Daniel Dodds holding violin

Daniel Dodds

Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: Conservatorium of Music, Lucerne, Conservatorium of Utrecht

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Born in Australia, Daniel Dodds performed his first concerts at the age of five. At 14 years of age he lived with his family for a year in Linz, Austria, where he visited the music gymnasium. The positive musical experiences and atmosphere experienced during this year confirmed music making as his vocation. At the age of 17 he left Australia, furnished with scholarships for Switzerland to commence his violin studies with Gunars Larsens at the Conservatorium of Music in Lucerne and with Keiko Wataya at the Conservatorium of Utrecht. Attaining all diplomas “with distinction” he received further inspiration in masterclasses with Rudolf Baumgartner, Franco Gulli and one of the grand masters of the golden age of violinists, Nathan Milstein.

“What Daniel Dodds achieved from the first desk in the Dvorák was simply splendid and lent the piece exemplary melodic intensity, sensuous timbre and vigour.” Neue Luzerner Zeitung

A winner and prize winner of several national and international competitions in his years as a student, Daniel was invited by Rudolf Baumgartner to become a member of the Festival Strings Lucerne, later becoming its first concertmaster in 2001 and in 2012 he was appointed the artistic director of the renowned chamber orchestra, leading it in concerts around the globe.

Like Gunars Larsens, his former teacher and predecessor as leader of the Lucerne Festival Strings, Daniel also teaches a violin class at the Lucerne College of Music.

“Violinist Daniel Dodds enthralled both audience and colleagues.  He accomplished this with the solo part of Edouard Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole”, a truly brilliant feat…when a virtuoso soloist brings this inspired acoustical picture with so much hearty and fiery passion, seductively romantic, and with a self-evident enthusiasm for technically demanding artistry and indulgent sound tapestry, the heart of the audience melts.” Giessener Anzeiger

In addition to his regular engagements as guest leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra, he is a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and forms part of the ensemble of soloists in the star-studded orchestra.

“The performance of the ‘Festival Strings Lucerne’ under Daniel Dodds evinced high string culture, sensitive and subtle interpretation and homogeneous sound. Musical aesthetics at their best.” Schwarzwälder Bote

Daniel’s appearances as a soloist include: Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, Philharmonic Orchestra Giessen, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Thüringer Symphony Zagreb Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Australian World Orchestra with Zubin Mehta and Sir Simon Rattle. He has performed as a soloist in South America, North America, Europe, Switzerland, Australia and Asia.

Daniel has performed an extensive range of chamber music works, from duo to nonett, from works of the early baroque period to world premieres of works by contemporary composers as well as crossover projects with jazz, tango, and far eastern music. His chamber music partners include Dimitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Ramin Bahrami, Kolya Blacher, Wolfram Christ, Vivane Hagner, Daniel Hope, James Galway, Ivan Klansky, Tobias Lea, Jens Peter Mainz, Alois Posch, Rafael Rosenfeld, Kathy Selby, Julian Smiles, Herbert Schuch, Martin Stadtfeld, Danuscha Waskiewicz and See Siang Wong.

“The five movements appeared to light up from within of their own accord. Baroque rationality and Romantic emotionalism happily complemented each other: the ‘Strings’ proved to be nimble and adaptable.” Frankfurter Neue Presse

His solo album “Time Transcending” released by Oehms Classics has received high praise from fonoforum magazines in the United States, Europe, Switzerland and Japan.

Daniel Dodds performs on the “ex Hämmerle – ex Baumgartner” 1717 Stradivarius, provided by the foundation of the Festival Strings Lucerne.

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Madeleine Easton

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

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
The Australian violinist Madeleine Easton is internationally recognised for her versatility and expertise on stage. Throughout her career, a desire to combine period and modern playing has led to unique opportunities to work with a variety of ensembles worldwide. She performs internationally, appearing as soloist, concertmaster and director of some of the world’s 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 Julliard/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.

Madeleine’s career as a concertmaster and director has led to engagements with leading orchestras worldwide including the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra of Lisbon, The English Baroque Soloists, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Kings Consort, The Gabrieli Consort, the Musicians of the Globe, The Independent Opera Company, London Orchestra da Camera, the Guildford Philharmonic, Bath Philharmonia, Florilegium, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Ballet Orchestra of England and the Australian World Orchestra. She held the position of concertmaster of The Hanover Band from 2006-2016 and continues to perform with them as both leader, director and soloist. Madeleine also performs 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 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. She has directed the Bach Cantata Series since its inception in 2009, the Baroque Orchestra, 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 and the recently released Bach B minor Mass with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists for Deutsche Grammaphon, and Haydn’s ‘Creation’, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the Gabrieli Consort. She has released the complete piano trios of Alexis de Castillon on Peyrole Records, the Antoine Reicha Bassoon Quintet and variations with the all Australian ensemble, ‘Island’ on the ARS label, and Bach’s Musical Offering for Somm records.

