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John Arcaro

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victoria College of the Arts

John Arcaro has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1990. He has also been a guest timpanist/ percussionist with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa Japan, Malaysian Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, The Australian World Orchestra and almost all Australian Symphony/Opera and Ballet Orchestras. He has worked as a chamber musician and soloist with ensembles such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Synergy Percussion, Speak Percussion, Astra, Aphids, The Pokrovsky Ensemble Russia and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Performance highlights have included a critically acclaimed performance of Stockhausen’s Kontakte with pianist Michael Kieran Harvey in 1996. John has recorded numerous film scores and performed with a wide range of popular artists, including Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton-John, KISS and Sting. John studied in New York and Philadelphia with leading orchestral percussionists after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) with high distinction. He is currently on Faculty at ANAM. 

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Jenna Breen

Australian Hometown(s): Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music; Australian National Academy of Music

French horn player Jenna Breen obtained her Bachelor of Music Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she studied under Peter Luff on an Academic Scholarship. During her course she also received the Kurt Blumenthal Music Scholarship and the Yvonne Haysom Women in Music Bursary. Additional study was undertaken for 1 year at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.

Since completing her studies, Jenna has held permanent positions in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and now the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, where she has been a member since 2016. In 2014 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to study with some of the best low horn players across the globe, visiting Berlin, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia. Jenna has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Queensland, Adelaide and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

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Emily Beauchamp

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

Emily Beauchamp is currently in her third year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), training with Dr Robin Wilson, after completing a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Janet Davies in 2018. Previously, she was a music scholar at Ravenswood School for Girls, graduating in 2014. 

Emily was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestras for 10 years where she was Concertmaster of the Flagship Orchestra in 2016 and 2017. She has also been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2014, touring Europe and China in 2016 and 2019. Aside from performing, Emily is also a passionate music educator, both as a private violin teacher as well as orchestral tutor at the NSW Public Schools Arts Unit, at events such as State Music Camp, Schools Spectacular and the 2018 UK/Ireland Tour. Emily also regularly performs with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, AYO’s Momentum Ensemble and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and is a also core member of Ensemble Apex.

Emily has a great love of chamber music and has travelled to Italy, Germany, Austria and the UK to study with pedagogues such as Eberhard Feltz, Johannes Meissl and Tobias Lea. Emily has enjoyed coachings with members of Quatuor Ébène, and, the Dover, Takács and Borodin String Quartets, as well as masterclasses with Ray Chen, Midori Gotō, Karen Gomyo, Isabelle van Keulen and Anthony Marwood. 

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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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Zoe Black

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School; Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London; Vienna Hochschule

Zoe Black is a violinist’s violinist, known for her beauty of sound and natural virtuosity. In 1989 she won the National Youth Concerto Competition and in 1991, the string section of the ABC Young Performers Awards.

After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992, Zoë was awarded grants from the Australia Council and Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Trust as well as the major performance award of the Australian Music Foundation in London, which facilitated her studies at the Guildhall School of Music under David Takeno and subsequently at the Vienna Hochschule with Michael Schnitzler.

Zoë was appointed assistant leader of Australian Chamber Orchestra in 1993, touring the world extensively. A committed chamber musician, in 2005 Zoë co- founded the Freshwater Trio with whom she toured nationally and internationally. She has also performed as soloist with various chamber and symphony orchestras and is a regular guest concert master with MSO & QSO.

Zoë returned to the ACO in 2012 in a part time capacity, where she regularly led the ACO Collective, performed as soloist and was an integral component of their educational programme. More recently, Zoë was a guest leader of the Australian String Quartet in 2016, performing at Festivals in Victoria, WA and in Italy (Rome, Venice and Cremona). I

n 2011 Zoë co -founded the innovative duo with pianist/composer Joe Chindamo. The duo has performed at all the major festivals in Australia and recorded 3 ARIA nominated CDs, (RE-IMAGININGS , DIDO’S LAMENT and their re-versioning of the THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS, premiering the latter at Carnegie Hall in 2015. The duo made their debut Italian performance at the Spinacorona Festival in Naples, at the invitation of renowned pianist, Michele Campanella in 2018.

