Short List Judges
|Past KNVC winners: Marianne Broadfoot (2002), Katherine Lukey (2004), Jonathan Mui (2007), Liisa Pallandi (2010), Anna da Silva Chen (2011), James Dong (2012). Yejin Min (2014)|
|Ole Bohn, Katherine Lukey, Patricia Pollett|
|Ole Bohn, Carl Pini, Patricia Pollett, Charles Stegeman|
Ole Böhn has pursued an extensive career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Since his debut in 1969, he has performed regularly with orchestras in Europe, the US and South America. In 1983 he toured the People's Republic of China.
He has collaborated with conductors such as Moshe Atzmon, Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, Lukas Foss, Michael Giehlen, Marek Janowski, Franz Welser-Möst, and Oliver Knussen, and is a frequent performer on radio and television world-wide.
In 1990 he gave the world premiere of Elliott Carter's violin concerto with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and has since performed this concerto, which was written for and dedicated to him, with the leading orchestras in Europe and the United States.
Ole Böhn's repertoire ranges from the baroque to the present day and he is regarded as one of the leading interpreters of American contemporary music in Scandinavia.
He has taught at the Royal Danish Conservatory and at the Conservatory of Music in Oslo; given classes at the Eastman School of Music, Hart School of Music, the Norwegian State Academy of Music, Gedai Institue, Tokyo, and the University of Northern Illinois; and for several years conducted summer classes at the Officina da Musica de Curitiba, Brazil.
Ole Böhn has studied under Louise Behrend at the Juilliard School of Music, with Ernst Glaser in Oslo, Henry Holst at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, and with Max Rostal at the Statliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.
He is the concertmaster of the Norwegian National Opera and has previously held a similar position with the Copenhagen Symphony Orchestra, and worked for shorter periods as concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro del Fenice in Venice, Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, the Residentie Orchestra in Den Haag, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, The Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn and the Hamburg State Opera. Ole Böhn uses a violin made in 1766 by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini. It was acquired for his use by Nordea Bank of Norway.
He joined the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as Associate Professor in 2009.
Tony Pini is a musician of international reputation. He began his career in London in 1960 as Leader of the London String Quartet and from 1968 spent six years in Sydney forming the Sinfonia of Sydney and the Carl Pini Quartet with whom he made three world tours. He also conducted the Sydney, South Australian and West Australian Orchestras and conducted the English Chamber Orchestra at the 1974 Edinburgh Festival.
In 1975 he was appointed Concertmaster of the Philharmonia in London and during the next six years appeared as soloist in concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Prokofiev with Riccardo Muti, Sir Adrian Boult and Zdenek Maçal.
In 1980 Tony was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and from 1983 to 1988 he was Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, leading the ACO on its Bicentennial Tours of the USA and Europe. He has conducted several seasons of opera, including La Boheme, Don Pasquale, Julius Caeser and Le Cinesi.
Tony Pini was Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony from 1990 until 1995. In 1992 he premiered the Richard Mills violin concerto and since 1990 has conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on several occasions.
Since 1996 Tony Pini has played as a Principal in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 1998 the Tony Pini Quartet performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Quartets. Tony Pini is an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music in London, and has taught violin and conducting at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Melbourne and Monash Universities and the Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney.
Patricia Pollett is one of Australia’s leading string players. Well known as an advocate of new music for the viola, she has commissioned, performed and recorded numerous solo works by leading Australian composers. She was honoured for this work with an APRA Australian Music Centre Classical Music Award for the Most Distinguished Contribution to the Presentation of Australian Composition by an Individual.
Patricia has performed as soloist and chamber musician with major Australian ensembles and orchestras and has extensive international performance experience, particularly with the Italian string ensemble I Solisti Veneti. A founding member of the contemporary ensemble Perihelion, Patricia will launch with White Halo, resident at the University of Queensland from 2014.
Patricia is in demand as a teacher, giving masterclasses for leading education institutions in Australia and overseas including the Australian National Academy of Music and New York University. She has directed and tutored courses for the Australian Youth Orchestra and was a member of their board and artistic committee.
Patricia is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland where she is Director of Performance Studies at the School of Music.
Canadian born Stegeman, violin, made his recital debut at age seven in Banff (Alberta, Canada) and debuted as soloist with the Banff Festival Orchestra at age nine. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 13 where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree by the age of 20, including academic coursework at prestigious Haverford College. Stegeman continued his formal music education at the Juilliard School where he earned a Masters Degree of Music Performance and worked towards an Artist Diploma.
Stegeman has appeared as soloist with orchestra in many countries including Canada with the Vancouver Symphony, France with the Toulouse Orchestre Symphonique, RTB Orchestra in Belgium, the U.S. with the Kansas City Symphony , and with the New York Chamber Players in Grammercy Park as well as in all the festivals he performs with currently. He is sought after as a master class clinician giving classes internationally at such institutions as El Systema, Venezuela, The Beijing Central Conservatory (Beijing, China) FEMUSC Brazil.
Stegeman has appeared as a Columbia Artist performer for 10 years with the Canterbury and Sartory Piano Trios. While working towards his Doctorate at the University of Michigan, Stegeman accepted a joint position with the University of Missouri at Kansas City and the Kansas City Symphony as Concertmaster and Artist in Residence.
A winner of 5 national competitions and 1 international violin competition (CMC in Montreal), Stegeman averages approximately 50 concerts a year as Concertmaster, Chamber Musician, and Soloist in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and The Caribbean.
Well known for his artistic vision in the creation of music festivals, Stegeman has founded, co-founded or advised several festivals including the Western Slope Music Festival, the Sunflower Music Festival, Buzzards Bay Music Festival, and Music Fest Midwest. He also serves as Concertmaster at international festivals such as the St. Barth’s Music Festival in the French West Indies, the Music Academy of the West (2000-2003), the French/American Chamber Ensemble in the Cher Valley, France (1991-1997), the Canadian National Repertory Orchestra in Hamilton, Ontario, and the FEMUSC Festival in Santa Catarina, Brazil.
A frequent soloist throughout his 45 year performance career he has played around the world in many of the major cities in North America and Europe as well as Brazil and China. He has performed for an estimated 4-5 million people on 4 continents and has averaged almost 70 concerts a year for the past 35 years.
Having resided in Pittsburgh for 27 years, Stegeman chaired for 25 of those years the Strings at Duquesne University, was for 3 years the Director of the Performance Department and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Director of Orchestral Instrumental Study at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA) from 2001 -2014. He holds the position of Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and is the Concertmaster of Andrea Bocelli’s West-Coast Tours, a position he has enjoyed for the last 15 years.
His students are found in the ranks of major symphony orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. They can also be found in positions as professors in conservatories, universities and as winners of major competitions. A recipient of many awards, grants, and scholarships for his various activities, Stegeman has also recorded on Sony Classics with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and is published in Chamber Music America. Regularly heard on NPR, he plays a Nicolo Gagliano violin dated 1776 and an Arcus Cadenza carbon-fiber bow.
Marianne has been a member of the Sydney Symphony first violins since 2008. She is co-currently completing her PhD in Music Performance with Wanda Wilkomirska at the Sydney Conservatorium where she holds an APA Scholarship. She gained her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the Canberra School of Music in 2004, studying with Barbara Jane Gilby and Alice Waten.
Marianne has performed extensively as a contract and casual player with the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 2006 when she was chosen for their Emerging Artists Program and last year was invited to play second violin in the Australian Chamber Orchestra string quartet in a concert tour of North Queensland.
In 2004 and 2005 Marianne studied with Igor Ozim at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg with the assistance of the E.V.Llewellyn Memorial Fund. Marianne was the winner of the Kendall National Violin Competition in 2002 and gave a recital tour of the region with Edward Neeman as part of the prize. In 2004 Marianne was awarded first prize in Australian Concerto Competition in Townsville and later that year was awarded the 2nd prize at the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand.
In 2003, Marianne performed with The Queensland Orchestra in the ABC Young Performer's String Final and in 1999, as recipient of a Young Artists Award, recorded a movement of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Marianne has also appeared as soloist on two occasions with both the Barrier Reef Orchestra and the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, as well as with the Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra, Melbourne University Orchestra and the Canberra Chamber Players, performing works by Beethoven, Bruch, Edwards, Mozart, Prokofiev and Szymanowski.
Marianne is the first violinist with the Enigma Quartet who regularly play at the Art Gallery of NSW and have also been broadcast on ABC Classic FM for their Sunday Live program and given a concert tour of the South Island in New Zealand. She is also a tutor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School and has played in masterclasses with Pinchas Zukerman, David Takeno, Anthony Marwood, Vivane Hagner, Charles Castleman, Rudolf Koelman, Valerie Oistrakh and Jack Liebeman.
