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 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.
Nicholas Thin (Violinist)
Born in Christchurch, Nicholas studied violin at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music under Michele Walsh in the Advanced Performance Program. Nicholas was awarded for academic excellence and was Concertmaster of the Conservatorium Opera Orchestra. He was placed second in the Ronald Clifford-Davis Violin Competition and his String Quartet won the Gertrude Langer Ensemble Prize and toured Queensland.
He has performed with both New Zealand and Australian Youth Orchestras, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Pops Orchestra and Camerata of St John’s (Queensland Chamber Orchestra). Nicholas also holds a Licentiate from the Royal Schools of Music, London (LRSM) with distinction and was invited to perform as a soloist at the ABRSM graduation ceremony in Singapore.
Nicholas has taught the violin in Malaysia and, as well as performing here in Brisbane, teaches the violin at Brisbane Boys College.
Lachlan O’Donnell (Violinist)
Lachlan is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, from which he was awarded a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with Class 1 Honours and the University Medal in 2009. From 2010-2011 he attended the Australian National Academy of Music, before pursuing further study in Salzburg and Vienna with the assistance of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Ernest V.V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund.
Lachlan is a regular guest of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, appearing on both their international and national subscription tours. He performs on a casual basis with the Queensland, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
As a soloist Lachlan has been broadcast live on ABC Classic FM, 3MBS and SRF2 Swiss radio, and has performed concerti with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and ACO2, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s regional touring ensemble.
Lachlan has appeared at festivals both within Australia and abroad, including the Melbourne Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Musica Viva Chamber Music Festival and the Huntington Estate Music Festival. He plays a 2008 Roberto Collini violin.
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.
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.
Kathryn McKee (Cellist)
Kathryn has completed a Bachelor of Music (Hons) majoring in cello performance as well as a Master of Music. During this time she toured internationally with the Queensland Youth Orchestra and was principal cellist with the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Kathryn and her cello have performed all over Australia as well as in Asia, Europe and the Pacific. She has played with Kanye West, Il Divo, Archie Roach, Guy Sebastian, Musica Viva, Doch Gypsy Orchestra, the Deep Blue Orchestra and at the Brisbane, Woodford Folk and Melbourne Fringe Festivals.
Kathryn has written and recorded string parts for dozens of artists, and has had her own works played on 612 ABC, ABC Classic fm and community radio stations Australia-wide, Kathryn regularly performs with Koda Strings as a cellist along with her work with ensembles throughout Queensland.