Nigel began violin studies at the Stoliarsky School of Music, Brisbane at the age of 10, later continuing his studies at the University of Queensland. He was a participant in the Australian National Academy of Music’s Master Course Program, and Youth Music Australia’s Fellowship Program with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Currently the head of Strings at All Saints Anglican College, Nigel is also a member of faculty at the Cremona International Music Academy in Italy as a violin/viola tutor, chamber music coach, performer and conductor, as well as being an adjudicator for the Cremona Strings Competition for musicians from some twenty countries from ages 10 to 28.
Hugh studied violin from the age of five, and obtained his Associate Diploma in 1991 while studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Hugh won the National Youth Concerto Competition in 1992. He was a finalist in the 2MBS-FM Young Performers Award and a state finalist in the ABC Young Performers Award. Hugh was one of the youngest members of the Australian Youth Orchestra and took part in 7 international concert tours. He was also part of the Camerata Australia and held the position of Concertmaster of the Sydney Youth Orchestra for 2 years. Professionally, Hugh worked in the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and was in the Sydney production of the musicals Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon. Hugh now performs regularly with the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra / Gold Coast Pops Orchestra and is also a practising orthopaedic surgeon in the local area.
Chen Yang is an active musician performing regularly as concert master and leader for The Sinfonia of St Andrews and The Corda Spiritus Orchestra of Brisbane. He graduated with distinction in violin performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and has held professional positions as concert master of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra and was also a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He plays with the Corda Spiritus Chamber Players with recent repertoire highlights including Mendelssohn and Schubert Octets, Beethoven Septet and Schubert String Quintet with future plans for a performance of Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night” for String Sextet. Other violin performing interests include playing on baroque violin and regular gypsy violin shows for dinner concerts.
Evan Setiawan is a violinist, composer and arranger. He is the principal of Harmonie Music Centre and the current Head of Strings at Coomera Anglican College. In 2007, after completing his Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Queensland he joined the “DeepBlue Orchestra”. With them, he has performed around the world, across Australia, Asia and the USA. Evan has also been awarded the “Norman Miller Violin Award” from the Toowoomba City Council and the 4MBS Chamber Music Award with his trio, “Trio Ispirato”. He has recorded for various film sound tracks, artists and bands including X factor winner, Dami Im. He actively plays in many ensembles and was violinist in musical theatre productions such as Cats, Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods. In 2013 he was a judge for the Brisbane division of The Voice of China.’’’
Alison played her first concert violin solo at age seven. She studied flute and piano, as well as violin, before graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium in 1991 with an Associate Diploma in Music Performance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance. Alison later completed her Diploma in Further Education. She has played in several chamber music groups and regional orchestras, and is currently the Concertmaster of the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra.
When not playing music, Alison cares for her two young children and her husband, also helping her parents on their farm.
Though he fixes computers during the day as a certified Microsoft technician, Michael turns into a crazy violinist at night. Michael completed his Bachelor of Music with Honours First Class on Violin, studying under Stephen Chin, Michele Walsh and Elizabeth Morgan. He has performed with the Queensland Youth Symphony, the Conservatorium Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, the Opera Orchestra and the elite Divertimenti Strings Ensemble. Along with winning the prestigious Ronald Clifford Davis Violin Scholarship in 2002, he has been awarded the Logan City Council Young Achiever’s Award, and a scholarship to the 2001 International Workshops. Michael was also concertmaster at the Qld Conservatorium performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, which was narrated by Ernie Dingo. Michael also enjoys working with many of the musical theatre groups around Brisbane.
Lisa has been working as a string teacher and conductor in schools on the Gold Coast for 26 years. Since completing a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Queensland in 1989 studying with Elizabeth Morgan, she has established and coordinated string programs at Somerset College, Emmanuel College and TSS working with students from Prep through to Year 12. In 1996 she also worked abroad for the East Sussex Music school in the Uk. She is currently the Junior School String Coordinator at All Saints Anglican School on the Gold Coast.
Lisa has played violin in various local orchestras and she is currently a member of the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra. As a freelance musician, she enjoys performing with various ensembles along with her own quartet Amati Strings. She is also an accomplished choral conductor and singer.
Helen was born in the U.K. and studied Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge University. She continued her studies in Violin Performance and Strings Teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester during which she performed in the Britten Pears Chamber and Baroque Orchestras and the Hanover Band conducted by Richard Egarr. Helen established and taught the Strings Programme at the International School of the Regents, Pattaya, Thailand, where she also played violin in the ISR Piano Trio. Since moving to Australia, Helen has been teaching Music and Strings at Somerset College, Geelong College and Geelong Grammar School. Helen has been a member of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, Gold Coast Strings Quartet and the Geelong Symphony Orchestra.
Mark’s involvement with music started with playing guitar in a rock band, but eventually he adopted a greater interest in orchestral music. His lessons began under the tutelage of Clive Jay (Elizabethan Trust Orchestra), and he later met and studied under Byron Mengel, Chen Yang and the late Robert Menga. Byron, Chen and Robert were also members of the QSO at the time. Mark has performed with the Warringah Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, the Concert Society Orchestra in Brisbane and in several musical productions with the Spotlight Theatre Company, on the Gold Coast. He also enjoys performing in a number of String Quartets and Mixed Ensembles, the latest of which includes the GCCE, but he is also one of the longest serving members of the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra.
Jenny Marshall’s musical journey began in her home town on the Gold Coast. As a young student, she performed in local eisteddfods and was an active member of the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Symphony and Australian Youth Orchestra. Jenny began her tertiary education studying a Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland under the guidance of Patricia Pollett. After completing her Master of Music on full scholarship at the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music, Jenny returned to Gold Coast where she joined the innovative ensemble DeepBlue. Since then, Jenny has frequently toured both Australia and overseas, performing in Canada, Taiwan, Thailand and India. Jenny played a key role in the choreography and directing of DeepBlue’s most recent show ‘Who Are You’, which incorporates elements of music, dance, drama, visuals and audience-interactive technology. Jenny also regularly performs with Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra and the Gold Coast Chamber Ensemble.
Sara’s orchestral postings include principal second violinist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Opera and Ballet Orchestra. She was concertmaster for the Victorian Ballet Company tour of Australia and has worked with luminaries such as Sir Neville Marriner, Dame Joan Sutherland and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
A graduate of Indiana University School of Music, Sara studied with the world famous Beaux Arts Trio’s Daniel Guilet, Dean of the Warsaw School of Music Taddeus Wronski, and Toscanini’s preferred concertmaster, Mischa Mischakoff. In studios, Sara has recorded music for films, TV and radio as well as backings for local artists. She has played with international artists including Henry Mancini, Olivia Newton-John, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, and was concertmaster for many Brisbane musicals including “Les Miserables”.