Sydney Conservatorium of Music Grand Western Tour 2019

Sydney Conservatorium is once again bringing their best students west of the mountains!
Come and be enthralled as these fine young musicians play classical instrumental pieces from DVORAK, HOLST, BACH and MOZART.


(programs will be chosen from the following works)

 DVORAK: String quintet 2, Mvt 1
 HOLST: St Paul's Suite, Mvt 1,2,4
 TRADITIONAL arr. Nicholas Buc: Waltzing Matilda

 SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet 6, Mvt 1
 MOZART: Divertimenti in D major

 BACH: Double Violin Concerto in D minor, Mvt 1

 BACH: Sonata in G minor, I.Adagio
 BEETHOVEN: Sonata 4 for Violin and Piano, Mvt 1
 some more solos from the other musicians TBC





I’m eighteen, and have just started my first year studying Viola
Performance at the Sydney Con. I am originally from Armidale, NSW - a small city
about an hour and a half away from Tamworth, and just about halfway between
Sydney and Brisbane. I started violin at the age of six, and transitioned to viola when I
was about nine, and haven’t looked back since! I started choir in year three, and solo
singing lessons in year seven, and grew my passion for singing too. During my school
years, I spent a huge amount of time going to as many music programs as I possibly
could; from West of the Divide Vocal Camp, to ACO Academy, to Gondwana Choirs - I
loved and made the most of all the amazing music programs a regional kid could get
their hands on, and it was through this wealth of experiences that my musicianship, and
current personhood was truly made. I value music beyond it’s purely aural component -
it is so much more than just noise. To me it is a way a performer can reach an audience,
or tell a story, or express a particular mood or atmosphere. It is also something which I
enjoy, possibly above all else. To come up on a stage, particularly with people you like,
and be able to make real connections with them, the composer, and the listener is
something very special, and is not replicated in too many other fields. I have been so
excited to be coming on this tour, as I look back on my own inspirations, and it is
similar groups of passionate people, performing for kids, who inspired me, and I find it
immensely honouring and humbling to be a small part of that inspiration for the next
generation of aspiring musicians!



James began playing violin at the age of 11, having played piano,
clarinet and flute before finding his passion as a violinist. James is currently studying a
Bachelor of Performance at Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying under Janet
Davies. He has also been awarded the Ted and Susan Meller Memorial Scholarship
Fund from the University of Sydney. James has so far enjoyed partaking in a variety of
musical experiences, across orchestral, chamber and solo playing. James enjoys
performing regularly with Sydney Youth Orchestra and is currently the principal
second violinist. He has also participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National
Music Camp (2016-2018), AYO February and July Seasons in 2018, The Musician’s
Project in 2016 and 2017, and Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy’s ‘Rising Stars’
programme in 2016. In 2015, James was awarded the AMusA with Distinction under
the tutelage of Virginia Blunt. He has studied with Sun Yi, Virginia Blunt, Alice Waten
and Ole Böhn. James has also performed in masterclasses with Michael Barenboim,
Midori Goto and the Calder Quartet. James has a passion for travelling and, as an
orchestral musician, has toured the USA in 2014 and Europe in 2017, and multiple
regional and instate tours in Australia. In 2018, James had the wonderful opportunity
to be involved with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra through their new
mentoring programme which has seen James perform with the orchestra in their first
concert series for the year and offers him access to rehearsals, concerts and lessons with
some of the musicians in the orchestra. He is also looking forward to performing with
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in 2019.



Lauren graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts
with the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Life of the School in Music’ in 2016.
At school, she had the opportunity of playing at venues such as the Sydney Opera House
and the City Recital Hall with the orchestra and Senior String Ensemble, as well as
touring to China. Lauren was principal cellist of both ensembles in year 12. She was the
cellist in the school musical ‘One Fine Day’ in 2015 and also conducted the Junior
String Ensemble in years 11 and 12.
Lauren was also a member of The Arts Unit Sinfonia and Symphony Orchestra from
2009-2016, and principal cellist in her final year. She performed in the Schools
Spectacular Orchestra from 2012-2016 and again was principal cellist in her final year.
Lauren started in the Sydney Youth Orchestras beginner group named Speer in 2008 and
progressed through the ensembles until 2015. She was principal cellist of the Peter
Seymour Orchestra in her final year with the Sydney Youth Orchestras. She has been a
volunteer cellist in multiple orchestras including the Voces Caelestium Charity Orchestra
and the New South Wales Youth Orchestra. Lauren has performed solo cello at the
Sydney Opera House with the combined choir item in the Cantabile Music Festival 2016.
She has previously worked with Triple J as part of a string trio for a Like a Version
cover with the artists Yungblud and Halsey.
Lauren is currently studying with Julian Smiles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music
and is due to complete a Bachelor of Music (performance) at the end of 2020. She
performs in the Conservatorium Orchestra, Early Music Ensemble and multiple chamber
music groups. She also tutors school students between the ages of 6 and 15 on cello, and
is a member of a quartet that plays at weddings and corporate functions. 



