Natalie Chee

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Natalie Chee began her musical career at the age of 4 on piano. By age 10 she studied violin with Alex Todicescu, a professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and member of the Sydney String Quartet.

After winning numerous competitions and prizes in Australia, a young teenage Natalie appeared as a soloist with all of the Australian Symphony Orchestras whist she was in still in high school. In 1994 Natalie was accepted into the Soloist Class of Prof. Igor Ozim in Berne, Switzerland where she received her Soloist Diploma in 1998 with High Distinction.

Still a student, Natalie was invited to become a member of Camerata Bern in the position of 2nd violin leader. During this time, she also co-founded the chamber music ensemble ‘Tiramisu’ and the Mozart Piano Quartet. She toured North and South America, Europe and Australia with these groups and made prominent labels in Switzerland and Germany.

In 2000, Natalie won the position of 1st Concertmaster of Camerata Salzburg – a position she held until 2009. In 2009, Natalie became 1st Concertmaster of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart. She is a regular guest Concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and was given the honour of leading this orchestra in the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ in 2014.

As of 2019 Natalie became the Concertmaster of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne.

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Madeleine Easton

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Royal College of Music, London

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Madeleine Easton is an established star on the international stage known for her versatility and expertise in the world of violin playing. Throughout her career, a desire to combine period and modern playing has led to unique opportunities for playing with many wonderful and varied ensembles world wide. She performs at the highest level world wide, appearing as both soloist, concertmaster and director of some of the worlds most respected ensembles and orchestras.

Madeleine studied with Alice Waten and Chris Kimber at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with first class honours. Alongside her degree, she studied baroque violin with Lucinda Moon. She was awarded scholarships and was successful in competitions winning the Sydney Conservatorium Concerto Prize with Bartok’s 2nd violin concerto, and was a finalist in both the 1999 Richard Goldner Concerto Competition and the 1998 Gisbourne International Music Competition in New Zealand. In 2000 she was a recipient of a full scholarship to attend the Meadowmount Summer School in New York State winning the chamber music prize, and a year later won a place to study at postgraduate level at the Royal College of Music with Dr Felix Andrievsky where she graduated with distinction, winning the String Prize for most outstanding performer.

She has performed as both guest and permanent concertmaster of several leading orchestras in the UK and abroad. Engagements in this role include the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid under the batons of Thomas Hengelbrock and Paul McCreesh, the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra of Lisbon, The English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Kings Consort, The Gabrieli Consort, the Musicians of the Globe, The Independent Opera Company, London Orchestra da Camera, Orchestra Nova, the Guildford Philharmonic, Bath Philharmonia, Southern Sinfonia, Florilegium, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Ballet Orchestra of England. She was appointed concertmaster of The Hanover Band in 2006 and continues to perform with them as both leader, director and soloist.

She also has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, and the Orchestra Revolutionaire et Romantique.

Her special talent of combining both period and modern styles of violin playing has led her to form a special relationship with the Royal Academy of Music in London where she has directed the Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Cantata Series, the first year String Orchestra and the Modern Instrument Period Orchestra. Other educational opportunities have included teaching period style on modern instruments for the World Orchestra at the Schleswig Holstein Festival in Germany, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Monash University in Melbourne.

Madeleine has performed on many award winning recordings including the Bach Cantata series with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Solists, the recently released Bach B minor Mass recording with the same ensemble, Haydn’s ‘Creation’, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the Gabrieli Consort to name a few. She has released the complete piano trios of Alexis de Castillon with her piano trio ‘Trio Castillon’, available on Peyrole Records. She has also recorded the Antoine Reicha Bassoon Quintet and variations with the all Australian ensemble, ‘Island’ available on the ARS label.

Concerto performance now forms a large part of her life. Orchestras of which she has performed with include La Philharmonie de Toulouse, the New Queens Hall Orchestra, London Orchestra da Camera, the Bath Philharmonic and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. In addition, she was the concerto soloist for the prestigious London Conducting Workshops in 2012.

Madeleine is the artistic director and founder of the new Australian Baroque orchestra ‘Bach Akademie Australia’. She hopes this will be the focus for the next chapter of her life.

Madeleine plays on a 1682 Giovanni Grancino violin and a 1704 Jo. Bapt. Rogeri baroque violin.

Last updated 2018

Sergio Insuasti

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Royal College of Music, London

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Sergio Insuasti was the 2019 AWO Academy Player, and is currently completing postgraduate performance studies at the Royal College of Music London.

Since the age of 14, Sergio has studied Viola under the tutelage of Alex Todicescu, Roger Benedict and Justin Williams.

