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West Australian Symphony Orchestra



Asher Fisch
Partnered by Wesfarmers Arts


Vladimir Verbitsky


Carlo Antonioli


Laurence Jackson


Semra Lee-Smith Assistant Concertmaster 
Graeme Norris Principal 1st Violin
Zak Rowntree Principal 2nd Violin
Kylie Liang Assoc Principal 2nd Violin 
Kate Sullivan Assistant Principal 2nd Violin
Sarah Blackman
Fleur Challen
Stephanie Dean
Rebecca Glorie
Beth Hebert
Alexandra Isted
Sunmi Jung
Christina Katsimbardis 
Ellie Lawrence
Akiko Miyazawa
Melanie Pearn
Ken Peeler
Louise Sandercock
Jolanta Schenk
Jane Serrangeli
Kathryn Shinnick
Bao Di Tang
Cerys Tooby
David Yeh     


Alex Brogan Assoc Principal
Kierstan Arkleysmith
Nik Babic
Benjamin Caddy
Alison Hall
Rachael Kirk
Allan McLean
Elliot O’Brien
Helen Tuckey


Rod McGrath Principal
Chair Partnered by Tokyo Gas

Louise McKay Assoc Principal
Chair Partnered by Penrhos College
Shigeru Komatsu
Oliver McAslan
Nicholas Metcalfe
Eve Silver*
Fotis Skordas
Tim South
Xiaole Wu


Andrew SinclairPrincipal
Christine Reitzenstein
Louise Elaerts
Andrew Tait
Mark Tooby


Andrew Nicholson Principal
Mary-Anne Blades Assoc Principal


Michael Waye Principal


Liz Chee Assoc Principal


Leanne Glover Principal


Allan Meyer Principal
Lorna Cook


Alexander Millier Principal


Jane Kircher-Lindner Principal
Chair Partnered by Ron & Sue Wooller
Adam Mikulicz Assoc Principal


Chloe Turner Principal


David Evans Principal
Julian Leslie Assoc Principal
Robert Gladstones Principal 3rd Horn
Julia Brooke
Francesco Lo Surdo


Brent Grapes Principal
Chair Partnered by NAB

Peter Miller


Joshua Davis Principal
Chair Partnered by Dr Glenda Campbell-Evans & Dr Ken Evans

Liam O'Malley Assoc Principal


Philip Holdsworth Principal


Cameron Brook Principal


Alex Timcke Principal


Brian Maloney Principal
Chair Partnered by Stott Hoare


Sarah Bowman Principal

*Instruments used by these musicians
are on loan from Janet Holmes à Court AC.  






graeme norris

Principal 1st Violin

Graeme joined WASO in 2015.

Graeme first performed with WASO as Guest Concertmaster during the 2014 season and currently holds the position of Principal 1st Violin. During the 2015/16 seasons, Graeme acted in the role of Associate Concertmaster. Previous positions have included Associate Concertmaster with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Sub-Principal 2nd Violin with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). Graeme occasionally returns to play with the MPO as a Guest Principal.

Born in Melbourne, Graeme graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts and spent two years on full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music. His principal teachers were Alice Waten and Julian Quirit.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Graeme has performed in Australia, New Zealand and throughout much of Asia. He has directed ensembles in the Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals and appeared as a member and soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Chamber Players.

As a teacher, Graeme has previously held positions at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide and as a faculty member of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO). Graeme’s students have won numerous prizes and taken part in summer schools in North America and Europe. His students include two Concertmasters of the MPYO and principal players in the Australian and Asian Youth Orchestras.

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semra lee-smith

Assistant Concertmaster

Semra joined WASO in 2003.

Semra was born in Penang, Malaysia and commenced violin lessons aged 3 with her mother, Hooi Tong Lee. She gained her Bachelor of Music degree at the WA Conservatorium of Music, studying with Pal Eder. Semra also holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam, studying with Istvan Parkanyi. She undertook string quartet studies with the Halcyon String Quartet at the Australian National Academy of Music and at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. Tutors included Hatto Beyerle, the Arditti Quartet and David Takeno.

In 2000, Semra won a position with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She started in a tutti position with WASO in 2003 and was appointed Associate Principal 2nd Violin in 2004. In 2009, she won the Assistant Concertmaster job and in 2014, she was the Acting Associate Concertmaster. Semra is a founding member of the Darlington Piano Trio, the core ensemble for Darlington Concerts. The trio commissioned James Ledger’s Inscriptions and recorded Roger Smalley’s piano trio for UWA’s centenary celebrations “Luminosity” CD. She also features regularly in the Fremantle Arts Centre’s Soft Soft Loud series. Semra’s versatility as a performer has seen her record Troy Roberts’ jazz/string quartet “Xenden Suite”, back Tex Perkins and Tim Rogers at the Big Day Out and feature as a soloist with WASO. In addition, she is a lecturer in violin at UWA and is an AMEB examiner. 

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zak rowntree

Principal 2nd Violin

Zak joined WASO in 1998.

Zak was born in England and started the violin at the age of 9. He won a scholarship to study at the prestigious Chethams School of Music with Nannie Jamieson a year later. At the age of 13 he won the Open section at the Cheltenham International Competitive Festival of Music. He studied music at the University of York where he led the University Orchestra on a tour of Greece, performed concertos under Christopher Adey and formed a piano trio with his future wife Lisa during the Pablo Casals chamber music course. He gave a strong commitment to the Contemporary Music Ensemble and gave the world premieres of several works. He then accepted a place at the Royal Northern College of Music on the Advanced Performance post-graduate course, where his teacher was Maciej Rakowski. During his time in Manchester, Zak developed his love of chamber music with lessons from the Lindsay, Fitzwilliam and Sorrel quartets and masterclasses from teachers such as Emmanuel Hurwitz. He also gained valuable orchestral experience with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and English Northern Philharmonia. Since moving to Perth in 1997, Zak has enjoyed being a member of WASO. He was appointed Associate Principal 2nd Violin in 2009, and Principal 2nd Violin in 2014. In addition to his orchestral work, he performs as much chamber music as he can, and enjoys teaching several students at home. 

