GUEST PERFORMERS

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LouiseKingLOUISE 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.

 

 

Jill-AJILL ATKINSON

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.

MARGARET BLADES

After beginning the violin at the age of eight with Alita Larsens, Margaret Blades studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music with Beryl Kimber. She continued her studies with Dr Jan Sedivka at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music where she was appointed to the University as a string tutor and chamber musician.

Margaret has performed as a soloist in Australia and overseas with orchestras including the West Australian, Tasmanian, Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Masterworks Festival Orchestra in the USA. In 2006 she appeared as co‐soloist with superstar Nigel Kennedy in Vivaldi and Bach Double Concertos and she has twice appeared as a string finalist in the ABC Young Performer of the Year Awards.

As a recitalist she has appeared at the Adelaide Festival, Barossa Music Festival, Blackwood River Chamber Music Festival (WA) and the Universities of Adelaide, Tasmania and WA. She has also appeared for Musica Viva and on numerous ABC Classic FM broadcasts. From 2002 to 2005, along with oboist Renae Stavely, she was an Artistic Director of the Stellar! collective, ‐ an Adelaide based chamber music ensemble that was committed to commissioning and premiering new works by Australian composers.

Margaret is very committed and involved in the teaching and training of young musicians in Australia and overseas. This has included directing and tutoring Australian Youth Orchestra, Camerata, National Music Camps, Young Australian Concert Artists, and Young Symphonists. She has taught violin at the University of Tasmania, the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and currently teaches at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the University of Western Australia.

Margaret has played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and has been a guest principal for the Sydney Symphony, MSO and TSO. Overseas tours to the USA, Asia, Europe and the UK have included performances in Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Concertgebouw and the City of Birmingham Concert Hall, among others.

In 2004 Margaret was Co‐Concertmaster of the critically acclaimed Australian production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, under the direction of Asher Fisch. She held the position of Associate Concertmaster of the ASO from 1995 until 2005 and is currently Co‐Concertmaster of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Margaret plays on a 1710 violin made by Giofreddo Cappa, made available to her by Janet Holmes a Court.