Francesco (Frank) Celata

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

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
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

Tamara-Anna Cislowska

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. Soloist, recitalist and chamber music specialist, she performs in Australia and worldwide in repertoire spanning three centuries, to critical and public acclaim, and is also renowned for her writing as a presenter on ABC Classic FM radio.

Tamara has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro, and in Australia has earned awards such as ABC Young Performer of the Year, a Freedman Fellowship from the Music Council of Australia, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and  the 2015 ARIA for ‘Best Classical Album’.

Last updated 2018

Christina Leonard

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Christina Leonard is one of Australia’s leading saxophonists and was the Artistic Director of the 2018 CLASSIC STOMP and AWO’s Chamber Music Festival in the NSW Southern Highlands. Christina plays regularly with both the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera Orchestra and has performed orchestrally in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Malaysia and in Hobart as a soloist with the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra. Christina has also performed with the ACO, the Song Company, Match Percussion, Synergy, and the Sonic Art Ensemble.

Christina regularly features in the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Noel Noel concert series, and was a soloist in the Elena Kats-Chernin commission to celebrate the ABO’s 25th Anniversary.  Christina premiered her own transcription of CPE Bach’s Concerto in A minor Wq 170 with the ABO in their Vivaldi Unwired season this year. She has made many recordings and live broadcasts for ABC Classic FM and Fine Music FM.  Christina has premiered newly commissioned music with Marshall McGuire at the Utzon Room Chamber music series at the Opera House and will record a CD of this and other new music later in the year. Christina has recently recorded a CD of Saxophone and Piano repertoire with Tamara-Anna Cislowska

Christina was awarded a Queens Trust Scholarship to complete a postgraduate degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Christina completed her Masters of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has been lecturing Saxophone, examining and facilitating workshops and classes there since 1996. Christina’s transcriptions of Baroque music for Saxophone and keyboard, are included on the current AMEB and ABRSM, (London) Syllabi.

Christina continues to champion opportunities for classical Saxophone commissions and performances and is the first Australian to be endorsed as an International Artist with Japanese instrument maker Yanagisawa.

Last updated 2018

Marina Marsden

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Marina Marsden studied violin at the Sydney Conservatorium with Alice Waten and from 1985, assisted by several scholarships, studied for a Performer’s Diploma in Vienna with Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet).

In 1990 Marina became Concertmaster of the Bruckner Orchestra in Austria. Upon her return to Australia she became the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Concertmaster from 1992 until 1994. In 1997 Marina travelled to Austria and the USA on a Churchill Fellowship. As a soloist she has performed with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Canberra Symphony and Adelaide Chamber Orchestras.

Marina is an active soloist and chamber musician, appearing at the 2009 Bowral Autumn Festival with members of the Australia Ensemble; she is a founding member of the Linden String Trio. Marina has recorded for Tall Poppies, Move Records, Wirripang Publications and ABC Classics labels, including two complete CDs for Tall Poppies: Marina Marsden – Violin Recital and Margaret Sutherland -The Chamber Music with Strings for which she received a 1999 Australian Music Centre National Award.

In 2009 Marina released a CD of Australian violin music, Spirit Dances (Wirripang) with pianist Clemens Leske. She is an inaugural member of the Australian World Orchestra and will again be performing with AWO in October this year. Other engagements have included performances for the ABC Classic FM Sunday Live Series and the Sydney Mozart Society.

Marina began performing with the Sydney Symphony in 1995 and is currently the SSO’s Principal Second Violin. She recently returned from an overseas study break supported by Symphony Friends and Michael & Mary Whelan Trust scholarships. Marina’s jam-packed international trip included everything from instrumental lessons with violin guru David Takeno in London to study with ‘flow’ technique specialist Andreas Burzik in Bremen. She also met with several mediation and orchestral leadership experts.

Last updated 2018

Kirsty McCahon

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Victorian College of the Arts

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
From the Brodsky Quartet to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Musica Viva to Halcyon, Australian Festival of Chamber Music to Mornington Peninsula Festival , Les Talents Lyrique to  L’Arpeggiata,  Kirsty relishes her musical collaborations with extraordinary musicians in all styles and forms.

Born in Carnarvon WA, Kirsty’s musical adventures include extensive performing, recording and touring throughout Europe with ensembles as diverse as Ensemble Itineraire , Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and ELISION.

Former Principal Double Bass of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for 20 years, Kirsty is Australia’s leading practitioner of Historical Performance Practice on the double bass and violone. Kirsty is the Principal Bass of Pinchgut, Brisbane Baroque and the Orchestra of The Antipodes.

