Hello! Four words that sum me up? creative, violin, quirky, and ex-gymnast.
I grew up in an active and musical family on the east coast of Australia, two hours north of Sydney in a sunny city called Newcastle. I started the violin at the age of two under Haruro Goto. I was a competitive artistic gymnast up until I was 14 years old, and as a result I have been fascinated by the idea of using the body as an art form, and am forever captivated by the magic of exploring sound worlds as part of accentuating meaning and connection within a performance. Since then have been an active yoga doing violinist and at 14 years old I relocated to Sydney Boarding School Loreto Normanhurst to pursue my passions within music.
In 2012, I completed a Bachelor of Music, at the University of Newcastle, Australia. I studied under Dr. Susan Collins, and held the Pauline Snow Scholarship for Strings. In the same year I traveled to Italy to participate in The InterHarmony International Music Festival to study with Stephane Tran Ngoc, as well as Shirley Givens and Harry Wimmer of the Juilliard School.
In the second half of 2013 I moved to one of the rainiest cities in the world; Bergen, Norway to further my studies with Ricardo Odriozola at the Grieg Academy of Music. This was without a doubt the most inspiring and still is the most exciting time of my life. I was awarded the John Sinclair Cormack Memorial Trust Traveling Grant from the University of Newcastle which made this possible. In 2014, I commenced my graduate studies and received a grant from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust for emerging artists from the Australian Government and completed my Master of Music in Performance in May, 2016.
As an orchestral musician I have worked with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Sydney, performing in BBC Planet Earth and Blue Planet Series, and the BBC Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular at the Sydney Opera House. Currently I am active member of EnB1 Ensemble Bjergsted 1 – winner of the Norwegian Grammy for the classical music category and have mostly recently toured to New York as part of 1b1’s residency at the National Sawdust. Here I had the opportunity to collaborate with Rene Fleming, Glen Kotche, and Caroline Shaw. During my studies here in Bergen I have also performed with Bergen Filharmoniske Ungdoms Orkester, and have worked with BIT20- one of the leading contemporary music ensembles in the Nordic countries.
I am an incredibly creative individual constantly searching for new ways to reach an audience as a violinist which has inevitably led me to exploring new sound worlds and genres within music. I am a founding member of the versatile string quartet Rosella which aims to innovate the classical music scene through experimentation in both contemporary and pop music genres, contributing to the ever growing music scene in Norway today. I am also Influenced by my production work at Borealis – A Festival for experimental music. I have been exploring electro acoustic violin: composing, improvising and working within experimental and pop genres. I am a new member of Major Parkinson which is somewhere between pop and psychosis, circus, poetry and intense, dark rock. Major Parkinson operates without interference and completely on their own terms. A crazy adventure for one small violinist!
As a gymnastic doing child I dreamed and drew inspiration from Cirque Du Soleil and basically anything that involved the violin, and now the opportunity has been given to me to merge these passions together as an active member of The Freestyle Orchestra. This Incredibly exciting project is based in Vienna, and we are the recent recipients of a Young Artists Grant from the world renowned Tarisio Auctions. Freestyle Orchestra is a string chamber ensemble that creates a thrilling introduction into the world of classical music. It integrates circus, physical theatre, lighting effects, audience involvement, set and costuming whilst maintaining a world class standard of classical performance. The freestyle orchestra blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality and re-magines all aspects and expectations of a ‘classical music concert’. This project is an unforgettable experience; one that I am incredibly excited to follow throughout my entire career! #freestyleorchestra.