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Instrumental tutors

Violin | Susannah Ng Bassoon | Lucinda Cran
Violin | Matthew Tomkins Horn | Roman Ponomariov
Viola | Merewyn Bramble Trumpet | Louisa Trewartha
Cello | Molly Kadarauch Trombone | Nick Byrne
Double Bass | Jaan Pallandi Tuba | Karina Filipi
Flute | Lisa-Maree Amos Percussion | Brent Miller
Oboe | Ben Opie Harp | Yinuo Mu
Clarinet | Chris Tingay Piano | Sue Powell

 

 


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Susannah Ng


Melbourne violinist Susannah Ng has performed in France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, China, Korea, New Zealand and throughout Australia. She studied violin at the Victorian College of the Arts with Spiros Rantos and Miwako Abe before continuing her studies in London with Yossi Zivoni and later with Olga Martinova in Amsterdam where she was based until 2006.


Susannah received a grant from the Tait Memorial Trust in London after attending the Festival of Solo and Chamber Music in Entrecasteaux, France allowing further study in London and Manchester. She was a prizewinner at the Gisborne International Music Competition, New Zealand. Susannah later continued her studies in the Netherlands at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and had the great pleasure to attend the Summer Musiké Academy of Solo and Chamber Music in Durham, UK under the direction of renowned pianist and conductor, Jean Bernard Pommier. During her time in the Netherlands she was fortunate to attend classes with Hermann Krebbers and Jean Decroos, respectively the former Concertmaster and Principal Cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

In the Netherlands Susannah has appeared at the Lowlands, Uitmarkt and Prinsengracht Festivals. She has performed with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and regularly in chamber ensembles with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands and Rotterdam Philharmonic.
In Australia, she held a permanent position with Orchestra Victoria for three years. Susannah has performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 1997, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2002 and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra since 2014. In 2019, she toured with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Pinchas Zukerman throughout China and Korea.

Susannah has been a teacher of violin at Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance, Monash University for the past two years.

 

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Matthew Tomkins has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2000, and in 2010 was appointed to the Gross Foundation Principal Second Violin chair.Matthew began learning the violin at the age of 5 with Reiko Moritz and John Hughes in Ballarat. He spent his high school years studying in Melbourne with Marco van Pagee, and while studying Science and Engineering at Melbourne University continued lessons with Spiros Rantos and Mark Mogilevski.

Matthew was a founding member of the Flinders Quartet, and performed with them over 13 years with artists including Menahem Pressler, Geoff Nuttall, Genevieve Lacey, Karin Schaupp, Slava Grigoryan, David Thomas,Kristian Chong and Paul Dean. The quartet featured at festivals across Australia, including Melbourne International, Bangalow, Port Fairy, Castlemaine, Huntington, Tyalgum, Ballarat Goldfields, Camden Haven, Macedon and Woodend. They recorded regularly for ABC Classic FM and 3 MBS FM. The quartet also spent time at the Banff Centre in Canada, and in Geneva studying with Gabor Takacs-Nagy, as well as performances in Sweden and the UK.

Matthew has performed regularly in the MSO Chamber Players series and with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He tutors for the Australian Youth Orchestra and has taught violin and chamber music at the University of Melbourne.


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Merewyn Bramble


Merewyn began playing both violin and viola when she was little and was taught by her mother. In 2005 she completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Performance under the tutelage of William Hennessy and in 2007, a Master of Music Performance mentored by Caroline Henbest. During her course at the University of Melbourne she was awarded the Peg Oldfield Prize and the H.A. Owen Award for performance excellence.

Merewyn is Principal Viola of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and holds casual positions with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as guest Principal Viola of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

To quench her constant thirst for chamber music, Merewyn plays in the Australian Octet within its own series and in festivals far and wide. Merewyn is a current member of Quartz, a quartet with a big Victorian presence and which performs as part of a series at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Violist with the Patronus Quartet, Merewyn competed in the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and as a former member of the Tailem Quartet she was a finalist in the 3rd Australian Chamber Music Competition and performed in the 2008 ARD Chamber Music Competition in Munich. The Tailem quartet also completed residencies at the Banff Centre, Canada, and at Yale University’s Norfolk Summer Chamber Music Festival. 2007 introduced Merewyn to the Australian Chamber Orchestra when she was accepted as an Emerging Artist.

