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Iona Allan, Violin

Brisbane violinist Iona Allan is currently in her third year at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne under the tutelage of Dr Robin Wilson. Iona previously completed a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2014 where she studied with Michele Walsh. During her time at the Conservatorium Iona was concertmaster of the Opera Orchestra, Concertos Orchestra and Divertimenti String Orchestra, as well as being a finalist in the 2012 Basil Jones Sonata Prize.  Professionally, Iona is a casual musician with both the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.  In 2014 Iona made her solo debut performing Vaughan-Williams' ‘The Lark Ascending’ with the Queensland Philharmonia Orchestra. Iona has had a rich history with the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2010. She has twice been concertmaster at the National Music Camp and has participated in many other AYO programs including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra String Fellowships, Chamber Players, Regional Residency String Quartet (2013), International Tour (2013), and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and AYO in concert.  In May 2016 Iona won the prestigious Ena Williams Award for Postgraduate Study Overseas from the Queensland Conservatorium and hopes to use the funds to begin a Masters in Performance in the UK in 2017.

What do you like about playing in an orchestra?

I love the feeling of unity when such a large group of musicians are playing together and creating an incredible wave of sound full of power and emotion. It's something that just can't be replicated in solo or chamber music.

What are you most looking forward to on the 2016 International Tour?

I'm looking forward to visiting different parts of Europe and also seeing China for the first time.

What is your favourite AYO memory?

I don't know how I could pick just one AYO memory as my favourite! I've had so many incredible experiences with AYO and made life-long friends, my whole history with AYO is my favourite memory.