eunise participated on the AYO International Tour with Manfred Honeck and Helene Grimaud around Europe, China and Australia and had a great time performing with the TSO in October.

An active chamber musician, Eunise was mentored and performed alongside the Australian String Quartet as part of the Quartet Project in 2013. She also performed in ANAM Quartetthaus for the Perth International Arts Festival 2013, Mimir Chamber Music Festival 2015, AYO Chamber Players from 2014-2016 including the Musica Viva Festival, and appeared in masterclasses with violist Maxim Rysanov, the Takacs, Borodin, Goldner, Doric, Elias, Tinalley and Jerusalem String Quartets, Eggner Trio and Trio Dali. This year, Eunise is completing the Griffith/ANAM Masters of Music Research Program and is excited to be involved in as many performances within and outside ANAM. In her spare time, Eunise enjoys travelling, relaxing with her family, having fun with friends and eating ice cream.


Tiffany Cheng – Violin

Tiffany Cheng began learning the violin when she was four, and the piano from age six. In 2007 and 2008, she was awarded her AmusA in both piano and violin respectively. Before commencing her tertiary studies in Sydney with Dr Robin Wilson, Tiffany studied under Harold Brissenden and Yasuki Nakamura. She completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014. Tiffany is currently in her third year studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under Sophie Rowell. She is hoping to complete her Masters with Griffith University this year, focusing on the violin repertoire of Bartok and Lutoslawski.

In 2016, Tiffany was awarded the Most Promising String Player in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition. She was also a finalist in the Kendall National Violin Competition in 2014 and 2015, where she won the Best Interpretation of an Australian Composition prize and the Best Sonata Prize respectively. In 2016, she performed in masterclasses with Noah Bendix-Balgley and Paul Wright.

Tiffany currently performs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra on a casual basis. She was also selected in 2014 as concertmaster in a program with the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, and in 2015 Tiffany was a member of Sydney Symphony Sinfonia. Just recently, Tiffany performed in a side-by-side project with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Apart from her orchestral pursuits, Tiffany is also a keen chamber musician having performed in masterclasses with Timo-Veikko Valve, Kyril Zlotnikov, Ori Kam, Paul Wright, William Coleman, Umberto Clerici, Andrew Haveron as well as the Melba
Quartet, London Haydn Quartet, Tinalley Quartet and the Goldner String Quartet.


Josephine Chung – Violin

Born in Sydney, Josephine is 18 years old and currently studies with Dr Robin Wilson in her first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Josephine began violin lessons at age three and made her orchestral debut with the Guangxi Provincial Symphony Orchestra in China at age 11. She has previously studied with Yasuki Nakamura and Prof. Peter Zhang, and has had masterclasses with Pinchas Zukerman, Ilya Konovolov and Olivier Charlier.

Josephine was the winner of the prestigious 2016 Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship, following her recital and performance of the Sibelius Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, she won the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, and in 2013 the National Youth Concerto Competition. She also appeared as a guest soloist with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in 2015, performing Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy under Dr Nicholas Milton. In 2014 Josephine was a semi-finalist in the Junior Section of the Menuhin International Violin Competition, held in the USA. She was a finalist in the 2014 Kendall Violin Competition and was awarded the Richard Pollett Memorial Sonata Prize.

A keen chamber musician, Josephine has participated in the Chamber Music Program of the Sounds Thinking Summer School in 2015 and 2017. She has performed regularly in string quartets in the Rising Stars Program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, through which she has worked with Dimity Hall, John Harding and James Wannan.

Josephine was selected as Concertmaster for both programs of the 2015 Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, as their youngest member, performing under conductors Johannes Fritszch and David Danzmayr. She has also been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and 2013 ACO Academy.


Anna Coe – Flute

Born in Brisbane, flautist Anna Coe graduated her Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours. During her time in Brisbane, she received the James Carson Memorial Prize and various awards such as the Most Promising Woodwind Award at the Australian Concerto Competition.

Since 2014, she has appeared as a Next Gen Artist with the QPAC ensemble-in-residence, Southern Cross Soloists, which as led to performances at QPAC, Bangalow Music Festival and Noosa Music Festival.

Anna has recently commenced a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Performance at the University of Queensland. The focus of her performance-led research is the French composer, Andre Jolivet and his chamber works for flute composed in World War Two. Anna was delighted to receive the First Prize for her presentation of her ‘Three Minute Thesis’ in the University of Queensland Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Final (2015).

On stage, Australian flautist Anna Coe exudes natural warmth, energy and creativity in her music. Her teachers include Virginia Taylor and Patrick Nolan.


Beth Condon – Viola

Beth began her studies on the violin at the ripe age of five with her mother Louise “Mother-goose” Ray. At age 13 Beth changed to viola and has since studied under Marco van Pagee, Bridget Crouch, Trevor Jones, Lilli Maijala and most recently Fiona Sargeant.

Having graduated with an Arts degree majoring in French and Sociology and a concurrent Diploma of Music, Beth completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne in 2015 (and still can’t remember why she did an Arts degree but enjoyed the time to soul search).

Beth was the 2013 Corinna D’Hage Mayer string scholarship recipient at the University of Melbourne. In the sunny February of 2014, Beth went on exchange to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, learning under Lilli Maijala, fortunate to be awarded with grants from Global Mobility to enable her exchange. In 2015, she performed a viola concerto with the Australian Doctors Orchestra in Port Macquarie and toured with Victorian Opera and Hugh Jackman.

Beth participated in Australian Youth Orchestra projects from 2012-2016, her most recent program being the 2016 international tour – a highlight! More recently Beth has been performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. This year is Beth’s second year of study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and she is excited to be learning with the wonderful Caroline Henbest.

Enthusiastic about music education, Beth is a dedicated instrumental teacher to many young bright and keen legends.


Fletcher Cox – Trumpet

At age 10, Fletcher desperately wanted to play guitar in his primary school music program. After being told that the trumpet would yield better opportunities, he (begrudgingly) began a love-hate relationship with the instrument, eventually falling in love with it in late high school. Continuing on to study the trumpet, Fletcher completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2015 under Evan Cromie and Brent Grapes.

While in Perth, Fletcher was a member of the WA Youth Orchestra, performing as principal trumpet from 2013-2015. In his final year at UWA, Fletcher was awarded the VOSE Memorial Concerto Prize for his performance of the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto in the Perth Concert Hall. After moving to Melbourne to study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under David Elton and Tristram Williams, Fletcher appeared in many ANAM performances, including being a member of the winning ensemble of the ANAM Chamber Competition for 2016. He also performed as principal trumpet of AISOI in December 2016, performing The Rite of Spring and Alpine Symphony in Tasmania. In addition to this, Fletcher is an accomplished freelancer across Australia, having performed with multiple orchestras including the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

Fletcher hopes to continue travelling around Australia (and eventually the world) after his time at ANAM, with the aim of being able to one day live comfortably as a full-time member of a symphony orchestra in Australia. Outside of music, he loves coffee, good food and travelling… and doesn’t miss the guitar one bit!