As an educator, Merewyn strives to share the light with young musicians through orchestral programs and at schools and universities. On a national level she has tutored viola sections of the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Away from the music stand, nothing beats writing for children, running long distances and the fever of tap dancing.


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Molly Kadarauch


Originally from California, Molly Kadarauch is one of Australia’s preeminent and versatile cellists and has concertized at leading venues all over the world as well as within Australia as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. She is also a highly respected, experienced and sought after teacher, mentor and director and enjoys working with all levels of students from (among others) the Melbourne Conservatorium, Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith University), Monash University, Australian National Academy of Music and the Melbourne and Australian Youth Orchestras. Since 2011 she has been a founding member of Sutherland Trio with Elizabeth Sellars (violin) and Caroline Almonte (piano) who have regularly appeared at the Melbourne Recital Centre and re3corded for ABC Classic FM and 3MBS radio.

In 1996 she moved out to Australia from Berlin to join the Australian Chamber Orchestra as an associate principal cellist where she worked in close collaboration with many outstanding national and international artists and enjoyed touring nationally and around the world. After 2003 she began an active free-lancing career which lead her to her appearing as guest principal with the Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia, and in 2019 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players.  Other appearances have included touring Australia in “Voyage to the Moon” (a Musica Viva/Victorian Opera “pastiches” opera production (2016), touring India and Australia with the Australian World Orchestra (2018,2019),  and participating as a guest soloist at the Melbourne International Cello Festival (2017).

Prior to moving to Australia in 1996 she received her Bachelors of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston) under Prof. Laurence Lesser (former student of Piatigorsky), spent several years in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar under the tuition of Wolfgang Boettcher (former principal of Berlin Phil) and enjoyed a busy and multifaceted free-lance and chamber ensemble career in Europe.  Her earliest lessons were with Irene Sharp (CA) and Joan Dickson (Purcell School of Music, London).


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Jaan Pallandi

Jaan Pallandi is currently a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra double bass section - a position he was awarded in 2016 when he was 20 years of age. Throughout his career he has also performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Additionally, Jaan has worked with the Vebrugghen Ensemble, Australian Haydn Ensemble, and the Omega Ensemble. He also played on the Omega Ensemble’s debut album, which was released on the ABC Classics label. Jaan performed with the Sydney Chamber Opera for the world premiere of Eliot Gyger’s Fly Away Peter, and for performances of Pascal Dusapin’s Passion at the 2016 Sydney Festival. In 2018, he appeared as soloist in Eduard Tubin’s Double Bass Concerto with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.


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Lisa-Maree Amos

Lisa-Maree started her professional orchestral career performing as Guest Principal Flute with the BBC Symphony in the London Prom Concerts at the age of 21, and after an extensive 22-year international performing career, based in the UK and the USA, Ms Amos returned to Australia as Principal Flute of Orchestra Victoria, where she enjoys a variety of musical activities including recording, chamber and symphony performances, and working closely with the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and the Victorian Opera.

In her 30+ year career, Lisa-Maree has been Guest Principal Flute with both the BBC Symphony and the Boston Symphony working with many legendary conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, and Bernard Haitink. Her performances in major international Festivals including the London Proms, LA Bach Festival, Aldeburgh, and Spitalfields have received critical acclaim.

Career highlights include a ten year tenure as Principal Flute with the Colorado Music Festival, working with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia on tours and at the Royal Opera House in London, Solo performances in the halls at London’s Southbank, chamber music tours of Scandinavia, Spain, USA and India, commissions as a founding member of the Los Angeles Flute Quartet and several performances for the National Flute Conventions in the USA.

