Trish Dean

Australian Hometown: Hobart
Education: Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music

Trish is currently co-Artistic Director and cellist of Ensemble Q. Previously the Associate Principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Trish has performed as Guest Principal with the Adelaide and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and is currently Guest Principal with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. A recipient of numerous awards, Trish has performed as concerto soloist with several Australian orchestras, and as soloist and chamber musician at many national and international festivals in the UK, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, Malaysia and across Australia.

As an Artistic Director she has held positions at the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium and the APRA award winning Camden Haven Music Festival. In the last few years she has taught cello and chamber music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Her most recent solo cello recording, Ciaccona was released in 2020 by Ensemble Q Artists. She has recorded for ABC Classics, Solitary Island Records, 2MBS Fine Music Records and appears regularly on ABC Classic and 4MBS FM.

Last updated 2021

Lerida Delbridge

Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne & Sydney
Education: University of Melbourne, International Menuhin Music Academy, Switzerland

Lerida began learning the violin at the age of three and at fifteen, began her undergraduate studies with William Hennessy at the University of Melbourne, completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in 2003. Lerida has engaged in study at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Switzerland; International Holland Music Sessions, The Netherlands; Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, UK; Yale Summer School of Music and Stanford University in the United States.

In 2014 Lerida was appointed to the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Lerida has also appeared as a guest principal player with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic and Orchestra Victoria and as a ripieno player with Australian Chamber Orchestra. Lerida is a core player with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Virtuosi.

In 2003 Lerida co-founded the Tinalley String Quartet, winners of the 2007 Banff International String Quartet Competition and the 2005 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has established itself as one of Australia’s most successful ensembles, performing extensively throughout Europe, Canada, North America and Australia and appearing in such iconic venues as the Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, Frankfurt AlteOper, Berlin Konzerthaus and the Sydney Opera House.

Lerida is the grateful recipient of a 1793 Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin on loan from a private donor.

Last updated 2020

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.

Last updated 2018

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 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.

Last updated 2021

Paul Ghica

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Merit School of Music (Chicago) and Logos School of Music

Romanian-born cellist Paul Ghica began studying cello with his father at the age of eight.  He spent his formative years studying with Corneliu Rădulescu, before being awarded scholarships to study at Indiana and Roosevelt Universities.  Other teachers and mentors include János Starker, Richard Hirschl, Katinka Kleijn, Barbara Haffner, and Gary Stucka.

With over two decades of his own teaching experience, Ghica was invited to join the faculty at Chicago’s Merit School of Music in 2008 and Logos School of Music in 2011.  Since 2016, he has maintained a private studio in Sydney, with multiple students going on to be accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium’s Rising Stars program and becoming competition prizewinners.  In 2019, Ghica was invited to join the teaching staff at Rising Stars.

An active performer in Sydney and abroad, Ghica has served as principal cello of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has collaborated on Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project as part of the Civic Orchestra’s MusiCorps fellowship.  He has served as Guest Principal Cello of the Opera Australia Orchestra and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Guest Associate Principal of Orchestra Victoria, and also performsregularly with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, Ghica has appeared in concert with Emanuel Ax, and his chamber music performances have been broadcast regularly throughout Chicago on WFMT and across Australia on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS.

Ghica is also part of a small but growing number of classically-trained multi-genre musicians.  Equally at home in Sydney’s Opera House, Chicago’s House of Blues, or Off-Broadway in New York, Ghica enjoys stretching the cello’s boundaries.  

“Paul Ghica gets sounds you’ve never heard before out of his cello,” writes Berkshire Fine Arts.  Chicago Stage Review adds that he does so “with evocative intuition.” 

Non-classical credits include Alinta Chidzey & the Jazz Emperors, X Factor (Australia), Australia’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars (Australia), and Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight.

Ghica proudly plays a cello commissioned in 2012 from the workshop of the late Wayne Burak.  He lives with his partner, violinist Katherine Lukey, in Sydney.  When he is not performing or teaching, Ghica can be found training for or participating in cycling gran fondos.

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Sharon Grigoryan

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Australian National Academy of Music

For ASQ cellist Sharon Grigoryan (nee Draper), working with the Quartet breaks down the barrier of the concert hall and brings communities into intimate contact with great music.