Madeleine returned to Australia in 2019 to devote her energy to her ensemble, Bach Akademie Australia Formed in 2016, it has now become a mainstay on the Australian baroque music scene. Madeleine is also increasingly dedicated to pedagogy and research along side fellow members of the ensemble.

Madeleine plays on a 1682 Giovanni Grancino violin. 

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Paul Ezergailis

Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: Elder Conservatorium of Music; Lucerne Conservatorium

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Born in South Australia to musical parents from Latvia they instilled the love and appreciation of music at an early age in their six boys of whom Paul was the youngest.

First studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide with Beryl Kimber OBE, and then at the Lucerne Conservatorium under the tutelage of Rudolph Baumgartner.

Earliest formative years with the Ezergailis String Trio with brothers Juris and Artur, later membership in various capacities as soloist leader and first violinist in the chamber groups of Festival Strings Lucerne (Baumgartner), Collegium Musicum (Sacher), Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (Iona Brown), Oslo Sinfonietta, Oslo Philharmonic chamber group and Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields (Neville Marriner, Iona Brown, Ken Sillito and Joshua Bell)

Currently alternating concertmaster with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and artistic director/ leader of Galway based string orchestra Luminosa.

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Stefanie Farrands

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Australian National Academy of Music; Hochschule für Musik, Berlin

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Violist Stefanie Farrands held the position of Principal Violist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra 2015 to 2020, after living and studying in Berlin from 2010 with renowned Violist Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule für Musik, Hanns Eisler Berlin. Prior to Berlin she was the recipient of the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship at ANAM studying with Roger Bennedict and Alice Waten in Melbourne. She is currently a member of the Viola Faculty at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart and has tutored Australian Youth Orchestra Programs, and the Melbourne and Tasmanian Youth Orchestras.

Stefanie has performed extensively throughout Europe, America, Asia and Australia both as a chamber musician and orchestral player, including playing with some of the world’s most renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Salzburg, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and she has also been Guest Principal with the Strasbourg Philharmonic. In Australia she has been guest principal Viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and is a regular guest with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

She has appeared as Soloist with the ACO Collective, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, AYO Young Symphonists and in 2011 she was Soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing the Australian Premiere of Olga Neuwirths viola concerto. In 2017 she was soloist in Vaughen Williams’ Flos Campi with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Stef’s biggest passion is chamber music and is the founding member of the Hamer Quartet which was successful in winning the Asia Pacific Chamber Music competition, taking the overall First Prize Tony Berg Award, 1st prize for String Quartet and the Audience Prize in 2009. They gave their debut to critical acclaim in 2007 and since then have toured both nationally and internationally and recorded their Debut album for Melba records.

Commissioning new works for the viola is of keen interest to Stefanie. In 2016 she was the winner of the Freedman Classic Fellowship which will see new works commissioned for the viola, a recording of the commissions and other chamber music works and performances in both Australia and abroad. She has premiered Douglas Weiland’s third string quartet with the Hamer Quartet as well as given premiers to numerous solo, chamber and orchestral works as well as workshops and masterclasses on writing for the viola.

She has recorded both solo and chamber works for the ABC and is regularly featured of ABC Classic FM and 3MBS.

Stefanie

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Emily Francis

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

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Emily Francis was born in Queensland. She picked up the violin aged 6, following the footsteps of her grandfather who played the violin on ships.

Emily joined the Queensland Symphony Orchestra before graduation at the QLD Conservatorium in 1994. She left the orchestra and travelled to London, where she completed her Masters at the Royal College of Music. Emily then was awarded a 1st violin position with the BBCSO, which she held from 1999-2012.

During her time at the BBC, Emily was also offered a 2nd violin position at the London Philharmonic, and continued to work and trial with the London Symphony and the Philharmonia Orchestras.

Emily performed at the inaugural performances of the AWO in 2011, and decided to return home to Australia not long after these!

Since returning to Australia, Emily has continued an extremely diverse career of performing and teaching. She has performed both solo, chamber ensemble and orchestral work with groups including:
QLD Symphony, Camerata (QLD’s chamber orchestra), Topology.

