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.

Last updated 2018

Monica Naselow holding violin

Monica Naselow

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

Monica Naselow 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 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. 

Monica joined the 2nd violins of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2002, 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 in the Concertgebouw Kamerorkest and a mentor for the Concertgebouw Academy program. 

Returning to Australia in 2012, Monica held positions with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Darwin Symphony Orchestra and has been Principal 2nd Violin with Orchestra Victoria since 2019. Monica teaches at the Victorian College of Arts Secondary School (VCASS) and is a member of the Board of Melbourne Youth Orchestras. Monica has been a member of Australian World Orchestra since 2013. 

Last updated 2022