Andrew Fong – Clarinet

As a child aspiring to be like blue donned David from the Hooley Dooleys, Andrew Fong had dreams of learning the saxophone. However, this goal was postponed when he was made to learn clarinet before commencing any lessons in saxophone.
Growing up in Townsville, North Queensland Andrew started lessons with Paul Dean in 2008 by travelling to Brisbane four times a year. Since then he has been active as a soloist as well as a chamber and orchestral musician; performing as a concerto soloist with Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra in 2015, the Eden wind quintet from 2014-2016, and as principal clarinet in the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra in 2016. In 2017 he commences his first year studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

Andrew has a passion for minimalism, klezmer, jazz and postmodern music that combines the aforementioned styles; ranging from the jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy to Golijov’s Clarinet quintet: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.

When away from the clarinet Andrew enjoys risking his life longboarding as well as being the primary test subject of his culinary experiments. In the future Andrew hopes to study overseas and form a professional career back in Australia specialising as a chamber musician. To this day his favourite colour is still blue.


Laura Freier – Violin

Laura Freier is a violinist, born and raised in Bavaria, South Germany. She had her first violin lesson at the age of four, fascinated by music brought to her by her parents who work as music teachers at high school. She learned to love music by playing the violin but also by teaching herself to play piano.

During her high school years she gained experience in many youth orchestras, including as concertmaster. After graduating from high school she started a two year course at a German institute to become an ensemble and choir leader with a major in violin (approved by the state). Within these two years Laura decided to become a professional orchestral violinist, so she started to study violin at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT in Weimar, getting lessons from Prof. Anne-Kathrin Lindig. In 2014 she successfully auditioned to become a substitute violinist in the Staatskapelle des Deutschen Nationaltheaters Weimar, where she performed many symphonic concerts and many stagings of seven different operas, such as Lohengrin, Zauberflöte and Freischütz. Since 2015 she is a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.

Apart from being on stage Laura loves to bring music to all kinds of people. So she decided to join an organisation called Live Music Now (founded by Yehudi Menuhin) which brings music to people who aren´t able to come to public concerts. She´s had different performances in hospitals, hospices, special needs schools and even prisons. These weren´t easy experiences to make during her education, but also one of the best ones she´s ever had.

She decided to gather even more experience in her schooling by starting the Professional Performance Program at Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne in 2017.


Aidan Gabriels – Horn

Aidan, born in Perth comes from a family of four all starting violin at a young age. He was introduced to violin at the age of five and at 10 he received a scholarship to begin studying the French Horn at John XXIII College as a part of the band program.

Aidan has received tutelage from some of Australia’s leading Horn players, including Robert Gladstones, Peter Luff and Ysolt Clarke.

Aidan began his tertiary study in 2012 studying a Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (continuing to study with Robert Gladstones). In 2014 Aidan moved to Brisbane to continue his Bachelor of Music and at the completion of his degree was invited to perform in Brisbane’s three-month season of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables. Aidan has now moved to Melbourne in 2017 to begin tutelage at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principle Horn, Ben Jacks.

Aidan has made appearances with orchestras all over Australia, including the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tasmania Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata of St Johns Chamber Orchestra, among others. A long-term member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, he recently toured to Europe and China, performing in some of the world’s most renowned concert venues as part of the AYO 2016 International Tour.


Rachel Grimwood – Viola

Rachel carried out her undergraduate studies at the University of Auckland under Owen Gordon, graduating with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in viola performance. She enjoys chamber music and orchestral playing, and has a special interest in early music, having also studied Baroque viola and violin with NZBarok co-principal violinist Miranda Hutton. During her time at university, Rachel was the recipient of the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Scholarship (2011), and the Winifred Stiles Viola Scholarship (2011 and 2012). Currently she is studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Caroline Henbest and her previous teachers include Elizabeth Holowell, Robert Ashworth, Peter Barber, and Helen Taber.

Rachel has played with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, NZSO National Youth Orchestra, NZBarok, Pipers Sinfonia, and Manukau City Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to Melbourne, she was a long time member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra, and was co-principal viola in 2014. Her love of chamber music has led her to a variety of small ensemble projects, and she has twice participated in the Adam Chamber Music Summer School in Nelson, New Zealand, where she was tutored by the New Zealand String Quartet. In 2016, Rachel completed a Graduate Internship with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.


Karla Hanna – Violin

Karla Hanna is a violinist from Victoria and is currently in her third year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). She began learning the violin at the age of three after watching her older sister take lessons and has since had the privilege of studying under numerous teachers including William Hennessy, Robin Wilson and is now learning from Sophie Rowell.

In 2012 Karla was a finalist in Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach competition and in 2013 won the Preston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra in a concerto workshop playing the 1st movement of the Elgar violin concerto, as well as being a finalist in Melbourne Youth Music’s Virtuosity Concerto Competition. In 2015 Karla was also a string finalist in the Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial awards.

A keen orchestral player, Karla was a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra from 2012-2014 where she held the positions of Principal 2nd and Concertmaster. In 2016 she toured Europe and China with the Australian Youth Orchestra and in 2017 held the position of Concertmaster.

She enjoys playing chamber music and has performed with the MYO quartet in collaborations with musicians of different genres in community projects.


Natasha Hanna – Violin

Natasha Hanna is a violinist from Melbourne who is currently in her first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). She began learning the violin at the age of three and is fortunate to have been taught from an array of great teachers including Wilma Smith and William Hennessy.

Natasha is a keen orchestral player and is a casual member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and was Concertmaster of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra. In 2014 Natasha won MYM’s Concerto Competition ‘Virtuosity’ and in 2015 was the recipient of the Hume Emerging Artist Award. Other highlights include performing the Mendelssohn Octet with the Australian Octet.

As well as playing the violin, Natasha has gained her LMusA (with distinction) on piano, enjoys reading and loves doing puzzles!


Hilary Hayes – Violin

Hilary Hayes holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland and currently studies with Robin Wilson and Sophie Rowell at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Individual competition successes include winning the 2014 Graduation Gala Concerto Competition, placing second in the 2011/2012 National Concerto Competition and winning the PACANZ National Young Performer of the Year Award in 2009.

Also in 2009, she was the winner of the Pettman/Royal Overseas League Arts International Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble with the Leonari Trio. The group was fortunate enough to be selected as the first ensemble to take part in the London masterclasses in 2010. In 2012, the trio completed a concert tour as part of the encompass series of Chamber Music New Zealand.

Hilary has performed with a variety of orchestras including Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She has also held the position of concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. Recently, Hilary was named as one of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artists for 2017.

In her spare time Hilary enjoys dabbling in mountain running, something that also supports her interest in good food.


Sarah Henderson – Trumpet

Sarah Henderson is a Melbourne-based trumpet player, originally hailing from New Zealand. Sarah is currently in her third year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), studying with David Elton and Tristram Williams.

Sarah gained her Bachelor of Music and Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Performance from the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington. She gained these qualifications under the tutelage of Cheryl Hollinger, Mark Carter, and Jon Dante. Sarah enjoys playing orchestral and chamber music with a particular interest in brass ensemble. In her postgraduate year, she was awarded the Directors Scholarship for Classical Performance.

Sarah has played with a number of orchestras in New Zealand, including Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, and the Dunedin Symphony. Prior to her move to Melbourne, Sarah was a member of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band. As part of this organisation, she had the honour of being chosen to play the Last Post at the 2014 ANZAC Commemorations in Gallipoli, and at the National War Memorial in Wellington for the ANZAC Centenary in 2015.

During her time in Melbourne, Sarah has played with a number of orchestral ensembles, including Orchestra Victoria, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. Highlights during her time at ANAM include an SSO Brass Ensemble collaboration, performing Brahms Symphony no. 2 with Simone Young, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, and a masterclass with renowned brass pedagogue Edward Carroll.

In her spare time Sarah loves to spend time outdoors and has made the most of some of the stunning National Parks in Victoria.


William Huxtable – Violin

William Huxtable began the violin at the age of three, since then he has learnt from teachers such as Amanda Dryborough, Jasmine Trebse and most recently Paul Wright. He is currently at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), studying under the tutelage of Robin Wilson.

In 2012 he was awarded his AMusA with distinction and received the AJ Lekie awarded for most outstanding AMusA candidate. In 2013 he was awarded music honours in year 12, and was offered a place in the 2013 performance perspectives concert for greatest achievement in the WACE practical music examinations. In 2014 he received the Delano Music Scholarship to study music at the University of Western Australia. Whilst at UWA William participated in a masterclass with the Borodin String Quartet.

Aside from violin, William is also an accomplished singer. Since he began his tenure at the St Georges Cathedral Choir, he has been awarded the grace medallion for most outstanding chorister, has sung for the Duke of Edinburgh and the archbishop of Canterbury, has sung on live ABC FM radio and television, has recorded an album titled Nulla in Mundo Pax with accomplished soprano Sara Macliver and has performed in the WA Opera Company’s production of Il Trovatore as a tenor.

William is excited about pursuing a career in violin and one day hopes to be a soloist on the concert stage.


Owen Jackson – Oboe

Discovering the oboe at 14, Owen Jackson has accrued numerous musical achievements, establishing a firm foundation for his musical career. Graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2015, Owen has been involved with a number of youth, and professional orchestras. Particular highlights of his orchestral experiences include performances with the QSO, with whom he is a casual, a season as principal cor anglaist with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and four years with QYO’s premier orchestra, the Queensland Youth Symphony, touring internationally in 2012, and filling each position of the oboe section during this period.

Passionate about the oboe’s solo repertoire, Owen has achieved a number of awards, including the Conservatorium’s Rudolf Pekarek prize in 2014 and 2015, and a prize from the Queensland Double Reed Society’s Open competition in 2014.

Along with small, large, and solo performing, Owen is keenly interested in education. Having been inspired throughout the course of his degree and time at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) by his instrumental educators, and various guest artists, Owen aspires to be involved in education at all levels. Understanding the impact of the mentor-pupil relationship, and the importance of having passionate educators, forms a fundamental purpose for Owen’s musical pursuit.


Cameron Jamieson – Violin

After completing two years of study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2013, Cameron entered the profession full time as a freelance performer in fierce demand around the country. He performed two solo’s with orchestra, was a prize winner at the ANAM Chamber Music Competition, worked in film, television and pop music as a session artist and on the national stage as a symphony and chamber orchestral performer.

In 2017, Cameron returns to ANAM for a year of further Professional Development. Alongside his studies, Cameron continues to work with MSO, OV, QSO and Queensland’s Camerata as well as continuing developments behind the scenes on a long term ANAM alumni string quartet project.


Kinga Janiszewski – Double Bass

Double Bassist Kinga Janiszewski now lives in Melbourne after growing up in coastal QLD and the ACT. She studied under Max McBride at the Australian National University (ANU) and during her studies there, played with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and performed in many of the Canberra International Music Festivals.

Now in her final year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the guidance of Damien Eckersley, Kinga is excited to start making an impact on the music scene with the ultimate goal to become a performing musician in all aspects. She finds orchestral music good for the soul, and loves connecting with an intimate audience through chamber music and helping others discover rarely-heard solo double bass repertoire.

During her time at ANAM Kinga has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and performed at the Huntington Chamber Music Festival. Other achievements include first prize in ANU’s Chamber Music Competition (2012) and playing Principal Bass in the Australian Youth Orchestra.

In addition to music Kinga really enjoys cooking and learning how to make things from scratch. Rarely a week goes by without Kinga entertaining her fellow ANAM friends with culinary delights and board games. Kinga also really enjoys photography and during her summers enjoys camping in the wilderness and photographing the stars.


Madeleine Jevons – Violin

Madeleine Jevons is from Melbourne, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance at the former VCA (2010) and graduated from the Honours course in Music Performance (2011). Throughout these courses she studied primarily under Zoe Black, Miwako Abe, Monica Curro and Adam Chalabi. She is a 2014 graduate of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) where she most recently studied with Robin Wilson.

Madeleine is passionate about chamber music and is a current and founding member of Melbourne’s Penny Quartet. She was part of the winning string quartet (2010) and a finalist (2011) in the University of Melbourne Alumni Chamber Competition and received the Corinna D’Hage Mayer string scholarship (2011). In 2013 Madeleine was the recipient of the St. Silas Outstanding Achievement Award at ANAM, culminating in a curatorship at St. Silas’ Anglican Church in Albert Park which focussed on merging improvised and experimental performance with classical works.

Madeleine has performed extensively in orchestras including Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and is a casual member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She was a guest member of the Australian Octet in 2016. In 2015 Madeleine held an Emerging Artist position with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and is currently a member of the ACO Collective.


Magdalenna Krstevska – Clarinet

Magdalenna Krstevska is a Melbourne-based clarinetist whose richly diverse education has been fundamental to her development as one of Australia’s leading young musicians. She is currently studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). A passionate and dynamic performer, Magdalenna’s music-making has seen her appear as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral clarinetist in renowned music halls across Australia and around the world.

A recent graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with First Class Honours, Magdalenna’s accolades include the Australian National Young Virtuoso of the Year and the 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Awards. In 2016, she was the only Australian to be selected to participate in the Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition in France. An avid chamber musician and collaborator, she has performed with many outstanding local and international musicians and is looking forward to touring Australia in this capacity later this year.

