Program Tutors
AYO Chamber Players

Natsuko Yoshimoto   Eve Newsome

Patricia Pollett
 
Peter Luff

Patrick Murphy

 
Stephen Emmerson

 


 

Natsuko Yoshimoto

Born in Japan, Natsuko Yoshimoto 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 Philadelphia. 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 and 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 Orchestras.

Natsuko is currently co-Concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of highly acclaimed chamber group, Ensemble Q. She has been the leader of both the Australian String Quartet and the Grainger Quartet as well as the Concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Natsuko frequently guests as a Concertmaster with many major orchestras in Australia and Asia and continues to perform chamber music as a guest artist with various groups and musicians in many of the festivals. 

Natsuko is also a passionate teacher and is a staff member at the Conservatorium of Music in Queensland teaching violin and chamber music.

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 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini generously on loan from UKARIA Trust.

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Patricia Pollett

Patricia Pollett is one of Australia’s leading string players.

Well known as an advocate of new music for the viola, she has commissioned, performed and recorded numerous solo works by leading Australian composers. For her solo CDs of Australian music, Patricia has been internationally lauded for her ‘…inspired and virtuosic performances…” (The Strad) and for “… her daring, her imagination, and her innate musicianship…” (The Journal of the American Viola Society). She was honoured for this work with an APRA Australian Music Centre Classical Music Award for the Most Distinguished Contribution to the Presentation of Australian Composition by an Individual.

Patricia has performed as soloist and chamber musician with major Australian ensembles and orchestras and has extensive international performance experience, particularly with the Italian string ensemble I Solisti Veneti. She was a founding member of the contemporary ensemble Perihelion, and the ensemble White Halo, both resident at the University of Queensland.

Patricia has appeared as guest principal viola with several major orchestras including Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Welsh National Opera Orchestra. She is in demand as a teacher, giving masterclasses for leading education institutions in Australia and overseas including the Australian National Academy of Music and New York University. An active contribution to the development of the arts in Australia has led to her participation on the boards of the Australia Council, the Australian Music Centre, and the Australian Youth Orchestra. She is a Professor on staff at The University of Queensland where she was Director of Performance and Engagement for many years.

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Patrick Murphy

Cellist of the Tinalley String Quartet, Patrick can be heard on recent ABC Classics releases ‘Mendelssohn String Quartets opus 44, 80, 81’ and ‘Oranges under the Full Moon: Chamber Music by Paul Stanhope’ (UQ Chamber Players). Patrick is the Cello Performance Fellow at the University of Queensland’s School of Music. His teaching ranges from the performance and pedagogy of string playing to musicianship and artistic research.

Patrick was a founding member of the Tankstream Quartet, winners of the 4th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, and later a member of the Grainger String Quartet and the Southern Cross Soloists. He has performed with the Australian World Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Camerata (QLD).

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Eve Newsome

Eve Newsome is an experienced performer having held oboe and cor anglais positions with the Queensland Theatre Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. She has performed on many international tours including those of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She is a passionate chamber and solo musician and as a pedagogue specialises in oboe, chamber music and optimal experience for musicians. Eve has held the teaching positions of Co-ordinator of chamber music, Head of Winds and Lecturer in Oboe at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and Senior Lecturer in Oboe at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

In recent years she has been lecturing nationally and internationally as a practice and performance coach focussing on skill development, enjoyment and optimal performance. She has been very active for many years in the broader Australian musical community having filled roles such as National President of the Australasian Double Reed Society and Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning Tyalgum Music Festival, NSW.

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Peter Luff 

Peter Luff is an Associate Professor at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where he lectures in horn and brass performance.

As a professional Horn player he has performed with many Orchestras and ensembles, including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Australian World Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists and Ensemble Q. He has performed as a solo recitalist in the USA, Japan, China, Korea, Canada and Europe.

Peter has conducted ensembles including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland Chorus, Queensland Youth Symphony, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and the Brisbane Philharmonic, and in March 2022 he will debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Peter is in great demand as a Horn teacher, with many of his Horn graduates securing permanent playing positions in national and international professional symphony orchestras. Peter has served as vice president of the International Horn Society(IHS), is  a member of the IHS Advisory Council, and a recipient of the society’s prestigious “Punto Award” for his contributions to the Australian horn playing community.

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Stephen Emmerson

Stephen Emmerson has maintained a busy career as pianist, chamber musician, teacher, and scholar/researcher over several decades. He is currently an adjunct professor at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.  He studied piano with Pamela Page and later with Peter Wallfisch in London. He has Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Oxford University. He has performed widely in concerts and festivals around Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia with many of Australia’s leading classical musicians.  He has been a member of various chamber ensembles notably including the Griffith Trio (an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium for over a decade), Dean–Emmerson–Dean, The Lunaire Collective and the Endeavour Trio. Recordings of his playing in collaboration with a variety of performers have been released by ABC Classics, Move Records, The Anthology of Australian Music on Disc, CPO, Tall Poppies, Contact and Melba.

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