Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Music Academy of Bern

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Heather began playing the violin at the age of three, joining SYO at the age of eight. In addition to being in SYO for many years Heather was also a member of AYO in 1987 and 1988. Then in 1989, at just 18 years of age, she joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra. During this time she was studying with Janet Davies.

In 1992 Heather left Sydney to further her violin studies in Europe, studying at first with Igor Ozim and Eva Zurbrügg in Bern and then continuing with a postgraduate performance degree under Ana Chumachenco in Munich. Heather then pursued further postgraduate study in chamber music with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne.

Heather’s first European orchestral position was with the Basle Symphony Orchestra following which she performed with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich before joining the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in September 2008 where she is currently Leader of the 2nd Violins.

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Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Melbourne
Education: Queensland Conservatorium, Royal Academy of Music, London

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Jonathan studied Clarinet with Floyd Williams at the Queensland Conservatorium. When he finished school, he was accepted into the Diploma of Music (Performance) course, and during this time he won several prizes for both solo performing and chamber music.

Upon completion of the Diploma, Jonathan travelled to London where he received a licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Jonathan moved to Perth to teach at the West Australian Conservatorium of Music when he returned to Australia. In 1993 he was appointed Principal Bass Clarinet for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO). Three years later Jonathan became Associate Principal Clarinet in the same orchestra.

Jonathan worked freelance in Melbourne and Tasmania until he was appointed to the position of Principal Bass Clarinet with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2001.

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Australian Hometown: Queensland
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
David Cribb was born in Australia and grew up on a cattle property in Queensland. After studying in Brisbane and Sydney, where he gained his first orchestral experience with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he moved to Germany in 1998 and studied with David Glidden in Frankfurt.

During this time he played with various chamber music ensembles such as “HR Brass” and “bach, blech and blues”. From 2000 to 2005 David Cribb was principal tuba player with the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin and has been employed as principal tuba player with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig since 2005. David plays in the “Gewandhaus Brass Quintett” and with his colleagues in the large brass ensemble “Leipzig Brass”.

He has been teaching the orchestra academics in tuba since 2008, has a teaching position at the “Felix Mendelssohn Barthold” University of Music and Theater in Leipzig and is active as a brass lecturer at courses and festivals.

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Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Melbourne
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Michigan State University

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Violinist Monica Curro has been Assistant Principal 2nd Violin of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1997, and was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for 5 years before that. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1987 and completed a Masters Degree at Michigan State University in 1991, studying with Walter Verdehr. She has played with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, as Principal 2nd Violin with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and as Guest Concertmaster of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and The Auckland Chamber Orchestra.

Monica is a member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Youth Orchestra, and regularly tutors for their orchestral and chamber music programs. She has taught violin at The University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts, and has coached chamber music and taught violin and viola at the Australian National Academy of Music and its Young Academy.

In 2009 Monica was honoured to be invited as the only Australian to play in the World Orchestra for Peace conducted by Valery Gergiev for concerts in Poland and Sweden. She joined them in 2010 for concerts in London and Salzburg, in Abu Dhabi for 2011, in New York and Chicago for 2012, and in London for 2014. Monica is also a member of the Australian World Orchestra, who in 2015 performed with Sir Simon Rattle in Sydney and Melbourne, and with Zubin Mehta on tour in India.

Monica recently gave the world premiere, as co-soloist with her sister Sarah, of Stefan Cassomenos’ Double Violin Concerto for acoustic, semi-acoustic and electric violins. In October 2013, she appeared as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and appears regularly as part of MSO’s Chamber Series.

Monica is a founding member of acclaimed ensemble PLEXUS, with pianist Stefan Cassomenos and clarinetist Philip Arkinstall. Since launching in 2014, PLEXUS has commissioned over 100 composers and premiered over 100 new works. PLEXUS was a shortlisted finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 Outstanding Musicians Award. In 2018, PLEXUS was invited to be Artist-in-Residence with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium High School, Musikhochschule, Munich

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Following postgraduate studies at the Musikhochschule in Munich with Hariolf Schlichtig, Rosemary Curtin’s professional career began with regular performances with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in London, Asia, the US and Europe. 

After returning to Australia, she held the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Viola Fellowship in 2003. Since then she has been working regularly with the orchestra and in 2014 joined the viola section as a permanent member. She has also pursued an active freelance career with other Australian orchestras, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra and Australian World Orchestra. And in June 2017 she represented the SSO performing with the New York Philharmonic in their Global Orchestra Project. 