Magdalenna has appeared with professional and top youth orchestras all over the country. Most notable experiences include multiple international tours with the AYO, with whom she currently holds the position of Principal Clarinet, and her professional engagements with the SSO, TSO and the AWO.

An integral part of Magdalenna’s development has been her multinational musical exposure and education. She has received tutelage from many of Australia’s top clarinetists, as well as leading clarinetists across Europe, and continues to regularly participate in international masterclasses and festivals.

Magdalenna continually strives to demonstrate musicianship of the highest degree, and aspires to continue playing with exceptional musicians and connecting with audiences on an international platform.


Sung Kyu (Pius) Choi – Trombone

Sung Kyu (Pius) Choi started playing the trombone at the age of 14 under the tutelage of Michael Wyborn. In 2011, he was part of the Rotary youth exchange program which enabled him to live and travel around Europe for a year and broaden his musical experiences. While he was there he was able attend masterclasses and lessons with Jorgen Van Rijen, Alain Pire, David Rey and performed with the Belgian Trombone choir under the baton of Tim Van Medegael.

After he started his Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and studied with Scott Kinmont, Nick Bryne and Ron Prussing. During his course he had performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra and with various orchestras and ensembles in Sydney. He also performed in masterclasses with Dudley Bright and members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and in the Brisbane low brass weekend (2016).

He was part of the 2016 Australian Youth Orchestra international tour under the baton of Manfred Honeck and had been invited as a guest musician in Hennessy’s 20th anniversary concert with the members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Hanoi. In the same year he won the Sydney Conservatorium of Music concerto competition and will be performing Henri Tomasi’s concerto for trombone and orchestra in September 2017 with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

He is now living in Melbourne and studying at the Australian National Academy Of Music (ANAM).

Outside of music, Pius is interested in various sports such as swimming, table tennis and soccer. He also enjoys traveling and eating.


Mathew Levy – Percussion

Born in Sydney, Mathew is a percussionist and timpanist currently in his second year of study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Mathew holds a Bachelor of Music (first-class honours) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied with Daryl Pratt, Mark Robinson and Richard Miller.

In 2012 Mathew was awarded first place in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award and as a result completed a mentorship with the MSO the following year. Additionally, in 2012 Mathew was awarded the Reuben Scarf Award for Percussion. In 2015 he was selected as a winner in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Concerto Competition in 2016 Performed Michael Daugherty’s Percussion Concerto UFO with the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony.

Mathew has performed with a variety of orchestras including Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Symphony, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. He has also performed with a range of new music ensembles including the Alaska Project and Sideband, as well as a side-by-side project with the Elision Ensemble. Mathew has also been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2012 and has taken part in two international tours under the batons of Christoph Eschenbach and Manfred Honick.


Rebecca Luton – Horn

After being selected as the only student to play the horn at her primary school in Brisbane, Rebecca Luton eventually went on to play in the Queensland Youth Orchestras for five years and then complete her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium under Peter Luff and Ysolt Clark. During her degree she completed a 6-month internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, performed as a soloist with the Queensland Philharmonia, and especially enjoyed her time playing in the award winning Conservatorium Horn Ensemble.

In 2015, Rebecca moved to Melbourne to study with Ben Jacks and Andrew Bain at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), where she is honoured to be receiving world-class teaching and training. She was involved in the Australian Youth Orchestras for three years, and in 2016 was principal horn on their international tour, performing in Europe and China. Bec is also an accomplished freelancer, having performed with the Queensland, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. In addition to this, she enjoys performing chamber music, having played with the Arcadia Wind Quintet and regularly programming chamber music into her recitals at ANAM.


Alex MacDonald – Viola

At age eleven, Alex MacDonald was told he needed to upgrade his 3/4 size violin. He decided that biggest was best so bought a viola, and hasn’t looked back since.

As recent graduate of the University of Auckland and freelancer Alex is now embarking on a Masters delving into the relationships between composer and performer in the context of solo viola works.

In 2013 he founded the Rothko Quartet and won the ROSL/Pettman scholarship which saw them tour Europe. A highlight of the tour was presenting five concerts of different music in five days at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then he is in demand internationally as a violist, a highlight of which is the Lucerne Festival Academy 2017.

Alex is also passionate about cooking and fresh produce from Melbourne’s markets.


Kyla Matsuura-Miller – Violin

Kyla studied with Phillip Taylor and then Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium. At the Con, she was an advanced performance student and was concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra on many occasions. Kyla was also the recipient of the Matilda Jane Aplin and Vada Jeffries Bach prize during this time.

Kyla largely attributes her desire to become a professional musician to her association with the Queensland and Australian Youth Orchestras. Through AYO Kyla was recipient of the Richard Pollett Memorial Award in 2017.

In 2015, Kyla moved down to Melbourne to study with Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Solo and chamber highlights of her time at ANAM have included playing in masterclasses with Maxim Vengerov, Anthony Marwood, Noah Bendix Balgley and the Tinalley quartet. She was the 2016 recipient of the Audience Choice and Best Sonata prizes at the Kendall National Violin Competition. She also performed as a soloist in Max Richter’s Four Seasons Recomposed in Brisbane to critical acclaim.

In 2017 Kyla is looking forward to touring with the ACO Collective as an Emerging Artist and continuing to make music with her colleagues at ANAM. When Kyla isn’t glued to the fiddle, she is eating, powerlifting or asking if she can pat your dog, especially if it is a Staffordshire bull terrier.


Adam McMillan – Piano

Born in Brisbane, 23-year-old pianist Adam McMillan is currently studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Timothy Young. Adam began playing when he was four, and by age 16, he had performed as soloist with the Tagiev Chamber Orchestra in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as in China and Estonia. During his school years he received a Licentiate of Music with Distinction, was awarded the Quota Joyce Phillips award by the AMEB, and received 1st prize in the Queensland Piano Competition.

In 2014, Adam completed a Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance) under the tutelage of Jenni Flemming at the Queensland Conservatorium, where he was a recipient of the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship. He graduated with First Class Honours and a University Medal. During his studies in Queensland, performances included playing in the 4MBS Festival of Classics Beethoven Marathon, performing as soloist with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and collaborating with other pianists in the Australian Piano Duo Festival. He also enjoyed performing and recording the works of a number of emerging Australian composers, and recording a CD with cellist Elizabeth Hubbard to raise money for the charity ‘HeartKids’.

During his time at ANAM, Adam has performed in the Brisbane Baroque Festival, in the Australian Voices series at the Melbourne Recital Centre, in the Canberra International Music Festival, as soloist with the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and as soloist with the ANAM Orchestra under Richard Gill. He has performed frequently at ANAM alongside his colleagues, and performed with visiting artists such as Sara Macliver, Penelope Thwaites, Lisa Moore, Kathryn Stott, Paavali Jumpannen, Roy Howat, and Steve Davislim. He has also gained experience as an orchestral player under Simone Young and Antonio Méndez.

In 2016, Adam performed in the Australian Showcase at the Sydney International Piano Competition. Another highlight was performing Penderecki’s Sextet in the ANAM Chamber Competition Final; his ensemble received the Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize.


Liam Meany – Cello

Currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Liam began the cello at age nine in Canberra as part of his schools compulsory string program. What is perhaps less well known is that he deliberately started cello the term before people’s instruments were assigned to ensure he wasn’t given a violin by the music teacher! Since then Liam completed his secondary schooling at Sydney Conservatorium High School studying with Georg Pedersen and before completing his Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Umberto Clerici and Julian Smiles.

A keen orchestral player, Liam has participated in many youth orchestra programs since the age of 10, including Australia Youth Orchestra, Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, Sydney Youth Orchestra and Canberra Youth Orchestra in both tutti and principal positions. Professional orchestral engagements have included working with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Orchestra, the Musicians Project and TangoOz Ensemble.

Liam’s recent chamber experiences have been quite extensive, performing in 13 different chamber works featured in ANAM recitals in 2016. As the cellist in both Ossia Trio and Quercus Quartet, Liam has recorded and performed live for Fine Music 102.5FM and in 2014 toured southern NSW and VIC with Ossia Trio as part of David Miller’s Great Southern Tour.

In his spare time, Liam likes to bake cheesecakes, hang out with friends and adding to his Star Wars T-shirt collection!


Kaylie Melville – Percussion

Melbourne-based percussionist Kaylie Melville is a soloist and chamber musician dedicated to contemporary music performance. Noted for her “extraordinary ability to impart a sense of musicality to even the smallest gestures” (Partial Durations), Kaylie is a core artist with new music pioneers Speak Percussion, a co-director of the contemporary ensemble Rubiks Collective and frequently works with leading Australian ensembles and orchestras. In addition to performance, her practice incorporates improvising, directing, curating and education.

As a passionate advocate of new music Kaylie has performed in the world premieres of major Australian works, including Kate Neal’s ‘Semaphore’ (Arts House 2015) and as a soloist Jack Symond’s ‘Double Purity’ double concerto for viola d’amore and percussion (BIFEM 2016). Her festival appearances include the Metropolis New Music Festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Salihara Festival (Indonesia), and the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention (US). Kaylie has also participated in a number of prestigious new music courses including the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music (Germany, 2016), Bang on a Can Summer Festival (USA, 2015) and So Percussion’s Summer Institute at Princeton University (USA, 2013).


Emily Newham – Horn

Emily Newham is a Melbourne based horn player currently in her first year of study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Growing up in a musical household, Emily began learning the piano at the age of four and the horn aged nine. At this time, Emily commenced studying with Ysolt Clark, and then continued her education at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Peter Luff, Ysolt Clark and Malcolm Stewart.

While studying, Emily became a casual musician with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra, as well as performing with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra. As an active member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, she was awarded a fellowship program with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, participated in their 2016 international tour, and performed in their season programs in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, Emily was principal horn of the Queensland Youth Symphony where she performed Schumann’s Konzertstuck for Four Horns. With a strong passion for chamber music, she has performed in various groups including Lunaire Collective, the Best of Brass Quintet and the John Coulton Brass Quintet. Emily placed 2nd in the Beta Sigma Phi Brass Prize in 2016, and was the winner of the QSEC Champion of Champions in 2013.

Emily hopes to pursue a diverse career, performing orchestrally as well as in a chamber music setting. In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending her time baking and reading, with a particular interest in crime novels.


Robert Nicholls – Double Bass

Robert Nicholls is currently at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), studying double bass with Damien Eckersley. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Melbourne (2015) where he studied under Benjamin Hanlon and graduated with First Class Honours. Awards he received include the James and Jean Hemphill Award for Musical Excellence 2007, and in 2015 he was named a recipient of the Corinna D’Hage Mayer String Scholarship.

Robert has spent a number of years working as a freelance double and electric bassist, which has seen him work in a huge variety of contexts, performing in concert halls, opera houses and recording studios. In recent years this involved extensive touring China, working with such Broadway artists as Lisa Vroman, Jerry Sager, Douglas LaBrecque and Brad Little. Locally, professional engagements include Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Victorian Opera and a host of purpose-built orchestras for one-off performances.

Looking to the future, Robert is expanding his experience as an orchestral double bassist. In his spare time, he enjoys a range of hobbies. These include reading, exercising, cooking, and learning new skills. He firmly believes a balanced and varied lifestyle will place him in the best possible position to pursue his career.


Liam Oborne – Violin

Liam Oborne began playing the violin after an unfortunate misunderstanding in which he confused the names of the violin and cello. Although he initially wanted to study the cello, he has had a passion for performing the violin as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician ever since he started playing at the age of five.

Liam has performed as a soloist with the Geelong Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Tasmania Orchestra in addition to being a member of numerous ensembles including the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the University of Melbourne Orchestra, the Monash Academy Orchestra, the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra and the University of Tasmania Orchestra. Since 2011, he has played regularly with the Australian Youth Orchestra and has been a guest musician with the ANAM Orchestra in the past. Liam has worked professionally as a casual musician with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 2016 and is a founding member of the Shore String Quartet.

Liam began studying a Bachelor of Music at the University of Tasmania in 2013 and graduated with first class Honours in 2016. While completing his degree, he studied violin with Jun Yi Ma and Christopher Kimber, and was the recipient of several scholarships including the D&MV McDonald Scholarship in String Instruments and the UTAS/TSO Orchestral Scholarship. He has also received several awards including the regional section of the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, which he won in 2009.

In 2017 Liam is looking forward to completing his first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) where he is currently studying with Robin Wilson.


Mana Ohashi – Violin

Mana happily calls herself a violinist, born, raised and currently based in Melbourne. Beginning her studies at the wee age of three, she was truly delighted when she graduated from a cardboard box and stick, to a violin and bow made of real wood.
While still in Primary school, Mana began attending the ANAM Young Academy where, whilst being exposed to fantastic music, she could be found hiding from her theory teacher, climbing the clock tower, causing havoc and playing some chamber music with 2016 ANAM Fellow Laurence Matheson. 10 years later, Mana is very excited to be back in the wonderful South Melbourne Town Hall, learning from Robin Wilson in her second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with very little time to play hide and seek.

Mana plays and performs actively in and beyond the Melbourne community and enjoys playing in varying performance scenes for different audiences. Most of all, she loves to make music with her peers and friends and has many fond memories from her participation in various programs such as the Australian Youth Orchestra, ACO Academy and Melbourne Youth Orchestra. Mana has also appeared as a soloist numerous times, as a finalist in the Bach Competition, a Top Class VCE performer, and in performances of Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy and Vivaldi’s Summer with orchestra at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the BMW Edge respectively.

