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Andrew Macleod

Australian Hometown: Brisbane
Education:  The University of Queensland

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Andrew Macleod has held the Principal Piccolo position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2003.

Andrew has played as a guest with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony as well as the Sydney, Adelaide, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.

Originally from Brisbane, Andrew studied flute and piccolo with Jeanette Manricks at the University of Queensland, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours. After completing his Master of Philosophy in Music at The University of Queensland, Andrew continued his music education, studying in the UK with renowned teacher Trevor Wye.

Andrew has appeared as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, and in June 2013 gave the world premiere of Paul Stanhope’s Concerto for Piccolo Flute with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a work co-commissioned by the Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. The recording of the performance was released on the MSO LIVE label by the ABC, and in 2014 the album was nominated for an ARIA in the Best Classical Album category.

Andrew teaches at The University of Melbourne, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music. Along with James Kortum, Lecturer in Flute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Andrew is Co-Director of The Complete Flute, which offers comprehensive courses for performers and teachers. Andrew is also a qualified yoga instructor.

Last updated 2022

Alison Mitchell

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

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Hailing from Melbourne, Alison Mitchell is delighted to have returned to Australia as the recently appointed Section Principal Flute with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Alison leads a vibrant career throughout Australia and Europe as orchestral musician, chamber player, soloist and teacher. She studied in Basel with renowned Swiss flautist Peter-Lukas Graf before moving to the UK where she was appointed to the position of Principal Flute with the Orchestra of Scottish Oper, with whom she performed for five years before embarking on a freelance career dedicated to solo and chamber music performances. From there an opportunity arose for her to return to Australia to take up the position of Associate Principal Flute of Sydney Symphony Orchestra. During this period she also performed regularly as Guest Principal with orchestras around Australia..

Alison returned to Scotland in 2003 to join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as Principal Flute. She performed and recorded regularly with SCO chamber ensembles and as a concerto soloist. She has performed all the major flute concertos including concertos by Mozart, Bach, CPE Bach, Nielsen, Ibert, Poulenc, Osborne, Boulez, Cimarosa and Honegger and her recording of Mozart’s Flute Concerto with the SCO (Linn) received glowing reviews. Mitchell also premiered a wonderful new flute concerto written especially for her and the SCO by the Australian composer, Gordon Kerry.

Whilst living abroad, Alison was continually sought after to perform in Australia. In 2017, she was invited to perform the Australian premiere of the Kerry concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She is honoured to be a founder member of the Australian World Orchestra having performed with them under Zubin Mehta and Sir Simon Rattle and she has also recorded and performed regularly with the, highly regarded, Australian Chamber Orchestra both internationally and throughout Australia. The ACO recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5 and the Triple Concerto for flute, violin and piano where Alison joined Angela Hewitt and Richard Tognetti was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.

Alison is very involved in Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s education programme and is sought-after to give masterclasses and specialist woodwind coaching. Until her return to Australia she was Lecturer in Flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Andrew Nicholson

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

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Andrew studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM in Manchester. He has held principal flute positions with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He has also regularly appeared as guest principal flautist with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, City of Birmingham, Malaysia Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Chamber, Athens Camerata, Guangzhou Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Scottish Chamber, English Chamber, Hebrides, John Wilson, QSO, SSO, AWO, and the Australian Chamber Orchestras.

Andrew has given master-classes at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy, Royal College, UWA, WAAPA, ANAM,  and in Hong Kong, Athens, Belgium, Poland, Manchester, Cardiff, New York, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, and Sydney. Andrew has also been the flute tutor with AYO, NYOGB and NYOW.

Andrew plays on a silver Louis Lot flute circa 1870.

Last updated 2021

Lisa Osmialowski (Lewis)

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Royal Northern College of Music; Chethams School of Music, Manchester; Hochschule fur Musik, Franz Liszt, Weimar.

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
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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Emma Sholl

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
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

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

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.

Last updated 2020