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Zoe Knighton

 

Zoe is a founding member of Flinders Quartet, one of Australia’s finest chamber ensembles. Flinders Quartet has toured internationally, nationally and appears regularly at Australian festivals as well as their own celebrated subscription series. The group has commissioned many works, been nominated for an ARIA for best classical album and continues to be a champion of Australian Chamber music. “Flinders Quartet…whose players give such care and unanimity of musical thought to Australian Chamber Music” Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

After starting cello at the age of nine with Jill Kahans, and graduating from the University of Melbourne with the highest mark of her year, Zoe went on to establish herself as one of the country’s most sought after cellists. Having studied with Christian Wojtowicz, Michel Strauss (Paris) Nelson Cooke, and Angela Seargeant, she is now in demand as chamber coach and teacher at various institutions. A regular panellist for major competitions, Zoe combines many facets of her career with performing.

“She radiates confidence in her work and participates with personality and no little finesse. “Well worth hearing for the pleasure given through this player’s familiar warmth and honesty of musical character.” Clive O’Connell

 

 

 


Sally-Anne Russell

Australian mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell has performed in over twenty countries in more than 70 operatic roles and has 40 CD and DVD recordings to her credit with ABC Classics, CHANDOS, NAXOS and DECCA labels. She has won an ARIA people’s choice award and nominations for Young Australian of the Year (Arts), Young Achiever of the Year, Green Room and Helpmann Awards.

International highlights include Oper der Stadt Köln (Germany), Washington Opera (DC), 10 seasons at the Carmel Bach Festival (California), Spoleto Festival (Italy) and in Canada, Japan and Austria performing with Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Bryn Terfel, Sir Andrew Davis, Simone Young, Richard Bonygne, and most recently Sumi Jo.

2016 – 2017 highlights included an Australian tour for Victorian Opera/Musica Viva of Voyage to the Moon and concerts with the Melbourne, Sydney, West Australian, Tasmanian, Auckland, Christchurch and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. Sally-Anne is also a member of the Kathaumixw Festival International Artistic Council in Canada.

In 2019 Sally-Anne will perform with the Melbourne and Auckland Symphonies, Vivaldi in the Vines in Adelaide, concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Devonport and Bach Weihnachts Oratorium and a series of concerts in Austria and Germany.

 


Marshall McGuire

Marshall McGuire studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London. His London debut recital was presented at the Purcell Room for the Park Lane Group. He has commissioned and premiered more than 100 new works for harp and has been a member of the ELISION ensemble since 1988.

Marshall has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, English String Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Australia Ensemble and has appeared at international festivals including Aldeburgh, Melbourne, Milan, Geneva, Brighton, Moscow, Vienna, Huddersfield, Huntington and Adelaide.

Marshall is founding President of the New Music Network, a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra Artistic Advisory Committee, a trustee of the Hephzibah Tintner Foundation and the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers House, and was head of artistic planning with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2011.

He has performed in caves, on the beach at Orpheus Island at the Great Barrier Reef, at the Chateau de Chantilly in France, in shearing sheds and in a 12th century chapel in Wales. Playing music in exotic and beautiful locations is his passion.


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