At the core of her passion for music, Mana holds a strong belief that having access to beautiful music is a basic right for every human and particularly every child in the world, and hopes to one day use her music to open up the worlds and minds of young children in under-developed countries.

Some of Mana’s highlights from her 2016 engagements include the forming of the Matelan Quartet, named after ANAM’s own yogi master and security guard, playing in the Up Your Alley Music Festival, learning and performing the Schubert String Quintet and becoming a member of the FIRE Chamber Orchestra. 2017 will no doubt be another busy and exciting year for Mana at ANAM and she is very much looking forward to it.


Michael Olsen – Trumpet

Michael Olsen grew up in rural Western Australia, where he first started piano and violin, before picking up the trumpet at age 10. He began his Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) studying with Peter Miller, before transferring to a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, where he studied with Sarah Butler and Richard Madden.

Orchestrally, he has had engagements with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and in 2014 completed a six-month internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist for Josh Groban’s Melbourne Stages tour, and has also been a regular member of Australia’s leading youth orchestras, including the Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra, and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI).

Internationally, Michael has performed in the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Columbus, Ohio where he was awarded the Anatoly Selianin Memorial Scholarship. He also attended the Internationale Trompetentage Kürnbach (2015) with Reinhold Friedrich and the Norddeutsche Trompetentage (2014).

In 2016 Michael’s Stravinsky Octet was awarded the ANAM Chamber Competition Prize and he is currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying with David Elton and Tristram Williams.

In his time off, Michael enjoys rock climbing and canyoning.


Eve Osborn – Oboe

Eve Osborn had no choice but to begin the oboe when, on her first day of high school, she was given an oboe with only the words “good luck” as guidance. Despite not knowing what an oboe was at the time, Eve has since come to love her temperamental instrument, as it has steadily decreased in its resemblance to a duckling.

Since this time Eve has been fortunate enough to have participated in music projects in 10 different countries, as well as regional Australia. Performance highlights include the Estivo Chamber Music Summer School in Verona, a tour to Vietnam with Opera Australia’s La Boheme cast and a sub-zero midwinter performance in the Jenolan Caves. She has also participated in several competitions, and was a finalist in the Sydney Conservatorium and Sydney Youth Orchestra Concerto Competitions, playing the Strauss and Martinů concertos.

Having recently moved to Melbourne to study at the Australian Academy of Music (ANAM), Eve currently learns from Jeff Crellin, Principal Oboe of the MSO. Prior to this, she studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, learning from Alexandre Oguey, Principal Cor Anglais of the SSO. Eve hopes that her time at ANAM will bring about opportunities musically and otherwise. Aside from her musical studies, Eve spends her free time reading, travelling, and playing with her four dogs.


Jovan Pantelich – Cello

Jovan Pantelich is a Melbourne based cellist studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). In 2011 he commenced studies with Howard Penny, with whom he studies today. Previously he was a student of Nelson Cooke, who was the preferred cellist of The Beatles.

Jovan’s 2016 engagements included an Australian recital tour with Finnish concert pianist Paavali Jumppanen, a European competition and study trip to Berlin and Zurich, and an ANAM recital evaluated as “excellent”. Jovan has performed in classes with cellists such as Steven Isserlis, Jens Peter Maintz and Julian Steckel, and has been mentored by Michelle Wood, Claudius Herrmann and Richard Lester. Apart from leading the ANAM Orchestra, Jovan has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, as well as chamber music with Paavali Jumppanen, Alex Raineri and Riley Skevington.

2017 promises to be another busy year for Jovan, having managed to be double-booked three times in the first two months of the year. He performs on a cello by an unknown but well-respected Romanian maker ca. 2006.


Mariette Reefman – Viola

Mariette grew up surrounded by music. She and her five brothers all were taught piano and recorder by their mother from age five, each choosing one extra instrument to learn – Mariette chose violin and her first teacher was her eldest brother. Growing up she was part of her family’s recorder and string ensembles, and joined the local youth orchestra at age seven.

When Mariette was 14 she discovered a viola lying around the house and started learning it for fun, quickly discovering a love for the instrument and subsequently dropping her other instruments to seriously pursue viola. She joined the Sydney Youth Orchestras in 2007, a few months after starting viola, where she remained until her final year in 2014, in the role of principal viola.

Mariette completed a Bachelor of Music Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2011-2013), studying under Nikki Divall, with whom she continued to learn for the following two years, and now studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Caroline Henbest.

Mariette has performed with the Elision Ensemble at BIFEM, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Musician Project, various AYO programs, and was principal viola for the Australia International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI) in 2014. She has played in masterclasses for Ori Kam and Christian-Pierre La Marca. She had a 10 minute conducting lesson with Simone Young.

While classical music is her passion, Mariette also enjoys other music – she sings and plays in a Folk-Jazz Fusion band with one of her brothers. She also loves cooking and coffee.


Thea Rossen – Percussion

Thea Rossen is a percussionist, creator and educator based in Melbourne, Australia. She is co-founder of the Ad Lib Collective an ensemble focused on presenting new Australian music to audiences through commissions, performance, outreach and concert curation. In 2017, after a period of creative development at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Ad Lib will present an immersive program of works inspired by the science, ideas and emotions surrounding Climate Change with collaborators Penny String Quartet and composer Jared Yapp.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Thea has performed with a range of international artists including; Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, So Percussion, Speak Percussion, Sonya Lifschitz, Lisa Moore, Brett Dean and Simone Young. She has played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and West Australian Symphony Orchestra and presented works at festivals including the Perth and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, White Night, Bendigo International Festival for Exploratory Music (BIFEM) and the Castlemaine State Festival.

As an educator and collaborator Thea has designed and facilitated music workshops for schools and as part of orchestral outreach in regional, remote and metropolitan Australia. In 2017 Thea will begin the development of a touring school show with Musica Viva featuring a chamber arrangement of Tan Dun’s Water Concerto.

Thea received her Bachelor of Music Degree with honours at the University of Western Australia studying with Dr Louise Devenish and Tim White. During her time at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with teacher Peter Neville, Thea was awarded prizes for all of her solo recitals including Most Outstanding Performance, Best Program and the Paul and Brett Dean Prize for Best Performance of an Australian work.


Jenna Schijf – Bassoon

Jenna Schijf commenced her music education on the piano at age six. She began learning the bassoon in high school after being offered a scholarship to learn the instrument, even though she didn’t really know what it was at the time. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Classical Music Performance at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2014, studying with Jane Kircher-Lindner and Adam Mikulicz.

Jenna lived in Sydney for 18 months to study privately with Matthew Wilkie, Associate Principal Bassoon of the Sydney Symphony. In 2016 she sought inspiration and travelled to Europe to participate in summer academies in Spain, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. She had lessons and performed in masterclasses with many world-class bassoonists including Ole Kristian Dahl and Sophie Dartigalongue.