Emily has long been involved in Education and Outreach work, both with the BBC and now as a violin teacher, running her own studio with a programme of small concerts.

She is dedicated to fostering the next generation of violinists in QLD.

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Marina Gillam holding violin

Marina Gillam

Australian Hometown: Perth
Education: University of Western Australia

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Perth born violinist Marina Gillam has recently moved to Cologne, Germany where she has begun a 50% Zeitvertrag with the Gürzenich Orchester. Marina has spent most of her professional career in London performing and touring with all the main London Orchestras but predominantly with the Philharmonia Orchestra. She was also a member of The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. Marina is also a passionate chamber musician and has for over 20 years been a member of The Bingham String Quartet, an ensemble with an international reputation for its interpretation of the classical repertoire and a fresh and exciting approach to new music.

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Michael Goldschlager

Australian Hometown: Perth
Education: State University of New York; Royal College of Music, London

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Born in New York City, concert cellist Michael Goldschlager is perhaps best known to Australian audiences as the cellist of the Macquarie Trio through their many recordings and concert performances. He has recorded a critically acclaimed CD set of the complete suites for unaccompanied cello by Bach for ABC Classics/Universal. Mr Goldschlager was principal cellist of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for six years and is a frequent guest principal cellist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has toured Europe as principal cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and has recorded with all of these ensembles. Mr Goldschlager has twice been a guest on ABC radio’s nationally broadcast “Margaret Throsby Show” and was a Coordinator of Strings at the Australian National Academy of Music.

His career in N.Y. included appearances with the city’s finest musical organisations, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, NYC Opera, NYC Ballet, and as a principal with the Orchestra of St Luke’s. For 2 years, he played Bach suites on stage as a musician and actor in over 1000 performances of the Broadway play, The Elephant Man with such notables as David Bowie.

His interests are not limited to “classical” music. He has performed with George Benson, Meatloaf, Henry Mancini, Paul Anka and Dionne Warwick to name but a few. He has been published as a writer in the New York Times, Fine Music magazine, The Australian. He has built his home, an ocean-going wooden boat, climbed 41 mountains, and is a dedicated motorcyclist. Mr Goldschlager sits on the International Advisory Board of Seashepherd.org alongside such notables as Brigitte Bardot, Sean Connery and Martin Sheen.

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Troy Greatz

Australian Hometown: Brisbane
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Troy held the position of Associate Principal Percussionist/Timpanist from the young age of 23 when he moved to Perth after completing of a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He has been a member of the percussion section of the Australian World Orchestra since its inception, playing under the great Maestro Zubin Mehta in 2015.

Troy has performed with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, recorded with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and in 2009 he won the Associate Principal Percussion position with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (Now Opera Australia Orchestra). He held his post for 18 months before returning to Perth and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) in 2011. That same year, Troy was invited to audition for the Principal Percussion position with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Troy’s passion for education shows through his private lessons as well as lecturing in percussion and timpani at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and at the University of Western Australia. He also joined AMEB as an examiner during his time in Perth.

Currently Troy is based in Mackay, North Queensland and plays percussion with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Greig

Australian Hometown:
Education: Lancaster University, England

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Originally from St Andrew’s in Scotland, Dr Adam Greig completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Lancaster University in England and went on to complete a practice as research doctoral thesis on the piano music of French 20th Century composer, Germaine Tailleferre.

As an active performer and musicologist Greig’s research involves combining different modes of analytical enquiry with experience from practice, to better understand interpretation and artistic transmission. He specialises in performing early 20th Century French repertoire, particularly that which surrounds the ‘Les Six’ composers and has performed as a soloist and accompanist at a number of international conferences, including the Royal Music Association Symposium Nostalgia and Innovation in Twentieth-Century French Music (2008). He has also had the privilege of performing two piano concertos with the Lancaster University Symphony Orchestra – Francis Poulenc’s Piano Concerto No.1, and Germaine Tailleferre’s Concerto pour piano et 12 instruments. Greig’s secondary area of performance is contemporary electro-acoustic music and he has performed both existing repertoire and premieres in this genre at the International Computer Music Conference in Belfast and the LICA-Mantis Festival in Lancaster.

Since 2011, Greig has been the Academic Coordinator of KM Music Conservatory, A. R. Rahman’s premiere music conservatory in Chennai India. In this role he leads a team of inspirational performers and musicologists in shaping a unique curriculum that is providing young Indian musicians the education and training they need to reach an international platform.



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Lisa Grosman holding instrument

Lisa Grosman

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

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
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.

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