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West Australian Symphony Orchestra



Asher Fisch
Partnered by Wesfarmers Arts


Vladimir Verbitsky


Laurence Jackson


Graeme Norris Assoc Concertmaster
Semra Lee-Smith Assistant Concertmaster 
Zak Rowntree Principal 2nd Violin
Kylie Liang Principal 2nd Violin  
Sarah Blackman
Fleur Challen
Stephanie Dean
Rebecca Glorie
Beth Hebert
Christina Katsimbardis 
Ellie Lawrence
Shaun Lee-Chen
Akiko Miyazawa
Anna O'Hagan
Melanie Pearn
Ken Peeler
Graham Pyatt
Louise Sandercock
Jolanta Schenk
Jane Serrangeli
Jacek Slawomirski
Kate Sullivan
Bao Di Tang
Cerys Tooby
David Yeh     


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


Rod McGrath Principal
Louise McKay Assoc Principal
Chair partnered by Penrhos College
Shigeru Komatsu
Oliver McAslan
Nicholas Metcalfe
Eve Silver
Fotis Skordas
Tim South
Xiao Le Wu


Andrew SinclairPrincipal
Joan Wright Assoc Principal
Christine Reitzenstein
Louise Elaerts
Andrew Tait
Mark Tooby


Andrew Nicholson Principal
Chair partnered by Quadrant Energy
Mary-Anne Blades Assoc Principal


Michael Waye Principal


Peter Facer Principal
Elizabeth Chee Assoc Principal


Leanne Glover Principal


Allan Meyer Principal
Lorna Cook


Alexander Millier Principal
Chair partnered by Altegra Property Group


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


Chloe Turner Principal


David Evans Principal
Sharn McIver Assoc Principal 
Robert Gladstones Principal 3rd Horn
Julia Brooke
Francesco Lo Surdo


Brent Grapes Principal
Chair partnered by ConocoPhillips
Evan Cromie Assoc Principal
Peter Miller


Joshua Davis Principal
Liam O'Malley Assoc Principal


Philip Holdsworth Principal


Cameron Brook Principal


Alex Timcke Principal


Brian Maloney Principal
Troy Greatz Assoc Principal


Sarah Bowman Principal

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


Graham Pyatt 


Graham started to learn violin at age nine through a school musical education scheme and went on to lead and appear as soloist with the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. Valuable experience was gained from visiting conductors such as Andre Previn and Sir Michael Tippett, and from soloists such as Kyung Wha Chung.

Graham went on to study at the Royal College of Music, London with Jose Luis Garcia and Sylvia Rosenberg, where he lead the college orchestra. Following graduation with an ARCM he was offered a position with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London.

As a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for fifteen years he enjoyed an extensive recording and touring schedule with conductors including Kurt Masur, Yuri Temirkanov, Kiril Kondrashin, Andre Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Yehudi Menuhin. Graham also was a member of the orchestra's chamber group.

Graham acted in the position of Assistant Concertmaster with WASO during the 2014 season and in recent years has lead the Orchestra on numerous occasions.

Graham lives in Jolimont with his British Blue cat. He owns and plays on an 1845 Raffaele & Antonio Gagliano violin.

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.

She 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.

Nik Babic


Nik joined WASO in 2002.

Nik began his musical training in Belgrade, Serbia, where he also had the opportunity to play in a symphony orchestra for the first time when he became a member of the Belgrade Youth Philharmonic.

He subsequently earned the Bachelor and Master degrees from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. His principal teachers included Walter Trampler, Marcus Thompson and James Dunham and members of the Cleveland, Vermeer, Kolisch and Borromeo String Quartets.

While in Boston Nik regularly performed with The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra where he occasionally played as a Section Principal, New Hampshire Symphony, Harvard Modern Music Ensemble and he has collaborated with the chamber music program at MIT.

He appeared at music festivals such as Sarasota in Florida, Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, Apple Hill in New Hampshire, Sunflower in Kansas and Main 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 in association with the Jerusalem Philharmonic in Israel.

Nik moved to Australia in 1998 and held various contract positions with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra before being appointed a permanent member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Outside music, Nik is also an accredited professional photographer with several professional awards and has had his work exhibited nationally. Most recently he had two solo exhibitions at Perth Town Hall and Perth Concert Hall, respectively.

In his free time Nik enjoys a good cup of coffee and a game of tennis.



Helen joined WASO in 1982.

Helen started learning piano at age eight and viola at age 12. In her teen years she played on the front desk of the Melbourne and Australian Youth Orchestras, touring overseas several times. Studying with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Principal Viola Paul O’Brien she graduated at the Victorian College of the Arts, while also working as a casual with the MSO and taking lessons with William Primrose, one of the 20th century’s greatest violists. Using funds from scholarships and savings, she undertook post-graduate studies with legendary violist, teacher and composer Lillian Fuchs at Manhattan School of Music, New York.

Returning to Australia Helen joined WASO, where she has played continually since, aside from a two-year stint as Principal Viola with the WA Arts Orchestra, and three maternity breaks.

As a musician and a presenter, she has worked in many different schools and communities throughout Western Australia with various small and larger ensembles. A keen advocate of music and string education, she enjoys teaching her instrument and is a committee member of the West Australian branch of the Australian Strings Association and the Council of the West Australian Music Teachers’ Association. As an Australian Music Examinations Board examiner, she has contributed extensively to viola syllabus development in Australia and has commissioned repertoire for viola.  

Helen's extra-musical interests include family, nature, literature and the visual arts.

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 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 Verdis 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 2nd performance in Britain of Schostakovitch 2nd Cello Concerto.

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 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 worlds leading conductors and soloists but also played in contemporary music ensembles with Irvine Arditti and also was a founder member of the Rossetti Ensemble. During his time with the LSO he also played the music for many films including the Star Wars, Superman and Raiders of the Lost Ark trilogies.

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 and this year will play Saint Saëns 2nd concerto and Rachmaninoff Vocalise in the Great Classics season. 

Rod plays on a Duke cello c1750 loaned to him by Chris and June Johnson of Cambridge, England.

Nick 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.

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 was taught cello at Churchlands Senior High School and Perth Modern School, and continued to pursue chamber music interests.

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

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 Masters 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.

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, when he was accepted as a full-time member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Andrew performed regularly with various ensembles in Vienna and abroad including 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.

Andrew regularly appears as a soloist and in chamber music festivals including the 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. Andrew was invited to perform with the Australian World Orchestra in 2011.

Andrew plays on a Gagliano double bass generously supplied by Janet Holmes à Court AC.

Andrew Tait

Double Bass

Andrew joined WASO in 1989.

Andrew's career as a luthier has been closely aligned with his development as a professional double bass player. Both careers have grown out of his passion and devotion to the instrument which has been the focus of his life's work.

Andrew studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and at Sydney University where he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in performance, and from 1980-1985 he studied double bass with John Gray, Principal with The London Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

During this time Andrew also studied double bass restoration with Alan Riley at The Bass Shop in Sydney, beginning a continued association with Harry Vatiliotis, a violin maker and restorer.

Before joining WASO, Andrew was Associate Principal Bassist with the State Orchestra of Victoria. In 1995 he travelled to Chicago to study with Joseph Guastafeste and in 1999 he travelled to Norway for four months to play as Associate Principal Bassist with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

He won a Churchill Fellowship in 2006 to study Advanced Techniques in the Art of Double Bass Making and Restoration in London with Roger Dawson and has since returned several times to work with Mr Dawson.

His Churchill Fellowship also included a visit to the National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome where he studied and catalogued their outstanding collection of old Italian double basses. Andrew was then invited by the museum to return and set up a conservation room to restore their collection of double basses. Five of the seven basses currently played in WASO were made by Andrew.

Andrew won a development grant in 2009 from the Department for Culture and the Arts WA to spend three months in London, and with the assistance of Roger Dawson, design and build an orchestral five stringed double bass. In 2011 he also received a Simon Lee scholarship to further his studies as a luthier and early music practitioner.

Andrew has taught double bass at Churchlands Senior High School, Mercedes College, and St Mary's Anglican Girls School. He has also tutored for the Sydney and Western Australian Youth Orchestras.

Michael Waye


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 Niel 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.

Peter Facer

Principal Oboe

Peter joined WASO in 2014.

Peter wanted to be a musician from a very young age, after seeing a violinist perform on a children’s television program. He took up the violin, which he wasn’t very good at, but then switched to the oboe, which he considerably preferred!

He grew up in Hertfordshire, and then attended Girton College Cambridge, graduating with a double first class degree in music. He then began to focus on oboe playing, studying it at postgraduate level at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he graduated with distinction and earned the DipRAM for an outstanding final exam. He then moved to Germany, and went on to study at music conservatories in Hannover and Rostock.

Peter performed as Guest Principal Oboe with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2012. Peter also plays regularly in the oboe section of the Staatskapelle Berlin and was thrilled to perform in their complete Ring Cycle at the BBC Proms in 2013.               
Peter was the Principal Oboe with the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2011-2013. He has performed with some of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists, such as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Vladimir Ashkenazy, in venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and Carnegie Hall in New York. At the end of his final tour, Peter was awarded the Lionel Bryer Memorial Prize for outstanding musicianship.              

Peter is a soloist in the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, a platform for emerging young soloists, and frequently gives solo recitals around Britain. Peter particularly loves performing contemporary oboe music, and often includes new works in concert programs.
Peter is very grateful to have been assisted in his studies by scholarships from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Martin Musical Fund and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst.

Peter's teachers have included Celia Nicklin, Tess Miller, Melanie Ragge, Jo Lively, Klaus Becker, Gregor Witt, Jill Crowther (cor anglais) and Geoff Browne (cor anglais).

He plays on a Marigaux 2001 oboe. 

Elizabeth Chee

A/ Principal Oboe

Liz joined WASO in 2014.

Liz Chee has held contract oboe and cor anglais positions with most of the Australian and New Zealand orchestras, and also the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Liz studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alexandre Oguey, and also in Paris with Paris Conservatoire teacher David Walter. Liz has performed nationally with ‘The Chambermaids’ quintet for Musica Viva’s education programs.

Outside of music, she enjoys coffee, sparkling mineral water, markets, karaoke (especially Cher hits), swimming, dog walking and being a part of the local church community.

Allan Meyer

Principal Clarinet

Allan joined WASO in 1990.

Allan Meyer has been Section Principal Clarinet with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra since 1990. His distinguished career has seen him perform in many parts of Australia. 

He has performed in numerous broadcasts for the ABC and for the universities in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. 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 Jack Harrison, graduating from the University of Western Australia (UWA) with a Master of Music (Performance) degree and completing post graduate studies in London with John McCaw, Antony Pay and Jack Brymer.

After seven years with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Allan returned to Perth as Principal Clarinet with WASO. He teaches at the UWA School of Music and at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. He has appeared regularly in lunchtime recitals and chamber music concerts. Allan has appeared as soloist with WASO. He performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto to full houses in April 2005 as part of the WASO’s Masters series.

In April 2007 Allan performed in the Australian premiere of Richard Mills' Concerto for Violin and Clarinet and in December 2009 performed the world premiere of James Ledger's Clarinet Quintet at the Utzon Room in the Sydney Opera House. At the 2011 PIAF Allan performed in the world premiere of Blackwood by Iain Grandage and Kevin Gillam.  In 2013 he performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto as part of WASO's Classics series. In September 2014 Allan performed in Brahms' Clarinet Quintet for WASO's Chamber series.

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 Governors 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.

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.

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.

Sharn McIver

A/ Principal Horn

Sharn joined WASO in 2014.

Sharn McIver was born in Emerald, Central Queensland, and began playing trumpet at the age of 10.

After completing two years of her Bachelor degree in Queensland under the tutelage of Geoffrey Spiller, Sharn fell in love with the French horn and made the switch in 2008, learning from Peter Luff. 

During her time at the Queensland Conservatorium Sharn was awarded the Beta Sigma Phi Brass Prize, the International Horn Symposium Solo Competition, and represented the brass department at the Brisbane Club Awards. Upon graduation in 2010, she was awarded an Academic Excellence Award.

After completing her tertiary studies Sharn went on to study at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2011, developing a strong passion for chamber music. During her year in Melbourne she was also lucky to be a part of the nine month premiere season of Love Never Dies. 

In 2012 Sharn moved to Sydney to take up the horn position in the Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program, where she worked as a casual musician for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and was a part of many exciting chamber opportunities.

Before moving to Perth Sharn was on a 14 month contract as Associate Principal Horn of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She loves Perth and is enjoying finding many of the great coffee and beer spots around town!

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!

Julia Brooke


Julia joined WASO in 2013.

Julia Brooke was born in Germany and raised in Sydney. Being the daughter of a bassoonist father and an opera-singing mother, music was a central part of Julia's life from an early age. Julia chose the horn as her instrument at age five, after hearing it on the BBC's series of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. However she didn't start lessons until age ten, when her arms and lungs had grown to a more suitable brass-playing size.

Julia completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium, before moving to Melbourne in 2010 to continue studies at the Australian National Academy of Music.  

Julia has performed with many of the orchestras around Australia and most recently played horn and Wagner tuba in Wagner's epic Ring Cycle in Melbourne last year. Julia was a 2009 recipient of the Big Brother scholarship, enabling her to complete a study tour of Britain and Germany.

Despite being a big city girl at heart, Julia has found real joy in Perth's beautiful beaches, reliably good weather and surrounding wine regions. 

Brent Grapes

Principal Trumpet

Brent joined WASO in 2013.

Born in Perth, Brent completed his initial musical training at Perth Modern School before completing his Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Australia.

In 2007, Brent was 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.

Brent was also the first person to be awarded first place two years in a row in the graduate division of the US National Trumpet Competition.

From 2008 to 2010, Brent was a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, and regularly performed with the New World Symphony. Brent was appointed Principal Trumpet with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in August of 2009.

In March 2013, Brent moved back to Perth where he took up a position as Guest Principal Trumpet with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Head of Brass at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

When he is not busy practicing or teaching, Brent enjoys spending time with his two young children.

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.

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 Western 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.

Troy Greatz

Assoc Principal Percussion

Troy joined WASO in 2002.

Troy has held the position of Associate Principal Percussionist/Timpanist since the age of 23 when he moved to Perth after completing of a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He has been a member of the percussion section of the Australian World Orchestra since its inception, which most recently performed under Zubin Mehta.

Troy has performed with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, recorded with the Sydney Symphony and in 2009 he won the Associate Principal Percussion position with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He held his post for 18 months before returning to Perth and WASO in 2011. That same year, Troy was invited to audition for the Principal Percussion position with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Troy is in demand as an educator. He lectures in percussion and timpani at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and at the University of Western Australia. In addition, he runs a private studio from home in the Perth hills where he conducts private lessons, gives workshops and demonstrations and does his own practice. Troy recently joined the AMEB as an examiner in percussion.

Troy’s other interests include dabbling in composition and arranging, playing chamber music and spending time with his wife, three young children and Great Dane.

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.