Elyane de Fontenay (violin)
Elyane de Fontenay grew up in our nations capital, and studied violin at the ANU School of Music, completing a Bachelor of Music in 2012 and a Graduate Diploma in Music in 2013 with Barbara Jane Gilby and Tor Fromyhr. During her years here, she developed a love of orchestral and chamber playing. She was concertmaster of the university orchestra and the chamber orchestra, and she participated in the Canberra International Music Festival in 2010 and 2011, performing world premiers of important works of contemporary composers, and long lost treasures. In 2009 she led a prize winning performance of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro in the ANU School of Music Chamber Music Competition, and in 2011 she was lucky enough to be asked to perform with her string quartet at Parliament House for Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2012, Elyane went on a year long adventure with her partner, hiking through the tiny islands of Japan, catching trains through Europe, and finally buying a Chevrolet '78 van and driving around America. When she returned, she decided to continue the adventure, and moved to the cultural melting pot of Melbourne. She now performs with many Melbourne based orchestras and chamber groups, alongside a wonderful collection of budding young musicians.
As a soloist, Elyane has participated in masterclasses with Australian Pianist Michael Keiran Harvey, Olivier Charlier and Boris Garlitsky from the Conservatoire de Paris, and performed the Debussy String Quartet in a chamber music masterclass for David Geber, a founding member of the American String Quartet.
Elyane has very eclectic music tastes. She has a passion for contemporary classical music, especially that of the late 20th Century. She has performed, toured and recorded with many folk, country, rock and hiphop bands, playing at the Woodford Folk Festival, and the National Folk festival. She is also passionate about early music performance, having performed in the opera “Dido and Aeneas” directed by early music specialist Geoffrey Lancaster in 2011, and has a beautiful 18th Century English baroque violin.
Anna Murakawa (violin)
Anna Murakawa has spent her lifetime dedicated to the sounds of the violin. Since discovering her passion at the age of 13 in her hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil, she continued on her musical journey as she moved around the world to gain even more experience through her studies and performances.
Anna has studied in São Paulo under the guidance of Emmanuele Baldini and spent several years in Bulgaria developing her skill set, where she concluded her bachelor's degree, having Evgenia-Maria Popova and Stoika Milavona as mentors. The next move brought Anna to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she studied at the Carnegie Mellon University with the renowned violinist Andres Cardenes. In 2012 Anna made a move to Kentucky, where she concluded her Masters Degree and eventually Sydney, Australia, where she now calls home.
This excellent chapter in Anna’s life not only had her playing and performing in this beautiful city. She passes on her love of the violin and inspires a new generation of musicians as a violin teacher at the Play at the Con program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and as a private instructor, teaching both in person and online.
The educational route has always been the foundation in refining her skills; starting early with scholarships from her time in Brazil eventually led her to participate in numerous Master Classes all over the world and learn from the very best. Anna continues boldly pursuing her Doctoral Degree in music at the University of Sydney.
Her dedication towards furthering one’s self through education is astounding, and her contributions to music overall are entirely measurable. Anna can speak in five different languages, and her life experiences gathered from all her world travels have made her an adaptable teacher and an incredibly effective communicator both in person and through her music.
Though Anna is often found playing in brilliant solo, orchestra, and chamber music performances, she continues to add to her incredible skill set by refining a multitude of seemingly unconnected passions. She is an accomplished languages tutor, is devoted to self-development, psychology, and aspires to be an entrepreneur.
Anna intends to sow all the benefits of learning an instrument and with society by contributing to the whole community, sharing music and her love for the instrument. Through her education & encouragement, Anna is an inspiration for all generations – a true leader by example.
For more info please visit www.annamurakawa.com
Sarina Walter (viola)
Originally from country Victoria, Sarina graduated in 2012 from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Music majoring in performance. During her time studying, she was an active member of the Conservatorium’s Symphony, String and Chamber Orchestras, and has continued to build on this experience beyond her undergraduate studies.
Sarina has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards including the Handbury and Appelt Awards for music, and the Kwong Lee Dow Academic Scholarship from the University of Melbourne.
With a strong passion for education, Sarina currently is a Masters of Teaching candidate at The Australian Catholic University and works throughout Melbourne teaching privately as well managing and tutoring young orchestras. Alongside teaching, Sarina maintains an active performing life as a freelance violinist, performing regularly at events, musicals, local ensembles and orchestras. Sarina has enjoyed being a featured artist with the Promenade of Sacred Music, and guest soloist with the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra. She is also the violinist of the Melbourne-based Basement Trio.
Anneliese McGee-Collett (cello)
Anneliese McGee-Collett started learning the cello and the piano at the age of six. Whilst at school, she had the privilege to play with the likes of musicians such as Baroque specialist Neil Peres Da Costa and learnt composition techniques with composers like Stephen Leek and Paul Jarman. She developed her ensemble skills playing in The Australian Chamber Orchestra workshops and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.
Anneliese moved to Canberra in 2011 to commence her tertiary studies at the Australian National University studying a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Laws degree. Here, she undertook cello studies with David Pereira. In 2011, Anneliese was the recipient of the ANU Margot Lewin Prize for cellists. In the same year, she was also awarded her AMusA diploma in cello. Anneliese completed her double degree in 2015, graduating with Honours in Law.
Whilst in Canberra, Anneliese enjoyed playing in a number of chamber groups, the most recent and current being the foray quintet, touring throughout NSW and Victoria. Anneliese also played in a number of professional productions in Canberra including West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins. She has enjoyed performing regularly in the Canberra International Musical Festival, as well as Canberra’s Voices in the Forest. In 2014 and 2015, Anneliese travelled to picturesque Hobart to play with the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute. She looks forward to re-visiting this year in December, undertaking the position of principal cellist.
More recently Anneliese has recorded backing strings for the likes of Paul Kelly, Australian hip hop artist Pez and the Australian indie/folk band Jo Meares & the Honeyriders.
Anneliese returned to Sydney at the beginning of the year to commence postgraduate studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she was awarded the Patricia Bell Merit Scholarship. She is currently undertaking a Master of Music (Performance) degree studying with Julian Smiles. She is enjoying researching her dissertation project that looks at audience development strategies for the infrequent classical music listener and the role that familiarity plays in a first-time listener’s enjoyment of a classical concert.
Whilst in Sydney, Anneliese has had the privilege of playing with a number of community orchestras including The Metropolitan Orchestra and Willoughby Symphony. Earlier this year, Anneliese was a soloist with the Canberra chamber orchestra Musica da Camera. She also performed a chamber concert playing with members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In January, Anneliese will travel to Adelaide to partake in an Australian Youth Orchestra artistic development program called ‘Words About Music’. Here, she will test run her journalistic and broadcasting skills, writing and talking about AYO’s 2017 National Music Camp.
When she’s not busy performing, teaching or studying, Anneliese enjoys dabbling in playing the banjo and ukulele.
Kimberley Steele (piano)
M.Teach (Secondary), G.Dip.Mus (Accompaniment), B.Mus (Performance) (Hons, 1st Class), LMusA (Flute), Kodály Primary Level 1
Vibrant pianist and educator Kimberley Steele is a musically sensitive, virtuosic and energetic solo and collaborative artist. In recent years she has performed in Canberra and interstate with notable and upcoming artists including cellists David Pereira and Jack Hobbs, vocalists Sarahlouise Owens and Alexander Knight, as a soloist with the National Capital Orchestra, with the Voices in the Forest Orchestra and with various ensembles including the Canberra Choral Society.
Having graduated with first class honours and as Margaret Smiles Accompaniment Competition winner from The Australian National University, Kimberley went on to be awarded the Geoffrey Parsons Australian Scholarship at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Drawn to collaborative pianism, she was subsequently appointed Head of Accompaniment at the Conservatorium High School and here she relished both performing alongside and teaching young talent. During her time in Sydney, Kimberley worked with numerous musical organisations including Sydney Philharmonia and Sydney Sinfonia in addition to working with many tertiary vocal and instrumental students. Kimberley is also trained in flute performance and Suzuki viola. She has accompanied at all the major Sydney region competitions and also worked as a repetiteur for private studios. Her performances have been broadcast on 2MBS FM, ABC Canberra and ArtSound FM, as well as being featured by the NSW Accompanists’ Guild.
Since returning to Canberra in 2012 Kimberley has lectured in Creative Arts Education at the Australian Catholic University in addition to being Performance Teaching Fellow for the Australian National University, conductor and guest conductor for ensembles including St Clare's Chorale as well as freelancing as a pianist and teacher. She was involved in the formation of the ACT Keyboard Association and continues to be passionate about music education as secretary of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia ACT Branch. In 2016 when she is not on tour she can be found teaching primary classroom music, freelancing or conducting Strange Weather Gospel Choir.
For more info please visit www.kimberleysteele.com