Biographies

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Justine Anderson

Justine Anderson completed her Masters degree in voice at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008 and has had wide performance experience as both a soloist and ensemble singer.

With a particular interest in contemporary music, Justine has worked with a variety of groups including Bang on a Can, Arcko, Icon Trio, Hutes, Astra, Melbourne University’s New Music Studio and as guest artist at the Australian National Academy of Music. In addition she is the  c0-artistic director of the new music ensemble Six Degrees. In 2008 she recorded for the ABC the Australian premiere of the Alberto Ginastera work Cantata for Magic America as part of the Simplot International Masterclass Series and she again performed this important work in 2011 in a concert at the A.N.U. to celebrate the Bicentenary of Argentina.
Her opera roles include Pamina in The Magic Flute, Michaela in Carmen,The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Tosca in Tosca and Violetta in La Traviata. In 2013 she played Brunhilda in Cut Opera’s version of The Ring in Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Festival and in 2015 she will be playing Mimi in Cut Opera’s version of La Boheme.

Other highlights include a performance as a nightclub singer in the short film ‘The Black Pine Road’, and work as the soloist in various Oratorio performances and festivals including the Canberra Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Port Fairy Spring Festival, Darebin Music Feast and Melbourne Fringe Festival.” In 2015 Justine will be completing a fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music.

3fef544f_809f_4943_a1b5_6f786307e530[1]Melissa Doecke

Melissa Doecke is one of Australia’s most exciting flautists, with a busy career of concerto performances, solo recitals and chamber music concerts. Melissa regularly performs with Australian symphony orchestras including as Guest Principal Flute with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

A section Finalist in the 2010 Australian Young Performer Awards Melissa gave the Australian premiere of Christian Lindberg’s Flute Concerto as soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Melissa studied in Australia at the University of Queensland and the Canberra School of Music as well as on scholarship at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London. She has performed in London at the BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall, at St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Purcell Room at London’s Southbank, as well as in recordings for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Television. Melissa has also given recitals in Italy, Prague, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Brazil, across the UK and Australia, and performed at music festivals worldwide. Melissa is passionate about performing and promoting new music and new Australian music in particular.

Melissa has recently returned to Australia after 5 years in the UK and is currently based in Melbourne.

Jennifer Enchelmaier

Pianist Jen Enchelmaier (formerly McNamara) completed a Diploma of Music in 2001 with Beryl Sedivka at the Tasmanian Conservatorium before further study in France with Cecile Ousset and Odile Poisson.  In 2004 she was awarded a Premier Prix in piano at the Conservatoire National de Nice. After a year at home teaching and accompanying, she returned to Europe and for much of 2006/2007, lived and worked as a backpacker in Glasgow. During that time she was a finalist at the Premio Fausto Zadra international piano competition in Italy, toured Scotland with Scottish Opera’s education program, performed as part of a tango quartet and and recorded contemporary music by composition staff at the University of Glasgow. She was also the pianist for Scottish Voices, a trio dedicated  to the performance of virtuosic vocal works by the Australian composer Graham Hair. With her duo partner, cellist Jessica Kerr, she performed at Warwick University, England and as part of the Apeldoorn international chamber music course in the Netherlands, as well as giving concerts with clarinettist Meike Henning in Germany. Since settling in Melbourne in 2008, Jen has worked at the Melba Conservatorium, now the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust; played concerts of works by Australian composers including Tom Henry, Graham Hair, Stuart Greenbaum and David O’Keefe; toured with Victorian Opera’s Don Giovanni as a continuo player, improvised duos with soprano Justine Anderson at the Darebin Music Feast and is currently on staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium as an ensemble tutor, accompanist and lecturer in French for singers.

Tonié Field

Tonié Field is recognised in Australia as a
unique, dynamic and riveting performer on the classical guitar. Sie was a
founding member of Saffire, one of Australia’s highest selling classical albums,
winning an ARIA award in 2003. As a soloist sie has played concerts in Europe,
New Zealand and every capital city on Australia and has been runner up twice in
the Darwin International Guitar Competition. Sie has also won many prizes and
awards for hir excellence in ensemble playing while completing hir studies at
the ANU School of Music. Sie is a member of the prize winning Melbourne Guitar
Quartet (formerly a quartet of hir own graduate students) which is frequently
broadcast on ABC Classic FM and has featured as ‘CD of the Week’ on this
broadcaster in 2009. Hir debut solo album ‘Sunburst’ (nominated for an ARIA) was
released on the ‘Walsingham’ label in 1997 and distributed internationally
through ‘Tower Records’.

Tonié is regularly engaged with various musical
projects in Melbourne, having been a regular guest in Melbourne’s Shakuhachi
Chamber Music Festival as well as appearing live for national broadcasts and
recordings for the Raga Dolls Salon Orchestra. Sie also collaborates with
guitarist Daniel McKay on a variety of projects and released the album ‘Fluid
Lines’ with Daniel this year featuring amongst others Terry Riley, Phillip
Houghton and Nigel Westlake guitar duos.