Jenna is a casual with the WA Symphony Orchestra and has freelanced with other ensembles including the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Arcadia Winds. Jenna has been involved in many Australian Youth Orchestra programs from 2013-2016 including AYO Seasons, National Music Camps, the AYO and TSO Fellowship, and Chamber Players. In 2015 she was the Principal Bassoonist and also the recipient of the Accenture Australia Scholarship. Jenna is also passionate about teaching and has taught in some of Perth’s most prestigious schools and privately in Sydney.

2017 is Jenna’s first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and she is very excited about what the year has in store for her. After her time at ANAM she hopes to utilise her dual citizenship and complete a masters degree in Europe.


Eliza Shephard – Flute

Eliza is a graduate of the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Flute Performance studying under Virginia Taylor. Currently in her second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), and in 2017 she is thrilled to have been accepted into the ANAM/Griffith University Master of Music degree, where she will continue her exploration of the Glissando Headjoint.

In 2010 Eliza moved to Canberra to commence study at Canberra Girls Grammar School, where she was awarded the Gabriel Foundation Boarding Scholarship and the Vivien Gough Memorial Performing Arts Scholarship for both Music and Dance.
Eliza attained her Associate of Music (AMusA) in 2010, and was a finalist in the 2MBS-FM Radio Young Performer Award in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Eliza was accepted into the Australian National University’s School of Music with the Leonard & Margaret Doman Undergraduate Scholarship for Flute.

In 2014, Eliza received her Licentiate of Music (LMusA), and was accepted into Honours at ANU, where she also received the Peter Karmel Honours Scholarship for Music. Eliza spent a semester in New York studying with American flutist and pioneer Robert Dick in 2015. Flutists from all over the world participated in this exclusive studio, and Eliza was the only Australian accepted into the course.
Eliza was invited to present her research on the Glissando Headjoint at the inaugural UNBOUND Flute Festival in Brisbane in 2016. She also won the Leslie Barklamb Flute Scholarship with the Victorian Flute Guild.

Eliza looks forward to continuing her studies with Virginia and her colleagues at ANAM, and cannot wait to share what ANAM has in store for 2017.


Riley Skevington – Violin

Riley is a violinist from WA, where he studied under Professor Paul Wright, Dorothy Ford and Luci McArthur. After graduating from the University of Western Australia (UWA), he began studies under William Hennessey at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). He is currently studying under Dr Robin Wilson at ANAM and is humbled to be the recipient of the Richard Pollett Memorial Award which includes the loan of an 1849 Pressenda violin kindly donated by Janet Holmes à Court AC.

He has performed in a number of national music festivals and in 2016 he joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra as an Emerging Artist, touring NSW and WA. He has also enjoyed performing at international festivals and venues throughout Europe and China, including the BBC Proms in London, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Berlin and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He was also fortunate to be Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), performing in the Gold Coast and touring to the Netherlands, Germany and China.

Riley has performed in masterclasses with Maxim Vengerov, Stefan Jackiw, William Coleman, Henning Kraggerud and Kurt Nikkanen. Chamber music masterclasses include Mischa Maisky, Professor Robert Hill and the Doric, Borodin, London Haydn, Goldner, Takács, Australian String and Elias String Quartets.

While at UWA, Riley was the recipient of the Tunley Music Scholarship; Lyn Kan Prize; Vose Memorial Prize for concerto performance; and the Margarete Bello and Flora Bunning Prizes for chamber music performance. His quartet was selected as one of two quartets nation-wide to be mentored by the Australian String Quartet throughout 2013.


Daniel Smith – Cello

Daniel began cello lessons at the age of eight with David Lale (Principal Cellist with the QSO). He held principal positions within the Queensland Youth Orchestras from 2004-2009 and performed as a soloist with them on numerous occasions.

Daniel is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, where he studied with Markus Stocker and Matthew Farrell. Daniel led many of the conservatorium orchestras and performed as a soloist in the 2013 Encounters Music Festival. He is currently at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying with Howard Penny.

Daniel was the Principal Cellist with the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Young Symphonists in 2010. In the same year, he attended AYO’s Advanced Chamber Music Camp by special invitation as a junior. In 2012, he received the AYO’s Peter Weiss Cello Scholarship. Daniel was a member of the AYO from 2012-14, playing on the front desk in all three years, and leading the cello section for the 2012 July season, which featured the Alpine Symphony (Richard Strauss) conducted by Simone Young. He was co-principal cellist for the AYO’s international tour in August 2013, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. He also participated in the AYO’s Advanced Chamber Players from 2012-14. At the beginning of 2015, he attended his last national music camp, in which he was Principal in the Scullthorpe Chamber Orchestra.

Daniel is a casual cellist with the QSO and MSO and has played in both orchestras’ flagship series. He is also a casual member of the Camerata of St John’s, and performed with them at the 2014 Darwin Music Festival.

Over the course of the last two years at ANAM, Daniel has participated in music festivals such as Canberra International Music Festival, Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music and the Huntington Estate Music Festival, and has played in public masterclasses taken by Julian Smiles (Goldner String Quartet) Alban Gerhardt, and Christian-Pierre La Marca (Trio Dali), as well as numerous other projects (including frequently playing alongside Melbourne-based Rock band, The Grand Element).


James Townsend – Percussion

James began the study of drum kit at the age of seven with Adam Manning. He completed his HSC in 2010 and moved to Sydney the following year to study a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with teachers Daryl Pratt, Rick Miller and Mark Robinson. During his time in Sydney James performed with various orchestras and ensembles at university
as well as community based orchestras across the city. After graduating from university James moved to Melbourne to study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2015. He has since performed with the ANAM Orchestra conducted by Simone Young as well as other international conductors. He has also played with chamber groups Synergy Percussion, the Australian Brass Quintet and Elision. In 2016 James began performing casually with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and Benjamin Northey. He also began
performing with Orchestra Victoria for the Australian Ballet’s production of Njinsky conducted by Nicolette Fraillon and Opera Australia’s La Boheme conducted by Andrea Molino. In September 2016 James performed with the Australian World Orchestra on their Sydney/Singapore tour.


Eli Vincent – Viola

Eli is in his third year of the Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying with Caroline Henbest, having previously received his Bachelor of Music studying with David Deacon at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCGU) in Brisbane.

As a keen chamber musician, he has performed at many festivals including the Canberra International, Huntington Estate, Musica Viva, TarraWarra, Melbourne, Brisbane Baroque and Queensland Music Festivals in and alongside ensembles such as the ANAM String Orchestra, Camerata of St Johns’ and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Eli has also played in symphony orchestras regularly for many years including the Queensland and Australian Youth Orchestras, ANAM Orchestra, CIMF Festival Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and in side-by-side projects with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra. He has been privileged to work under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Simone Young, Manfred Honeck, Sir Mark Elder and Richard Gill and to participate in multiple international, national and statewide tours with a variety of ensembles.

