Sarah Curro graduated in 1994 from the Queensland Conservatorium, where she was winner of the Conservatorium Medal for Excellence. After winning the Dorcas McLean Traveling Scholarship for Violinists in 1997 she studied, and then taught, at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and from 1999-2002 was a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In Australia, she has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and is currently a full time member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Sarah’s interest in education and commissioning is inspired by her great father John Curro, Founder of The Queensland Youth Orchestras. Her experience as a tutor includes work with the students from The Hong Hong Academy for Performing Arts, Australian Youth orchestra (including National Music Camp, Chamber Camp and Young Symphonists), Queensland Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra (including MYM Summer School), Southern Cross Soloists Winter Music School, the new Australian Asian Orchestra, Orchestra 21 and more.
Besides all the conservative orchestral things one can do as a violinist, Sarah’s non-traditional ventures focus on the constant discovery, purchase and promotion of new, mostly local compositions of every art form but most of all music. Through the fascinating and unique instruments of Melbourne Luthier Paul Davies, her solo series VOLUME, now in its 9th year (40 commissions so far), showcases these works in thoroughly modern venues to an ever-widening audience. Sarah hopes to continue this emotional and financial commitment to her arts community.
Originally from California, Molly now calls Melbourne home.
Between 1996 – 2003 she was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), touring extensively within Australia and overseas. After moving to Melbourne in 2004, Molly made her Melbourne recital debut with Ben Martin at Federation Square at the BMW Edge series, and since then has performed on several occasions as a soloist in the Bach cello suites series at St Mark’s church and at the Twilight Chamber Music series at Rippon Lea Estate. Other international recital appearances have included Chateau d’Orion (France), Gualala Arts (California), and Burg Guttenburg (Germany). She teaches cello performance and chamber music at VCAM, Monash University and ANAM. Recently she has been a tutor at the Mt Buller school of Chamber Music and been an examiner and orchestral/chamber music tutor with the Australian Youth Orchestra. In 2011 she became a founding member of the Sutherland Trio with pianist Caroline Almonte and violinist Elizabeth Sellars. Together their most recent appearances have included the Port Fairy and Peninsula Summer Music Festivals, as well as regular concerts series at the Melbourne Recital Centre (“Local Heroes”). Their concertizing has been regularly recorded and broadcast by ABC Classic FM and 3MBS radio. As a chamber musician Molly has also performed at the Huntington and Port Fairy music festivals with artists including Steven Isserlis, Pieter Wispelwey, Richard Tognetti, and William Barton, and has worked in collaboration with poet/cartoonist/philosopher Michael Leunig.
Molly has performed as guest principal and associate principal with the ACO, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria (Australian Opera and Ballet) and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with the ACO, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Freemont-Newark Orchestra, the Reading Youth Orchestra and most recently with the Melbourne Musicians (2016).
Prior to moving to Australia in 1996, Molly studied in Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship with Prof. Wolfgang Boettcher (former principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker). Molly received her Bachelor of Music Degree with Honours from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1991 under the tutorship of Prof. Laurence Lesser (former student of Piatigorsky). She received her early training from Irene Sharp (San Francisco) and Joan Dickson (Purcell School of Music, London), and as a young musician was a recipient of numerous awards and prizes.
“One of Australia’s brightest young conductors”, Ingrid Martin has developed a reputation for performances that move players and audiences alike. A passionate advocate of wind music, she has led national and international tours and given premieres of Australian works as a past conductor of the Eltham High School Symphonic Band, Monash Symphonic Winds and the University of Minnesota’s North Star Campus Band.
As Music Director of the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, she has led sell-out performances of everything from Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances to Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. Ingrid works regularly with professional orchestras in Australia and New Zealand as a member of the Symphony Services International Conductor Program and was chosen to participate in the inaugural Stonnington Symphony Emerging Artist Program in 2014. She is a regular guest conductor with ensembles including the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra and the Preston Symphony Orchestra.
Returning to Melbourne after completing her Master of Music in Conducting at the University of Minnesota under Craig Kirchhoff, Ingrid founded the Crosswinds Ensemble, a professional wind chamber group that collaborates with other art forms in unexpected ways. She is currently Music Director of the Monash Concert Band, teaches at Blackburn High School and appears regularly as a guest conductor, adjudicator and conducting teacher across Australia.
Liam is currently in his second year at the Australian National Academy of Music studying with Howard Penny. The highlight of his performances this year at ANAM was performing alongside the Australian World Orchestra for Messiaen’s Turangalilla-Symphony. In addition to his ANAM commitments, this year Liam attended the Musica Viva Festival as part of the Australian Youth Orchestra Chamber Players and was also a participant in the Mt Buller Chamber Music Summer School.
Before moving to Melbourne, Liam studied and worked in Sydney as both a teacher and performer, teaching at two schools and running his own teaching studio whilst studying full-time at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He was awarded a Bachelor of Music Performance in 2015 and studied with Umberto Clerici and Julian Smiles. He regularly performed with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and participated in the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia program for number of years.
Liam first came to the cello at age nine as part of his school’s compulsory string program. At the time, Liam thought that the music teacher decided which instruments would go to whom and was mortified at the idea of being told to play violin. To avoid this, he started cello secretly in the term before instruments where assigned to ensure he wasn’t given a violin by the music teacher.