Madeleine Stewart is a 20-year old flautist in the Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance – Advanced) program at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, studying under Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch AM. Her recent achievements include being awarded the David Cubbin Medallion for the most promising flautist in the Open Division of the 2016 Adelaide Flute Eisteddfods and the Victor Edgeloe Scholarship for Woodwind for excellence in performance at the University of Adelaide. In 2015, Madeleine was appointed principal flute of both the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra. In the past year, she has also performed in the AdYO Wind Quintet and the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.
Ting Yun, 21 was born in Lanzhou, China and began his musical training at the age of five. After winning the 3rd National Competition of China Conservatory in Lanzhou, Ting continued his schooling in Adelaide at Westminster School supported by a music scholarship. His high school years were filled with music, taking up both the saxophone and trumpet as his minor instruments whilst concentrating on piano as his main focus. He is currently studying at the Elder Conservatorium of Music with Lucinda Collins having been awarded the Jewel Stevens Scholarship and Daisy Burmeister Salotti Scholarship by the Elder Conservatorium of Music in support of his studies.
Owen is currently the Principal Trumpet of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, a position that he has held since mid-2015. In his early 20’s, Owen has had extensive orchestral experience including performing regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, Sydney Philharmonia, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. In 2015 Owen was appointed to the inaugural trumpet fellowship position with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Owen held the principal trumpet position with the Sydney Youth Orchestra for three years (2012–2014) and was the principal trumpet with the Australian Youth Orchestra for the 2015 programs. In addition to his orchestral experiences, Owen has also been seen performing concertos with many orchestras and bands, particularly in Sydney. Owen also presents his own recitals and performs regularly with the chamber group he formed in 2013, Bennelong Brass. Bennelong Brass has toured extensively, performing throughout Italy, as well as concerts in Sydney and regional New South Wales. Bennelong Brass have also been seen on the Channel 9 ‘Today Show’ and the TEDx 2014 Sydney Conference. In 2015 Owen won the Maspalomas International Trumpet Competition and has been invited back to the Canary Islands to present a solo recital
“My passion is to create a journey for people through music and present to them a diversity in musical styles with the didgeridoo and engage with audiences about the uniqueness of Australia. It has been a specific passion of mine to work closely with classical music and composers to develop and sustain music for the didgeridoo in this environment”
William Barton is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers. He has composed works for didgeridoo and orchestras, string quartets, jazz and rock bands as well as collaborative contributions with some of Australia’s leading composers.
Major Commissions include writing for members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sydney Symphony as well as for contemporary dance company’s such as the Leigh Warren and Dancers for which the work Breathe was premiered at Womadelaide and at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2012. William has performed as a solo artist as well as collaboratively with orchestras, string quartets and mixed ensembles, traditional dance groups and fusion/rock jazz bands. William has recorded 5 albums and contributed to several more recordings with notable artists both domestically and internationally. William utilises his cultural heritage to present his didgeridoo fusion as a storyteller, engaging audiences in the uniqueness of Australia, its Aboriginal heritage and to challenge perspectives of the didgeridoo as an instrument.
Naomi Crellin graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice from the Elder Conservatorium of Music and has been a member of many choirs, orchestras and ensembles throughout her career. In addition, Naomi has played a wide range of musical instruments including piano, cello and oboe. A founding member of two vocal groups in Adelaide, Naomi has produced CDs for both groups and toured widely both within Australia and in Europe. She won the Young Australian Composer of the Year Award (1996) and Best Undergraduate Vocalist Award (2001) from the Elder Conservatorium. Naomi has also studied voice, conducting, piano and jazz ballet, and has taught piano, vocal and choral students for several years.
After joining The Idea of North in early 2002, Naomi quickly became a significant contributor to the group’s repertoire through her writing and arranging and has also utilised her extensive choral training and experience in taking a major responsibility for managing the group’s musical affairs and educational activities. Most recently she has co-written material for Hush 16 (described as a children’s album for adults) with renowned Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin and Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Lior, and is currently performing material from this project in children’s hospitals and educational institutions throughout Australia.
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