Although Eli’s not a huge fan of solo playing, he has won and been a finalist in some awards and gives recitals at ANAM; the next few being in the South Melbourne Town Hall in June, August and November of this year.

If he had to choose one highlight of his time at ANAM (so far) it would be performing the Penderecki Sextet with his favourite colleagues in the finals of the 2016 ANAM Chamber Competition where they took home the Musica Viva Prize and 2nd place.

In his time away from the viola, Eli likes riding his bike and not eating mushrooms.


Giovanni Vinci – Double Bass

Giovanni began learning the double bass at a young age and along the way has been mentored by West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) Double Bassists, Andrew Sinclair (Principal) and Christine Reitzenstein. The year of 2017 sees Giovanni embark on a journey to the east coast to continue his musical journey under the tutelage of Damien Eckersley at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

In 2015, Giovanni graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Music and First Class Honours. His time at WAAPA saw him heavily involved in all facets of performance. In 2012, Giovanni was selected to perform in the Performing Arts Perspectives at His Majesty’s Theatre for being one of the highest achievers in the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) music practical examinations.

Giovanni is a prominent double bass freelancer at home in Perth, regularly performing with WASO (casual), the WA Philharmonic and the Perth Symphony Orchestra. He has been an active member of the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) programs since 2011 and has served many years in the West Australian Youth Orchestra (WAYO) where he was principal double bass from 2013 – 2015.

Giovanni hopes his time at ANAM will assist in him in broadening his capabilities as a person and musician, gaining a deeper respect for a wider range of music genres and styles. He is looking forward to collaborating and performing with his friends and associates at ANAM.

Aside from playing, practising and performing, Giovanni is a banana bread enthusiast who very much enjoys to bake and loves a good homemade apple crumble. He finds baking very therapeutic and a good way to de-stress.

Hamish’s love of percussion began with a performance of George Crumb’s Music of the Starry Night from Music for a Summer Evening, a two-piano and percussion Chamber work which drew him in with its multi-instrumental texture and timeless ability to transport him into an intergalactic sound world.

Hamish has completed three years at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) where he was the 2016 recipient of the Brett and Paul Dean award for best performance of an Australian work, and the 2015 St Silas Achievement award. He holds a Bachelor of Music (first-class honours) from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore (NUS) studying with teacher Jonathan Fox. While at NUS, Hamish spent a semester on exchange at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore). He has completed a Master of Music (Research) from Griffith University, exploring how the use of laptop-based sound technology can enhance solo percussion performance.

Hamish has performed and collaborated with James Hullick, Speak Percussion, Ensemble Offspring, and AdLib Collective. He is a member of Bricolage Collective, a new Australian contemporary ensemble founded by ANAM colleague Kaylie Melville and Sydney-based percussionist Rebecca Lloyd-Jones. He has also guest performed with the Melbourne and Singapore Symphony Orchestras.

Hamish is also a passionate educator. Most recently, he has worked alongside Thea Rossen in AdLib Collective with secondary college students to curate a percussion ensemble performance as part of the opening of the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, as well as tutoring at the Melbourne Youth Orchestras summer camp.


Alexander Waite – Piano

At the age of eight, Alexander Waite had his heart set on being an electronic keyboard player, but was reluctantly convinced to learn the piano by his first teacher. After playing for a year, he quit the instrument, only to regain his passion at the start of high school and not look back. Moving from Gippsland to Sydney after finishing school, Alex completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium, and is now back in Melbourne to study with Timothy Young at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

Whilst in Sydney, Alex held several scholarships from the Conservatorium and a music scholarship from St Andrews College. He was a student of another ex-Gippsland boy Dr Paul Rickard-Ford, and his time in Sydney included performing a recital in Theme and Variations’ Emerging Artist Series, touring regional NSW, and being selected for the inaugural Estivo Chamber Music Summer School in Verona, Italy.

Alex has a particular passion for performing with others, and gains the most joy from playing chamber music. Since returning to Melbourne, highlights of Alex’s include performances with Silvia Careddu, Steve Davislim and the Elision Ensemble. He has also appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on Fine Music 102.5, 3MBS and ABC Classic FM.

Alongside his busy ANAM schedule, Alex enjoys teaching piano at Beaconhills College, and hopes to balance a life of performing and teaching post-ANAM. When not sitting at the piano, Alex can be found cooking, reading, and being overly pretentious about coffee.


Carol Wang – Bassoon

Carol Wang (Yue) started playing bassoon when she was nine, born in China and moved to New Zealand at the age of 15. Active as a soloist, orchestral performer and chamber musician. After three years learning from Ben Hoadley, she decided to move to Melbourne continue her studying with Elise Millman at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

During her time in New Zealand, she has won The Waikanae Music Society Charitable Trust for Young Musicians Scholarship winner in 2016,Principal bassoon of the Opus Chamber Orchestra since 2016, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra orchestral internship, 2014 and 2015, Finalist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship audition in 2015, Principal bassoon of the University of Auckland Orchestra and Wind Ensemble since 2014, Performances with the Dunedin Sinfonia, the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra and the Auckland Youth Orchestra, Performances in masterclasses at the Australasian Double Reed Society Conferences with Lyndon Watts (Melbourne 2014) and Georg Klütsch (Brisbane 2015), Prize-winner in the Australasian Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition (senior division) in 2014 and 2015, University of Auckland/Pettman Academy Scholarship Award winner in 2014, Performed the Vanhal Concerto for Two Bassoons with Ben Hoadley and the Devonport Chamber Orchestra in 2014, First Prize, New Zealand Woodwind Competitions (high school division) in 2012, Second Prize, New Zealand Woodwind Competition (high school division) in 2011.


Caleb Wong – Cello

Caleb Wong grew up in a small town in rural NSW. He began studying the cello at the age of six under Takao Mitzushima and continued under Uzi Wiesel for seven years. He was awarded both the AMusA and LMusA in cello, and AMusA in piano, all with distinction by the age of 15 and was invited to perform a trio at the AMEB graduation with two of his sisters in 2014. This year will be Caleb’s second at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) learning under Howard Penny.

In 2014, Caleb was granted the AYO Ernest Llewellyn Memorial Scholarship to participate at the Keshet Eilon Strings Mastercourse in Israel. That year, he was also a finalist for Sydney Eisteddfod’s NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship. Caleb was a Young Artist Festival Fellow at the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival. In 2016, he was a finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition and performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra. He was also awarded tied first for an Outstanding Performance in a Solo Recital at ANAM. He has been involved with many Australian Youth Orchestra programs and toured with the AYO in Europe and China.  Caleb has participated in cello master classes with Alban Gerhardt and Kyril Zlotnikov, and as a pianist with Lang Lang. He has also broadcast on ABC FM, Fine Music 102.5, and ArtSound FM Canberra.