Rosemary Curtin began her music studies on the violin at the age of four with the Suzuki method. She changed to the viola when she entered the Sydney Conservatorium High School, studying with Winifred Durie. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Sydney. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships from organisations including the Queen’s Trust, the Big Brother Movement and the Australian Youth Orchestra. She also holds a Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge and pursues an active interest in orchestral management. 

Rosemary Curtin plays on an A.E. Smith viola made in Sydney in 1930.

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Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: University of Adelaide, University of Music, Berlin

Professional Biography
Andra Darzins is Professor of Viola at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. Previously (1993-2004) she was principal viola of the Hamburg Philharmonic orchestra. Andra performs and teaches worldwide.

She plays as Guest Principal Viola in major German orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Berlin, Bamberger Symphoniker, Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, Munich Philharmonic (with which she toured Asia under the baton of Lorin Maazel) and with the Elphilharmonie Orchester playing concerts in Hamburg and Paris.

Andra is an avid chamber musician, is regularly invited to important festivals, a highlight was the International Chamber Music Festival in Zagreb in October 2017, performing both Brahms string Quintets and Sextetts.

Andra is also often invited as a guest player with the Ensemble Modern, including tours to Paris and to England in 2017, and was part of a CD production with EM, featuring the music of Brian Ferneyhough.

A highlight of 2017 were several performances of Morton Feldmans “Rothko Chapel” featuring solo viola with choir, together with the Stuttgart Vokalensemble, including a performance in the auspices of the Schwetzinger Festspiele in the thousand-year-old cathedral in Speyer. Andra recorded this work together with the choir in 2014, this CD was awarded the prestigious Prize of the German Record Critics.

Andra has released 6 solo CDs, including recordings of the viola concertos by Hoffmeister and Stamitz, in dual function as soloist and conductor. Her recordings have been highly acclaimed by critics and received prizes.

Andra studied at the University of Adelaide and at the University of Music in Berlin with Wolfram Christ. She was a Churchill Fellowship and DAAD scholarship holder. She won first prize in South Australia in the ABC Concerto Competition , the spezial prize “Frederic Liebstoeckl” at the Geneva Music Competition and 2nd prize (no first awarded) at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition.

Andra is artistic director of the St. Antonius Autumn concerts in Stuttgart.

Andra plays a viola built by Guiseppe Odoardi in 1770.

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Australian Hometown: Coming Soon
Education: Coming Soon

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Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victorian College of the Arts; Australian National Academy of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Joshua began learning the oboe at age 12 under the guidance of Neil Stafford. As a student, he was a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, Australian Youth Orchestra and the Young Australian Concert Artists.

Joshua is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University (B.Mus Perf -Hon), having studied with Anne Gilby and Eve Newsome. He was selected as one of four soloists in the VCA concerto concert in his final year (2004). He completed his training in 2005-06 at the Australian National Academy of Music studying with Jeffrey Crellin. In 2007, Joshua took up the position of Associate Principal Oboe with Orchestra Victoria, the position he holds today.

Joshua has also performed with Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmanian, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic. Joshua is a regular teacher of oboe at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

He lives in the Dandenong Ranges, outside of Melbourne, with his wife and three children.

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Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Cologne Hochschule for Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
As one of the tallest cellists in the world Rohan de Korte has enjoyed an unobstructed view of nearly every conductor he has ever worked with. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the musicians who have to sit behind him.

A graduate of the Köln Hochschule fur Musik Rohan studied cello with Claus Kanngiesser and chamber music with the Alban Berg Quartet. Other teachers include Valter Despalj, Nelson Cooke and Henry Wenig

Inspired by a concert given by the MSO in Cologne on their 2000 European tour Rohan returned to Australia. He found work for the next three years playing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, then as the Associate Principal Cellist with Orchestra Victoria before finally joining the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2009.

He is also an active chamber musician and has recently performed the Brahms sonatas and the cycle of Beethoven works for cello and piano with Darrly Coote for the team of Pianists. He plays with the Australia Octet, Wilma and Friends, and the Roger Young Collective. Rohan is also on the staff at the VCA and Melbourne University and has arranged Bohemian Rhapsody for cello quartet as well as writing his own music- ‘The Haunted House’ is always a hit with his children.

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