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kylie liang

Associate Principal 2nd Violin

Kylie joined WASO in 2010.

Kylie was born in Perth and started learning the violin at the age of 9. In 2004 she moved to Melbourne to study as a full scholarship student at the Australian National Academy of Music. She then moved to Sydney where she completed a Master of Music Studies with Alice Waten at the University of Sydney, and was awarded the Henderson Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship, the Kathleen and Allison Short Scholarship and the prestigious Margaret Henderson Scholarship for overseas travel.

During her years as a student Kylie participated in the Accademia Chigiana Musicale Summer Music Course in Siena, Italy, studying with Boris Belkin, and also in chamber music studies with Bruno Canino at the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove in Cornwall, England. Kylie also spent a year in Vienna, Austria for Master Studies at Konservatorium Wien.

Kylie has been the winner of the Geelong Advertiser Music Scholarship and the National Open Concerto Competition in Fremantle, receiving the Gascoigne Silver Jubilee Award. As soloist she has performed with the Geelong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, she appeared as soloist with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra leading Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Sydney, and in 2012 she appeared as soloist with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra in the Diamond Jubilee Celebration Concert.

Kylie has guested with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of India, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Singapore Symphony. 

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akiko miyazawa


Akiko joined WASO in 2012.

Akiko was born in Japan, and began studying the violin at age 3. She completed her Bachelor and Master of Music at the Kyoto City University of Arts, winning the faculty award in 2007. She studied violin with Midori Kugota and chamber music with Noboru Kamimura and Kyoko Shikata. During this time she performed regularly with the Hyogo PAC Orchestra, the Kyoto Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. She was invited to give solo performances at the Izumi Hall, Osaka and the Kirishima International Music Festival in Kagoshima. She also attended the Pacific Music Festival in 2004, where she performed under world-renowned conductors Fabio Luisi and Valery Gergiev.

During her Masters, Akiko undertook an exchange year to Germany to study with the leading Polish Violinist Magdalena Rezler at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik. After finishing her studies in Kyoto, she returned once more to Freiburg, where she completed a Diploma of Advanced Studies with assistance from the Scholarship of Baden-Württemberg. She also held a practicum position in the first violin section of the Philharmonisches Orchester Stadttheater Freiburg. In 2011, she then took up a second violin contract with the Deutsches Nationaltheater, Staatskapelle in Weimar.

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sarah blackman


Sarah joined WASO in 2010.

Sarah studied at the Australian National Academy of Music and took lessons from Bill Hennessy, Monica Curro and Paul Wright. Before moving to Melbourne she completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, where she has studied with Terence Tam, the Concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Keith Crellin. Sarah appeared as Concertmaster of the Elder Chamber and Symphony Orchestras on numerous occasions and as soloist she performed with the Elder Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, she regularly performed for the Music Lovers Society and Recitals Australia, for whom she was a 2007 award winner.

At university she was the recipient of the Christ Church and Eugene Alderman Violin Scholarships, and while resident at Melbourne University’s Ormond College received the Bill and Joan Paterson Scholarship and the Kaye Scott Instrumental Scholarship. Other awards include the Suzanne and Arved Kurtz and the 2004 Australian Strings Association Awards. Sarah has played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in their TSO/AYO collaborations on multiple occasions.

Sarah toured nationally with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) and has been a principal player in various AYO programs. She performed in the AYO’s 50th anniversary international tour to Europe, including performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2008 she was Concertmaster of the Bishop Orchestra at the AYO’s National Music Camp and also the Associate Concertmaster of the AYO. Sarah has been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and was awarded the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Fellowship in 2008. That same year she and fellow musicians from the Academy of Music performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on one of their national concert tours.

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Stephanie Dean


Stephanie joined WASO in 2007.

Stephanie took up violin at the age of 4. She received a music scholarship to Perth Modern School and completed her Bachelor of Music Performance with 1st Class Honours at the University of WA, studying with Paul Wright. Upon graduating, she received the Edith Cowan Prize for Best Instrumental Performer, as well as the Vose Memorial Prize for Best Solo Performance with an orchestra in two consecutive years.

Following her graduation Stephanie performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra from 2002 to 2004 touring both Australia and Europe in the position of principal 2nd violin. Since her time with AYO, Stephanie has worked with several orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has recorded chamber music on ABC's Young Australia Program, performed at the Shanghai international Arts Festival, recorded Troy Roberts' XenDen Suite for Double Quartet (jazz quartet and string quartet), and given numerous solo and chamber performances across Australia.

In 2010 and 2011 Stephanie attended summer music academies in the UK and Austria where she had the opportunity to study with Thomas Riebel, Eszter Haffner and Igor Ozim. Stephanie also enjoys tutoring, having worked with students at schools such as Presbyterian Ladies College, St Mary’s Anglican Girls School, Wesley College and Penrhos College.

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beth hebert


Beth joined WASO in 1995.

Beth was born in Perth and began learning the violin at age 5 with Daphne Murnane. As a young violinist she was a prize-winner at many eisteddfods and competitions. She attended Perth Modern School (then a specialist music school) and as a teenager played several times as a soloist with local orchestras (including Violin Concertos of Bruch, Saint -Saëns and Beethoven) and was once even a soloist at a WASO school concert playing Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen.

Beth’s main teachers were Paul Wright, Margaret Gunson and Pal Eder. Also during this time she attended many orchestral and chamber music camps and was the leader of the West Australian Youth Orchestra for a number of years. She did tertiary studies at UWA and attended several String Schools in Hobart, directed by Jan Sedivka and numerous masterclasses and private lessons in Europe with various masters including Phillipe Borer in Switzerland. Beth began playing as a casual violinist with WASO during her high school years and became a permanent member in 1995.

