Mitzi Gardner, Violin

Mitzi is 16 years old and in year 11 at Sydney Distance Education High School. She attends the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Rising Stars Program as a scholarship student, studying violin with Janet Davies. Mitzi has been awarded an A.Mus.A. and L.Mus.A. from the Australian Music Examinations Board both with distinction. She has recorded performances for 2MBS FM Young Virtuosi Program for the last 4 years. Mitzi began playing violin at age 3, and at age 6 was invited to perform as a soloist at the World Suzuki Convention in Turin, Italy. Since then, Mitzi has performed solo violin and as a chamber musician at many concerts: at school events, at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music’s weekly Rising Stars concerts, at charity events and community concerts. Performances in 2015 include: Guest Soloist at the Australian Music Examination Board Graduation Ceremony and Soloist at The Australian Council of Educational Leaders National Conference. She gave a solo recital at The Festival of Classical and Sacred Music. She also performed a series of solo recitals in Brisbane as part of the National Youth Concerto Competition Finals Week. Mitzi was a featured soloist for the nationally broadcast Schools Spectacular where she performed Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’. Mitzi is a graduate of The Talent Development Project, involving regular performances and mentoring from professional musicians. Mitzi has been concertmaster of The Arts Unit Orchestra, and has participated as a scholarship recipient in the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s education program. Mitzi has participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra program and is thrilled to be a part of AYO’s International Tour to Europe and China in 2016. 

What do you like about playing in an orchestra?

Being a part of a group full of exceptionally talented musicians and creating such wonderful music and sounds makes me feel so proud to be a part of an orchestra, especially AYO. 

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

Playing in so many wonderful venues and performing such brilliant works is something that I have wanted to do for a long time, so that is what I am looking forward to most.

What is your favourite AYO memory?

In 2015, I participated in my first AYO National Music Camp. I remember going to the first rehearsal, and we played one of the performance works through and I thought that it sounded so great that we wouldn't need much rehearsal at all. But by the time of the concert, we had done so much work on the symphony and I didn't think it could get any better from the rehearsal, but it did, and it sounded incredible.

What’s your favourite piece to play?

I love playing works by Prokofiev. His pieces tell such good stories, and I feel like I connect with them really well.