Lisa-Maree is very interested in mentoring young orchestral flautists, bridging the gap between University and professional work, and frequently coaches at many of Australia’s leading youth orchestras and Universities. Lisa-Maree is a currently a member of the flute staff at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University, and for over a decade has presented her Flute Audition Masterclasses, which now have developed into a comprehensive online 8-week course where students participate from around the world.

The 2020 lockdowns had driven many performing and educational operations online. During this time Lisa-Maree worked with online with students from Monash University, created video performances for the National Gallery of Victoria and Orchestra Victoria, participated in panel talks on orchestral life and auditions, gave audition feedback via Orchestra Victoria’s Mock Audition Program and live (but distanced) performances for the charity 1:1 where
donations from private concerts are shared with the freelance music community.

Projects for 2021 include an ABC recording and video of Deborah Cheetham’s Pukumani, as part of the Woven Song project with Orchestra Victoria in collaboration with  Short Black Opera;  Guest tutor for the Newsboys Award in collaboration with the Melbourne Recital Centre and continued performances of Ballet and Opera with Orchestra Victoria.. For more information please visit https://www.MarriedFlutes.net


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Ben Opie


Ben Opie is an artist whose talents have allowed him to explore many facets of the music industry. Effortlessly appearing in leading ensembles, and the nation’s symphony orchestras as well as exploring different genres:
jazz with the Johannes Luebbers Dectet, world music with Turkish musician Ozan Iskender, folk music with Irish bagpipes specialist Matthew Horsley, and of course classical chamber music and as a solo artist.

Recent highlights include giving the world premiere performance of Luke Styles’ new concerto, ‘Neon Highway’, commissioning and performing a brand new immersive performance of Holst’s Planets Suite paired with a brand new series of works by Johannes Luebbers and performing as part of the world premiere season of Elliot Gyger’s ‘Oscar and Lucinda’ with Sydney Chamber Opera.

He has had extensive training in historically informed performance practice, studying with leaders in the field such as Susan Harvey, Geoffrey Lancaster and Genevieve Lacey. Ben is the Artistic Director of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival. In his two years directing this festival, he has facilitated the inclusion of First Nations artists where previously there was no representation (including James Henry in 3 separate performances in 2019 and a special event at Everywhen Artspace by Eric Avery); created a significant increase in works composed by non-male identifying artists: careful programming
discussions with artists meant most classical performances included female and Australian representation in 2019 and 2020 (eg. Solstice Trio performed only female composed works in their 2020 concert); prioritised a
significant increase in development of new works (eg. James Henry & Stephanie Arnold, Unknown Mirrors, Eric Avery and more); established free events for the community (A free outdoor musical ‘promenade’ in Pelican Park, Hastings); the inclusion of interactive children's events (e.g. Carnival of the Animals where children make instruments to be performed with the musicians); and the creation of a free community ‘big sing’ with choir director Scott Buchannan.

He founded Inventi Ensemble in 2014 and is currently co-artistic director with Melissa Doecke. This ensemble has commissioned and premiered numerous new works. Inventi Ensemble established twice-weekly interactive music workshops in Melbourne’s immigration detention centres and established 3 different concert series in local communities around Melbourne. They also present innovative interactive children’s music workshops from instrument making, to improvisation and new compositions.

Ben has collaborated with many different artists, including visual artists, poets, video installation artists, dancers, sound artists and radio documentary producers. Throughout his career he has been passionate about all art forms. He has also recently been involved in working with indigenous artists in remote communities, collaborating with them musically through workshops and performances. His passion for music extends to inspiring people who otherwise don’t have access to it, he has participated in outreach programs
including working with Syrian refugee children on the border of Turkey as part of the ‘Flying Carpet Festival’ as well as creating music workshops for children with vision impairment. All with an emphasis on finding ways to make music in any circumstance.

Ben has been working with orchestras around the world for his entire career, his diverse expertise and experience make him in demand as an orchestral musician. Ben has performed in Germany, France, Bahrain, America and Australia as a soloist, collaborative and orchestral musician. His work across the globe has earned him multiple awards and recognition in the field of music, such as the Phyllis C Wattis Foundation Scholarship , the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Award for New Music, the 42nd International Summer Course for New Music Scholarship, Darmstadt and the Carmel Music Competition Finalist.