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Christina katsimbardis


Christina joined WASO in 2016.

Christina Katsimbardis was born in Perth and began violin lessons at the age of 5. Christina gained her Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Australia studying with Paul Wright, and her Master of Music from the University of Melbourne studying with Monica Curro. Christina spent 3 years studying at the Australian National Academy of Music where she performed in masterclasses for Richard Tognetti, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Radoslaw Sculz.

Christina has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Orchestra Victoria, Festival Baroque Australia and Australian Youth Orchestra. Christina has performed in the Perth and Melbourne International Arts Festivals. She has a keen interest in period performance and was part of Festival Baroque Australia in 2011. Christina has toured many times with various orchestras to most of Europe and Asia. Christina was an ACO Emerging Artist in 2005 under the mentorship of Helena Rathbone and continues to perform and tour with ACO and ACO Collective.

In 2007 Christina studied with Professor Francesco de Angelis at the Tibor Varga Summer Academy in Sion, Switzerland. In 2008 Christina spent a year in London studying privately with Professors David Takeno and Simon Standage with the assistance of the Tait Memorial Trust Scholarship, the PPCA Travel Grant and private donations. Christina was awarded the 2011 Mr & Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship which saw her undertake study in Canada and New York in 2012. Christina completed a 2013 Winter Residency at the Banff Centre, Alberta. Christina plays on a G. Borchardt violin and an 1890 James Tubbs bow.



Jolanta Schenk


Jolanta joined WASO in 1996.

Born in Poland, Jolanta received a master’s degree in Arts from the State Academy of Music in Warsaw. She studied violin with Zenon Bakowski, Concertmaster of Warsaw Philharmonic, and Tadeusz Gadzina, who was first violin of the world renowned Wilanowski Quartet. Her first orchestral job was with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, an extremely busy orchestra that recorded and toured endlessly. Jolanta remained there from 1977-81.

In 1981 the orchestra did a one-month tour of Australia, which included Perth under the banner of PIAF. Following this tour, Jolanta came to Perth to play with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra on a one–year contract, then joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a full-time musician for one and a half years. In 1984, Jolanta moved to Switzerland and became a permanent member of the Berne Symphony Orchestra, where the repertoire was half ballet and opera performances, and half symphonies in the concert hall. Jolanta remained a member of this orchestra for nearly 14 years, touring to the UK, Italy and Germany. During this time, Jolanta did numerous trips to Australia with family for holidays. In 1996, she returned to Australia with the intention of staying 2-3 years, but landed a permanent position with WASO and has been here ever since.

Jolanta returns to Europe during most summer breaks to visit her family. She enjoys Latin dancing and trekking, and has journeyed to Base Camp at Mount Everest.     

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Associate Principal Viola


Alex joined WASO in 2007.
Alex started playing viola at the age of 12 when he was awarded a music scholarship to Perth Modern School, having previously studied violin from the age of 6 with George Coleman (retired Principal Viola with WASO). Upon completing Honours in Performance at the University of WA, Alex was awarded a full scholarship to the Australian National Academy of Music for two years. During this time he performed in many masterclasses, solo, orchestral and chamber music concerts. Whilst at ANAM he also participated in the Internationale Sommmerakademie Mozarteum held at the Universitat Salzburg.
Alex has played with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras and participated in Australian Youth Orchestra programs, including Camerata Australia. In 2009 Alex performed with the WASO Chamber Players in the Utzon Concert Series at the Sydney Opera House. He has also played with the Pacifica Quartet, in the Government House Music on the Terrace concert series, in Darlington Chamber Music concerts, with Tura New Music and recorded Troy Roberts’ XenDen Suite for Double Quartet (jazz quartet and string quartet).

Principal teachers have included Caroline Henbest, Esther van Stralen, Lawrence Jacks and Tzvi Friedl. Alex plays a Hiroshi Ilzuka viola.

Alex also enjoys watching and playing soccer, cooking and occasionally crocheting.

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nik babic


Nik joined WASO in 2002.

Nik started playing the violin at age nine and viola at fifteen in Belgrade, Serbia. He then continued his studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston where he earned his Bachelors (1996) and Masters (1998) degrees learning from Walter Trampler and Marcus Thompson.

While in Boston, Nik performed with various local ensembles including the Boston Philharmonic, New Hampshire and Maine Symphony Orchestras, Harvard University Modern Music Ensemble and in the chamber music program at MIT. Nik appeared at music festivals such as Scleswieg-Holstein (Germany), Sarasota (Florida), Apple Hill (New Hampshire), Sunflower (Kansas) and Maine Academy of the Arts. He toured with the Philharmonie Der Nationen throughout Germany and was chosen to participate in the Winter in Jerusalem Orchestral Academy associated with the Jerusalem Philharmonic in Israel. Nik moved to Australia in 1998 where he worked with the Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra before joining WASO.

Outside of music, Nik is also an accredited professional photographer, plays tennis and loves good coffee. 

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benjamin caddy


Ben joined WASO in 2016.

Ben Caddy was born in 1990 in Perth, Australia. He played violin for twelve years before taking up the viola in 2009. He was awarded the 2009 Vose Memorial Prize at the University of Western Australia for the most outstanding performance of a concerto and the Margaret Bello prize for chamber music. 

Ben studied at the Australian National Academy of Music from 2010 to 2012. In 2010 he was the viola player in the ensemble that won the ANAM Chamber music competition. He was a 2013 Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist and has toured internationally with the ACO. Ben studied with Ivan Vukčević and Maxim Vengerov at the International Menuhin Music Academy and at the Haute école de musique de Genève with Gábor Takács-Nagy from 2013-2015. In 2014 he was the Principal Viola of the United Nations Orchestra on their tour of Spain.

