Natalie Pammenton (Director and Violinist)

Natalie has completed her Master of Music Studies (advanced standing) and Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and as Associate Concertmaster of the Conservatorium Opera Orchestra and Queensland Youth Symphony.

She has also performed at Bangalow Music Festival as part of the Festival Orchestra and in the new music ensemble, Ensemble Fabrique, which has presented programmes broadcast on ABC Classic FM and the Crossbows and 2high Festivals. She is a freelance musician, the director of Koda Strings and runs a very successful teaching studio in Wishart in addition to being the violin/viola teacher at Redeemer Lutheran College, Rochedale.

Laura Thomson (Violinist)

Laura is a notable New Zealand/Australian violinist. She has received placings in many competitions including the New Zealand Young Musician of the Year and has gained the title of New Zealand Young Performer of the Year.

She received her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music studying under Michele Walsh and then a further 2 years of study at the Australian National Academy of Music with principal mentors – John Harding and Wilma Smith. Ms Thomson has undertaken study in London at the Guildhall School of Music and has performed at the Barbican Hall.

As a chamber musician, Ms Thomson has collaborated with prominent Australiasian musicians from various Symphony orchestra’s around NZ and Australia for concerts and festivals and in 2010 recorded a nationally released CD of Mendelssohn / Beethoven chamber music under the guise of Virtuosi Tasmania. Many chamber music collaborations have been broadcast on various radio stations including ABC Classic FM, 4MBS and Classic FM in New Zealand.

Ms Thomson is currently living and working in Brisbane, Queensland as a freelance musician and music teacher/director.

Anna Colville (Violist)

Anna has recently relocated back to Brisbane after several years living and performing in London.  While in London she performed with prestigious orchestras and chamber ensembles, and toured throughout Europe and China.

Since returning to Brisbane in 2014, she has been performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata of St John’s, Revision Orchestra, and other freelance chamber ensembles.  Anna has a Master of Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Ellie Harrison (Violist)

Ellie Harrison is a Brisbane-based violist and violinist.  In 2013 Ellie achieved her Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy at the Queensland Conservatorium and currently she is studying for her Masters of Music Studies in Performance.

Ellie has been a member of many ensembles including: Queensland Youth Symphony, QCGU New Music Ensemble, Serenade String Quartet, Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp, Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, and the Queensland Pops Orchestra. She has won numerous awards including:

  • EG & FW Harmer Viola Scholarship 2009, 2010 & 2011
  • John Curro Conservatorium Viola Prize 2012
  • Young Star Award 2013
  • Performed as a soloist in the annual QYS Concerto Concert 2013.

Evalyn Legried (Cellist)

Evalyn studied cello performance, pedagogy, and music research at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2007, Evalyn graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Cello), again in 2015 with a Graduate Certificate of Music Studies (Performance), and most recently in 2017 with a Masters of Music Studies (Performance) with Advanced Standing.

Evalyn has performed as freelance chamber musician and orchestral member with various ensembles around Queensland, including the Queensland Pops Orchestra, Australian Symphony Orchestra, and as co-principal cello with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra.

Alex McPherson (Cellist)

Alex began playing the cello at the age of five. During his study in Queensland he discovered a passionate love for chamber music, and traveled overseas with one of his groups, the Quintessential String Quartet. He moved from Brisbane to Hobart in 2008 to study with Christian Wojtowicz and later Patrick Murphy at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of music, where he attained his Master of Music in 2009. He is currently a cello teacher and freelance performer in Brisbane, playing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, solo concerts, and chamber music.

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