Emma Matthews, soprano

Emma Matthews, soprano

Emma Matthews, Australia’s most highly acclaimed and awarded soprano, performs regularly with Opera Australia, the state opera companies, in recital, and with the major symphony orchestras and festivals. Internationally Emma ahs performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and has released two solo CD’s: Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo (Deutsche Grammophon / ABC Classics) and Mozart arias (ABC Classics).
Greta Bradman, soprano

Greta Bradman, soprano

Winner of the 2013 Australian International Opera Award, dramatic coloratura soprano Greta Bradman has been described as “one of the foremost sopranos of her generation" (ABC Classic FM, 2012). She is Australia’s only classical artist signed to Sony Music. In 2014 Greta completed a Master of Advanced Vocal Studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of Dennis O’Neill, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Maestro Richard Bonynge. Later that year Maestro Bonynge invited Greta to sing the title role of Rodelinda under his baton at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Upcoming performances include a national tour with the Australian String Quartet, a tour of Australia and New Zealand with Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Hobson and Lisa McCune, concerts in Rome, London and Florence.
Adam Chalabi, violin

Adam Chalabi, violin

Adam Chalabi currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Queensland. He was Concertmaster of Orchestra Victoria between 2009-2012 before moving into the role of Artistic Director. In 2012, Adam was appointed to the full-time faculty of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and held the position of Head of Strings.

Born in 1977, Adam began his violin studies at the age of 4 with the Suzuki Method. He subsequently attended the junior department of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Purcell School of Music before completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the tutelage of Maciej Rakowski.

In 2001 Adam won a position in the Zurich Chamber Orchestra 1st violin group and in 2004 was appointed to the position of Principal 2nd violin. In Switzerland he also worked as Principal 2nd violin in Camerata Bern and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and more recently as Guest Concertmaster of Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg in Austria and Suedwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim in Germany.

Adam has appeared as soloist with Orchestra Victoria and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in performances of Bach, Vivaldi and Schnittke Concerti and has given performances of Nielsen Violin Concerto in England and Sweden and the Alban Berg Chamber Concerto.

Adam plays on an 1805 Joseph Panormo violin. He is also very grateful to have been supported by the Countess of Munster, Ian Fleming and Lawrence Atwell Charitable Foundations.
Elizabeth Sellars, violin

Elizabeth Sellars, violin

Australian-born violinist Elizabeth Sellars, is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in London where she studied with David Takeno (violin) and the Takacs String Quartet (chamber music). A multiple prize-winner, Elizabeth has performed in festivals worldwide and has broadcast on radio in Australia, the UK, Mongolia, Germany and the USA. As a recognized advocate for new music, Elizabeth is the dedicatee of many world premieres. She has recorded for ABC Classics and NAXOS and her musicianship has been described as “glowing, compelling" and “exquisite". Elizabeth is a founding member of Sutherland Trio and is currently Co-ordinator of Strings at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University.
Paul Wright, violin

Paul Wright, violin

Yehudi Menuhin School, Guildhall and Juilliard trained Adelaide born violinist Paul Wright has performed with leading ensembles and orchestras in Australia and overseas. Paul is deeply involved in the performance practice of music from the 18th and 19th C and has performed in numerous early music ensembles throughout the country. He has enjoyed many seasons as guest concertmaster of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra including the recent complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies under Asher Fisch. Paul has been on the faculty at the Australian National Academy of Music and is currently Head of Strings at the University of Western Australia, a position he has held since 1990.
Natsuko Yoshimoto, violin

Natsuko Yoshimoto, violin

Born in Japan, Natsuko began playing the violin at the age of three. She studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal Northern College of Music in England and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadephia. She received direct guidance and teaching under Lord Menuhin and Wen Zhou Li. She has won many awards and prizes in international competitions including the Gold Medal in both the prestigious 1994 Shell/London Symphony Orchestra Competition and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa Award. In 2007 Natsuko was presented with the Iwaki Award for outstanding achievement as a Japanese artist. In great demand as a soloist, she has appeared with many world renowned orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia (London), Halle Orchestra, Odense Symphony (Denmark), Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Melbourne Symphony and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Natsuko is the Concertmaster with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She was the leader of the Australian String Quartet and then the Grainger Quartet until the end of 2008.

She has given many world premieres of works by Australia's most prominent composers and has recorded for Virgin Classics, ABC Classics, Melba Records and Tall Poppies.

Natsuko plays on a Nicolo Amati dated 1650.
Cameron Hill, viola

Cameron Hill, viola

Cameron is an Australian violinist who performs regularly as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. In 2006 he graduated from the University of Melbourne studying with William Hennessy, completing the Bachelor of Music with Honours and topping the year. He then completed three years at the Australian National Academy of Music where he studied with Alice Waten, with whom he is currently completing a Master of Music with at the University of Sydney.
At five he commenced violin studies with Cathryn Bills, progressing through the Trinity College of London examination system. During his time at Balwyn High School, where he was Music Captain in 2001, he completed Music: Solo Performance (VCE) achieving a perfect score and topping the state in 2000. The same year he was awarded the Licentiate (L.Mus.A.) with distinction, on viola.
His 7-year association with Melbourne Youth Music culminated in appearing as concertmaster of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra in 2000. In 2001 Cameron toured Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra directed by Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Whilst studying at the University of Melbourne he appeared as concertmaster of the Orchestra (2003 - 2005), was a founding member of the Melbourne University Chamber Orchestra and was heavily involved in chamber music. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Catherine Grace McWilliam Prize for the best overall final year student. In 2005 he won the national Dorcas McClean Violin Competition, Australia’s leading string award.

Cameron Hill was named the 2006 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year after winning the Grand Final with a performance of the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Cameron was subsequently the inaugural recipient of the ABC Sir Charles Moses Young Performers Trophy.
Solo engagements have included touring with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – in their centenary year, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony, Stonnington Symphony and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
He was a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra from 2003 - 2008 and performed with the Hamer Quartet from 2006 - 2008, of which he was the founding leader. In 2008 he was an Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist and appeared as Principal 1st Violin of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 and 2013 he was the guest leader of the Flinders Quartet and appeared as Principal Viola/Mentor in the ACO2.

During 2014, Cameron has divided his time between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, serving in the roles of Guest Concertmaster and Guest Associate Concertmaster for both orchestras. He continues to perform regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.