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helen tuckey


Helen joined WASO in 1982.

Helen studied piano as an eight year old, taking up viola at the age of twelve.  As a teenager, she was a leader in the Melbourne and Australian Youth Orchestras, touring overseas several times.  She studied and graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, while working as a casual in MSO and taking lessons with William Primrose, one of the 20th century’s greatest violists.  With scholarship support and savings, she completed postgraduate studies in the USA with legendary violist, teacher and composer Lillian Fuchs at the Manhattan School of Music.  Returning to Australia, Helen joined WASO in 1982, where she has played continually, aside from a two-year stint as Principal Viola with the WA Arts Orchestra and three maternity breaks.

As a musician and presenter, she has worked in schools and communities throughout WA and interstate with various small and larger ensembles.  She enjoys teaching, and in 2017 will become the National President of the Australian Strings Association (AUSTA), and is on the WA AUSTA committee and the Council of the West Australian Music Teachers’ Association.  As an Australian Music Examinations Board examiner, she has contributed to viola syllabus development in Australia and has commissioned repertoire for viola.

After the loss of her grandson baby Riley Hughes in 2015 to whooping cough, Helen and family have become active supporters of vaccination and for finding a cure for this terrible disease.  As well as family interests, Helen enjoys literature, nature and the visual arts.

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rod mcgrath

Principal Cello

Rod joined WASO in 1997.

Rod took up the cello at the relatively late age of twelve and by the age of 15 had performed Haydn's D major concerto with his local youth orchestra and the Elgar concerto aged 16 with WSO. At the same age he undertook his first professional engagement as Principal Cello with Dudley Opera in a season of Verdi’s Nabucco. Also at this time he joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he met his future professor Douglas Cameron and a young pianist, Simon Rattle, with whom he was to perform on many occasions. Rod became Principal Cello of the orchestra in his final year which involved performing at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh Festival with Pierre Boulez playing The Rite of Spring and Music for Strings Percussion and Celeste. Rod studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was made Principal Cello of the Academy`s Symphony Orchestra in his first term, the first time this had happened in the Academy`s history. He also formed a string quartet with Elizabeth Hunt which went on to win the Royal Overseas League competition. His first performance at the Academy was not on the cello but on the piano playing The Rite of Spring for four hands with Simon Rattle. It was also with Simon that he played the second ever performance in Britain of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.2.

Rod was given leave of absence during his third year to join the London Philharmonic Orchestra as number two cello at the age of 21. Rod toured Russia, the US and Europe with conductor Bernard Haitink and the LPO and joined the LSO four years later as Co-Principal, where he stayed for twenty years. During his time in London he not only played with most of the world’s leading conductors and soloists, but also played in contemporary music ensembles with Irvine Arditti and was a founding member of the Rossetti Ensemble. During his time with the LSO he also played the music for many films including Star Wars, Superman and the Indiana Jones trilogy. Rod became principal cello of WASO in 1997 and also joined the Australian Piano Quartet at the same time. He has performed several concertos with WASO including Saint Saëns' Cello Concerto No.2. Rod plays on a Duke cello c1750 loaned to him by Chris and June Johnson of Cambridge, England.

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louise mckay

Associate Principal Cello

Louise joined WASO in 2011. 

Louise McKay was born in Perth, Australia starting her musical studies at age 3 on the piano. After picking up the cello at 7, she continued studying with WASO's Principal Cellist, Rod McGrath, until she moved to Melbourne to study at the Australian National Academy of Music after finishing high school. Louise completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide University under the tutelage of Janis Laurs, then pursued her postgraduate Artist Diploma in Los Angeles at the Colburn Conservatory of Music with cello teacher Ronald Leonard.

Louise has attended many international festivals and competitions, including Prague Spring International Cello Competition, The Holland International Music Sessions, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, and was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Australian Cello Awards. She also appeared as a featured soloist at the Adelaide International Cello Festival in 2014, performing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and conductor Arvo Volmer in the festival's main event "Cellissimo".

Louise performed as soloist with WASO and former chief conductor Paul Daniel in the inaugural Latitude Series at the Astor Theatre. She has also appeared with the Australian Doctors Orchestra, Fremantle Symphony Orchestra, Allegri Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St George, and regularly performs recitals and chamber music.

Aside from playing the cello, Louise is a passionate road cyclist, mountain biker and triathlete, and is one of the Orchestra's Health and Safety Representatives.

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Shigeru Komatsu


Shigeru joined WASO in 1987.

Born in Kyoto, Japan, Shigeru grew up with a passion for basketball. At age three, he had his first experience with classical music – a children’s story with accompanying LP record titled Gauche the Cellist. Gauche wasn’t the best musician, but was inspired by his interactions with animals to gain insight into music, and eventually became a top member of the local orchestra. The story featured Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, and upon hearing this Shigeru decided to become a cello player. At age sixteen, he received his first cello, and went on to study with Toshio Kuronuma and Noboru Kamimura.

After moving to Australia, Shigeru spent two years as a member of the ABC Sydney Sinfonia, before joining WASO in 1987. His most memorable performance with WASO his first concert with the orchestra – Don Quixote, featuring Brazilian cello player Antonio Menaces.

Beyond music, Shigeru swims 40-60 laps each morning at 5:30am, which gives him time and space to think. He also spends one to one-and-a-half hours everyday preparing sushi chicken katsu for his boys’ lunch boxes.  

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nicholas metcalfe


Nick joined WASO in 2008.

Nick commenced his tertiary studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, in 1999 under the tutelage of Markus Stocker. After completing his Bachelor of Music majoring in cello performance, he relocated to Adelaide where he began a period of private study with Janis Laurs.

Upon moving to Melbourne in 2005, he was accepted into the Australian National Academy of Music studying cello with Rohan de Korte and chamber music with Igor Machlak. As a member of the Banksia Trio, Nick competed in the Australian National Chamber Music Competition where his group was awarded the People's Choice Award.

The following year he spent a period overseas studying privately with Howard Penny in Vienna.

Nick returned to Australia and became a member of the WASO cello section, a role he very much enjoys. Aside from music, Nick's interests include poker and the little known sport of bike polo.

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Eve Silver


Eve joined WASO in 2007.

Eve Silver began learning cello at the age of 8. She started on piano at the age of 3 and continued both instruments until focusing solely on the cello after high school. Eve completed her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2004 under the direction of Nelson Cooke and upon completion studied at the Australian National Academy of Music for 2 years.

Since completing her studies, Eve has performed with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's and toured nationally and internationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Eve has previously taught at WAAPA and performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra. She has been a member of WASO as Tutti Cello for almost 10 years. Currently, Eve is performing on a cello made by David Rattray loaned to WASO by Janet Holmes à Court. In her spare time, Eve enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young daughters. Her husband is also a member of WASO as tutti trumpet.  

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tim south


Tim joined WASO in 1988.

Tim was born in 1965 and grew up in Melbourne. After he finished school, he briefly studied electronic engineering at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, then decided instead to study music.

In 1988 Tim obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the Victorian College of the Arts. That same year he also toured Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and auditioned successfully for a position with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra which he still holds. Tim has taught cello at Churchlands Senior High School and Perth Modern School, and continues to pursue chamber music interests.

In his spare time, Tim is also interested in web development and photography.

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xiaole wu


Xiaole joined WASO in 2003.

Xiaole was born in China and came to Australia in 1996 to study at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, where he received a master’s degree. He obtained various scholarships in the quest for his Bachelor of Music at the Shanghai Conservatorium, including a full scholarship for cello in Switzerland.

As a member of numerous orchestras, he has toured most of Asia and has worked with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra before moving to Perth.

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andrew sinclair

Principal Double Bass

Andrew joined WASO in 2007.

Andrew started playing the double bass at ten years of age in Brisbane. In 1989 he began music studies at the University of Queensland and was soon playing as Principal Bass with the Camerata of St Johns’ Chamber Orchestra. He later appeared as soloist with this orchestra, as well as with the University of Queensland Chamber Orchestra. After completing a Bachelor of Music degree with honours in performance, Andrew became sought after by both the Queensland Philharmonic and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. While filling contracts in both orchestras, Andrew also founded and managed The Toombul Music Academy which flourished to a successful school employing 13 teachers tutoring over 250 students.

In 1996 Andrew moved to Vienna to study under Josef Niederhammer at the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts. After his first year of study Andrew was awarded a contract position with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he remained until 2000. He was then accepted as a full-time member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra where he stayed until 2007. Andrew performed regularly with other ensembles including the Vienna Classical Players, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Die Reihe, Vienna Chamber Musicians and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Andrew is very active in teaching and has given masterclasses in Australia and America. His former students perform in professional orchestras in Europe and Australia. He teaches double bass at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and continues to give masterclasses at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music. He has been invited numerous times to tutor at the AYO National Music Camp.

Andrew regularly appears in chamber music festivals including the Perth International Arts Festival, Soft Soft Loud Festival in Fremantle, the Music on the Terrace series at the Perth Government House and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. He has been invited to perform with many Australian orchestras and ensembles including Pinchgut Opera, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra. In 2015 he appeared as soloist with WASO. Andrew plays on a Gagliano double bass generously loaned by Janet Holmes à Court AC.

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andrew tait

Double Bass

Andrew joined WASO in 1989.

He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (1981-85) where he obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree majoring in performance. His teacher was John Gray, a former Principal with the London Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Before joining WASO Andrew was Associate Principal Bassist with the State Orchestra of Victoria for four years. In 1995 Andrew travelled to Chicago to study with Joseph Guastafeste (Principal Bassist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and in 1999 Andrew took his family to Norway for four months where he played with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew’s career as a double bass player has been closely aligned with his development as a luthier.

Having begun his studies with Harry Vatiliotis in Sydney, Andrew won a Churchill Fellowship in 2006 to "Study the art of Double Bass making and restoration" with Roger Dawson in London. The Churchill Fellowship included a trip to Rome where Andrew catalogued the outstanding collection of old Italian double basses in the National Museum of Musical Instruments. In 2009 Andrew won a development grant from the Department for Culture and the Arts to design and build an orchestral five stringed double bass under the direction of Roger Dawson in his Deptford studio. 2011 saw Andrew receive a Simon Lee scholarship to study early music performance practices and Baroque instrument building techniques in Europe and London. Six double basses of Andrew's make are played in WASO, along with a Cello played by Rod McGrath and a violin played by Shaun Lee-Chen.

Andrew’s chief hobby is racing/cruising on his old wooden yacht that was built in Battery Point, Hobart in 1932. 

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andrew nicholson

Principal Flute

Andrew joined WASO in 2010.

Andrew studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Since the age of 22, Andrew has held principal flute positions with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under David Atherton, the Halle Orchestra under Kent Negano and Sir Mark Elder, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, under Paul Daniel and Asher Fisch.

He has regularly appeared as guest principal flautist with the LSO, the LPO, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, Malaysia Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Chamber, Guangzhou Symphony, Auckland Symphony, Athens Camerata, Royal Scottish National, Scottish Chamber, English Chamber, Hebrides Ensemble, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Andrew teaches at WAAPA and UWA, and has given masterclasses in London (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy and Royal Colleges of Music), Manchester (RNCM, Chetham’s), Belgium, Poland, New York, Melbourne’s Australian National Academy of Music, Hong Kong, Brisbane and Sydney. Andrew has coached the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Andrew is a Haynes Artist and plays on a solid 14K gold flute, with 14K gold keys.

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michael waye

Principal Piccolo

Michael joined WASO in 1987.

Michael has held the position of Principal Piccolo with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra since leaving the Canberra School of Music in 1987. Michael studied with renowned Australian flautists Linda Vogt and Vernon Hill, winning the prestigious Australian National Flute Solo and Orchestral competitions and later graduating from the University of Western Australia where he now lectures in flute.

As a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, Michael has worked with many outstanding artists and ensembles including the Cammerata of Western Australia, pianists Graeme Gilling and Jennifer Fox-Russell, the WASO 20th Century Ensemble, the Nova Ensemble and with soprano Mary-Attracta Connolly and renowned harpist Jane Geeson in the Romance Ensemble. Michael has also appeared as a soloist with violinist John Harding and harpsichordist Neal Peres Da Costa with the WASO Chamber Orchestra and as guest artist in recital with English flautist Paul Edmund Davies.

Michael has been seconded to play as Principal Flute and Piccolo with several other orchestras including a memorable series of concerts with the Odessa Philharmonic and more recently working with Neil Armfield and Pietari Inkenin in the acclaimed Opera Australia production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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liz chee

Associate Principal Oboe

Liz joined WASO in 2014.

Liz Chee is the Associate Principal Oboist at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and has held contract oboe and cor anglais positions with most of the Australian and New Zealand orchestras, and also the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alexandre Oguey, and also in Paris with Chamber Orchestra of Europe’s oboist, David Walter.

Liz has performed nationally with ‘The Chambermaids’ quintet for Musica Viva’s education programs, but is now part of a new chamber ensemble ‘Ensemble Vagabond’. Ensemble Vagabond is the ensemble in Residence at The University of Western Australia, where they both perform and mentor students.

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leanne glover

Principal Cor Anglais

Leanne joined WASO in 1990.  

Leanne Glover completed a Bachelor of Music with first class honours at the University of Western Australia, where she studied with Joel Marangella. During her studies she won the Dr V.H. Cooper Prize for Most Outstanding First Year Student and twice claimed the Margaret Bellos Chamber Music Performance Prize. Leanne earned three scholarships to continue her studies in Amsterdam with Han de Vries and then in Zurich with Emmanuel Abbuel and Thomas Indermuhle for three years, where she gained a postgraduate degree in Performance. During this time she was also awarded a grant from the City of Zurich. Upon her return to Perth, Leanne obtained a permanent position with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Leanne has held the positions of Second Oboe, Associate Principal Oboe, Acting Principle Oboe and currently Principal Cor Anglais.

Leanne teaches oboe at The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and at The University of Western Australia.  In 2013 she had the honour of being invited to perform with the Australian World Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Leanne is a busy performing musician and can be found in many smaller ensembles around Perth.

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allan meyeR

Principal Clarinet

Allan joined WASO in 1990.

Allan Meyer has been Principal Clarinet with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra since 1990. His distinguished career has seen him perform in many parts of Australia. In 1997 and 1999, Allan performed and taught in Massachusetts, USA.  He was also Guest Principal Clarinettist for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and performed in the Musicorda, Mohawk Trail and Williamstown Chamber Music Festivals.

Allan was born in Perth and studied with WASO's Principal Clarinet, Jack Harrison, graduating from UWA with a Master of Music (Performance) degree and completing postgraduate studies in London with John McCaw, Antony Pay and Jack Brymer. After 7 years with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Allan returned to Perth as Principal Clarinet. He teaches at the School of Music at the University of WA and at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. Allan has appeared as soloist in the Masters and Classics Series, Mostly Mozart Series, Symphony under the Stars and WASO Chamber Players.  He has been Guest Principal Clarinet with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Allan has premiered a number of works including the Australian premiere of Richard Mills' Concerto for Clarinet and Violin, the world premiere of James Ledger's Clarinet Quintet and the world premiere of Blackwood by Iain Grandage and Kevin Gillam for PIAF in 2011. For PIAF in 2012 he performed with the Escher String Quartet. Most recently he performed the Mozart Concerto, a work he has performed over 12 times with WASO, as part of a regional tour conducted by his former student and associate conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Chris Dragon.

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lorna cook



Lorna joined WASO in 1988.

Lorna was born in Scotland, where she studied clarinet with John Cushing at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Whilst there she won the clarinet prize, as well as The Governor’s Recital Competition. After emigrating to Perth, Lorna was appointed Principal Clarinet of the WA Arts Orchestra and upon its disbandment joined the clarinet section in WASO. She has also performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Lorna has taught clarinet at the University of Western Australia and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Lorna regularly played with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Opera whilst studying, and was appointed to the position of 2nd Clarinet of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the age of 20. Lorna has taken lessons with Jack Brymer, Jack McCaw, and Thea King. Credits to her name include being a finalist in The BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and runner-up in The National Clarinet Competition. She was also awarded a scholarship to Yale University.

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alexander millier

Principal Bass Clarinet

Alex joined WASO in 1996.

Alex Millier is the Principal Bass Clarinet with WASO and often performs as Associate Principal Clarinet. Alex graduated in 1987 from the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Music in Performance, where he studied with David Shephard.

After graduating, Alex was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra tour to Europe, London and Singapore in 1988. He has performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his appointment at WASO, Alex was a member of the Band of the South Australia Police from 1993 to 1996.

He is passionate about good coffee and recently completed an introductory commercial barista course with the WA Barista Academy. Alex also loves engaging with audiences via social media and can be reached on twitter @AlexMillier.

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jane kircher-lindner

Principal Bassoon

Jane Joined WASO in 2006.

Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, Jane moved to Perth in 2006 to take up the Principal Bassoon position with WASO. Prior to this she was Principal Bassoon with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra from 2003-2006. She has also performed with the Melbourne, Queensland and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. Jane has appeared as a soloist with WASO twice, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in E Minor in 2011, and Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante in 2009.

