LOUISE KING – CELLO
Louise King is a concert artist, as a chamber music partner, baroque and modern cellist, adjudicator, teaching artist, event producer, conductor, workshop facilitator, recording artist and a leader in community art and music projects. Louise‘s performing projects and engagements are diverse and eclectic showcasing the best of classical music fused with contemporary art practices, whilst exploring Australian music, women in music, improvisation, composition, folk music, and extensive collaborations with singer-songwriters, dance, mime and spoken word.
Louise recently performed with the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra at their concert “Romancing the Cello” on June 15 and 22, 2014, and will join us again for the “Russian Romance” series in June 2016!
ORAVA STRING QUARTET
Praised by the Sydney Morning Herald for their ‘warmth of sound, sublime inner-voicing and spontaneity,’ The Orava String Quartet is emerging as one of Australia’s most exciting chamber music ensembles. Founded in 2007, The Orava String Quartet consists of brothers Daniel Kowalik (violin), Karol Kowalik (cello), and completed by David Dalseno (violin) and Thomas Chawner (viola). In 2016, The Orava Quartet will join forces with the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra to perform in the Remembrance Concert Series, featuring masterworks by Elgar and Shostakovich.
Born in Sydney, Jill has played with most of Australia’s professional orchestras and is this year celebrating 40 years as Principal Harpist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
During her career she has performed as soloist with the QSO on many occasions, premiering new concertos for harp and orchestra and recording for radio and TV in a solo capacity in addition to chamber music recitals. Her orchestral work has covered many different forms of music, from ballet and opera to popular and jazz, accompanying some of the world’s most admired performers, including ballet dancers Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev and opera singers Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Jill teaches harp privately and has been heavily involved in the Queensland Harp Society since its inception in 1992. She is in demand as an adjudicator, examiner and tutor.
ANNA STODDART – FLUTE
Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Music) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with distinction in flute and teaching becoming an instrumental music teacher with Education Queensland, teaching in several Queensland schools.
Highlights of Anna’s career include lecturing in Flute at the University of Southern Queensland and performing as a member of both the Queensland Symphony and Queensland Philharmonic Orchestras.
She is also a member of Carisma, a flute, harp and cello trio that performs regularly and has recorded for the ABC in recent years with CDs in the ABC collection and air time on Classic FM. She is presently Principal Flautist of the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra (Gold Coast Pops Orchestra).