A member of the Australian World Orchestra, Kirsty featured as a soloist with the AWO in the 2016 world premier of Elena Kats-Chernin’s Concerto for 8 basses.

Awarded a Churchill Fellow in 2001, Kirsty has been recognized as an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne for Services to Orchestral Music.

An enthusiastic educator, Kirsty devotes extensive time delivering Masterclasses and workshops to inspire and support young women and girl. In 2014 she was an invited mentor at the inaugural Sydney ‘Women of the World” conference.

Last updated 2018

Patrick Murphy

Australian Hometown(s): Perth & Brisbane
Education: University of Western Australia; University of Christchurch

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Patrick is Cello Performance Fellow at the School of Music, University of Queensland. He is also a member of the Southern Cross Soloists, resident at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the White Halo Ensemble, Ensemble in Residence at the School of Music at UQ. Recent performances have included premiere performances of new works commissioned for solo cello by Paul Dean and James Ledger.

Patrick was a founding member of the Tankstream Quartet, first prize-winners in the Melbourne National Chamber Music Competition (2000) and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Japan (2001). Prize-winners in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (2003), they went on to perform throughout Europe and continued studies with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne. The Tankstream Quartet were broadcast by the BBC at Wigmore Hall, and appeared on radio and television in Japan, Austria and France.  In 2004 they were invited to play at the reception of the wedding of Danish Royal Wedding of Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary Donaldson in Fredenborg Castle, Copenhagen.

Patrick has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has been a staff member of the Sydney and Hobart Conservatoriums, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Music. Patrick is a regular player with the Australian World Orchestra.

Last updated 2018

Asmira Woodward-Page

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Indiana University School of Music; The Juilliard School, New York

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Australian violinist Asmira Woodward-Page performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician, receiving recognition for her original artistry. Praised for her “transforming intensity and beauty of tone” (New York Times), and described as “an auspicious talent” who “speaks directly to her listeners” (Sydney Morning Herald), Asmira won the 2003 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and continues to enjoy an eclectic career focused on performing traditional and new classical works. Her forays into other musical styles through working with artists like Pandit Prabhakar Dhakde, Herbie Hancock, Riyuichi Sakamoto, John Zorn, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Kanye West, attest to her multi-faceted approach to music making.

As a recitalist who has toured extensively in the Americas and her native Australia, Asmira’s engagements have included Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival’s Rising Stars concerts, the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, the Washington Performing Arts Society, and Mexico’s Festival Internacional Cervantino. Asmira also enjoys performing in more intimate settings like at WMP’s Strad for Lunch series in Manhattan, at Barbes in Brooklyn, and in numerous classrooms, soup kitchens and community centers. She collaborates with a variety of talented pianists including Inon Barnatan, Ieva Jockubaviciute, Einav Yarden, Steven Beck, Blair McMillen, Scott Davie and Tanya Bannister. Having performed in all manner of venues, Asmira is easily comfortable performing anywhere for anyone.

A “solo artist…in peak form” (Symphony Magazine), Asmira has performed concertos with the major orchestras in Australia and several in North America, including SONYC (the String Orchestra of New York City), The Little Orchestra Society, Wartburg Symphony and the Charlotte Philharmonic, collaborating with conductors like Jahya Ling, Michael Christie, Muhai Tang and fellow Australian, Matthew Coorey. She is heard in many recordings, on live TV and radio broadcasts, and was featured in the ABC documentary “The Little Box that Sings”.

Asmira believes deeply in presenting music to young people through whatever means necessary to inspire in them a love for music. She has led many outreach programs, drawing upon her extensive teaching and performing experience… plus a few crazy ideas. Asmira began her violin studies with Jan Cooper and then Harry Curby at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, later becoming a student of Miriam Fried and Paul Biss at the Indiana University School of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma, and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for outstanding musical performance. She went on to earn a Master of Music degree at Juilliard where she studied with Robert Mann. 

Last updated 2018

Elizabeth Woolnough

Australian Hometown: New South Wales Central Coast
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

In 2015 while studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Elizabeth and the three other members of her string quartet won the Westheimer Scholarship which allowed them to travel across Europe studying under masters in Germany and France.

When Elizabeth returned to Australia she played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 2017 to 2018 and played with the Australian World Orchestra in Melbourne and Canberra for their 2019 concert season. Elizabeth is currently a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Last updated 2020