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 2023

Sally Clarke

Australian Hometown: Brisbane
Education: University of Queensland, Herbert-von-Karajan Akademie, Berlin

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Sally Clarke began her musical career with violin at the age of 11; one year later she took up the viola as well, in order to play chamber music. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Music, Honours, degree (and various prizes and distinctions), performing with diverse chamber ensembles and as soloist with the Queensland Youth Orchestra, on its 1986 New Zealand Tour, and with the  Camerata of St John’s, of which she was a founding member. A German Government Scholarship (DAAD) enabled her to further her studies with Professor Rainer Moog in Cologne; thereafter she attended the Herbert-von-Karajan Akademie in Berlin, performing regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1988 she was Principal Viola with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Sergiu Celibidache, from whose mentoring she benefitted greatly.

Chamber music and solo performances have taken Sally to many places in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Russia. She has participated in various festivals, including those of Townsville and Bangalow, Australia; and in September 2009, the biennial “German Festival” of Krasnodar. In 2014 she made a guest appearance at the World Harp Festival in Sydney and participated in the AWO Chamber Festival in the NSW Southern Highlands in November 2017. Sally teaches and performs at “Das SommerMusikFest” each year.

Sally Clarke’s recordings for CD and radio include the rarely performed Sonatas for Viola and Piano by Luigi von Kunits and Wilhelm Killmayer. Sally’s CD “another sort of fire” featuring works by contemporary women composers, is available through Bayer Records. Her great interest is in expanding traditional “classical” approaches, through “cross-over” projects involving oriental music, live dance-theatre or improvisation to silent movies. In 2009 she founded the trio “Blue Ayre”, together with Cynthia Oppermann, harp, and Veronika Fuchs, flute. The trio has performed in Germany, France and Australia; their CD “Blue Ayre” was released in 2013, and features works by Debussy, Bax, Bartok and a specially commissioned work by Rüdiger Oppermann (Celtic and experimental harp), with whose ensemble “KlangWelten” she has toured on numerous occasions. “Blue Ayre” is available on iTunes.

Sally has taught and coached at various workshops, masterclasses and youth orchestras, including the renowned Interregional Youth Orchestra (IRO), which takes place annually in Ochsenhausen, and at the Sydney Conservatorium High School, or anywhere in the world, online, via Her teaching style has been described as particularly empowering; she has worked extensively with orchestral musicians, violists and violinists alike, seeking support for audition preparations or just to reboot their technique.

A full-time member of the SWR Symphony Orchestra (formally known as Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart) since 1992. She has appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and also with Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt.

Last updated 2023

David Cribb

Australian Hometown: Queensland
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

David Cribb was born in Australia and grew up on a cattle property in Queensland. After studying in Brisbane and Sydney, where he gained his first orchestral experience with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he moved to Germany in 1998 and studied with David Glidden in Frankfurt.

During this time he played with various chamber music ensembles such as “HR Brass” and “bach, blech and blues”. From 2000 to 2005 David Cribb was principal tuba player with the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin and has been employed as principal tuba player with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig since 2005. David plays in the “Gewandhaus Brass Quintett” and with his colleagues in the large brass ensemble “Leipzig Brass”.

He has been teaching the orchestra academics in tuba since 2008, has a teaching position at the “Felix Mendelssohn Barthold” University of Music and Theater in Leipzig and is active as a brass lecturer at courses and festivals.

Last updated 2022

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Lisa Grosman

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Australian Institute of Music

Lisa Grosman was the Director of the Viola Programme at Monash University. She has recently been appointed Head of Strings at Camberwell Grammar School. Lisa is also on the faculty of the Melbourne Conservatorium Young Artists Academy at the University of Melbourne.

For 15 years, Lisa was a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, during which time she toured extensively throughout Europe, America and Asia. Lisa was also the Director of Strings for the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Education and Outreach Project, “Sing Out with Strings” – an El Sistema inspired programme involving more than 300 children from under resourced communities. 

Lisa has been performing with the Australian World Orchestra since 2011.

Since returning to Australia, Lisa has performed with ensembles such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. 

With the Fidelio Quartet she has performed the entire Beethoven String Quartet Cycle at the Melbourne Recital Centre, as well as making numerous broadcasts on 3MBSFM.

 Lisa began learning Suzuki Method violin at the age of five, and went on to be the Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra.  She studied with Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Institute of Music before receiving a scholarship to study viola with Professor Bruno Giuranna at the University of Limerick, where she completed her Master of Arts in Classical String Performance. She continued her studies with Professor Giuranna for a further two years at the Walter Stauffer Institute, Corso di Perfezionamente, in Cremona.

Lisa plays a viola made by Giuseppe Vignali, purchased with assistance from the E.V.Llewellyn Memorial Fund.

Last updated 2023

Anne Harvey-Nagl

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victorian College of the Arts, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Anne Harvey-Nagl began her violin studies in Melbourne with Brian Blake, Nelli Shkolnikova and Spiros Rantos. In 1986 she was the winner of the “National Youth Concerto Competition” and in 1990, after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Distinction), she received the ANZ International Fellowship for musical studies overseas, as well as the Pinschof Foundation Scholarship, enabling her to study with Professor Günter Pichler at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 1994, Anne appeared as soloist with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra during their “Presenting Young Artists” Series.