Prior to studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sergio gained orchestral experience at a young age, being selected as Principal Viola of the SBS Youth Orchestra at the age of 15.

This experience continued to thrive through larger music programmes, performing as Principal Viola for Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra programs.

Sergio has attended masterclass and workshops with renowned violists such as Tobias Lea, William Coleman, Mark Tukh and Caroline Henbest. Sergio was also a participant in last year’s International Viola Congress in Wellington, where he performed for Elias Goldstein and Felix Ungar.

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Andrew Jezek

Australian Hometown(s): Canberra & Sydney
Education: Canberra School of Music; Hochschule für Musik, Munich

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Andrew Jezek was born in Canberra and studied viola at the Canberra School of Music with Vincent Edwards and Charmian Gadd, graduating with honours in 1991. He continued his studies in Europe at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich with Jürgen Weber (viola) and at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Karl Österreicher (conducting). He was co-principal violist of the renowned Viennese contemporary music ensemble Klangforum Wien from 1996 to 2013 and has performed at most major contemporary music festivals in Europe. He was a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival, Ruhr Triennale, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wien Modern, Steirischer Herbst Graz, Wittener Tage, Wiener Festwochen, Berlin Festival, Venice Biennale and the Huddersfield Festival.

In 2013, Andrew relocated to Sydney with his wife Emma and daughter Lila.

Andrew now performs regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, as guest principal viola with Opera Australia Orchestra.

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Mee Na Lojewski

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Royal Academy of Music, London

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Mee Na founded Melbourne based Affinity Quartet in 2015 with whom she has toured Europe and UK participating in the 2016 Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar and in 2020, the Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale. Mee Na also performs with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and as a Principal Player with Sydney Chamber Opera and Victorian Opera. She has performed with Omega Ensemble and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with whom she toured Japan and Korea in 2011. Mee Na was a Finalist in the 2015 ABC Young Performers Award. She completed a Master of Music jointly with the Royal Academy of Music London and Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying with Susan Blake, Timothy Walden, and Mats Lidström. During her studies Mee Na was an Academist of Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Principal Cellist of Australian Youth Orchestra, and a member of Sydney Symphony Sinfonia. Mee Na also teaches chamber music part-time at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

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Peter Morrison

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Peter studied briefly at the NSW Conservatorium of Music before embarking on studies in Hungary and America for four years.  Upon returning to Australia, he worked full time in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, freelanced regularly with the ACO, founded a large chamber ensemble and worked with leading contemporary music groups. For the last ten years Peter has been living in Copenhagen and working as a full-time member of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra whilst composing on the side.

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Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba

Australian Hometown: Tasmania
Education: Australian National Academy of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
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.

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Florian Peelman

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Chethams School of Music in Manchester; Antwerp Conservatorium; Hochschule für Musik Berlin

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Florian has played the violin since the age of five, and after absorbing the sound of gamelan in Indonesia, started formal training in Helsinki. At the age of 14 he continued his studies at Chethams School of Music in Manchester. Returning to his Belgian roots at the age of 18, he enrolled at the Antwerp Conservatorium and switched to the viola. He completed his Masters under Walter Küssner at the world leading ‘Hans Eisler’ Hochschule für Musik Berlin achieving the highest distinction and has since continued to work there as Assistant Professor.

As a soloist he has performed the Kancheli concerto, the Mozart and Bruch double concertos and most recently, Pierre Charvet’s ‘And death’.  During his time in Belgium he toured with the Production ‘Wanja’ fusing the roles of Musician, Actor and Puppeteer. The groundbreaking production for young children won the 2009  ‘Jungen Ohren Preis’ for Best Children’s Music Theatre.

As a dedicated chamber musician, he has been a member of the Arsis4 Quartet, the Boccherini String Trio, alumni of the Chapelle Musical “Reine Elizabeth” and the European Chamber Music Academy Performing across Europe Canada and Australia.

During the last few years he has been Principal Viola of the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Principal Viola of the Gürzenich Orchester Köln, a regular guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker and a guest principle with the Dresden Staatskappelle, Munich Staatsoper, the Northern Sinfonia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra amongst others.

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Alison Rayner

Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: University of Adelaide

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Alison Rayner was born in Adelaide and began playing the violin at the age of three. After receiving her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Adelaide she was appointed to the first violin section of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She has also held the position of Associate Principal Second Violin with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as Guest Associate Concertmaster with that orchestra. In 2010 she undertook a six-month job-swap between the MSO and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and was appointed to the first violin section of the Oslo Philharmonic that year.

Currently based in Oslo, Alison appears regularly with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, the Fragaria Vesca ensemble, and in numerous other chamber music groups.

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