Glenn Christensen was born and raised in the regional Queensland town of Mackay, where he received his early music education through the Suzuki Method with local teacher Diane Powell. Glenn then studied with Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music, First Class Honours. He was also the first person ever to be awarded the three highest prizes – the Conservatorium Medal, the Music Medal and the University Medal.
From 2015, Glenn has been a full-time member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Principal First Violin in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra from 2012. He has also performed as Guest Principal with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, was the Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2012 and 2013 and was an Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist in 2012.
As a soloist, Glenn has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions, most recently in July 2015, where he returned as Guest Concertmaster, Director and Soloist for a regional Queensland tour.
He has had performances broadcast live on ABC Classic FM, was a finalist in the 2014 ABC Young Performer Awards, and in 2009 won every category in the prestigious Kendall National Violin Competition. Also a keen chamber musician, Glenn is the violinist in the Lyrebird Trio, which won both the audience choice prize and the Piano Trio prize in the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition. Glenn has also appeared at numerous festivals and masterclasses around Australia and internationally.
Lerida began learning the violin at the age of three and at fifteen, began her undergraduate studies with William Hennessy at the University of Melbourne, completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in 2003.
Lerida is a founding member of the Tinalley String Quartet, winners of the 9th Banff International String Quartet Competition and the 2005 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has performed extensively throughout Europe, Canada, North America and Australia, appearing in such iconic venues as the Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, Frankfurt AlteOper, Berlin Konzerthaus and the Sydney Opera House.
Lerida has appeared as a guest Principal with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, Orchestra Victoria and Australian Youth Orchestra, and a guest musician with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Before relocating to Sydney, Lerida was a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a core player/soloist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Virtuosi. Lerida is currently Assistant Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony.
Lerida has engaged in study at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Switzerland; International Holland Music Sessions, The Netherlands; Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, UK; Yale Summer School of Music and Stanford University in the United States.
Lerida is the grateful recipient of a 1793 Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin on loan from a private donor.
An internationally acclaimed musician, guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has captivated audiences across Europe, Australia, the United States and his native country of Russia.
His international success began when he was accepted into the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation "Live Music Now" outreach program. He then went on to win many international guitar competitions and prizes in Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Greece and the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America earning him a full season concert tour throughout North America, including at Debut Carnegie Hall, NY; Canada, Mexico, South America, and China, in addition to a publication with Mel Bay and a recording for Naxos label distributed worldwide.
Recent highlights include tour of Japan, 2015 La Guitarra California Festival, appointment as faculty of guitar at Sydney University and opening the season for the Boston Classical Guitar Society season and recital for the Seattle Classical Guitar Society while taking on a part-time faculty role at the California State University, Fullerton, in addition to being selected as the first at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music to pursue his Doctoral of Musical Arts (DMA) studies. (USC's most elite graduate fellowship in the Arts granted annually to only one fellow in each of five arts schools at USC).
He has performed in recital and as soloist with chamber ensembles of Orchestra de Las Beiras, the Orchestra de Aveiro, the Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, the Symphony Orchestra of New Russia, and Junge Philharmonie Köln , as well as appearances at the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Series, Koblenz International Guitar Festival (Germany), Guitar Art Festival Belgrade (Serbia), Vienna Guitar Forum (Austria), Nantes Summer Guitar Academy (France), Vondelpark Festival (The Netherlands), and Sydney Crows Nest Concert Cycle (Australia), in addition to giving master-classes at numerous festivals. He is currently a lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Dimity is well known to national and international audiences for critically-acclaimed performances and recordings as a member of both the Goldner String Quartet and the Australia Ensemble @ UNSW.
She has appeared as soloist with the Sydney Symphony among others, as guest Concertmaster with numerous Australian orchestras and is a former Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Her solo recording of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending is released on ABC Classics.
Dimity has adjudicated several awards and competitions and was a juror for the 2003 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. She has coached young chamber musicians for the Australian and Sydney Youth Orchestras, the Sydney Conservatorium and Musica Viva.
A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium under Alice Waten, Dimity undertook post-graduate studies with Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam, where she won the Zilveren Vriendenkrans award for young soloists and also performed as a casual member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. www.goldnerquartet.com www.ae.unsw.edu.au
Elizabeth Holowell is an eminent teacher of violin and viola, chamber music and string orchestra, with extensive experience at universities and music colleges in Australasia and Britain. She is currently on staff at the University of Auckland School of Music. In the past 12 months several of her students have won Graduate Assistantships in Canada and the USA and large scholarships in the UK. Her graduates are to be found in major international orchestras. She was herself a student of Robert Pikler who was, in turn, taught by Hubay and by Thibaud.
Elizabeth was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and played in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. She was the violinist in the Newcastle University Piano Trio with cellist, Susan Blake and pianist, David Jones. In recent years she has given recitals across Britain, USA and Australasia, bringing new Australiasian works into the repertory. She has recorded much of this repertoire with pianist, Dean Sky-Lucas, on several CDs for the Atoll CD label.
Elizabeth has particular expertise in teaching to avoid and to address injury, and is a trained teacher of the Alexander Technique. Elizabeth was granted an Order of Australia Medal for services to violin performance and teaching.
Stuart Johnson moved from violin to viola following his undergraduate studies at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. After freelancing overseas on both instruments, he returned to Australia and began freelancing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as a violist. Soon after, he was awarded a place in the SSO Fellowship program and also appeared as a James Fairfax Young Artist. In 2003 he was offered a place at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.
As a violist, Stuart has performed numerous times with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, featured as a soloist with Orchestra Victoria, and appeared as guest principal with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He was also a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra viola section permanently in 2009. In addition, he often performs as a chamber musician and has appeared in a number of broadcasts for ABC Classic FM.
Stuart has lectured at the University of Melbourne and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Junior School. He is highly sought after as a teacher, chamber music coach, orchestral tutor and mentor with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and he currently teaches viola at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Conservatorium High School and Rising Stars program.
Katherine was winner of the 2004 Kendall National Violin Competition and also received the audience choice prize. In 2009 she was a string finalist in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award performing the Nielsen Violin Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. She has twice been awarded the Dr Bill Williams Memorial Prize at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and was winner of the Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Award for Strings and finalist in the 3MBS FM Young Performer of The Year Award. From 2002-2006 Katherine studied with Prof. Tibor Varga and Silvia Marcovici at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz, Austria. She also performed as soloist and chamber musician for the Yehudi Menuhin LIVE MUSIC NOW foundation in Austria.
Katherine has attended masterclasses with Prof. Igor Ozim, Prof. Boris Kuschnir, Dimitri Sitkovestky, Gerard Poulet and Felix Andrievsky. She has appeared as soloist with the Darwin Symphony, Melbourne Sinfonia, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, The Metropolitan Orchestra and Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra as winner of the University’s Concerto Competition. She attended the Australian National Academy of Music and completed her Masters in Performance with Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she was a recipient of the M E Wright Bequest.
Katherine continues to perform with the Australian World Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and as a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared in principal roles with the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, West Australian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. She has been a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra with whom she has toured Europe, Asia, North/South America and Australia.
Gregory Maytan has been praised by The Strad for his ‘infectious vitality,’ ‘lyrical freshness,’ and ‘sparkling energy’. Other reviewers have praised him as ‘a technically extraordinarily well-versed violinist’ (Loskant, Nordseezeitung), and also for ‘his lovely, deep and profound sound’ (Hultman, Vasterbottens Kuririen). His recent ‘confident’ performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto was described as ‘vigorous and intelligent’ and ‘beautifully expressed and nuanced’ (Sparks, Commercial Appeal).
Maytan performs regularly as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and has performed extensively in Europe and the US. He has performed chamber music with the likes of soloist Dylana Jenson and Mathias Tacke (Vermeer quartet). Recent engagements include multiple performances of the Beethoven, Prokofiev, Paganini, Sibelius, Bruch, Beethoven, Barber and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos with orchestras in Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, South Dakota and Sweden. He has also performed as a soloist in the Paganini and Tchaikovsky concertos in tours throughout China, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia under conductors such as Dennis Russell-Davies, Raymond Harvey and Evind Gullberg-Jensen. Maytan has taken a particular interested in the Swedish Romantic Composer Amanda Maier (1853-1894) and will be recording her violin concerto with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in September of 2015 under the baton of Andreas Stoehr.
Liisa graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2010 with First Class Honours where she studied with Dr Goetz Richter. She also studied at the Australian National Academy of Music with Adam Chalabi and was the first recipient of the Richard Pollett Memorial Award, which included the loan of a Pressenda violin. In 2012 she was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra under Helena Rathbone’s mentorship. She continued to tour regularly with both the ACO and the ACO Collective before joining the ACO as a permanent member in 2015.
