Mary Nemet


AYO National Music Camp 1952-55


Mary Nemet is a prominent string educator, AMEB Examiner, Reviews Editor for AUSTA Stringendo and contributor to Strings USA.

One of Australia's most accomplished violinists, Mary received her early training from her mother. She gave her first broadcasts for the ABC's Young Australia recitals at age 13, gaining her A.Mus in the same year and performing in many Australian centres for the Arts Council whilst still at school. Four years later she made her (Beethoven) concerto debut with the Sydney Symphony in the ABC Young Performers' Awards.

Mary won a scholarship taking her to London and there won further awards including the coveted Boise prize and a Belgian Government Scholarship enabling her to study with Arthur Grumiaux. Mary also toured and recorded with her own String Trio and Piano Quartet and as a member of the Philharmonia, English Chamber and Menuhin Orchestras at the Sao Paolo, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Aldeburgh and Bath Festivals.

On her return to Australia to take up a teaching appointment at the Sydney Conservatorium, Mary renewed her association with the ABC, appearing on Sunday Night Celebrity and Gala Performance on TV, and has since given innumerable recitals and broadcasts including premieres of Australian works. She also toured extensively for Musica Viva in the Collegium Piano Trio and the Melbourne String Quartet during her 15-year tenure as Lecturer in Strings and Tutor in Chamber Music at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Since moving to Toowoomba Mary has been a regular guest leader and soloist with USQ Sinfonia and Chamber Strings, specialist violin tutor at both UQ and USQ, tutor at many McGregor Winter Chamber Music Schools, adjudicator, senior examiner for the AMEB, as well as giving workshops and master classes. 


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