The Swan from Perth
"I find that classical music can articulate so many emotions that we just don’t have words for…”
Where did you grow up?
Where did you study and with whom?
University of Western Australia : Susie Wijsman
Australian National Academy of Music: Howard Penny
International Menuhin Music Academy: Niall Brown
Do you have a secret or not so secret hobby or other interests?
I (like many people) have a slight obsession with Yotam Ottolenghi’s cook books…
What drew you to your instrument and what makes it special to you?
I actually started on violin, but the combination of my laziness and love of the lowest string led me to the cello where I could enjoy the low notes and sit while I play!
Can you tell us about one of your favourite concerts/moments/career highlights?
To narrow it down to one is quite difficult. I don’t know that I can go past the feeling I had after performing in the ANAM Chamber Music Final in 2010. It was the last night of my first year studying in Melbourne, and a rag-tag bunch of us decided to put together the Australian premier (as far as we could work out) of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Sextet. We only just scraped into the final, but it felt like it all fell into place that night. That epic work left such an incredible feeling in the room and represented so much hard work – definitely a highlight.
Greatest chamber works that involve your instrument?
As a cellist, that is literally impossible to answer!
What makes performing music important to you?
In a nutshell, I find that classical music can articulate so many emotions that we just don’t have words for. As for the performing part, I think it’s the vulnerability of it. The relationship between performer and audience during a live concert is so unique - it’s worth leaving the house for.