Francesco (Frank) Celata

Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne & Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Victorian College of the Arts

Mr Frank Celata is Associate Principal Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and an AWO Board Member. Mr Celata graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts 1987, prior to that he studied, and is now a lecturer, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

He is a founding member of the chamber ensemble the Sydney Soloists and is a member of the New Sydney Wind Quintet. In 2013 he accepted the position of Lecturer in Orchestral and Chamber Music at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart.

On several occasions between 2003 and 2009 he appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra as guest Principal Clarinet, performing on international tours and recordings. More recently he appeared as guest Principal Clarinet with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London touring internationally and recording with them. Frank plays Principal Clarinet with the Australian World Orchestra, comprising 110 of Australia’s leading musicians drawn from 47 orchestras around the world.

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Monica Naselow holding violin

Monica Naselow

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Zurich Opera Orchestral Academy

Australian Violinist Monica Naselow is Principal 2nd Violin of Orchestra Victoria and an Instrumental Specialist teacher at the Victorian College of Arts Secondary School (VCASS). She has been a member of the Australian World Orchestra since 2013 and serves as a volunteer member of the Artistic and Education Committee on the Board of Melbourne Youth Orchestras. Monica has also previously held positions in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Darwin Symphony Orchestra.

Monica began violin lessons at the age of four with Suzuki Method in Sydney, completing her Bachelor of Music degree at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a student of Professor Goetz Richter. She participated in Sydney Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and Sydney Sinfonia with Richard Gill, and in 2000 was awarded a Queen’s Trust of Australia Scholarship to pursue orchestral training in Switzerland at Zurich Opera House Orchestral Academy.

In 2002, Monica joined the 2nd violins of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, performing in festivals and concert halls throughout Europe, Asia and the USA under conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Riccardo Chailly. Monica was Principal 2nd Violin of the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, and a mentor for the Concertgebouw Academy program.  

Returning to Australia in 2012, Monica held positions with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and was Concertmaster and Education/Outreach officer with Darwin Symphony Orchestra before moving to Melbourne in 2019.  

Last updated 2023