Camillo’s music education began in Ceylon (Sri-Lanka) before going on to The Peabody Conservatorium in Baltimore & Hartt College in Hartford, Connecticut to further his cello studies with Mr Paul Olefsky.
After graduating in 1971, he auditioned and accepted an invitation from the then Australian Broadcasting Cooperation to join the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 1971. During his 18 years with the QSO, he was kept busy recording, playing chamber music, teaching privately and tutoring the Queensland Youth Orchestra.
Camillio left the QSO in 1990 to do more work with The Modern String Quartet and The Manricks Connection, groups he promoted and directed and took up teaching in private and public schools including a year out west in Charleville. He studied conducting with Mr Werner Andreas Albert and Mr Dobbs Franks.
Spiros Rantos, Violinist and Conductor, was born in Corfu, Greece, grew up in Athens and pursued his musical studies in Vienna, Austria, where he met his wife and musical partner, Israeli born pianist Brachi Tilles.
Spiros has won the International Violin competitions of Colmar, France and Forte dei Marmi, Italy and commissioned and promoted over 400 performances around the world as a soloist, chamber music player and conductor. He has recorded over 55 records for many labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi, Adelcord and Grevillea Records.
Spiros has been a frequent guest performer for National broadcast companies in Europe, Asia and Australia. He came to Australia in 1976 as a member of the Vienna based group Ensemble 1. He was founder, artistic director and conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Southern Queensland, University of Melbourne and University of Queensland.
Nathan was guest conductor for the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra’s concert “String Odyssey” in 2013. Having graduated from the University of Queensland where he studied french horn and conducting, Nathan joined the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist residency program as assistant conductor in 2011. He has also conducted with many state orchestras as a member of the Symphony Australia Young Conductors’ Program. In 2012 and 2013, he also attended the Aspen Music Festival studying with Robert Spano and Hugh Wolff.
Currently, Nathan is studying orchestral conducting at the New England Conservatory and is assistant conductor of the Boston Youth Symphony. He takes the opportunity to conduct performances in Brisbane during his visits home.
Chen Yang graduated from The Queensland Conservatorium of Music with distinction majoring in violin performance. He subsequently held the position of concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra (QTO) and later joined the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) for a number of years in their first violin section.
An active musician, Chen performs regularly as leader and conductor of both the Corda Spiritus Orchestra of Brisbane and the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s. He is also a regular guest conductor with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and The Brisbane City Pops Orchestra. In July this year he was invited to conduct the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra in a special Gala Concert celebrating their 25th Anniversary.
Chen is passionate about music education and is a life member with the Queensland Youth Orchestra (QYO). He conducts their Junior String Ensemble (JSE) consisting of up to 70 talented young string players and challenges them with his many string orchestra arrangements adapted from operatic, ballet and symphonic repertoire.
At present he is also conductor and string teacher at St Hilda’s School, Southport.
His other musical interests include playing chamber music including the baroque violin with The Badinerie Players of Brisbane.