Justin Beere holding clarinet

Justin Beere

Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne
Education: Australian National Academy of Music; Queensland Conservatorium of Music; University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music

Justin is the Associate Principal Clarinet of Orchestra Victoria and the founding Artistic Director of the Melbourne Chamber Players. Justin has enjoyed a varied career, guesting regularly with leading Symphony Orchestras and chamber music festivals across Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Justin has appeared on numerous live broadcasts for ABC and 3mbs radio, Radio New Zealand, Opera Europa, and ABC Classics.

As a chamber musician, Justin has worked with leading chamber ensembles, Orava Quartet, Flinders Quartet, Arcadia Winds, Hindemith Wind Quintet, and the Melbourne Ensemble. He has also performed in the Port Fairy Music Festival, Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Bendigo Festival, Melbourne Festival, Music by the Springs, the Banff Summer Music Festival (Canada) and the Mackay Chamber Music Festival.

Passionate about new Australian music, Justin has commissioned many new works by Australian composers and has performed with award-winning new music ensembles Syzygy, Arcko Symphonic Project, Opus House and was a founding member of the Rubiks Collective. Memorable premieres include works by Deborah Cheetham, Nigel Sabin, Paul Dean, Brett Dean, Sam Smith, and Matthew Laing. Justin is also the director of the Continuo Commissioning Circle, a Victoria-based initiative to support the creation of new chamber music by local composers.

As an Alumnus and Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), his teachers have included David Thomas, Paul Dean, Stephen Kenyon, and Floyd Williams. He has also performed in masterclasses with clarinetists Andrew Marriner, Michael Collins, Paul Meyer and Dimitri Ashkenazy, Thorsten Johanns, James Campbell, and Frank Celata to name a few. On full scholarship, Justin undertook study in the Professional Performance Program at ANAM, a Master of Music Research degree at the Queensland Conservatorium and several post-graduate degrees on an orchestral woodwind scholarship at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music. He was also the winner of the Nelle Ashdown Memorial Award in 2011 and Robert and Elizabeth Albert Scholarship in 2019.

Justin is active as a music educator with extensive experience teaching in schools across Queensland and Victoria. He is has acted as associate lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and has also conducted masterclasses for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He looks forward to joining the Melbourne Conservatorium Young Artists Academy staff in 2022.

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David Berlin

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney & Melbourne
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Juilliard School of Music, New York

David Berlin studied the cello with Lois Simpson at the Sydney Conservatorium and with Channing Robbins at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

For over 25 years David has been at the forefront of music performance in Australia, as Principal Cello of both the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (1985-1988) and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (since 1989).

David has made numerous appearances as soloist with these and other Australian orchestras and has been invited to play guest Principal Cello with the Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra.

In London in 1992, David gave the world premiere performance of the complete works for cello and piano by Franz Liszt, with Leslie Howard.

David has performed chamber music with violinists Kolja Blacher, James Ehnes, Nigel Kennedy, and Sarah Chang and pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, as well as tenor Ian Bostridge.

He has appeared in numerous festivals, and in chamber music projects has toured to Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand.

Along with solo recordings for ABC radio he has appeared as soloist on the Tall Poppies, Chandos and Naxos labels. His recital disc Barber & Debussy with pianist Len Vorster on the Tall Poppies label was nominated by James McCarthy as one of the best classical CDs of 2011 in Limelight magazine.

In 2020 together with Benjamin Martin he released French Cello Sonatas on the ABC Classic label, it has enjoyed highly positive reviews and streaming activity  through Spotify.

David plays on a cello made by Ivan Zgradic in Sherman Oaks, California in 1982.

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Michael Brooks-Reid

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: University of Melbourne

Australian violinist Michael Brooks Reid performs regularly with leading orchestras across Europe, Asia and Australia, and he is the newest member of the Camerata Bern. As guest Concertmaster, Michael has performed with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Aurora Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Asturias and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He also performs with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia of London, Orchestra Mozart and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Michael is first violinist of Hong Kong’s Logos Quartet and Concertmaster of the orchestra of the Hong Kong International Piano Competition. He is also a member of the Australian World Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and, from 2021, the Camerata Bern. 

Apart from violin, Michael studied conducting and was taught by Christopher Seaman, Sebastian Lang-Lessing and the late John Hopkins OBE, conducting the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. From 2004-2008 Michael was Leader and Artistic Director of the Australian Classical Players, combining his passions for conducting and violin playing by programming and directing the concert season from the 1st violins. Michael plays a violin by Nicolo Gagliano, made in Naples in 1751.

When taking a break from music, Michael enjoys traveling, good food with good wine and a game of poker!

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Cameron Campbell

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music; Australian National Academy of Music

Cameron Campbell was fortunate to begin playing the violin at age 7 due to a compulsory strings programme at school. After a term, he was deemed to be tall, and was thus moved onto viola to fill the viola positions in the school orchestras. After learning at the Queensland Young Conservatorium with Bridget Crouch from the age of 12, he began tertiary education at the Queensland Conservatorium studying with Bridget Crouch and Graeme Jennings and later received 1st class honours from the University of Queensland in 2013 studying with Patricia Pollett. Following tertiary study, he relocated to London for a year where he was a member of the Southbank Sinfonia. It was in May this year that he had the opportunity to perform Bruch’s Romanze for viola and orchestra as soloist with the orchestra at St. Martin in the Fields. He then moved back to Australia and attended the Australian National Academy of Music for one year after which he relocated again to the UK.

In the UK he works and tours with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera. He was also on trial for Section Leader of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Co-Principal No. 2 of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Co-Principal No. 2 of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Sub-principal No. 3 of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He accepted a Tutti Viola position in the Hallé in 2017 where he currently plays. He enjoys a variety of freelancing around his position in the Hallé and is currently on trial for Co-Principal Viola of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Sub-Principal Viola No. 3 of the BBC Philharmonic.

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Genevieve Clifford

Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne
Education: University of Melbourne; Australian National Academy of Music; University of Arts, Berlin

Australian born Genevieve Clifford began playing the horn at the age of 9. During her time as a student at the University of Melbourne, studying both music with Geoff Collinson, and also history, she performed regularly with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. 

She continued her studies at the Australian National Academy of Music before moving to Germany in 2006 to attend the University of Arts in Berlin, as a student of Professor Christian Dallman. In 2009 she graduated with honours.  

After a year spent performing on contract with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Genevieve won her first permanent position, in the Essener Philharmoniker.  

During her time in Essen, she developed a keen interest in chamber music,  and continues to play regularly with various ensembles.  

In 2016 Genevieve moved to Frankfurt to join the Frankfurt Oper und Museums Orchester as a low horn player.  

She has toured on a regular basis with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for many years, including as an Associate member in 2020. Genevieve also performs with other renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bayreuther Festpiel Orchester, Hessischer Runkfunkorchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Australian World Orchestra and Musica Aeterna.  

Genevieve holds a teaching position as lecturer for horn at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg.  

As a soloist Genevieve has performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

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Nick Deutsch

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Victorian College for the Arts

As a Principal Oboe he has worked with many leading orchestras, including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Munich Philharmonic, Radio Orchestras of Cologne (WDR), Stuttgart (SWR), Frankfurt (HR), Berlin (RSB & DSO), and Opera Houses of Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Cologne and Oslo under conductors such as Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel, Semyon Bychkov, Ivan Fischer, Daniel Harding,  and many more. He also works regularly with various ensembles such as the Ensemble Modern, Capella Andrea Barca (Andras Schiff Ensemble) Chamber Orchestras of Munich, Stuttgart & Heilbronn, Camerata Salzburg, Klangverwaltung München, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Bach Collegium.

Nick was a member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra from 2002-2011 and performs regularly with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Nick has also played as Principal Oboist with the Bayreuth Festspiel Orchestra.

As a soloist he has worked with numerous orchestras, including the Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Munich Bach Orchestra, Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra (Tbilisi), Frankfurt Oper and Museums Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Mexican National Orchestra etc. An active chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Hindemith Quintet and works intensively with the Linos Ensemble.

Nick has performed in many major music festivals in over 40 countries on all five continents including the Salzburger Festspiel, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms, La folle Journe (Nantes), Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Reihngau Musik Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Hambacher Musikfest, Bachwoche Ansbach,  „Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern“, „Schwetzinger Festspiel“, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Hitzacker Musiktage, Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, Musikfest Stuttgart, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Münchner Biennale, Walled City Festival (Derry), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Tongyoeng International Music Festival (Korea), Meli Mehta Music Foundation(Mumbai), Tbilisi Wind Festival, Musica Compostela (Spanien), Felicia Blumenthal International Music Festival (Tel Aviv), Sydney Festival.

As a Pedagogue, Nick has been guest Professor at numerous Music academies around the world including the Conservatoire National Superier du Musique (Paris), Royal College of Music (London), Royal Academy of Music (London), Gnessin School of Music (Moscow), Hong Kong Academy of Music, Bern Academy of Music, Buchman Mehta School of Music (Tel Aviv) etc. and regularly gives masterclasses all over the world.

 He currently holds the position of Artistic Director at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) as well as Professor of Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik – Felix Mendelsohnn Bartholdy in Leipzig.

Nick is a Marigaux artist and plays a Marigaux M2 oboe.

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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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David Elton

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Queensland Conservatorium, Northwestern University

Currently Principal Trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Elton’s performance career has seen him play with many of this country’s and the world’s leading orchestras, most recently as Principal Trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed as guest Principal Trumpet with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Australian World Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. 

As an educator, David has served on the faculties of many of Australia’s tertiary institutions and the Royal College of Music in London. He is currently on the faculties of both the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne and the Sydney Conservatorium.  

An enthusiastic mentor of young musicians, David regularly appears as a guest at workshops for community groups and youth orchestras. As an active soloist, David is in demand having performed concertos with a variety of ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Canberra Symphony Orchestra.  Active as a chamber musician, he has joined other musicians performing at festivals including the Bendigo Chamber Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.

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Scott Kinmont

Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Sydney
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music; Australian National University, Canberra; Northwestern University, Chicago

Since his appointment to the position of Associate Principal Trombone with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20, Scott Kinmont has established himself as one of Australia’s leading brass players and educators. Scott began learning the trombone through the Queensland Education Department’s Instrumental Music Programme with Mr Jim Hartingdon, later studying through the Queensland Conservatorium with Mr Arthur Middleton and then concluded his tertiary level studies with Mr Michael Mulcahy at the Australian National University in Canberra. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Fulbright Award for the Visual and Performing Arts, completing his Master’s degree studying Trombone performance and conducting, and appearing as Guest Lecturer in Euphonium at Northwestern University in Chicago. In addition to his formal studies, Scott has also had lessons with many of the world’s leading brass players, including members of the Berlin Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Symphony.

As a soloist, Scott holds the unusual distinction of winning international solo competitions on both the trombone and the euphonium.  He appears regularly as a guest artist around the Asian region giving recitals and masterclasses at many leading music institutions and festivals, and has appeared as soloist with a variety of ensembles including orchestras, brass bands and big bands.  Scott is also a member of the acclaimed Australian Brass Quintet.

Apart from his Sydney Symphony Orchestra commitments, Scott has appeared as a guest with orchestras in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and throughout the Asian region.

In 2017, Scott made his professional conducting debut leading the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble and, after this successful collaboration, returned for performances with them in 2019 and 2022.

As an educator, Scott is currently teaching at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne and recently completed a 13 year tenure as the Lecturer in Trombone and Euphonium studies at the Sydney Conservatorium with many former students now holding positions in orchestras in Australia, Europe and the US. Scott has also appeared as a guest lecturer at universities in the US, New Zealand, China, Singapore, and Australia.

Scott has more recently explored the world of original instrument performance.  Recent undertakings have included performances and recording projects on the Renaissance Trombone (or sackbut) and the more obscure Serpent, as well as being a founding member of the Sydney Ophicleide Quartet. 

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Angela Lindsay

Australian Hometown: Sydney & Adelaide
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; University of Adelaide

With a rich symphonic background Angela has played regularly with the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras as well as guest work with the Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. She has also played principal viola with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera and City of Oxford Orchestra.

Angela is very passionate about Chamber Orchestra playing and has played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as well as principal with the Huntington and Adelaide Chamber Orchestras and the Australian Dance Theatre.

Changing to viola at the age of eleven, Angela spent all her Conservatorium High School years with scholarship gaining valuable experience in the fields of Chamber Music, Chamber and Symphony Orchestra. These, in particular chamber music, were part of daily life. She won many awards including the City of Sydney Eisteddfod’s “Reg Marsh Award” for most promising string player. Angela was also a recitalist for the National Youth Concerto Competition performing in various venues in Brisbane.

Angela took part in a regional tour of NSW with the Sydney Youth Orchestra performing the Telemann Viola Concerto as well as playing, with her sister Maria, the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the Sydney Youth Orchestra under the baton of Stuart Challender as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival at the Sydney Opera House.

Angela completed her Bachelor of Music with High Distinction at the University of Adelaide studying viola with Keith Crellin. A keen Chamber Musician, she won 1st prize in the 2MBS-FM Young Performers Competition playing with her sisters in the Lindsay Trio and has played with the original Australian String Quartet for expanded works such as Mendelssohn Octet and Mozart Quintets.

Angela has also appeared as soloist with the Bourbaki Ensemble and is a regular soloist and chamber musician for the Blue Mountains Chamber Concerts.

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