A Sydney-born violinist, Madeleine started pursuing her passion for music at
age 7. By age 9, she was selected to attend the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open
Academy program, before then joining Sydney Youth Orchestras. At age 13 she began
competing in competitions – eventually being awarded first prize in multiple categories
at the St George Eisteddfod and Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, at age 14.
She attended high school at St. Andrew’s Cathedral School as a music scholar and
began learning under the tutelage of Professor Goetz Richter. During her high school
career, she was involved in multiple performances as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral
musician. At age 18, she was invited to perform for a large charity event, hosted by
former PM and Mrs. Tony Abbott at Kirribilli House.
Madeleine is now completing her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance under the
tutelage of Professor Ole Bohn. Currently in her third year, she has many credentials to
her name in both the musical and acting sphere.
In 2017, she had her first onscreen debut in the SBS television show “Dead Lucky”,
where she recorded the musical soundtrack and acted as a body double playing violin.
Madeleine’s second onscreen and cinematic audio debut will be in late 2019 for the
cinematic film “I am Woman”. She has also been involved in numerous short films in
lead and supporting roles.
In addition to her private music teaching, Madeleine has also tutored violin around New
South Wales with the Regional Youth Orchestra. As a result, she has had the privilege
of playing alongside members of the Australian World Orchestra, and also the Berlin
Staatskapelle during their Australian Tour in 2018.
Having recently come back from performing in Brazil, Madeleine is eager to once again
share the stage – now with her chamber group, The Chamber Project.



Emma, double bassist of "The Chamber Project", grew up in Melbourne and
began her bass studies at 13 years old with Gareth Hill. After completing secondary
school she then decided to move to Sydney in order to study at The Sydney
Conservatorium of Music with Alex Henery. Now in the final year of her undergraduate
degree Emma enjoys performing in a diverse range of ensembles and is a keen chamber
Outside The Chamber Project, Emma performs as a part of a bass trio which recently
performed Popper's Cello Requiem at the Women in Bass day in Melbourne. She is also
a founding member of the 7 piece modern music chamber group "Ensemble Muse"
which she is particularly passionate about as it aims to create exciting, intimate
chamber concerts and supports living female and minority composers. 
Emma also loves performing in Orchestra. This summer she took part in the Sichuan
Symphony Orchestra residency program for one month in Chengdu, China. She also
has held principal positions in the Conservatorium's Symphony Orchestra, plays with
Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, and participated in AYO national music camp in


David (piano) was once described in a Sydney Morning Herald music
review as "the role model of Australian accompanists". He is recognised as one of
Australia's leading pianists, chamber musicians and vocal accompanist and has been
appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his service to music.  His
distinguished career has included partnerships with many internationally renowned
singers and instrumentalists.  He has also been a member of a number of leading
Australian chamber music groups including Grevillea Ensemble, the Huntington Piano
Trio, the contemporary ensemble Flederman and the Song Company.  
Mr Miller's performing schedule has taken him to the United Kingdom, New Zealand,
Indonesia, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, New Caledonia, Korea, Vanuatu, Thailand and
Vietnam, as well as through most parts of Australia.  He has toured and recorded for
the ABC and 2MBS-FM and has served on the Artistic Review Panel for Musica Viva
David Miller has a wide range of CD recordings to his credit.  For Wirripang he
accompanied baritone Dr Michael Halliwell on When The Empire Calls and soprano
Wendy Dixon in anthologies of often unpublished songs by Australian composers
Horace Keats (Echo) and Miriam Hyde (Fire In My Heart). For the Tall Poppies label
he has recorded the compete violin repertoire of Raymond Hanson with Susan Collins
and three volumes of Flute Australia with Geoffrey Collins.
David Miller has been on the staff of Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 1980 and
in 1995 was given responsibility for Chamber Music/Accompaniment tuition and
administration throughout the institution.  He introduced a uniquely innovative and
comprehensive program of study for students at both graduate and undergraduate
levels and actively promoted a wide variety of performance opportunities for student
ensembles in concerts, broadcasts and regional tours. His studio has produced many of
Australia's finest and most successful piano accompanists.  
Mr Miller has conducted master classes and lectures for universities, conservatoriums,
music organisations and music conferences in many parts of Australia and Asia.   He
was the inaugural president of the Accompanists Guild of NSW and very active in the
promotion of piano accompaniment as an independent art form, worthy of professional
recognition and academic research.

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