The Musicians

Dr Hugh Won – Violin

Hugh obtained his Associate Diploma in 1991 whilst studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He won the National Youth Concerto Competition in 1992 and was a finalist in the 2MBS-FM Young Performers Award and a state finalist in the ABC Young Performers Award.

Hugh played in the Australian Youth Orchestra and took part in seven international tours. He was also Concertmaster of the Sydney Youth Orchestra for two years. Professionally, he has played in the Australian Chamber Orchestra and for professional theatre productions in Sydney.

Chen Yang – Violin

As his first professional musical undertaking, Chen was the Concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra. In 1981, he joined the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the first violin section until 1989. For a change, Chen then spent two years as Musician in Residence on Dunk Island Resort leading a string quartet and performing as a cabaret violinist.

He has been a freelance musician for many major musical productions at QPAC. Chen has conducted various ensembles for the Queensland Youth Orchestra and is presently leader and conductor of the Sinfonia of St
Andrews orchestra in Brisbane. He is also often guest conductor of this orchestra.

Nigel Bardsley – Violin

Having begun his studies at the Stolliarsky School of Music, Nigel
continued 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. He is also a member of faculty at the Cremona International Music
Academy in Italy.

Alison Fletcher – Violin

Alison studied flute and piano as well as violin before graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium with an Associate Diploma in Music Performance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance in 1991. She has played in several chamber groups and regional orchestras and is currently Concertmaster of the
Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra.

Iris Doo – Violin

Iris started playing the violin with her school instrumental program, then began learning viola for orchestral and ensemble playing at age twelve. Her teachers throughout her performance journey include Bruce Davidson, Nigel Bardsley, and John Curro.

Since completing her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium on both instruments, she has been playing with various ensembles around South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Michael McCabe – Viola

Michael has qualifications from both the NSW State Conservatorium in Sydney and the Newcastle Conservatorium. In the mid 1990s, he studied conducting with Myer Freedman whilst working with youth and community orchestras in Penrith. He was on the committee of the NSW chapter of AUSTA for six years
and was the first administrator of The Orchestras of Australia Network. Michael plays in many groups including the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra.

Byron Mengel – Viola

Byron received his Bachelor Degree in Violin and a second Bachelor Degree
in Composition from the University of Missouri in 1971. He was then accepted into a conducting masters program at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. From 1977, Byron played with the Royal Opera of Turin before receiving
a permanent position with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, playing with them for seven years.

Deborah Davis – Cello

Deborah began her studies at the University of Queensland and furthered her development through the Queensland Youth Symphony and the ABC Sinfonia. Studies followed in Germany, including tours throughout Europe and China. She has since played professionally in Australia and Germany with such orchestras as the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Elanor Streatfield – Cello

Eleanor has toured across Australia, China and Europe and performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed for radio stations in Melbourne and Queensland and is in demand in Brisbane as a session musician, including freelancing with Camerata and the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Eleanor is a director of Rue Arts, an arts company dedicated to creating a sustainable model for creative organisations and manages the Sanctuary String Quartet and the Australian Session Orchestra.

Harry Mulhall – Double Bass

Harry completed a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium. He has since been working as a freelance musician on the Gold Coast and plays in several orchestras such as the Brisbane Philharmonic and Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra.