2014 Richard Pollett Memorial Award Recipient: Zoe Freisberg

Zoe commenced her violin studies at the age of four under the direction of her mother, Helena Freisberg. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium with Michele Walsh, where she was awarded the 2010 Matilda Jane Aplin Prize and the 2012 Varda Jefferies Prize. During her studies in Queensland, Zoe was also invited to play as soloist with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Corda Spiritus Orchestra and perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2010 she was appointed as the concertmaster of the Queensland Youth Symphony and held this position until 2013.

Zoe also enjoys participating in many orchestral and chamber music programs, including five Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camps and two Australian Youth Orchestra International Tours. During this time, Zoe had the honour of being appointed concertmaster of the Nelson Cook Chamber Orchestra, the Bishop Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. In 2012, Zoe had the pleasure of participating in the AYO/TSO program and working with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

In 2014 Zoe commenced her first year of study at the Australian National Academy of Music under the tutelage of Robin Wilson. Zoe was successful in joining the Australian Chamber Orchestra 2 on four tours as an ACO 2014 Emerging Artist under the mentorship of Principal Violin Helena Rathbone. In August this year, Zoe was one of six finalists in the ABC’s Young Performers Awards. Zoe is also very honoured to be the recipient of the Australian Youth Orchestras Richard Pollet Memorial Award.