The Melbourne Guitar Quartet
(MGQ) released its second ground-breaking album in late 2010 and has been a
featured album regularly on ABC Classic FM since. MGQ is a flagship ensemble for
the guitar family concept, dedicated to the creation of a new genre and
performance practice for the instrument. The development of a chamber repertoire
for guitar performance is central to MGQ’s mission and they are rapidly forming
a national reputation for trail blazing this new genre. Their third CD is to be
released in March next year at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Tonié is a
committed and passionate teacher at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where
sie is co-chair of the guitar area. Sie is a strong advocate of the Alexander
Technique and also greatly enjoys fashion designing. Using an Australian
Postgraduate Award, Tonié completed hir Masters in Performance in 2008 at the
Victorian College of the Arts.

Phoebe3Phoebe Green

Melbourne-based violist Phoebe Green has a Masters degree from The University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from VCA (now VCAM). Past teachers have included renowned Australian contemporary violist Patricia Pollett, Paul MacMillan and Marco van Pagee. Passionate about contemporary music and extended techniques, Phoebe also has a keen interest in early music performance. A member of many contemporary ensembles including Atticus, 6 degrees ensemble, Arcko Symphonic Project, and Sunwrae Ensemble, Phoebe has also performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Dead Horse Band, ChamberMade Opera, OzOpera, AriaCo, 3 Shades Black and Quiver to name a few. Phoebe has commissioned a number of Australian compositions by composers such as Robert Davidson, Rae Howell and Sallie Campbell, premiering David Chisholm’s “The Arrival” for viola and percussion in collaboration with Speak Percussion’s Eugene Ughetti. In April Phoebe will travel to Europe with the assistance of an Australia Council ArtStart grant to study with international violists Garth Knox and Barbara Maurer.

Zac Johnston

Zac Johnston is a Melbourne based violinist who focuses on exploring the unfamiliar and unusual. As a freelance musician he has worked with a wide variety of orchestras, including ‘The Orchestra Project’ (Fabian Russell and Markus Stenz), OzOpera (Richard Gill), TSO, the MSO Mentor Program, Istana Quartet in Malaysia, multiple show orchestras for musicals around Tasmania and Victoria, and touring China with the RMPO Orchestra. He began learning violin with Phillip Taylor and has since studied with Lucy Carrig, Marina Phillips, Jan Sedivka, and most recently Monica Curro. He has had master classes from Paul Wright, Kolja Blacher, and Berent Korfker (RCM). Zac has performed and recorded with many bands including Georgia Fields and her Mini Indie Orchestra, Lior, The Moons, Jane Dust, Hobart’s own Borstal Boys (who celebrated their 10th year anniversary in July ’09), The Big Picture, The Wishing Well (now touring Europe) and is more recently focusing on heavier prey by shredding many multiple bow hairs with HMAS Vendetta, an Australian power-metal band inspired by the Australian ANZAC tradition. His greatest passion is for contemporary music and records, performs and tours regularly with ensembles such as Sunwrae Ensemble (currently touring June 2011), the Gilmour Ensemble, Arcko Symphonic Project, Dead Horse Band, and Quiver. This is amongst many other projects with established composers (such as David Chisholm and James Rushford), and regular involvement with music festivals particularly in Victoria (The Famous Spiegeltent, Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne Arts) . Zac recently performed and conducted workshops with the Gilmour Ensemble at MonaFoma 2012.

Peter Neville

Peter Neville is a graduate of the Victorian College Of The Arts in Melbourne , Australia and he was appointed Head Of Percussion there in 2000. Whilst he works across the range of musical styles he has a particular commitment to new music and chamber music.

As the percussionist of the ELISION Ensemble for twenty-four years, Peter has been involved with practically all their concerts, compact discs and international tours. Important works including Chris Dench’s “Driftglass” and Richard Barrett’s; “Abglanzbeladen-Auseinandergeschrieben”, have been written for and premiered by him.

He  is  also a current member of  SPEAK Percussion , Jouissance, The David Chesworth Ensemble, The BOLT Ensemble and The Raga Dolls Salon Orchestra  and he has recorded and/or  toured internationally with  each of them, to destinations in Europe and the U.S.A.

With SPEAK Percussion he has collaborated with major percussion figures including Jan Williams, Pedro Caneiro and Fritz Hauser

He has also worked in orchestral settings  and highlights have included tours to Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Japan with the Melbourne Symphony as well as the M.S.O.’s  “Tour de Force” with Elton John and  the Australian premiere of Messiaen’s “Turangalila” Symphony, in the presence of the composer.

Music-theatre highlights have included touring Australia as musical director of  “Tap Dogs”, the Australia/China tour of Playbox Theatre’s “Cho-Cho-San”, and  Richard III with Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
He was guest drummer with Britain’s  Balanescu String Quartet in their  three Australian  seasons of “Possessed” with the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre and he hasalso worked with the Brodsky string quartet during their 2010 Australian tour.

His  CD recordings range from  pop albums by Peter Andre and Deborah Conway to film soundtracks including “The Man From Snowy Riiver” and  “Japanese Story” as well as numerous chamber music discs.

In addition to his performing , Peter  has also composed for various ensembles and theatre productions and is published by Reed Music.

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