Alison Mitchell

Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne & Brisbane
Education: Victorian College of the Arts

Hailing originally from Melbourne, Alison Mitchell was appointed Principal Flute with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2003.

Since leaving Australia to continue her studies in Basle with the renowned Swiss Flautist, Peter-Lukas Graf she has maintained a very successful career having performed with many major orchestras both in Europe and Australia, most notably the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Northern Sinfonia.

Alison has performed with SCO chamber ensembles and as a concerto soloist. Her performances have included Mozart’s Concertos in G and D, the Poulenc Sonata (orch. Berkeley), Concerto for Flute (1980) by Nigel Osborne, Cimarosa’s Concerto for 2 Flutes, Honegger’s Concerto da Camera for Flute and cor anglais, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos No 4, CPE Bach’s A major Concerto, the virtuosic Ibert concerto, Nielsen’s concerto, Boulez ‘s Memoriale and Mozart’s Concerto for flute and harp with harpist Sivan Magen. She has also premiered a wonderful new flute concerto written especially for her and the SCO by the Australian composer, Gordon Kerry.

Alison has performed regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra both internationally and throughout Australia and has also recorded and performed, with Angela Hewitt and the ACO, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5 and the Triple Concerto for flute, violin and piano. The highly acclaimed recording, released by Hyperion, subsequently won many awards including Gramophone CD of the Month.

Alison is honoured to be a founding member of the Australian World Orchestra which had its inaugural season in Sydney during August 2011. This exciting orchestra made up of some of the best Australian players from around the world attracted Maestro Zubin Mehta in its second season in 2013 and again in 2015 for a tour in India. Also in 2015,  Sir Simon Rattle conducted a sell out Australian season with the orchestra.

Alison performed as a soloist and chamber musician, most notably, in collaboration with, Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, the Hebrides Ensemble, Mr. Mc Fall’s Chamber, pianist Scott Mitchell, harpist Eleanor Johnson and guitarist Allan Neave and at East Neuk festival as a regular guest artist. She has also performed as guest flautist with the Southern Cross Soloists at the Bangalow Music Festival, and with the dynamic Melbourne based ensemble, Syzygy.

Alison took a very active role in the SCO education programme and is sought after to give masterclasses and specialist woodwind coaching. She has worked with many youth orchestras and ensembles namely the Baltic Youth Philharmonic with Musical Director Kristjan Jarvi, the Australian Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and at the Australian National Academy of Music, the Sydney Conservatorium, where she was guest Senior Lecturer in 2012 and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During the summer of 2016 she tutored the flutes of the Australian Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, coach at “Estivo”, Sydney Conservatorium’s European Chamber Music Summer School and later in 2016 during a tour to Australia for AWO she gave masterclasses at the Australian National Academy of Music and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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Andrew Nicholson

Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: Chetham’s School of Music; Royal Northern College of Music

Andrew Robert Nicholson was born in Hampshire, England in 1970.  He studied with Robin Soldan, Janet Alexander, Peter Lloyd, Clare Southworth, Geoffrey Gilbert and Trevor Wye.  In 1984 Andrew won the National Music for Youth Competition at the Festival Hall, and was a wind finalist in the Shell/LSO Competition.  In 1985 he won a scholarship to study at Chetham’s School of Music where he regularly performed as a soloist, and was a wind finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. Andrew was awarded the Orchestral Prize on finishing at Chetham’s.  He continued his musical education at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he was a regular soloist with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra and made a concerto appearance with the London Mozart Players as winner of the Sir Malcolm Sargent Award.  Whilst at College, Andrew regularly recorded and performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, under Sir Edward Downes, Rozhdestvensky, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

In 1992, he was appointed principal flautist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he performed regularly as a soloist.  His performances included the Mozart in G Concerto, the Rodrigo Flute Concerto and Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.2, and made several recordings with Tan Dun and David Atherton.

    Andrew returned to England in 1999 when he was appointed as principal flautist with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, under Kent Negano and Sir Mark Elder. He performed several concertos with the Halle and recorded the Nielsen Flute Concerto with Sir Mark Elder.  Andrew regularly performed and toured as guest principal flautist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Andrew Litton and Marin Alsop.

   In 2002, Andrew moved to London to take up the position of principal flute with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit. Andrew recorded Mozart’s Concerto in G Major and Suite Antique with John Rutter.  Andrew also worked and toured extensively as principal flute with Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra, the John Wilson Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields under Murray Perahia and Sir Neville Marriner. Andrew also gave master classes at several London music colleges, including the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has been the outside examiner for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music.

