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.
MICHAEL BROOKS REID - VIOLIN
Australian violinist Michael Brooks Reid appears regularly as concertmaster or principal second with leading orchestras across Europe. Currently based in Berlin, Michael makes regular guest appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra, Camerata Bern and Kammerakademie Potsdam. Michael has also performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and has worked with esteemed conductors such as the late greats Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado.
As a chamber musician, Michael spent several years as a member of the Hamer Quartet. During this time the ensemble competed in the inaugural Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition, taking all available first prizes; the Quartet, Overall and Audience prizes. The quartet was subsequently named on ‘The Age’ newspaper’s ‘The 100 Most Influential People in Australia’ list.
Since then, Michael has continued to pursue his passion for chamber music in Europe, performing in several international music festivals, including with Oboist Albrecht Mayer at the ‘Hitzacker Musikwoche’ in Germany, and at the Avigdor Classics in Switzerland. Since 2017, Michael has been a member of the Logos Chamber Group at the Joy of Music Festival in Hong Kong. As soloist, Michael has toured with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, performing and directing The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla to critical acclaim. He was recently featured in the Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s 50th birthday celebrations, performing Brahms Violin Concerto with the orchestra in the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Michael has also undertaken conducting study with Christopher Seaman, Sebastian Lang-Lessing and the late John Hopkins OBE, and has conducted the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. From 2004-2008 Michael was Leader and Artistic director of the Australian Classical Players, where he combined his passions for conducting and violin playing, programming and directing the concert season from the 1st violins. More recently, he has been part of a team of professional mentors directing the ‘Aldeburgh Strings’, a chamber orchestra made up of the most outstanding students from the Britten-Pears Festival in the UK.
Michael plays a violin by Nicolo Gagliano, made in Naples in 1751.
When taking a break from music, Michael enjoys traveling, good food with good wine and a game of poker!
Stefanie Farrands - Viola
Australian violist Violist Stefanie Farrands has been Principal Violist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 2015, after studying in Berlin with renowned Violist Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule für Musik, Hanns Eisler Berlin. Prior to Berlin she was the recipient of the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship studying at ANAM in Melbourne.
Stefanie has performed extensively throughout Europe, America, Asia and Australia both as a chamber musician and orchestral player, including playing regularly with some of the world’s most renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Camerata Salzburg. She has also been Guest Principal with the Strasbourg Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and in Australia she has been guest principal Viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, guest Principal Viola of the Australian World Orchestra, and is a regular guest with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as Soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ACO Collective, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and AYO Young Symphonists.
Stefs biggest passion is chamber music and is the founding member of the Hamer Quartet which was successful in winning the Asia Pacific Chamber Music competition, taking the overall First Prize Tony Berg Award, 1st prize for String Quartet and the Audience Prize in 2009. They gave their debut to critical acclaim in 2007 and since then have toured both nationally and internationally and recorded their Debut album for Melba records.
Commissioning new works for the Viola is of keen interest to Stefanie. In 2016 she was the winner of the Freedman Classic Fellowship from which she has commissioned new works for the viola. She has premiered Douglas Weilands third string quartet with the Hamer Quartet as well as given premiers to numerous solo, chamber and orchestral works as well as workshops and masterclasses on writing for the viola.
She has recorded both solo and chamber works for the ABC and is regularly featured of ABC Classic Fm and 3mbs, and is currently a member of the Viola Faculty at the Conservatorium of music in Hobart.
Michael Dahlenburg - Cello
Michael Dahlenburg is a cellist and conductor born and based in Melbourne, Australia. He studied cello with Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music and Molly Kadarauch at the University of Melbourne.
As a cellist, Michael tours nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, recording artist and teacher. He has worked with international musicians in festivals and concerts across the globe, and has worked with organisations such as the Australian String Quartet, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, ACO2, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. He is principal cellist of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
He is a founding member of the acclaimed Hamer Quartet, First Prize, Audience Prize and Musica Viva Grand prize winners at the 2009 Asia-Pacific Chamber Competition. Hamer Quartet were named in ‘The Age’ magazines Top 100 Most Influential (2009), and also named in the ABC’s Limelight magazine awards the same year as Best Newcomer. He has given performances at numerous festivals and concert halls around Australia and internationally, including UK, Italy, France, China, Spain, South Korea, New Zealand and many others.
Michael is also a member of ARTARIA, an Adelaide based chamber ensemble, whose debut album was released in 2018.
Michael plays a 1780 J Charles donated by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, the Tallis Foundation, Hamer Family Fund, and other private donors. He would also like to thank Merv Dickey for commissioning his 2015 Ersen Aycan cello.
Michael studied conducting with John Hopkins and Maestro Christopher Semen. Michael has been a regular guest conductor and director of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He has also conducted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, orchestras for arts organisations such as Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne Youth Music, State Music Camp, Youth Philharmonic Melbourne, Corpus Medicorum, Stonnington Symphony, and Australian Medical Students Orchestra.
Avishai Chameides - Viola
(from the website of the Noga Quartet www.nogaquartet.com where Avishai is founding violist)
What’s special about our Noga Quartet is that we’ve all grown together from the beginning when we were aged 20 and didn’t understand what string quartet playing was about. I’ve grown up with this string quartet and feel that for me it’s very special. We don’t play a wide repertoire because we get involved at a very detailed level in each piece. We play very freely and have very fine moments in every piece of music we play. We couldn’t do this if we didn’t spend the time we do developing our specific interpretation.
For me playing in a string quartet is the most beautiful thing one can do with a viola. It has a beautiful voice in the quartet—it often gets the composers special attention. There’s always a point in a quartet when the viola line makes you fall in love. I wanted to be part of a string quartet ever since I learnt viola as a child. My father is a violinist, and I started learning with his violin teacher when I was 5. I moved to a ¾ viola when I was 10 and at 13 I got my first full-sized viola for my Bar Mitzvah. It was in that time I decided I would become a violist! I went to the Conservatory in Israel in Givataim and Tel Aviv, and at 15 moved to Italy and started studying in the Conservatory in Milan. It was there where my passion for string quartet started.I first visited Berlin aged 18, and entered into the University of the Arts in Berlin a few years later at 21. It was here that I met Joan and Lauriane and became a founding member of the Noga Quartet.
I also regularly collaborate with orchestras in Berlin including the Konzerthausorchester Berlin., Deutsche Oper Belin, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Rundfunk Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin.