Elinor Levy is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and has held this position for 15 years. At the age of 19, while studying at Ade- laide University, she joined the Australian String Quartet and played with them for 9 years, touring extensively within Australia and annually to Europe, the USA and Canada. While in the ASQ she recorded many CDs for the ABC Classics and Naxos labels. Since moving to Tasmania she has been soloist and concertmaster for the TSO, teaching privately and raising a family.
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.
Douglas Coghill began playing the violin at the age of 7 with the hope of one day playing the viola. At 12, when he was big enough, he made the change to the viola.
In 2006 Douglas began studying at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2007 he received the Brunner prize for the most improved string player. He was the 2008 winner of the John Gaitskell Memorial Mensa Trust Award. He completed his Bachelor of Music Performance degree in 2008.
Following his Bachelor degree, Douglas began studies at Australia’s leading music school, the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). At the academy he performed in the orchestra, in chamber ensembles and as a soloist. At ANAM Douglas had the opportunity to work with leading musicians from around the world.
In 2012 Douglas appeared as a soloist with the Australian Doctors Orchestra. He has worked with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the “Opus House” ensemble based in Hobart. Douglas plays on a viola made by Felix Scheit who is based in Berlin.
Jane Tallon has been involved in music education and performance in Australia for the past 20 years. Jane studied with Gary Williams, Nelson Cooke and in Croatia with renowned teacher Valter Despalj and has worked as a soloist and chamber musician with various ensembles throughout Australia and overseas. A founding member of Melbourne chamber ensemble, the Bach Project, Jane’s arrangement of Bach’s iconic work, the ‘Goldberg’ variations was performed to acclaim by the Bach Project at the Barossa International Festival of Music. Jane also reviews and writes articles for the Music Council of Australia’s Music Forum magazine.
Passionate about the performance and teaching of chamber music; Jane was co-ordinator of Chamber Music and Lecturer at the VCA School of Music, now the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University from 2001 -2011 and in that time initiated chamber music series at 45 Downstairs and the National Gallery of Victoria, as well as being musical advisor for the Picasso Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Now living in Hobart, Jane has most recently directed Brahms – Love, Life, Letters at the Hobart Town Hall; worked with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and performed with Virtuosi Tasmania and Opus House. Jane is a founding member of the Huon String Quartet.
Owen Thomson (guitar) is a versatile performer and teacher whose repertoire ranges from the Baroque to contemporary Latin Jazz and much in between. Owen was on staff at the VCA, Deakin University and Melba Conservatorium, until his move to Hobart in 2011. He performed with the trio Savore, frequently appears as a soloist, and in chamber music. He has received numerous awards, among them the Gwen Nisbet Memorial Award and the Murray Sharp chamber Music Prize.
Owen studied with Peter Constant and Marion Schaap, subsequently playing in masterclasses for John Williams, David Russell, Stepan Rak and others. Invited to the Darwin International Guitar Festival, he performed the complete cycle of J.S. Bach's Sonatas BWV 1001-1006.
As arranger and composer he has produced a large number of works, notably for the Bach Project chamber ensemble, of which he was also a Director. He appears on seven albums (3 solo); includ- ing the latest disc Rafag (Move records). Owen was also Artistic Director of the Melbourne Guitar Festival.
Matthew Goddard was born and bred in Hobart where he started his musical life as a drummer before moving to Melbourne where he studied percussion and timpani at the Victorian College of the Arts. He worked regularly with the Melbourne Symphony and was a founding member of the percussion quartet Woof! In 1998 Matt worked in Japan as Guest Timpanist and Percussionist with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa before returning to Tasmania in 1999 to ake up his current position as Principal Timpanist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He also performs with Tracey Patten in the percussion duo, MATTRA.
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