Anne Harvey-Nagl is Concertmaster of the Volksoper Vienna (Austria). Before her appointment to Concertmaster in 2011, Anne was Principal 1st Violin in the Volksoper for 12 years. Anne is also Concertmaster of the Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, and a frequent soloist and Concertmaster of the Vienna Mozart Orchestra. 

In 2013, Anne performed Beethoven Violin Concerto with Stonnington Symphony Orchestra (Australia). At the Classionata Festival (Switzerland) in 2015, Anne performed Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5, and again in March 2016 with the Melbourne Musicians.

Anne concertises frequently with renowned ensembles such as the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Klangforum Wien, “die reihe”, the Wiener Kammerphilharmonie, as well as with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. She is a founding member of the highly acclaimed Australian World Orchestra.

Anne has performed at “Carinthischer Sommer”, “Wien Modern”, “Musica Sacra Maastrich”, “Festival St. Gallen”, “Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Australia” as well as on concert tours throughout Europe, China, Korea, Japan, Australia, the USA and the Near East. 

A member of the Koehne Quartet since 1992, Anne is also a member in a number of other Vienna-based chamber music ensembles including the Nexus Quartet, Ensemble 5, Classic Alpin, the Chamber Ensemble of the Vienna Volksoper, and Die Wiener Biedermeier Solisten. Recent duo performances in Austria and Australia include recitals with pianists Ilse Schumann-Montocchio, Gerrit Priessnitz, John O’Donnell, Kristian Chong and violinists Susannah Ng and Miki Tsunoda.

Anne Harvey-Nagl is married and has two children.

Last updated 2023

Bernadette Harvey

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: ?

Currently Lecturer in Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Bernadette enjoys a happily balanced career as performer and teacher.

Her numerous appearances at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival have included collaborations with Marc-Andre Hamelin, the Tokyo and Shanghai Quartets amongst many others. A recent US tour included solo recitals and master classes at the University of Arizona, the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University in which her performance of Carl Vine’s Sonata #1 and Ross Edwards Sonata Indiana was reviewed as “nothing less than spectacular” (Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times, March 27 2015).

Her latest CD recording includes the world premiere recordings of Ross Edwards Piano Sonata and Night Songs and Mantras, with other works by Carl Vine, available on the Tall Poppies label. She has recently finished recording another world premiere by Ross Edwards, Sea Star Fantasy for solo piano, which will be included in a retrospective recorded collection of the composers works. In 2016, Bernadette continued her focus on new commissioned solo piano works by Australian composers, as well as maintaining her collaborative performances in various festivals around Australia (Arts in the Valley – Kangaroo Valley NSW, Southern Highlands Festival NSW and the Stradbroke Island Chamber Music festival QLD).

In 2016, Bernadette was one of two nominated by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to take part in the University of Sydney’s Women’s Leadership program, fostering female academic talent and leadership. Through this program, Bernadette hopes to foster closer ties to the Refugee community in Sydney (a process she launched this year in a benefit concert for Refugee Week), and strengthen the connection between her research into injury preventive piano technique and her teaching practice.

Last updated 2018

Andrew Hines

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Royal Academy of Music; Guildhall School of Music

Andrew Hines was born in England, had his early education in Australia, and then returned to England in his teens to study at the Purcell School, the Royal Academy of Music, and finally the Guildhall School of Music with Prof. Stefan Popov. He also studied with the Amadeus, Borodin, LaSalle and Alban Berg Quartets.

On completing his studies Andrew became an active member of a number of chamber ensembles, touring Europe and the Far East with the Parnassus Ensemble, which recorded and broadcast in Italy and Germany to critical acclaim. In 1992 he became a member of the Medea Quartet, who were Quartet in Residence at York University and Fellows of the Royal Academy of Music. Andrew performed as soloist in England and the Far East, and undertook freelance orchestral work in England and Scotland. In September 2000 Andrew was appointed to a position with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (now Opera Australia Orchestra).

Andrew plays on a copy of a Ruggieri cello by John Dilworth c. 1997.

Last updated 2023

Christina Leonard

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

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

Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba

Australian Hometown: Tasmania
Education: Australian National Academy of Music

Thibaud, an Australian-French violinist, was born in Tasmania. He began playing the violin after receiving it as his fifth birthday present. He studied in Tasmania under Peter Tanfield and he also attended the Australian National Academy of Music where he studied with Paul Wright and Bill Hennessy.

He has performed with the Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2012 he was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra under Zoë Black and Helena Rathbone’s mentorship. He continued to tour with the ACO and ACO2 for the next few years and joined the Orchestra as a part-time musician in 2016.

Thibaud is a very keen chamber musician, having played with many different groups throughout the years. More recently Thibaud won the audience choice prize at the ANAM Chamber Music Competition with his piano trio, as well as being a finalist in the Great Romantics competition. He plays regularly with an ACO quartet, teaching and playing around the country for schools and workshops. He has played with members of the Brodsky Quartet, Nicolas Altstaedt, Alban Gerhardt and Anthony Marwood. He has also performed at many festivals around Australia as well as touring nationally with the Sydney Dance Company.

Last updated 2020