As a chamber musician, Jane performs with a variety of ensembles including the Arundo Reed Quintet, with whom she has recorded for ABC Classic FM. She is also active as a teacher in Perth and teaches bassoon at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and at the University of Western Australia. Jane completed her undergraduate studies at Victoria University of Wellington. After receiving several prestigious scholarships she continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and graduated with a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance. Her teachers there included Whitney Crockett, Frank Morelli and Patricia Rogers.

Outside of music Jane enjoys creating things that are delicious or beautiful (or preferably both, as is the case with baking). She is finishing renovating her house and landscaping the garden, and is enjoying (and struggling) to do both in an eco-friendly way. She also tries to fit in an annual pilgrimage to the snow for some skiing, and to remind her of her (cold) NZ roots. 

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Adam Mikulicz


Adam joined WASO in 2010.

Originally from Melbourne, Adam began his study on the bassoon at the age of 12 and is a graduate of both the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music. His teachers there included Matthew Wilkie, Lucinda Cran and Elise Millman. During his studies he was Principal Bassoon of Melbourne Youth Orchestra and appeared with them also as a soloist.

Further study took Adam to Switzerland where he studied with the Principal Bassoon of the Munich Philharmonic, Lyndon Watts. Throughout his time in Australia, Adam has held contract positions in a number of Australian Orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria amongst others. In 2009 Adam won the position of Associate Principal Bassoon in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and relocated to Perth in early 2010 and has since acted as a Principal bassoon for the WASO's 2014 season.

Still in demand outside WA as an orchestral and chamber musician, Adam has held guest positions with MSO, Southern Cross Soloists and most recently with the Australian World Orchestra. Adam also teaches at UWA and WAAPA and is a member of Ensemble Vagabond, ensemble in residence at UWA.

Adam also has a keen interest in all things relating to textiles and spends much of his spare time working on projects in his studio. 2016 saw Adam win first prize for the Australian Sewing Guild's 'Castaway to Couture' competition as well being the assistant costume designer for a fully staged production of Ariadne auf Naxos for Opera Box.

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david evans

Principal Horn

David joined WASO in 2002.

David Evans studied horn at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts, gaining his Bachelor of Music in 1999 before completing three programs at the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2002 David was appointed Principal Horn with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and has since appeared as a soloist with WASO on numerous occasions, performing works by Schumann, Mozart and Britten.

David has performed as Guest Principal Horn in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as a guest artist at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass on three occasions.

In July 2010 David performed a recital as a featured artist at the 42nd International Horn Symposium in Brisbane. David was a member of the Australian World Orchestra in 2013, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in September 2013.                                  

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robert gladstones

Principal 3rd Horn

Rob joined WASO in 1989.

Rob was born in Perth and began learning violin and euphonium when he was seven, before settling on the horn at 13. He studied horn at the Canberra School of Music with Hector MacDonald, graduating in 1985.

During his student years he was a member of the West Australian Youth Orchestra, the Canberra Youth Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Rob took up the position of 2nd Horn in the Sydney Elizabethan Orchestra (now the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra) in 1986 and was appointed Associate Principal in 1988.

During his time in Sydney Rob played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra as well as performing chamber music, musicals and many soundtrack and jingle recordings.

Rob moved back to Perth to take up the position of Associate Principal Horn with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in 1989, moving to his current position of Principal 3rd Horn in 1995.

Rob is very active as a teacher and currently teaches at the WA Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University, the University of Western Australia and John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School.

When he is not playing or teaching horn Rob is busy repairing and servicing brass instruments!

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julia brooke


Julia joined WASO in 2014. 

Julia Brooke was born in Germany and raised in Sydney. She completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium under the guidance of Saul Lewis and Andrew Bain, before moving to Melbourne in 2010 to continue studies at the Australian National Academy of Music. She has performed with all of the orchestras around Australia, and played horn and Wagner tuba in Wagner's Ring Cycle in Melbourne in 2013. Julia was a 2009 recipient of the Big Brother scholarship, enabling her to complete a study tour of Britain and Germany. During this time she received lessons from Marie-Luise Neunecker, Michael Thompson and Ab Koster amongst others.

She also participated in two international tours with the Australian Youth Orchestra (2007 and 2010), which gave her the privilege of performing at some of the world’s leading concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Since joining WASO in 2014, Julia has also been playing chamber music with Ensemble Vagabond, something that she feels is the perfect complement to orchestral playing. When not playing music, you will find Julia enjoying Perth’s eternal sunshine, wine regions, and recreating Yotam Ottolenghi’s entire recipe collection.

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francesco lo surdo


Francesco joined WASO in 2011.

Francesco “Frankie” Lo Surdo was born in Sydney and began learning the French horn at the age of nine, studying at the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and participating in the Sydney Youth Orchestra. He commenced a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2005, studying with Ben Jacks. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Big Brother Scholarship and completed a six-week study tour of England, Germany and the Netherlands. Throughout Frankie’s studies he worked as a freelance orchestral and recording musician, and was a member of the Sydney Sinfonia and the Australian Youth Orchestra, the latter as Principal Horn in 2009. In 2009 he spent a year on contract with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, where he also studied with Andrew Bain and Peter Luff, before returning to Sydney to complete his degree. In 2010 Frankie gained a position in the Sydney Symphony’s Fellowship program.

Frankie has appeared with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has performed with the Sydney Omega Ensemble, Sydney Brass, and the Australia Ensemble. Frankie has toured throughout Europe with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. He was invited to participate in the Bayreuth Young Artists Festival in 2008, where he studied with Will Sanders and had the opportunity to see the Ring Cycle in Wagner's Festspielhaus. As an educator, Frankie was invited to be the horn tutor at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s 2014 national music camp in Canberra. In addition to this Frankie continues to have a passion for teaching at both high school and tertiary levels in Perth.

