Laura Thomson is a New Zealand/Australian violinist of superb calibre. She has received placings in many notable competitions including the New Zealand Young Musician of the Year and has gained the title of New Zealand Young Performer of the Year in 1999, she was one of the youngest recipients to receive a Civic Award for her Music Service to the Community from the City of Nelson (New Zealand). She received her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music studying under Michele Walsh and then a further 2 years of study at the Australian National Academy of Music with principal mentors - John Harding and Wilma Smith. Ms Thomson has undertaken study in London at the Guildhall School of Music and has performed at the Barbican Hall with financial aid from the QCGU Exchange Programme Scholarship, she attended the 2003 international Salzburg Festival in Austria, studying with Israeli pedagogues - Yaer and Eyal Kess with help from an Australian Government Grant. As a chamber musician, Ms Thomson has collaborated with prominent Australian and New Zealand chamber musicians from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Virtuosi Tasmania, New Zealand String Quartet, Flinders Quartet, Silo String Quartet and soloist, Oleh Krysa. Many chamber music collaborations have been broadcast on various radio stations including ABC Classic FM, 4MBS and ClassicFM NZ. Ms Thomson is currently living and working in Hobart, Tasmania as a freelance musician perforing with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Virtuosi Tasmania and also teaching violin and piano.
Rohana Brown (2nd violin) has been a member of the TSO since August 2009. She moved here from Melbourne, where she completed her B. Music with honours at the University of Melbourne, majoring in performance. She studied with Elizabeth Sellars and William Hennessy and was awarded several prizes for performance, including the Zelman award, Lady Turner Exhibition and Wright Prize. She spent 2 years at ANAM studying with Alice Waten. In 2008 she moved to Syd- ney where she completed a Fellowship with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and also began stud- ies for her Masters at the Sydney Conservatorium. The following year she travelled to Salzburg to participate in the Mozarteum University's International Summer Academy.
Rohana toured Europe in 2007 with the AYO, and was concertmaster for the 2008 season. In both 2003 and 2006 she was a finalist in the Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Awards. Also in 2006 she was awarded the prize for the best performance of a New Zealand work at the Gisborne International Music Competition. Rohana regularly performs chamber music, and has had many highlights such as performing for Pope Benedict during his visit to Sydney for World Youth Day in 2008. Aside from performing, Rohana also teaches violin and piano.
William returned to Adelaide from Cologne, Germany, in March 2005 having completed a Musik Diplom at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. His previous studies comprise the special music programme at Marryatville High School, a Bachelor of Music Degree with first class honours from the Elder Conservatorium and the Advanced Performance Programme at the Australian National Academy of Music.
William was a regular guest player with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2007. He has also been a guest of the Tasmanian, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. He was the founding principal violist of the Adelaide Art Orchestra and has been broadcast on ABC FM playing a concerto for viola and computer. In 2007 William became a permanent member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Since joining the TSO William has been a regular performer for Virtuosi Tasmania and has also made a broadcast for ABC FM Sunday Live. He tutors viola for the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and has also given chamber music performances for MONA FOMA and the Kegelstatt Ensemble in Adelaide.
Born in Perth W.A., Dale began cello studies at 12 years of age with Louis Tomlin and later Sally Talbot. She completed a Bachelor of Music with honours at University of W.A in 1983 and a Graduate Diploma of Music from the Tasmanian Conservatorium in 1985, studying with Christian Wojtowicz.
She has worked for the West Australian Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She was a finalist in the Young Performer of the Year Competition 1986, playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music has been interwoven through her orchestral career. The Hartz Piano Trio performed from 2007 to 2009 in Hobart, with Dale playing the cello. 2010 saw the release of a CD of Mendelssohn and Beethoven with Virtuosi Tasmania. In 2011 she looks forward to the inaugural year with Lucida Quartet.
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