Early Music Ensemble
In 2015 Eliza completed her BMus at the University of Western Australia, where she studied with Semra Lee-Smith and Paul Wright. During this time, Eliza was the recipient of the Wesley Mission Scholarship, the Flora Bunning Award for Chamber Music, and the VOSE memorial prize for her performance of the Barber Violin Concerto with the UWA Symphony Orchestra. Eliza is currently completing her Honours year in Baroque violin at the University of Western Australian, studying with Shaun Lee-Chen.
Eliza has performed in Masterclasses for Pinchas Zuckerman, Jayson Gillham, the Borodin String Quartet and the Doric String Quartet. Besides her engagements as a casual musician with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Eliza performs regularly with Perth’s professional orchestras. Eliza has appeared as guest concertmaster with the West Australian Youth Orchestra, the UWA Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and enjoyed a recent solo engagement with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Eliza has taken part in interstate programs; highlights include performances with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra (under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle) as part of a combined program with the AYO Momentum Ensemble. As a chamber musician, Eliza has performed in the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney and the Perth International Arts Festival.
When she isn’t practicing Eliza enjoys reading, walking her Labrador and watching The Bachelor.
Krista graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Western Australia in 2012. As an undergraduate she was awarded the Pauline Steele Memorial Prize for Solo Cello, the Wesley Mission Scholarship and the Margaret Bello Prize for Chamber Music, participated in master classes with Robert Hill, Niall Brown and Steven Isserlis, and performed alongside Julianne Baird and David Dolan.
After receiving a University Postgraduate Award she completed a Masters of Music at UWA in 2015 under the tuition of Dr Suzanne Wijsman, and has presented her research at symposiums at UWA and the University of Melbourne. Since graduating Krista has pursued a keen interest in historical performance, attending the Ironwood Developing Artists Winter School and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto.
In her spare time Krista enjoys swing dancing and crocheting tea cozies from recycled wool. She is level 537 on Candy Crush Saga.
Michael’s enduring interest in the pipe organ began while he was singing as a treble in the St George’s Cathedral Choir. In 2012, he seized the opportunity to take up organ lessons with the Cathedral’s then Assistant Organist, Stewart Smith.
Since then, Michael has been awarded the Associate in Music Australia (AMusA) Diploma from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) on the organ with distinction, winning the WA Music Teachers’ Association A.J. Leckie Memorial Award for the best AMusA candidate in 2015. He received his Licentiate in Music Australia (LMusA) Diploma only a year later. He has held organ scholarships at St Luke’s Anglican Church in Mosman Park; St Mary’s Anglican Church in South Perth; and Christ Church, Claremont. In February 2016, Michael was appointed Assistant Organist of St George’s Cathedral where he is currently responsible for playing weekly services and accompanying the world-renowned choir and consort.
Michael is the organ tutor at Christ Church Grammar School and an undergraduate student at the University of Western Australia studying a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Music and Political Science. Michael also holds an AMusA in piano and is a regular performer in the Perth music scene, playing alongside ensembles such as the WA Youth Orchestra and the Giovanni Consort. Michael has held the Eric Glasgow bursary and is currently the organ scholar at St George’s College, where he has been resident since 2016. He relishes the opportunity to improve his continuo skills with the College’s Early Music Ensemble.
Sarah graduated from her bachelor of music in 2014, from the University of Western Australia. After being exposed to the beauty of Corelli’s Opus V Sonatas in preparation for her graduation recital, she was inspired to venture down the Baroque pathway for her postgraduate studies. To fulfil this dream, she is currently completing her honours in Baroque performance under the guidance of Paul Wright, Shaun Lee-Chen and Suzanne Wijsman. Sarah has performed in Baroque masterclasses for Geoffrey Lancaster and Peter Visentin. Sarah performs with many WA orchestras, including the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, the Opera Box Orchestra, the UWA Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
In 2014, she was awarded the Wesley Mission Scholarship, and in 2015 she travelled to Sydney to perform in the Sydney baroque festival, directed by Rafael Font. In 2013, Sarah took part in the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI), and in 2016 she attended the AYO National Music Camp. An experienced chamber musician, Sarah performs regularly with her string quartet. Highlights include participation in the WASO Beethoven Festival in August 2014, and recently a chamber music masterclass performance with Professor Brian Finlayson. Alongside the Early Music Ensemble, Sarah is also a member of the St George’s Chamber Orchestra.
Some fun facts about Sarah: she makes an excellent Pavlova, she is the proud owner of a doona suit, and has no problem going to the cinemas to see the same movie multiple times (current record being six).
Aidan started playing guitar from an early age. After completing his undergraduate studies in 2004 at the Western Australian Academy of Preforming Arts in classical guitar Aidan travelled to Italy to study lute and Early Music at the Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano. There he specialized in basso continuo on the archlute and theorbo.
In 2010 he graduated with a First-Class Honors degree from WAAPA, his dissertation was The seventeenth century battaglie for lute in Italy.
Aidan is currently finishing a PhD at ECU Mount Lawley. His research is a transcription and translation of the lute treatise Il Leuto Anatomizzato (1650) by Pier Francesco Valentini.