Graeme Jennings (violin)
Graeme Jennings is an Australian violinist and violist and a former member of the legendary Arditti String quartet (1994–2005). He has toured widely throughout the world, made more than 80 CDs, given over 300 premieres and received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Siemens Prize (1999) and two Gramophone awards. Active as a soloist, chamber musician, ensemble leader and conductor, his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez and beyond. He has worked with and been complimented upon his interpretations by the leading composers of our time. Graeme is a member of Australia's internationally acclaimed new music ensemble ELISION, as well as the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Lunaire Collective and the Kurilpa String Quartet. In 2009 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Violin and Viola at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. In 2012, he was appointed violin lecturer at the Darmstadt Summer Courses held biennially in Germany.
Kristian Winther (violin)
Kristian Winther studied violin with Josette Esquedin-Morgan and conducting with John Curro, with whom he had made his concerto debut at age fifteen, performing the violin concerto of Sibelius. As soloist he has appeared with the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Christchurch and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonia, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Gruppo Montebello and Orchestra Romantique, with conductors including Jessica Cottis, Olli Mustonen, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Marcus Stenz, Oleg Caetani, David Robertson and Fabian Russell. He has performed as Guest Concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, and as leader/director of ACO Collective. An avid chamber musician, Kristian was formerly violinist in the TinAlley String Quartet, winning first prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, which was followed by tours of the USA, Canada and Europe. He has also performed chamber music with Anthony Romaniuk, Daniel de Borah, Anne Sophie von Otter, Angela Hewitt, Steven Osborne, Anna Goldsworthy, Richard Tognetti, Brett and Paul Dean, Konstantin Shamray, Hue Blanes and Joe Chindamo. As an original musician of the Play On series since 2016, Kristian has performed music from the 16th to the 21st centuries at diverse venues including an underground car park in Collingwood and a nightclub in Berlin. He has performed the world premiere of Olli Mustonen’s Sonata for Violin and Orchestra with the composer conducting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Australian premieres of works by Louis Andriessen, Knussen, Kurtag, Salonen, Rihm, Widmann, Kelly-Marie Murphy, and numerous Australian composers. Kristian also gave the Australian premiere of John Adam’s concertante work for string quartet and orchestra Absolute Jest with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian and New Zealand premieres of Brett Dean’s violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing. Highlights from recent years include performing all of JS Bach’s unaccompanied sonatas and partitas at the Canberra Festival in a single day, the complete Schumann String Quartets in one concert on raw gut strings, and Reger’s monumental violin concerto at the Orlando Festival in the Netherlands. Kristian performs on a violin crafted by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris, 1859. It is on loan from UKARIA.
Monika Koerner (flute)
Critically acclaimed by The Age as 'a player of insight, proficiency and personality', Austrian flutist Monika Koerner has established herself in Brisbane as a sought-after chamber musician, soloist and orchestra musician since moving here in 2014. She appears regularly as principal flute with Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. The 2018 season has seen her as guest artist with Ensemble Q, performances with Neil Finn and Eskimo Joe and in 2017 she was guest artist with Southern Cross Soloists and QSO Chamber Players. Monika was born in Salzburg and holds a MA degree from the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna having studied with Prof. Wolfgang Schulz. She undertook further studies with Auréle Nicolet, Peter-Lukas Graf and a series of private lessons with Emily Beynon. In Vienna she has performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Tonkünstlerorchester, Mozart Orchester Wien, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and in Australia the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra.Festival credits include Wien Modern, Carinthischer Sommer, Allegro Vivo, Brisbane Baroque Festival, Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane Festival. Monika is founder of Brisbane based chamber group Ensemble Trivium.
Nathan Smith (cello)
After completing his musical studies at the Conservatoire Regional de Marseille and Conservatoire Regional de Paris, France, Nathan has enjoyed a diverse musical career. Nathan has worked in conjunction with a number of leading composers in Europe for the commissioning of new pieces, as well as working with early music ensembles specialising in the music of the Baroque era. Limelight magazine has described him as "golden-toned".
Nathan was for a number of years, the cello solo in L'Ensemble C Barré, a contemporary music ensemble based in France, and since his return to Brisbane in 2013, Nathan has established himself as a sought-after chamber musician and educator. Nathan has performed as soloist on a number of occasions with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, in which he is an artistic associate, and plays regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Rianne Wilschut (clarinet)
was born in Heerenveen, Holland, and began her clarinet studies at the Conservatorium of Music in Zwolle. In 1994 Rianne moved to Rotterdam to obtain a postgraduate degree in Music Performance with Flemish clarinettist Walter Boeykens followed by a higher Diploma in Chamber Music. During her career, Rianne has won numerous awards and competitions including “The Young Soloist Competition” in Rotterdam. Since her arrival in Australia she has been in demand as a freelance player, working with The Queensland Orchestra, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (including its recent European Tour), Orchestra Victoria, Chamber Made Opera, contemporary music ensemble “Libra” and Operalive. She has contributed to numerous CD recordings and features on several scores of Australian produced films. Rianne is an active chamber musician: she is afounding member of Artico as well as Ensemble Entourage (currently enlisted by Musica Viva for their In Schools program), and of The Lunaire Collective, Ensemble in Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She is undertaking Doctoral Research through Griffith University where she lectures in clarinet and directs the Conservatorium Clarinet choir, and maintains an active private teaching studio.
Istvan Horkay (visual artist)
After graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Budapest, he was invited to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, where he received his Master of Fine Arts. He continued his Studies at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, and did additional Post graduate work at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. Horkay studied under the Internationally known Artist and Theatre Director Tadeusz Kantor as well as Professors M. Wejman, J. Nowosielski, and Palle Nielsen. He received Diplomas in Graphic Arts, Painting, and Film Animation. Istvan Horkay, freelance graphic artist, poster designer, animator and filmmaker has a great significance in Hungarian cultural life and his international fame as a designer is also well-known. He works in an extremely conscious way, for him, to be up-to-date and to be modern mean the constant analysis and courageous innovations of the thematic and formal elements, and also the consequent avoidance of the usage of common places.
The works of Istvan Horkay were appreciated by several of the most relevant issues of Graphic Design and he was invited to participate in important international exhibitions such as the 2005 New Media Installations at QUT Art Museum, Brisbane 2012 The Little Mermaid, ANU Art Gallery in Canberra with Peter Greenaway. Istvan Horkay is an active member of the Hungarian Poster Association. www.horkay.com
Stephen Danzig (digital media artist)
Steve Danzig is an Australian artist working in digital media. He is the founder and Executive Director for the International Digital Art Awards (IDAA); 2004 Garnts Assessor National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA); Founder Australian Digital Art Association, Board Member Digital Academy University of North Carolina Pembroke, Member Academy for Electronic Arts-New Delhi, India; Juror, Museum of Computer Art-NYC, USA, Juror International Symbolist Exhibition USA and Member for the International Association For Computer Graphics, Russia,. Steve lectures and exhibits internationally. His art is featured in both hard copy publication and on many leading international CG web-galleries. More than 32,000 references to his work can be found on the Internet. His IDA website supports more than 75,000 members - attracting more than 9 million people each year. Steve works collaboratively with many prominent artists, including Laurence Gartel, US artist/photographer and early digital art pioneer. Projects include a series of digital movies and music videos as well as preparing a Gartel retrospective and emerging artist's exhibition.
David Spearritt (recording engineer)
Classical and jazz recording and acoustics specialist.