BONNIE BROWN - PIANO
Paris-based Australian concert pianist Bonnie Brown is an active soloist, collaborative musician and teacher. She has performed internationally across Europe, Asia, and Australia and in prominent festivals and performing venues, as well as with Australiaʼs leading orchestras and on Australian radio. Among her many formal qualifications, she holds the Diplôme Supérieur dʼEnseignement (6ème niveau) from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, as well as a Master of Music (performance) from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
In 2008 at the invitation of the French Government, Bonnie Brown spent her first year in Paris as Australian Artist in Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts. Since this time she has been mentored by internationally celebrated concert pianist Cristina Ortiz. Between 2008 and 2012 she was under the guidance of renowned French pedagogue and concert pianist France Clidat at the Ecole Normal de Musique de Paris. She has studied with Professor Alexandr Satz at the Universität für Music und darstellende Kunst, Graz, Austria, and her former teachers in Australia include Ronald Farren-Price AM, Dr Graham Williams (pupil of Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod), Rita Reichmann and Richard Gill OAM. To assist with her studies in Europe she was the recipient of over 15 internationally prestigious grants and scholarships. These include, from France, the 2nd Prize internationally from the Foundation Nadia et Lili Boulanger (Paris) for 2009-2010, and from Australia, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.
As a seasoned and passionate chamber musician, Bonnie Brown performs regularly, collaborating with instrumentalists, professional vocalists, and small ensembles. She is laureate of the special prize for romantic interpretation from the International Concours Grieg for piano duo in Oslo Norway. In 2011 she formed the Brown & Breen Piano duo with fellow Australian Concert pianist Louisa Breen. The duo were fortunate to commission Peter Sculthorpe to create his first ever work for two pianos, his last major work which they premiered in Paris in 2014. The duo continue to have a regular presence in concert seriesʼ in Australia and around the world.
Deeply committed to teaching, Bonnie Brown is in extremely high international demand for private tuition and masterclasses.
MICHELLE WOOD - CELLO
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Michelle began her cello studies at the age of seven. She completed both her Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees at the University of Melbourne under the inspired tuition of Arturs Ezergailis, and then Christian Wojtowicz in Tasmania, as the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award.
During her time at university, Michelle became the founding cellist of the Tinalley String Quartet. Performances with the Quartet over 14 years have led to both national and international acclaim, and tours to some of the finest concert halls in the world; including the Berlin Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw, Musikverein, and Frankfurt AlteOper. She has been mentored by cellists from the St Lawrence Quartet, Tokyo Quartet, and Keller Quartet amongst many others. Tinalley were also winners of the 9th International Banff String Quartet Competition, leading to extensive tours of Europe and North America, and representation in Europe. Alongside the quartet`s illustrious career, Michelle`s chamber music performances have also extended to appearances as guest artist with the Australian String Quartet, Australia Ensemble, Stargaze Ensemble in Berlin, and festivals both in Australia and Europe. She has been broadcast widely on radio both in Australia and Europe, and has recorded to great acclaim with both Tinalley Quartet (Ravel & Debussy Quartets for Decca, and Haydn Op.20) and violinist Kristian Winther (Tzigane).
Michelle is also at home within the orchestra, and is currently a member of the cello section of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She has been an acting Principal and Guest Associate Principal Cellist in both the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras respectively, as well as a core player in the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (performing as soloist and principal cellist). Michelle has also had the honour to perform and tour as part of the Australian World Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta in concerts at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne`s Hamer Hall, as well as its tour to India in 2015, and their recent 2018 season with Riccardo Muti.
Michelle is a passionate teacher, and is involved in mentoring and teaching many young chamber musicians and cellists. She has worked with ensembles and students from the University of Melbourne, Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne Youth Orchestra programs and at the Australian Youth Orchestra`s National Music Camp as well as Fellowship Programs with the Melbourne Symphony.
Michelle performs on a instrument made in 1849 by Charles Boullangier.
EOIN ANDERSEN - VIOLIN
A native of Wisconsin, USA, Eoin Andersen began violin lessons at the age of 5. His teachers have included Sr. Noraleen Retinger, Gerald Fischbach, David Taylor, Efim Boico, and his foremost musical influence, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. He studied film production and arts management at New York University and graduated in 2000.He made his concerto debut with the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. As a former member of the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, he toured the US and Europe performing chamber works of Schumann and Bartók among others.
Eoin has performed as Guest Concertmaster of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and as Guest Principal with the Mahler and Australian Chamber Orchestras, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, and frequently with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.
He was a long-time member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. As a founding member and director of the Mahler Chamber Soloists, he performed in South America and throughout Europe, and collaborated with the pianist Fazıl Say, the choreographer Sasha Waltz, and soprano Anna Prohaska. He has made chamber music performances at the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Sarasota Festivals in the United States, and at the Il de Re Festival in Bordeaux, in Aix-en Provence, in a Pacific Music Festival sponsored tour of Japan, at the Lucerne Festival, and biannually at the ICMF Wassenaar in the Netherlands, among others. Most recently he collaborated with Patricia Kopatchinskaja in a Bach Double Concerto concert in Zurich. With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra he has performed concertos of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Piazolla, and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s violin concerto with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
He was Principal 2nd violin of the Orchester der Oper Zurich from 2011-2015 and concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 2015-2018.