She has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Britten-Pears Orchestra in Aldeburgh and the Australian World Orchestra in their debut concerts. In 2014, Liisa was Guest Principal Violin with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Liisa has performed as a chamber musician in the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Arts Festivals, as well as the Thy Chamber Music festival in Denmark and on tour with the Sydney Dance Company. She was a founding member of the Sydney Camerata with whom she won the Musica Viva Chamber Music Award.
Liisa won the Kendall National Violin Competition in 2010, along with the Bach Prize and Audience Choice awards. Part of her prize was a viola made by Graham Caldersmith, which she has since played with the ACO and ACO2. She has performed as a soloist in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa. In 2013 she undertook a Winter Music Residency at the Banff Centre where she was mentored by Henk Guittart. Receiving the Richard Pollet Memorial Scholarship from the AYO allowed her to pursue further study with Henk in The Netherlands in 2013/14.
Violinist Goetz Richter is currently an Associate Professor at the Sydney Conservatorium. He was born in Hamburg, Germany where he received his early violin tuition from Helmut Heller, Concertmaster of the Hamburg State Opera Orchestra. Following further studies in Munich with Gerhart Hetzel (who remains an important musical and spiritual inspiration) and in Berne with Max Rostal. Goetz was appointed Concertmaster of the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985. Following a brief engagement with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Goetz was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1987. He remained in that position until 2002, participating in several international tours to the US, Europe and Japan and performing with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Edo de Waart, Mariss Jansons, David Zinman and others.
As a member of numerous chamber ensembles he has appeared for Musica Viva Australia, the Sydney Symphony's chamber music series "Music for Spring" and has given frequent broadcasts for ABC-FM and 2 MBS-FM. In 1984 he founded the annual Camden Haven Chamber Music Festival which he directed until 2003. Geotz performs regularly as a recitalist with his wife and duo partner pianist Jeanell Carrigan.
He is currently Artistic Director of the Kendall National Violin Competition and has served as a jury member of the 2002 Maazel-Villar conducting competition in Sydney.
In 2002 Goetz was invited to take up an Associate Professorship at the Sydney Conservatorium where he had been a lecturer in violin since 1988 and the Chair of the Strings Unit since 1997. His students have been successful in gaining positions with leading symphony orchestras as permanent members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Berlin Symphony and as members of orchestral academies of the North German Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Zurich Opera, Berlin Philharmonic and others. His class in Sydney includes a number of highly gifted young violinists who have been invited to participate in national and international competitions including most recently the Menuhin Competition. Goetz is currently the President of the NSW Chapter of AUSTA and directs the Concerts of the Sydney Schubert Society.
Goetz holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Sydney and publishes and presents papers on the philosophy of Plato, Nietzsche, music and philosophy. His recent translation of Eugen Fink Nietzche's philosophy was published by Continuum Press (2002)
Mark Tukh is a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory of Music. He continued his postgraduate studies with Prof. Yuri Kramarov. For many years a principal violist of the Leningrad State Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre, he was also a member of the Theatre’s String Quartet.
In 1990 Mark settled in the USA. He has played with the New Hampshire Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic and New London Symphony orchestras. In 1992 he was invited to lead the viola section of the Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra during their tour of Germany. He has played numerous chamber music concerts and solo recitals in New England, USA, including a live recording for WGBH Boston Radio and a quartet performance in the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
In 1992/93 Mark was a member of the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and professor of Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra, in Portugal. During this period he gave solo recitals in Lisbon, and was also a member of the Fidelio Quartet. Since 1991 he has participated in the annual Monadnock Music Festival in New Hampshire, USA. He has also taken part in the Festival de Musica Antiga Colonial in Brazil, Gotland Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, Festival de Musique des Portes du Soleil in France, Estivo-Sydney Conservatorium of Music, European Chamber Music Summer School in Italy. He is currently a resident of Norway and solo violist of the Norwegian Opera.
Patrick Wong has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Second Violin section since 2010. Patrick was born in Hong Kong and moved to Sydney a year later because he couldn’t speak Chinese. He began playing the violin at the age of four, studying mainly with Yasuki Nakamura, Alex Todicescu and Peter Zhang. After high school he continued to study privately with Professor Zhang while he completed a double Computer Science/Music degree at the University of New South Wales.
Patrick won the Kendall National Violin Competition in 2000. After two years working in IT he began a Masters of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Goetz Richter. Following his studies he was appointed to a violin position with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, where he remained for five years before joining the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
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