Ben has been engaged as an expert leader in his field, tutoring students from the Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists program, several of the Melbourne Youth Music programs, masterclasses at the Australian National University, and was the oboe specialist for Graham Abbott’s ABC Classic FM Keys to Music broadcast. He was guest artist at the 2014 Australian Double Reed Society Conference and 2015 New Zealand Double Reed Society Conference and received an invitation to present at the 2015 International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo.


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Chris Tingay

Born in England in 1969, Christopher Tingay studied with Alan Vivian at the Canberra School of Music, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Music degree with Distinction.  Christopher studied in England and France as a recipient of a Big Brother Scholarship, and later that year won the Orchestral Excerpts Competition at the Australian National Clarinet Conference in Brisbane.  He was Principal Clarinet in the Australian Youth Orchestra for three years, touring with them to the USA and South America in 1991.  He represented Australia as Principal Clarinet in the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra in 1992/93, touring to Europe and Canada.

In 1992 he moved to Sydney and was appointed as 2nd Clarinet in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1993.  Since joining the SSO he has toured with them to Europe, the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, China, and Malaysia.  A SSO Friends Scholarship in 1998 saw him undertake study in England with Andrew Marriner (London Symphony Orchestra).  As an augmenting player has played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Auckland Philharmonic, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Australia Ensemble.  With the SSO and ACO Christopher has made many recordings on the Channel Classics, Octavia, ABC Classics and Sydney Symphony Live labels.

Christopher is a p/t lecturer in Clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and is actively involved with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Education Programs.  He regularly tutors for both the Sydney and Australian Youth Orchestra Associations.  Christopher was the clarinet tutor at National Music Camps in 2009, 2011 and 2014, 2016 and 2017.


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Lucinda Cran

Lucinda Cran has been the principal bassoon of Orchestra Victoria since 1989. Born in Sydney she began piano studies at the age of 6 and then bassoon, while a student at the Sydney Conservatorium High School. Her teacher was her father, John Cran, former principal bassoon with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

After her Conservatorium studies she spent a year in the ABC Sinfonia before taking up the position of principal bassoon of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra in 1982, a position she held for three years before returning to Sydney to freelance. During this time Lucinda worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra before accepting the position of second bassoon in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1987, alongside her father. A highlight of this time was the SSO's Bicentennial Tour of the United States, which included a performance in Carnegie Hall.

Lucinda has been teaching the bassoon for more than thirty years and has taught at Melbourne University, the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University.  She has had wide experience as an examiner and auditioner for these institutions. She has had a long association with National Music Camp as a staff child, student and tutor, and was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra. She has also tutored at MacGregor Summer School in Queensland. She is currently on staff at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

Lucinda enjoys playing chamber music and is a member of Ensemblinx and the octet Melbourne Wind Power performing with them on a successful tour of New Zealand and can be heard on their CD "A Night at the Opera".

In 2003 Lucinda performed the Weber Bassoon Concerto with the Stonnington Symphony Orchestra and in 2004 was a recitalist at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Melbourne. With Orchestra Victoria she performed a Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto in 2005 and in 2006 the Mozart Bassoon concerto.

Lucinda has had wide experience in teaching and coaching students in preparation for orchestral auditions.


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Roman Ponomariov

Roman Ponomariov’s work as a teacher, academic, soloist and orchestral musician is unified by his commitment and passion to achieve artistic excellence. He is currently Classical Music Convenor and Lecturer in Music Performance (French Horn) at The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University.

His broad array of skills underpins his work onstage, in the pit, or in a lecture theatre. By the age of 21 he's worked with all major Australian symphony orchestras and subsequently held contracts with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Queensland Symphony, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. 

A champion of chamber repertoire, Roman frequently collaborates with local and international artists. He is the recipient of several international awards for excellence in music performance and leadership and is a steadfast believer in facilitating the development of young artists.