A passionate teacher and tutor, Zoë is on faculty at the Australian National Academy of Music, where, along with her duo partner Joe Chindamo, she will be also conducting a residency in late 2022.

“Everything Zoe Black touches turns to gold.” Francis Merson, musician and editor of limelight Magazine. 

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Lukas Beno

Education: Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts

Lukas Beno is Principal Trumpet of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and is also a member of both the Australian World Orchestra and the historic Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. In addition, he is a founding member of the Gewandhaus Brass Quintett, which successfully tours throughout Europe. 

He has played as Guest Principal Trumpet with many prestigious international orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg and the Bavarian Radio Symphony.

Also as a celebrated soloist, Lukas Beno has performed with many European orchestras including the Gewandhausorchester, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata Bern. 

Parallel to his performing career, Lukas Beno holds a professorship at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts and gives regular master classes in Germany, USA, China, Australia, Venezuela, Cyprus, Brazil, Taiwan and Singapore.

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Michael Brooks-Reid

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: University of Melbourne

A member of one of Europe’s finest chamber orchestras, Camerata Bern, Michael works closely with musicians such as Steven Isserlis, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sergio Azzolini, Antje Weithaas and Eric Höbarth (Quartuor Mosaïques), often in a chamber music context, as well as being regularly called on to lead and direct the ensemble himself.

Currently based in Munich, Michael makes guest appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic, Bavarian State Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Sinfonia of London and Kammerakademie Potsdam and is a member of the Australian World Orchestra. Michael has played under many esteemed conductors, including the late greats Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado.

Since 2017, Michael has been a member of the Logos Chamber Group at the Joy of Music Festival in Hong Kong, where he has played chamber music with renowned members of the Hong Kong International Piano Competition jury including Peter Donohoe and Pascal Rogé.

As soloist, Michael has toured with the Camerata Bern and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, recently performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Melbourne, regional Victoria and throughout the Canton of Bern to critical acclaim.

From 2004-2008, Michael was Leader and Artistic director of the Australian Classical Players, where he programmed and directed the concert season from the first violins. Following this, Michael joined the Hamer Quartet, with whom he won the inaugural Asia-Pacific International Chamber Music Competition in 2008 and was subsequently named in The Age newspaper’s annual ‘100 most influential people in Australia’ list. Michael’s violin was made by Nicolo Gagliano in Naples in 1751.

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Damien Eckersley

Australian Hometown(s): Canberra & Melbourne
Education: Canberra School of Music; University for Music and Fine Arts in Graz

Damien Eckersley was appointed Associate Principal double bass of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2020 after 13 years in Melbourne as a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He serves on the faculty at the Australian National Academy of Music. He has performed as principal bass with orchestras in Australia and all over the world including the Tasmanian, Melbourne, Queensland Symphony Orchestras, the Australian World Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Graz Philharmonic, the Tönkunstler Orchester and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.

He has also performed with the Sydney Symphony, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Köln.

Damien studied with Max Mcbride at the Canberra School of Music and with Professor Tim Dunin at the University for Music and Fine Arts in Graz, Austria.

As a soloist, Damien has performed with orchestras and in recital in Australia, Austria, Germany, China , Hong Kong and Japan.

Damien has appeared in chamber music festivals throughout the world as a player and director.
Damien is passionate about education and combines his studio teaching with coaching young musicians in chamber music and orchestral technique as well as giving master classes throughout Australia and Asia.

He has worked with young musicians of the Kanazawa University Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy, and most extensively with members of the Australian National Academy of Music. His students perform professionally throughout Australia and the world.

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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 with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera in a variety of settings including international touring and session work. He was also on trial for Section Leader of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Co-Principal No. 2 of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Sub-principal No. 3 of both the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic. 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 Tutti Viola in the Philharmonia Orchestra. 

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