Born in Melbourne, Sharon studied at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under David Berlin, Philip Green, and Howard Penny. From 2008-2012 Sharon held a position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and was a regular participant in their Chamber Players series. In 2009 she formed the Hopkins String Quartet and was, in the same year, accepted into the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artists program. She has since toured extensively with the ACO.

In 2011 Sharon was a recipient of the MSO Friends’ Travel Scholarship and spent a year in Berlin studying with Professor Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Nicolas Alsteadt. Since then she has performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Spira Mirabilis Chamber Orchestra, as well as being a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

Sharon has performed as a guest with the Australia Ensemble, and the Australian World Orchestra under conductors Sir Simon Rattle and Ricardo Muti. In 2015 she formed a duo with guitarist and husband Slava Grigoryan, and is the current Artistic Director of the Barossa, Baroque and Beyond music festival, now in its 5th year.

Sharon also has a passion for teaching. Apart from teaching the cello privately, she has tutored ensembles such as the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, AYO’s National Music Camp orchestras, and been a guest chamber music tutor at ANAM.

After seven wonderful years, Sharon Grigoryan will step down as ASQ Cellist at the end of 2020 and Michael Dahlenburg will join the quartet.

Last updated 2020

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.

Last updated 2020

William Huxtable

Australian Hometown(s): Perth
Education: University of Western Australia; Australian National Academy of Music

William Huxtable is a founding member and violinist of the Partridge String Quartet (PSQ). He has been a student of Paul Wright at the University of Western Australia and has finished his studies at the Australian National Academy of Music having studied with Dr. Robin Wilson. William is passionate about chamber music and as part of the PSQ he has performed at the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney and at the BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity. In 2019 the PSQ were joint winners of the inaugural Queensland International Chamber Music Competition and performed at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.

William was delighted to tour with the ACO in a side-by-side collaboration as an ANAM musician in 2018. In 2019 he was selected as an ‘Emerging Artist’ of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) where he toured and performed with ACO musicians such as Pekka Kuusisto and Helena Rathbone. In 2020 the Partridge String Quartet were selected as Musica Viva FutureMakers and in 2021 will perform at the Canberra International Music Festival.

William plays on a 2020 König-Betcher violin.

Last updated 2021

Brock Imison

Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Melbourne
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music

Brock Imison has held the position of Principal Contrabassoon with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2004. Born in Brisbane, Brock began playing the Bassoon at age 13 and completed his studies at the QLD Conservatorium Music School. During his studies he was a member of the Queensland Youth Orchestra and has also appeared with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (now Opera Australia Orchestra), Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Brock strives to improve the profile of the Contrabassoon, premiering new music in solo recitals, arranging chamber music and hosting workshops for composers to learn more about the instrument. In 2008 he toured as soloist with the MSO performing his own transcription of Weber’s Bassoon Concerto for the Contrabassoon.

Last updated 2020

Graeme Jennings

Australian Hometown: Brisbane
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, South Bank Campus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Born 1968 in Australia. The violinist and violist is a former member of the Arditti String Quartet (1994-2005). He has toured widely throughout the world, made more than 80 CDs, given over 300 premieres and received numerous accolades including the prestigious Siemens Prize (1999) and two Gramophone awards. Active as a soloist, chamber musician, ensemble leader and conductor, his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez and beyond. He has worked with and been complimented on his interpretations by many of the leading composers of our time. Graeme is a member of Australia’s internationally acclaimed new music ensemble ELISION as well as the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Lunaire Collective and the Kurilpa String Quartet. He has also performed as Guest Concertmaster of the Adelaide, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and Guest Associate Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony.

In 2011 he was a founding member of the Australian World Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest artist with the Australian String Quartet, the Kreutzer Quartet, the New Zealand String Quartet and the del Sol Quartet. His recent recording of Brian Ferneyhough’s “Terrain” with the ELISION Ensemble was released on the Kairos label to much critical acclaim. Also available on Kairos is his recording with Irvine Arditti of Luigi Nono’s “Hay Que Caminos (Sognando)”.

Having previously served on the faculties of Mills College, UC Berkeley and Stanford University, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in violin and viola at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2009.
Since 2012 he has been the tutor of the violin studio at the Darmstadt Summer Course.

Last updated 2018