Peter Clark

Peter Clark

Australian Hometown(s):
Education:

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Splitting his time between New York City and Australia, violinist Peter Clark is widely celebrated for the unique breadth and scope of his leadership across the arts sector.

As concertmaster, Peter has appeared with New Zealand Opera, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Chamber Opera, Victoria Opera, Darwin Symphony, and Orchestra Wellington. He has also appeared as Guest Principal Second of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin.

Peter’s commitment to arts access has led him to perform in more than 130 regional towns and cities across Australia, as well as to develop a beloved music program at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, through his extensive work with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In the field of public speaking and advocacy, Peter has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s most sought-after speakers, presenting for orchestras around the world. His audiences range from young school students, through to Australian Prime Ministers, as he communicates and passionately advocates for the central role of music in society. His recent work includes delivering the late Richard Gill’s 2023 Voyage of Musical Discovery series.

Peter’s doctoral research on social innovation and cohesion through music is generously supported by Judith Neilson AM, and the General Sir John Monash Foundation. He is also completing an MBA in Arts Innovation, with the generous support of the American Australian Association.

Peter first played in Carnegie Hall with the Australian Chamber Orchestra at the age of twenty. He plays a fine 1936 AE Smith violin, and is Principal Violin of Omega Ensemble.

Peter’s fiancée is the celebrated New Zealand-American violinist Jessica Oddie. She is the love of his life.

Last updated 2023

Andreas Scholl

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

“Andreas Scholl has the world’s most cultured counter-tenor voice. During his three Handel arias some 6,000 people scarcely dared breathe.” (The Times). A Grammy-nominated artist, he has won numerous awards and prizes including the Cultural Prize of the State of Hessen which he was awarded together with his wife, the pianist Tamar Halperin, the ECHO Award, the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award. He was the first counter-tenor ever to appear at the Last Night of the Proms.


During a career spanning three decades, Andreas Scholl has released a series of extraordinary solo recordings including “Wanderer” – a disc of German Lied in partnership with Tamar Halperin; “O Solitude” – an all-Purcell album with Accademia Bizantina which won the 2012 BBC Music Magazine award, “Arias for Senesino”, “Heroes” – a disc of arias by Handel, Mozart, Hasse and Gluck, Robert Dowland’s “A Musicall Banquet”, “Arcadia” – a collection of rare and unpublished cantatas by composers from Rome’s Arcadian Circle, “Wayfaring Stranger” – a selection of specially arranged English and American folksongs with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Bach cantatas with Kammerorchester Basel and Vivaldi Motets with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, all of which are released on Decca. His discography also includes recordings for Deutsche Grammophon – Handel’s Solomon and Saul with Paul McCreesh and for Harmonia Mundi including Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater; Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo; and “Crystal Tears” – lute and consort songs by John Dowland. His DVD releases include productions of Giulio Cesare (for both Decca and Harmonia Mundi), Rodelinda (Warner) and Partenope (Decca). “Small Gifts of Heaven”, a collection of arias for alto voice by JS Bach bookended by two of the Brandenburg concerti, is a collaboration with Dorothee Oberlinger and Ensemble 1700 and released on Sony.


Recent and upcoming touring highlights are a tour of Pergolesi ́s Stabat mater with the Barrocada ensemble in Israel and Turkey, a tour with works by Tuma with the Czech Ensemble Baroque at the Prague Spring 2023 in Brno and Holešov, as well as the series of the Caldara ́s Harmony of the planets at the Znojmo Music Festival, a duo recital with Edin Karamazov at the Beaune International Baroque and Romantic Opera Festival, the project Les deux contre-ténors: If music be the food of love with Maarten Engeltjes and Orchestre PRJCT d’Amsterdam at various concert halls, a concert with Wrocław Baroque Orchestra at the in 58th International Festival Wratislavia Cantans. He also appears with a new recital programme devised in collaboration with Tamar Halperin.


Scholl sang his signature operatic role Giulio Cesare in his debut at Oper Frankfurt as well as at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the 2012 Salzburger Festspiele (opposite Cecilia Bartoli). He has also appeared as Bertarido in which he made his debut at both the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and The Metropolitan Opera (opposite Renée Fleming). Concert performances have included appearances with Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Concertgebouworkest, Boston Symphony Orchestra and all of the world’s leading baroque orchestras. He is a regular guest with numerous chamber groups including Kammerorchester Basel, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Tel Aviv Soloists and the Vienna Morphing Orchestra with whom he has worked extensively on the works of Arvo Pärt, and repertoire he plans to record with the group.


Born into a family of singers in Eltville on the Rhine, near Wiesbaden, Andreas Scholl’s early musical training was with the Kiedricher Chorbuben, a choir with a tradition of 650 years. He later went on to study under Richard Levitt and René Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Last updated 2024

Nicole King

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: University of Melbourne

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Nicole was born in 1978 in Melbourne and began learning bassoon at the age of 14 with Pauline Coates. She went on to study with Elise Millman at the University of Melbourne. In 1998 Nicole moved to Germany to continue her studies in Frankfurt with Matthew Wilkie and later in Cologne with Georg Klütsch. She became a member of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen when she was 24 years old, where she played for 14 years. She has also worked as a guest with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. She is currently second bassoonist with the Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover.

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David Berlin

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

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
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.

Last updated 2022

Francesco (Frank) Celata

Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne & Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Victorian College of the Arts

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Mr Frank Celata is Associate Principal Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and an AWO Board Member. Mr Celata graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts 1987, prior to that he studied, and is now a lecturer, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

He is a founding member of the chamber ensemble the Sydney Soloists and is a member of the New Sydney Wind Quintet. In 2013 he accepted the position of Lecturer in Orchestral and Chamber Music at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart.

On several occasions between 2003 and 2009 he appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra as guest Principal Clarinet, performing on international tours and recordings. More recently he appeared as guest Principal Clarinet with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London touring internationally and recording with them. Frank plays Principal Clarinet with the Australian World Orchestra, comprising 110 of Australia’s leading musicians drawn from 47 orchestras around the world.

Last updated 2023

Romola Smith

Australian Hometown(s):
Education: Royal Academy of Music; King’s College, London

Romola holds the position of Clarinet with Bass Clarinet in Kungligan Hovkapellet (Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera) in Stockholm. She is currently on sabbatical, based in Sydney and working in Australia and New Zealand. Born in Australia, Romola moved to the UK as a child. Whilst at school, Romola attended the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music in London. She then went on to study music at King’s College, London and was awarded a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours. She returned to study at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance.

Romola was selected to participate in side-by-side schemes with both the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta, and was a Britten Pears Young Artist for many years, including the Aldeburgh World Orchestra. She then moved to Sweden to study with Urban Claesson, Principal Clarinet of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. She held the position of Co-principal Clarinet with the DalaSinfonietta, before being appointed as Clarinet with Bass Clarinet at the Royal Swedish Opera. In addition to her permanent positions, Romola has worked regularly with the Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio, Bergen Philharmonic, Norrlands Operan, Gothenburg Opera, Gävle Symphony, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. She has also recently been engaged on several contracts as Acting Principal Bass Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and as Acting Associate Principal Clarinet with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

In 2018, she was conferred with an Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for her significant contribution to music.

Last updated 2024

Jonathan Craven

Jonathan Craven

Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Melbourne
Education: Queensland Conservatorium, Royal Academy of Music, London

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Jonathan studied Clarinet with Floyd Williams at the Queensland Conservatorium. When he finished school, he was accepted into the Diploma of Music (Performance) course, and during this time he won several prizes for both solo performing and chamber music.

Upon completion of the Diploma, Jonathan travelled to London where he received a licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Jonathan moved to Perth to teach at the West Australian Conservatorium of Music when he returned to Australia. In 1993 he was appointed Principal Bass Clarinet for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO). Three years later Jonathan became Associate Principal Clarinet in the same orchestra.

Jonathan worked freelance in Melbourne and Tasmania until he was appointed to the position of Principal Bass Clarinet with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2001.

Last updated 2023

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Nick Deutsch

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Victorian College for the Arts

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
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 Professor of Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik – Felix Mendelsohnn Bartholdy in Leipzig.

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

Last updated 2023

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. 

Last updated 2023

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.

Last updated 2023