Greta Bradman, soprano

Greta Bradman, soprano

“As Mimi, Greta Bradman shines in her first outing for Opera Australia… her finely spun soprano blooms and expands… a luminescence to her voice."

Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine, 25/2/17

Stunning soprano Greta Bradman is one of Australasia’s most celebrated operatic and concert artists. Her 2015 début album for Decca Classics My Hero (c. Richard Bonynge; English Chamber Orchestra) received five-star reviews and topped the classical and classical crossover ARIA charts for several months. Her new album Home (c. Luke Dollman; Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) is scheduled for release in 2018.

Recent performance highlights include Mimi (La bohème) for Opera Australia, Lisa (La sonnambula) for Victorian Opera and the title roles in Theodora (Canberra) and Rodelinda (Melbourne).

Greta has sung extensively in the United Kingdom, United States, Europe and throughout the Asia Pacific. A regular soloist with all the state symphony orchestras, her collaborators have included Zubin Mehta, Richard Bonynge, Matthias Foremny, Richard Tognetti, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Benjamin Northey, Rosario La Spina, Aled Jones, Russell Watson and Il Divo.

She has performed for world leaders from the UK, USA, China, India, Monaco and Australia; highlights include singing for Barack Obama, and a 2014 recital in St James’s Palace for the British Royal Family. Winner of the 2013–14 Australian International Opera Award and the APRA/AMCOS Award in 2013, Greta is a Helpmann Award nominee and was Limelight Magazine’s 2010 Newcomer of the Year and their 2015 Australian Artist of the Year.

Holder of a Masters Degree in Psychology, Greta sits on the advisory boards of the Australian Mental Health Prize and the Arts Wellbeing Collective; she is patron of St. Matthew’s Music Foundation, an Ambassador of Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide and is on faculty at Alain de Botton’s The School of Life. She is an outstanding supporter of Australian composers, and has had works written for her by Peter Sculthorpe, Betty Beath, Ross Edwards, Katy Abbott, Paul Stanhope, Quentin Grant, Calvin Bowman, Tom Henry, Carl Crossin and many others. Greta is also a regular presenter on ABC Classic-FM.

After obtaining her music degree from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Greta received her Fellowship from the Australian National Academy of Music before completing a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Vocal Studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice - where she studied under Dennis O’Neill CBE and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

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.
Christopher Moore, viola

Christopher Moore, viola

Recently appointed as Principal Viola of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Moore has spent the last nine years travelling the globe as Principal Viola of Australian Chamber Orchestra. As romantic as that sounds, he missed his old chums Mahler, Schoenberg and Adès, and so has returned to these and other old friends at the MSO.

Not surprisingly, Christopher’s wife and two daughters are pleased that Papa has hung up his rock star garb and come home to roost like their pet chickens. If you’re lucky, he may hand you a bona fide free-range egg; if you’re unlucky, you’ll be stuck hearing about how much he loves brewing beer and riding his bike into town from the suburbs, in an attempt to prevent his waistline expanding to the size of his chickens’ coop.

Christopher plays on a 1937 Arthur E. Smith viola affectionately known as ‘Martha’.
Jill Griffiths, double bass

Jill Griffiths, double bass

After focusing on piano, composition and a bit of cello, Jill switched to double bass and after a year of lessons she was accepted into the Canberra School of Music to study with Max McBride. A few years later she became a member of Sydney Sinfonia, as well as performing with the Canberra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. Since then, Jill moved to Melbourne, studied with Sylvia Hosking, and performed with Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras as well as the odd jazz or folk gig here and there just to mix things up a bit. Jill has had an extended break from playing double bass while raising her children, so will be looking forward to dusting off the cobwebs to play the Trout.
Kristian Winther, violin

Kristian Winther, violin

Kristian Winther was born in Canberra to pianist parents. He studied violin with Josette Esquedin-Morgan and John Harding, and conducting with John Curro, with whom he made his concerto debut at age fifteen, performing the violin concerto of Sibelius. As soloist he has appeared with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and Orchestra Romantique. He has performed as Guest Concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as Guest Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Western Australian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, and as leader/director of ACO2. An avid chamber musician, Kristian was formerly violinist in the TinAlley String Quartet, winning first prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2007, which was followed by tours of the USA, Canada and Europe. He has also performed chamber music with Anthony Romaniuk, Daniel de
Borah, Anne Sophie von Otter, Angela Hewitt, Richard Tognetti, Brett Dean, Hue Blanes, Joe Chindamo and Syzygy.He has performed the world premiere of Olli Mustonen’s Sonata for Violin and Orchestra with the composer conducting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as
well as the Australian premieres of works by Andriessen, Kurtag, Salonen, Rihm, Kelly-Marie Murphy, and numerous Australian composers. Kristian also gave the Australian premiere of John Adam’s concertante work for string quartet and orchestra Absolute Jest with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian and New Zealand premieres of Brett Dean’s concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing.