Nemanja Radulovic, violin

Nemanja Radulovic, violin

In just a few years, Nemanja Radulović has taken the classical music world by storm with his virtuosic playing and adventurous programming. Recently signed as an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon, with whom he releases his most recent recording in November 2014, he goes from strength to strength; building upon his talents by working with some of the most prestigious musical institutions around today.

Nemanja Radulović has performed with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including theMünchner Philharmoniker, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, WDR Köln, StuttgarterPhilharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Belgique, L'Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai Turin,L'Orchestra della Toscana, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

A regular on the recital scene, his performances have taken him across the globe to halls such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philharmonie in Berlin, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Megaron in Athens, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the Melbourne Recital Hall, with his many recital partners including Marielle Nordmann, Laure Favre-Kahn, and Susan Manoff – with whom he has also recorded a disc of Beethoven Sonatas released on the Decca/Universal Music label.

He also takes up a play/direct role with his ensemble ‘The Devils’ Trills’, who are familiar faces in the concert halls across Europe and Asia, noted for their virtuosic and engaging playing and for their recent self-titled critically acclaimed album released on the Decca/Universal Music label. His other ensemble ‘Double Sens’ are also widely renowned for their chamber music prowess, recently recording the CD ‘5 Seasons’ – the ‘4 Seasons’ by Vivaldi plus a new composition – also for Decca/Universal Music label. His long standing relationship with Universal has led him to record, in addition to his ensemble CD releases, his recent solo CD with Deutsche Grammophon of Paganini entitled ‘Paganini Fantasy’ (2013).

Born in Serbia in 1985, Nemanja Radulović studied in at the Faculty of Arts and Music in Belgrade, the Saarlandes Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Saarbrücken, and the world-renowned Paris Conservatoire.

He has been awarded ‘International Revelation of the Year’ by Victoires de la Musique in 2005, ‘Best Artist’ by the same in 2014 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Arts in Niš, Serbia.
Fiona Campbell, mezzo soprano

Fiona Campbell, mezzo soprano

Fiona Campbell is one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved classical singers - a producer and guest ABC presenter, accomplished international performer, recitalist and recording artist. Winner of the national Limelight Award for Best Solo Performance 2011 (with the ABO in their Haunting Handel concert series), vocal winner of the ABC Young Performer of the Year Award and the ASC Opera Awards, Fiona has consistently received wide critical acclaim for her powerful performances and exquisite musicianship.

Fiona sings regularly as a principal artist with all of the major ensembles and orchestras in Australia including ACO, ABO, SSO, MSO, TSO, WASO, Australia Ensemble, ASQ, and with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, WA Opera and Pinchgut Opera. Her international collaborators have included the Brodsky Quartet, Tokyo Philharmonic, Soloists of Royal Opera House Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Euro-Asian Philharmonic, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Grange Park Opera and Opera North.

Career highlights include several concerts with the legendary tenor José Carreras in Japan and Korea and as his special guest artist in Australia. Fiona has also been a touring favourite with Barbara Bonney, making her debut at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Cadogan Hall in London with the renowned international soprano.

Fiona has recorded many recitals and national broadcasts including her solo album Love & Loss, Baroque Duets, which features a world premiere recording of Handel (Vexations840), Classic 100 Opera, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, Early French Cantatas and Just Classics 2 (ABC Classics).

Critical acclaim has been received for her portrayals of favourite operatic roles, such as Angelina Cenerentola, Olga Eugene Onegin, Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte, Siebel Faust, Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia, Venus Tannhäuser, Ruggiero Alcina, Idamante Idomeneo, Vagaus Juditha Triumphans, Erisbe L'Ormindo, Suzuki Madama Butterfly; she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for her portrayal of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro.

Her busy concert schedule has included works as varied as Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Australia Ensemble and newly commissioned arrangements with the Australian String Quartet. Fiona was a feature artist in Musica Viva’s Huntingdon Festival and has been a soloist in the ACO’s legendary performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In 2015, Fiona will appear as soloist with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and sing major roles in The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and Faust for West Australian Opera.
Sophie Rowell, violin

Sophie Rowell, violin

Recently appointed Associate Concertmaster with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, violinist Sophie Rowell has had an extensive performing career as a soloist, chamber musician and principal orchestral violinist both in Australia and abroad.

After winning the ABC Young Performer’s Award in 2000 which resulted in solo performances with all major Australian symphony orchestras, Sophie founded the Tankstream Quartet which won string quartet competitions in Cremona and Osaka. Having studied in Germany with the Alban Berg Quartet the quartet moved back to Australia in 2006 when they were appointed to the Australian String Quartet. For 6 years she toured, recorded, participated in chamber music festivals and enjoyed performing that wonderful repertoire all over the globe. Special highlights included playing in the QuartetFest Bonn as part of the Beethoven Festival and giving performances for remote communities on Cape York in Far North Queensland.

Since 2012 Sophie has traveled the world playing in principal violin positions with orchestras including the Scottish & Mahler Chamber Orchestras and the Vancouver, Sydney & Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as participating in many chamber music festivals in Australia.

Sophie studied with Alice Waten in Sydney and participated in numerous master classes with incredible musicians such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Norbert Brainin (Amadeus Quartet) and Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet.)
She now teaches at the Australian National Academy of Music having previously taught at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. She has also given master classes in the UK, France, Singapore and Australia.

Although Sophie loves music she can always be tempted to exchange her violin for a pack of cards in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.
Elizabeth Sellars, violin

Elizabeth Sellars, violin

Australian-born Elizabeth Sellars is a distinguished soloist and chamber musician with a reputation as “dynamically exciting" (the Australian) and “one of the few violinists…who can handle works that move in new directions (the Age).

Elizabeth is a prize-winning graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied with David Takeno (violin) and the Takacs and Gabrieli String Quartets (chamber music). Further significant influences included Sandor Vegh and Yehudi Menuhin with whom Elizabeth worked at the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall and at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland.

In Australia, Elizabeth’s early training was with Nehama Patkin (piano) and Andre Hadges (violin). She was amongst the early graduates of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where she studied with the Polish violinist Nathan Gutman. She has been the recipient of the Lady Northcote, the Countess of Munster and the Martin Trusts.

During her time in London, Elizabeth was a winner of the inaugural John Tunnell Trust and the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize and Miller Trophy. As soloist and chamber musician, she toured extensively in the UK performing in the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s Southbank. She broadcast for the BBC and performed throughout Europe with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Now resident in Melbourne, Elizabeth has appeared in festivals throughout Australia including Port Fairy, Huntingdon, Bangalow, Castlemaine, Dunkeld, Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Blackwood River Chamber Festival. She has played with Ensemble Liaison and Elision and has been guest principal violinist with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. As a member of Temenos Trio she was third prize-winner in the 9th Concorso Musicale Internazionale “Riviera del Conero" in Italy.

Elizabeth is strongly committed to the performance of new work and with support from the Australia Council has performed world premieres dedicated to her by Julian Yu, Dominik Karski, Calvin Bowman, Thomas Reiner and Philip Czaplowski. She has recorded for Naxos and ABC Classics and her live concerts and recordings are regularly heard on ABC Classic FM. Upcoming CD releases include the world premiere recording of the George Benjamin Sonata along with works by Boulez, Messiaen and Kurtag.

With pianist Caroline Almonte and cellist Molly Kadarauch, Elizabeth is a member of Sutherland Trio which co-presents an annual series at Melbourne Recital Centre. Elizabeth is also Lecturer in Violin and Co-ordinator of Strings at Monash University where she directs the Monash University String Sinfonia and enjoys teaching her many students.
Christopher Moore, viola

Christopher Moore, viola

After 9 years gallivanting around the world with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Moore has come back to roost in his old band, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Although he loves basking in the glory of some of the best music ever written for symphony orchestra, his other passion is chamber music. Being an OK violist means he gets to play quite a bit of it. He lives with his family including his wife Jill (David Griffiths' sister), his two daughters Isabella and Dorothea, two guinea pigs Zip and Zap and three hens. The boys are outnumbered by the girls 2:1 and frankly, Christopher isn’t pleased that the only other males in the household are guinea pigs. They’re probably the most useless companions in the universe.
Roman Ponomariov, horn

Roman Ponomariov, horn

Roman received his Master's Degree from Rice University (USA) and a Bachelor of Music Degree (honours) from the University of Melbourne. He has performed as guest Principal Horn with Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony, Western Australian Symphony, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

Roman has won a number of solo and chamber music competitions and has appeared as a soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and recorded a solo recital for the ABC classic FM.

Roman currently teaches the French Horn at the University of Melbourne and Monash University.