Graduate of Rice University (USA), Roman is frequently engaged as a guest speaker and tutor by an array of arts and music education organisations.


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Sarah Butler


New Zealand-born Sarah Butler gained a Bachelor of Music at Auckland University before travelling to study in the United Kingdom.

Butler spent 12 years in the UK and gained a Masters with Distinctions in performance at Trinity College of Music in London. She then freelanced with the biggest companies in the region – Royal Opera House Orchestra, English National Ballet, London Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Queens Hall Orchestra, before moving back to New Zealand in 2004 where she was appointed Associate Principal Trumpet with the Christchurch Symphony. She was then appointed Associate Principal Trumpet of the Auckland Philharmonia in mid-2009.

In late 2009, she moved to Australia, accepting the position of Principal Trumpet with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra – making history in the process as the first female Principal Trumpet of a Symphony Orchestra in Australasia. Sarah left the company in 2019 and travelled to Bangkok, Hobart and Melbourne to perform and give masterclasses in her role as a Bach Artist.

In 2019 Sarah has also appeared as soloist with the Queensland Pops and has also performed concerti with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Southern Sinfonia. During the past ten years Sarah has also worked as guest Principal with New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney, Western Australian, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

Sarah is a passionate educator and is fortunate to enjoy a sought after teaching position at Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, where she is currently Trumpet Lecturer and Head of Brass.


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Nick Byrne


A Trombonist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1995, Nick was born in Sydney but raised in Canberra where he commenced his studies with Simone de Haan, Ian Perry, Ronald Prussing and Michael Mulcahy. He then undertook post-graduate studies in Chicago with Charles Vernon, Jay Friedman, Edward Kleinhammer, Michael Mulcahy and Arnold Jacobs.

As a student he performed and recorded with Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Lower Brass and was also chosen by Sir Georg Solti for his 1993 Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall. Prior to his appointment in Sydney he was solo Trombone with Hofer Symphoniker in Germany. Nick is also widely acknowledged as the performer who rediscovered the Ophicleide as a solo instrument. He recorded the first-ever complete solo recording for the instrument ‘Back from Oblivion’ on the Melba label in 2006 and in 2014 recorded the first complete solo concerto for Ophicleide, by American composer William Perry, on the Naxos label.

A Churchill Fellowship recipient in 2002, Nick undertook studies with Marc Giradot in Lyon, France. As a recitalist he has performed in Australia, Asia and the USA and continues to revive the instruments repertoire with commissions and numerous dedications. As soloist he has performed with the Sydney Sinfonia, Brown University Orchestra (USA), Orchestra Romantiq-Sydney & the RTE Orchestra-Ireland. He has also performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, L’Arpa Festante-Munich and World Orchestra for Peace (Moscow/St Petersburg-2003) with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Simone Young.


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Karina Filipi


Karina Filipi began playing the tuba at age 10. She completed her Bachelor of Music in 2010 at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide under Peter Whish-Wilson. Karina continued her musical studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Steve Rosse and graduated in 2013 with a Masters in Music Performance. Karina was principal tuba with the Australian Youth Orchestra from 2011-2013 and performed reguarly during this time with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In 2012 Karina was the recipient of a BBM Music Travel Scholarship, which allowed her to undertake private lessons around the UK and Europe and to attend the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference where she was a semi-finalist in the Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Audition category. This travel opportunity also paved a path for her to further her studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) in Zürich, Switzerland. Last year, Karina completed her Master of Arts in Music Performance at the ZHdK under Professor Anne Jelle Visser and is near completing her Masters in Music Pedagogy.

Internationally, Karina held an internship with the Biel Solothurn Orchester (CH) throughout 2014 and performed regularly with the Philharmonia Zürich, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen (CH) and the Südwestdeutsch Philharmonie Konstanz (DE). She has been a featured soloist with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra in 2006, with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Symphony Orchestra in 2012 and with the Sinfonieorchester Nota Bene (CH) in 2015, playing the Ralph Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba on all occasions. 

