Nemanja Radulović, violin

Nemanja Radulović, violin

Winner of "Best Violin Newcomer of the Year" at the 2015 Echo Klassik Awards, Serbian-French violinist Nemanja Radulović has taken the classical music world by storm in recent years through his combination of thrilling virtuosity, depth of expression, and adventurous programming, both in the recording studio and on the concert stage. An exclusive recording artist to Deutsche Grammophon, Nemanja's most recent album features his long-awaited interpretations of the Tchaikovsky Concerto as well as a new arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Rococco Variations played on viola.
As an artist who seeks to broaden the boundaries of classical music, Nemanja champions the power of music to bring people together with his unique energy and candour. Nemanja has quickly amassed a legion of loyal fans around the world and has performed with some of the world’s finest orchestras to date, including the Munich Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orquesta Nacional de Espana, Helsinki Philharmonic, Salzburg Camerata, NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hanover, WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Turin, Orchestra della Toscana, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Geneva Camerata, Macao Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa.
Nemanja shares an equal love for the intimacy of chamber music and is an increasingly active recitalist on the international circuit, having already performed at such celebrated venues as New York's Carnegie Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, both the Salle Pleyel and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Athens Megaron, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Melbourne Recital Centre in Australia. His many recital partners include Marielle Nordmann, Laure Favre-Kahn, and Susan Manoff, the latter with whom he has also recorded a disc of Beethoven Sonatas released on the Decca/Universal Music label.
Following an exciting 2016/17 season as artist-in-residence with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Nemanja starts his 2017/18 season with his orchestral debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. He will also open the Jeunesse Musicale series at the Vienna Konzerthaus with his ensemble Double Sens, and play/directs the Munich Chamber Orchestra in a performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Other recent and forthcoming highlights include include performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Hong Kong's City Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Stockholm Konserthuset, Dusseldorf Tonhalle, Gstaad Festival, and invitations from the Tampere Philharmonic, Gavle Symphony, Orchestra della Toscana, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Opéra de Marseille, Wroclaw Philharmonic, Dortmund Philharmonic.

Nemanja also regularly takes up a play/direct role with his ensemble ‘The Devils’ Trills’, which is increasingly in demand across concert halls in Europe and Asia, and noted for their virtuosic, engaging musicality. His other ensemble, ‘Double Sens’ has been celebrated for their recent recording ‘5 Seasons’ – which combines Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with a new composition – ‘Spring in Japan’ – by Aleksandar Sedlar and dedicated to tsunami victims in Japan in 2011. Other recent recordings include ‘Paganini Fantasy’ (2013), "Journey East" (2014) and BACH (2016).
Nemanja's previous recognition for his work in classical music include ‘International Revelation of the Year’ by the Victoires de la musique classique in 2005, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Arts in Niš, Serbia, and an ELLE Style Award for Musician of the Year in 2015. He is the recipient of several international violin competitions, such as Joseph Joachim in Hannover, George Enescu in Bucharest and Stradivarius in Cremona.

Born in Serbia in 1985, Nemanja Radulović studied at the Faculty of Arts and Music in Belgrade, the Saarlandes Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Saarbrücken, the Stauffer Academy in Cremona with Salvatore Accardo and the world-renowned Conservatoire de Paris with Patrice Fontanarosa.
Emma Matthews, soprano

Emma Matthews, soprano

Australia’s most highly awarded soprano, Emma Matthews has performed regularly with Opera Australia, all the state opera companies and every major Australian symphony orchestra and festival.

Her operatic repertoire ranges from title roles in The Cunning Little Vixen (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Lulu, Lakmé, Lucia di Lammermoor and Partenope, to Violetta (La Traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Amina (La Sonnambula), the four heroines (The Tales of Hoffmann), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and Leila (Les Pecheurs de Perles).

Emma’s three solo recordings are: Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo (Deutsche Grammophon/ABC Classics), Mozart arias (ABC Classics), and Agony and Ecstasy (ABC Classics).

Head of Classical Voice and Opera Studies at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Emma Matthews is also Patron of Wesfarmers Young Artist Program at West Australian Opera.

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’.
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.
Elizabeth Sellars, violin

Elizabeth Sellars, violin

A multiple prize-winner, Elizabeth has performed in festivals and on radio worldwide and her musicianship has been described as "glowing, compelling" and "exquisite". As a recognized advocate for new music, Elizabeth is the dedicatee of many world premieres and her performances have been published by Move, Naxos, ABC Classics, Toccata Classics and Tzadik. Her CD The Messiaen Nexus with pianist Kenji Fujimura, which features the world premiere recording of George Benjamin's violin and piano sonata, won the 2014 Limelight chamber music recording of the year. More recently, she recorded the first complete recording of Pinto's piano and violin sonatas (Toccata Classics 2016). Elizabeth is a founding member of Sutherland Trio with Caroline Almonte and Molly Kadarauch and is currently Co-ordinator of Strings at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University.