   Andrew was appointed principal flautist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2007 under Thierry Fischer, performing the Mozart Concerto in G and recording the Mathias flute concerto with them in 2009. Andrew continued to work and tour with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hebrides Ensemble, the John Wilson Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Andrew coached the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, the Athens Camerata and the LSO Side By Side Scheme at the Royal Academy of Music.  He appeared on BBC television as a panelist for the finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and can be heard on various film and television recordings, including three of the Harry Potter movies, Doctor Who, and Sir David Attenborough’s The Blue Planet and The Life of Mammals.

Andrew joined the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in March 2010 as principal flute. He has since given master classes in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide, and has performed several Sunday Live solo recitals for the ABC. He has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as principal flute under director Richard Tognetti. Andrew has also performed as a soloist with WASO, including Mozart’s Concerto in G with Verbitsky, Messiaen’s Concert a Quatre with Simone Young, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with Laurence Jackson, Telemann’s concerto for flute and violin, Elliot Carter’s Flute Concerto, the Bach Orchestral Suite No.2, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with harpist Marshall McGuire and Paul Daniel, and a performance of excerpts from the Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2  with principal conductor Asher Fisch. Andrew has recently mentored and performed with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing and coached the woodwinds of the National Youth Orchestra of Australia at their Summer Camp in Adelaide 2015 and Canberra 2016. Andrew gives master classes at the University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2016, Andrew performed with the Sydney Symphony, Queensland Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestras, and recorded a programme of solo flute and piano music with Leigh Harrold. Andrew has recently become a Haynes Artist, and plays on a 14 Carat gold flute with 14 Carat gold keys.

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Emma Sholl

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Meg Sterling

Australian Hometown: Shepparton
Education: University of Melbourne, Canberra School of Music


Since taking up the position of Principal Flute of the HK Phil in 2002, Megan Sterling has enjoyed working with some of the world’s top conductors and soloists. She has appeared several times as soloist with the HK Phil, as well as in recitals, radio broadcasts, Canto-pop recordings and chamber ensembles in Hong Kong and the region.

As a student in Australia, Megan was awarded a number of prestigious prizes and awards: the Symphony Young Australia Award; First Prize and Audience Prize at the 1999 National Flute Competition; the inaugural Canberra School of Music/Ansett Concerto Prize; the University of Melbourne Mozart Competition 1st prize; a Premier’s Award for Distinction in Music; four-time winner of the Leslie Barklamb Flute Scholarship. Megan also received the prestigious Queen’s Trust Award, which facilitated a study period in London with Michael Cox and Paul Edmund-Davies.

In 2003 Megan was awarded 1st Prize in the Hungarofest International Flute Competition in Budapest. At the same competition she was awarded a special prize for Best Performance of the Petrovics Flute Concerto, broadcast live with the Hungarian National Radio Symphony on Hungarian National Radio. This led to recitals in the Budapest Spring Festival, Boston and Shanghai.

Megan has appeared live on national television and radio in Australia, Hungary, Hong Kong, and on WGBH, Boston. She performed at Parliament House for Australian Prime Minister, John Howard.

In addition to solo performances, Megan has appeared as Guest Principal Flute with all the leading orchestras in Australia and New Zealand. She is a founding member of the Australian World Orchestra – a project which brings Australian musicians from elite orchestras around the world to play together under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle and Riccardo Muti.

In addition to her full-time role with the HK Phil, Megan enjoys teaching at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the HK Chinese University.

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Lisa Osmialowski (Lewis)

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Royal Northern College of Music; Chethams School of Music, Manchester.

Lisa is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and Chethams School of Music, Manchester.

Regularly working with Opera Australia Orchestra and most recently as Acting Associate Principal Flute at Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Lisa has also worked as guest principal flute with many of Australia’s orchestras and is a session musician on film soundtracks.

During her time in the UK, Lisa enjoyed a busy freelance career working with some of Europe’s finest musicians. She played with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic and English National Opera, with a record breaking performance of Wagner’s opera ‘The Valkyrie’ at Glastonbury Music Festival.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Lisa has performed at the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank and at the Cheltenham and Aldeburgh Festivals.

Lisa enjoys chamber music, particularly interested in contemporary Australian music and is a founder member of KAMMER ensemble. In 2019 she was a Guest Artist with the Australia Ensemble.

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