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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.
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