Karina is currently residing in Melbourne where she is on contract as Principal Tuba with Orchestra Victoria.


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Brent Miller


Brent Miller has a multifaceted career of international acclaim as a Timpanist, Percussionist and Educator. His performances across the globe have been reviewed as “thrilling” and displaying "the utmost virtuosity".  His extensive orchestral career has included performances with most major orchestras in Australasia. He currently serves as Acting Head of Percussion at the Melbourne Conservatorium (the University of Melbourne) and Acting Principal Timpani of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  As a chamber musician, Brent is a core member of Ensemble Q, Principal Timpanist of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and performs with Plexus.

Brent has had the privilege of performing alongside artists such as Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Diana Krall, Armand Van Helden, Tim Minchin, Lang Lang, Kate Miller-Heidke and Gurrumul Yunupingu.  He has collaborated with composers including Thomas Ades, John Adams, Unsuk Chin, Mark Applebaum, Mason Bates, Brett Dean, Catherine Likhuta, Elena Kats-Chernin, Phil Treloar, Stephen Cronin, Dermot Tutty; and conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Simone Young, Xian Zhang, Tan Dun and Mark Wigglesworth, to name a few.

As an educator, Brent has given workshops, tuition and professional development sessions around Australia as well as serving as an examiner for the AMEB. From Bach, to Boulez, to Basement Jaxx and beyond, Brent is passionate about expressing the musical capabilities of percussion instruments to the fullest degree; most recently having 100 solo timpani compositions written for him from composers around the world.


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Yinuo Mu

Yinuo Mu joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as Principal Harp in 2013.  A dynamic performer, she is equally experienced as a solo and chamber musician, and her playing has been described as "elegantly energetic, exquisite" (Artshub, The Age). Yinuo has won numerous music awards and competitions including Grand Prize at the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition and American Harp Society’s Ann Adams Award.  Recent solo appearances include Tan Dun's harp concerto Nu Shu with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Gliere's Concerto for Harp with the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to joining the MSO, Yinuo performed as principal harpist with the Florida Grand Opera. She has also worked as a guest harpist with many orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Tasmania Symphony Orchestra.

Yinuo holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music (USA), and Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA), and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Boston University School of Fine Arts.


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Susanne Powell

Susanne Powell has had an extensive and distinguished career as a chamber musician, accompanist, orchestral pianist, academic and teacher.

Susanne studied piano with Nancy Salas and David Miller and bassoon with John Cran at the Sydney Conservatorium High School and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She graduated with Honours and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II scholarship for Young Australians to continue her studies with Professor Heinz Medjimorec in Vienna, Bruno Canino in Italy and Geoffrey Parsons in London. While in Vienna she was awarded an Austrian Government Scholarship.

A frequent performer and recording artist for ABC Classic FM, Susanne has undertaken national and international tours for Musica Viva Australia. She has participated in many Australian Music Festivals and was awarded the prestigious ACT Arts Creative Fellowship. Artists with whom Susanne has appeared include Cho Liang ("Jimmy") Lin, Camilla Tilling, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Peter Coleman-Wright, Tina Gruenberg, Ofra Harnoy, Dene Olding, Roger Benedict, Barbara Jane Gilby and Paul Goodchild.

A passionate orchestral pianist, Susanne appears frequently as principal guest keyboard with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and was invited to tour as the celeste player with London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev on their 2014 Australian tour. She has worked with conductors Simone Young, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, John Adams, Thomas Adès , Osmo Vänskä and Miguel Harth-Bedoya and David Robertson. Susanne has been accompanist for the Jacqueline du Pré masterclasses in London's South Bank Summer Music series, the Britten-Pears Summer School in Aldeburgh and the Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival master courses in Germany. Her performances at summer music festivals in Switzerland and Germany have attracted critical acclaim.

Susanne was a Senior Lecturer in Music at The Australian National University for many years and is a mentor and tutor for The Australian Youth Orchestra.

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