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brent grapes

Principal Trumpet

Brent joined WASO in 2013.

Born in Perth, Brent completed his initial studies in music performance at the University of Western Australia, before being accepted into The Juilliard School in New York where he studied with Raymond Mase and Mark Gould. During his time in New York Brent established himself as both a soloist and orchestral trumpeter, winning first place in the Juilliard School concerto competition in 2007 and becoming the first person to be awarded first place for two consecutive years in the Graduate division of the US National Trumpet Competition.

From 2008-2010, Brent was a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, performing under esteemed conductors including Charles Dutoit, Gianandrea Noseda, Paavo Järvi and Valery Gergiev.

Brent was appointed Principal Trumpet with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in August 2009, before returning to Perth in 2013 to take up the position of Principal Trumpet with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Head of Brass at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), and the proud father of two budding musicians, Finlay and Elling.

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liam o'malley

Associate Principal Trombone

Liam joined WASO in 2012.

After growing up in Bundaberg, QLD, Liam completed a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium studying with Jason Redman. Liam has been the Associate Principal Trombone of the West Australia Symphony Orchestra since 2012. He was previously a member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the New South Wales Police Band. Liam has also played with the Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras as well as numerous other Chamber groups.

Liam tutors at both the University of WA and the WAAPA as well as teaching at Hale School.

Outside music, Liam is an aficionado of all things sport and a lover of fine wine, gin and especially cheese.

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philip holdsworth

Bass Trombone

Philip joined WASO in 1985.

Philip Holdsworth was born in Renmark, South Australia in 1957. In his childhood years he moved around to many parts of Australia, before settling in Melbourne. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, under the tutelage of Rodger Davies and Michael Mulcahy. Philip played with many groups during his study years, including the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the VCA Orchestra and Brass Quintet and the Australian Youth Orchestra for 3 years, including their China tour of 1979. During this time, he also worked regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

After graduating Philip worked at the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for three years and the Victorian Elizabethan Trust Orchestra (now Orchestra Victoria) before taking up the position of Bass Trombone with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in 1985 – a position he has held ever since.

During this time, he has taught at the University of Western Australia and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and at many schools around Perth.

He is married to Jan Holdsworth (ne Rintoul), who is a fine flautist and teacher, and the founding conductor of the WA Youth Orchestra Flute Ensemble. They have two children – James (14) and Elizabeth (16).

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cameron brook

Principal Tuba

Cameron joined WASO in 1983.

Cameron was born in Sydney in 1961 and played in Willoughby Band and Sydney Youth Orchestra while at school. He moved to Melbourne to study at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 1981. Cameron joined the Australian Youth Orchestra at the age of 16 and was Principal Tuba for five years, including the tour to China in 1979. His first professional engagement was as Guest Principal Tuba with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17, and he has played as Guest Principal Tuba with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.

Cameron teaches tuba at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the University of Western Australia.

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alex timcke

Principal Timpani

Alex joined WASO in 1991.

Alex studied timpani and percussion with Richard Smith at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, and then with Alan Cumberland in Brisbane. During this time Alex was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and played as Principal Timpanist on their 1988 European tour. After working with orchestras across Australia including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Alex joined WASO as Principal Timpanist.

Since becoming a member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra he has also worked with a variety of smaller ensembles, including touring nationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Alex has taught at both the University of WA and the WA Academy of Performing Arts, and maintains a connection with youth music through the Australian Youth Orchestra, West Australian Youth Orchestra and National Music Camps.

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brian maloney

Principal Percussion

Brian joined WASO in 2016.

Prior to his appointment as Principal Percussionist of WASO, Brian began his percussion studies at age 11 and went on to acquire a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of retired Boston Symphony Orchestra percussionist Frank Epstein, followed by a Master of Music degree from Boston University under Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal Timpanist Timothy Genis. After the receipt of his Masters degree he began a period of study with Boston Symphony percussionist Will Hudgins, during which time he was named a finalist for the positions of Principal Percussion with WASO as well as Principal Timpani with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, just months apart. 

Hailed as a “virtuosic” performer by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Brian was an active member of Boston classical music scene for a number of years, where he played with the Boston Philharmonic and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has also performed with orchestras throughout the United States such as the Oregon Symphony and the New World Symphony, and was awarded fellowships at a multitude of prestigious music festivals across America including the Aspen Music Festival, the Castleton Festival, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., and the renowned Tanglewood Music Center.

In addition to his love for percussion Brian is a great outdoor enthusiast. Being a native of rural upstate New York has allowed him to acquire a number of outdoor hobbies such as camping, hiking, fishing, and kayaking. When not playing percussion Brian engages in these activities as often as possible. 

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sarah bowman

Principal Harp

Sarah joined WASO in 2002.

Sarah is a widely experienced and versatile harpist and has both a Bachelors and Masters of Music from The Juilliard School of Music, New York. Among her academic awards are the Helena Rubenstein Foundation Scholarship and the William Randolph Hurst Scholarship. She has also been the recipient of performance awards from the Aspen Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the prestigious Tanglewood Fellowship.

Sarah has performed all over the world including a Tribute to John Cage at Carnegie Hall and with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre, Reykjavik Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Brooklyn and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras amongst others. Sarah has enjoyed extensive touring throughout Europe with A Chorus Line and 42nd Street, both Broadway shows. Sarah has also performed in the US TV soap opera The Guiding Light and a Willy Nelson video.

Sarah was part of the first Australian performance in Adelaide of the complete Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner and is also the harpist on the NAXOS recording of Christmas with Paul Plishka. Recent engagements include performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra by invitation, and being asked to play for the Perth performance of Andrea Bocelli’s tour.

Sarah is a lecturer of harp at the University of Western Australia’s School Of Music.

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