Timothy (Tim) Dunin

Australian Hometown: Canberra
Education: Canberra School of Music

Tim Dunin was born in Canberra, Australia in 1969.
After 5 years of classical guitar tuition he received his first double bass lesson at the age of 14, from Robert Nairn. Two years later Tim went to the Canberra School of Music to continue his studies with Paul Morton. From 1987 he studied with Max Mcbride until the completion of his Bachelor of Music degree in 1991. In this time Dunin was already a very busy orchestral musician, performing regularly with the Canberra Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In the same year he travelled to Austria to take on further studies with Professor Johannes Auersperg at the “Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, Expositur Oberschützen”.

In 1994 Tim Dunin was Principal Double Bass with the Graz Symphony. In 1995 he won the position for Principal Double Bass with the Vienna Philharmonic / Vienna State Opera Orchestra and remained in the orchestra as a fulltime member until September 2003.

Apart from solo performances in Australia and Europe Tim has appeared as a chamber musician with ensembles such as the “Wiener Streichersolisten” , “Küchl Quartett” , “die Wiener Virtuosen” , “Wiener Kammerensemble” , “Salzburg Orchestra Soloists”, “Camerata Salzburg” and “Klang Forum Wien” and was a member of the double bass sextet “Bass Instinct” alongside Ernst Weissensteiner, Herbert Mayer, Gerhard Muthspiel, Gina Schwarz and Peter Herbert from 2005 until it disbanded at the end of 2012.

Tim Dunin has remained a passionate orchestral musician and performs regularly with ensembles such as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, “Recreation” Graz, Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra, “Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler Orchester”, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic / Vienna State Opera Orchestra.

Since October 2002, Tim has held the position of Professor for Double Bass at the Graz University for Music and Performing Arts, Institute Oberschützen.

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Madeleine Easton

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

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.

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Paul Ezergailis

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

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 member 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

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.


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Emily Francis

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


Emily Francis was born in Queensland. She picked up the violin at age 6 following in her grandfather’s footsteps who played as a musician on ships. She joined the Queensland Symphony Orchestra after studying violin at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and in 1996 was invited to study in London at the Royal College of Music.

Emily played numerous freelance stints with London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra until 1999 when she successfully auditioned for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Throughout her career Emily has worked with musicians from George Michael and Boyzone to Pierre Boulez and Mstislav Rostropovich and under some of the world’s great conductors including Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Andrew Davies. She has toured South America, Macau, Italy, Germany, Brussels, India, Singapore, Australia and Paris.

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Marina Gillam

Australian Hometown: Perth
Education: University of Western Australia

Marina Gillam was born in Perth, Australia and after completing a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Western Australia she received several scholarships to further her studies in the U.K. For 20 years Marina has been a member of the Bingham String Quartet, performing extensively throughout Britain appearing at all the leading festivals, around Europe and further afield, and on BBC Radio 3. She has also recorded and appeared on BBC Radio 3 with Jane Manning’s Minstrels. In 1995 Sir Simon Rattle appointed her to be a member of The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In 1998 she relocated to London where she regularly appears with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Marina is also a professionally trained singer and has given numerous recitals and oratorio performances. She’s appeared alongside Jane Manning in the Purcell Room and has also performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of its education programme.

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Michael Goldschlager

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

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

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:

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

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

Lisa Grosman recently returned to live in Australia after nearly 15 years as a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. During this time she toured extensively throughout Europe, America and Asia, and worked with directors such as Anthony Marwood, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Maxim Vengerov, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Jorg Widmann and Steven Isserlis. Lisa was appointed to Monash University last year as part of a new initiative by the String Faculty to nurture and encourage the study of viola.

Lisa began learning Suzuki Method violin at the age of five. She later studied with Alice Waten at both the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the Australian Institute of Music. Lisa was the Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra, but then while attending a programme at the Australian National Academy of Music, she met Esther van Stralen (Principal Viola, SSO) and Irina Morozova (Goldner Quartet), and became fascinated with the viola.  

This led to masterclasses at ANAM with Professor Bruno Giuranna, and after receiving a scholarship to join his class at the University of Limerick, Lisa travelled to Ireland, completing a Master of Arts in Classical String Performance. She continued her studies with Professor Giuranna for a further two years in the Corso di Perfezionamente in Cremona, Italy at the Accademia Walther Stauffer.

For four years, Lisa was the Director of Strings for the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Education and Outreach Project, “Sing Out with Strings” in inner city Limerick, teaching over 300 children in an El Sistema inspired programme where music is used to promote social change in disadvantaged communities. She has also attended El Sistema Conferences in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London and in Stirling (Scotland).

Aside from her work with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Lisa was the solo violist in the contemporary music group “Crash Ensemble” for nine years, working with artists such as Arvo Part, Steve Reich and Gavin Bryars. She was also very involved with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, and was a guest examiner at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

 Since her return to Australia, Lisa has taught at the University of Queensland, covering for Professor Patricia Pollett. She has been Guest Principal Viola of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (now Opera Australia Orchestra), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, and also performed with ACO, MSO and with the Australian World Orchestra.

Lisa is a Lecturer in Viola at Monash University where she is also involved in several education and outreach projects, including establishing a relationship between the Pizzicato Effect (the flagship education project of the MSO) and students at Monash University. Lisa was a guest artist at the 2016 Jakarta International Summer Music Festival. She is a regular guest teacher at Suzuki workshops in both NSW and Victoria.

Lisa has received numerous awards and scholarships including the major prize from the Australian Music Foundation in London. Lisa’s viola was purchased with assistance from the E.V.Llewellyn Memorial Fund.

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