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SPRING IN BOHEMIA  2016 Players and Concert Program

Josef Bisits (Double Bass)


At the end of 2006 Josef won the Sydney Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition which led to a performance of Serge Koussevitzky’s Bass Concerto with the Sydney Youth Orchestra. In 2007 he began a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium. He held the Corinna d’hage Mayer string scholarship whilst studying at the Sydney Conservatorium and performed regularly with the Sydney Sinfonia and Australian Youth Orchestra.
For the year of 2010 Josef partook in the Sydney Symphony’s fellowship programme. Following the completion of his degree, Josef travelled to London to be part of the Southbank Sinfonia for 2011 with whom he appeared as a soloist as well performing at many of London’s main performance venues.
Since returning to Australia at the beginning of 2013 Josef has taken part in the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s emerging artist scheme (2013 EA) as  well as working with the SSO (contract musician) for 2014 and 2015).

Ben Caddy (Viola)


Ben is a member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.  He played violin for twelve years before taking up the viola in 2009. He was awarded the 2009 Vose Memorial Prize at the University of Western Australia for the most outstanding performance of a concerto and the Margaret Bello prize for chamber music. 

Ben studied at the Australian National Academy of Music from 2010-2012. In 2010 he was the viola player in the ensemble that won the ANAM Chamber music competition. He was a 2013 Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist and has toured internationally with the ACO. Ben studied with Ivan Vukčević and Maxim Vengerov at the International Menuhin Music Academy and at the Haute école de musique de Genève with Gábor Takács-Nagy from 2013-2015. In 2014 he was the Principal Viola of the United Nations Orchestra on their tour of Spain.

Emma Eden (French Horn)

Emma Eden is a member of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.  After graduating with first class honours, Emma received a full scholarship attend the Banff Summer Music School (master class and orchestral programme) in Canada, following which she went Toronto for an intensive horn and performance course with Joan Watson. In 2013 Emma was the recipient of both Winston Churchill and Auckland Philharmonia Foundation scholarships to travel to Berlin to hear concerts and study with members of the Berlin Philharmonic horn section.


Since living in Auckland Emma has been fortunate to appear as a soloist with The Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Pipers Sinfonia, The Manukau Symphony Orchestra and St Matthews Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed in all of New Zealand’s major orchestras, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in various groups throughout England, Canada, China, Australia and Tonga.

Heather Lindsay (Cello)

Heather works with the Australian Ballet and Opera Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orhcestra, does session recording work and is a sought after educator.   Heather was a member of the ensemble that played at the inaugural Craven Creek concert in September 2013.


Heather was part of the award winning Greenway String Quartet. The Henderson Scholarship allowed them to study at both the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany, and The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK.  The quartet was a finalist at the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition, performed in festivals in Austria, China, Germany and England, as well as locally in Sydney and regional NSW.  Individually Heather has also performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Summer Music Festivals in regional Spain, the Lake District in the UK and at the Four Winds Festival in NSW.  She has played with the Sydney Camerata Chamber Orchestra and has ventured into the theatre world, working on the Sydney productions of the Broadway shows Wicked and Doctor Zhivago.

Concert Program

Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884)

Quartet No.1in E minor, From My Life

1st movement, Allegro vivo appassionato

J B Vanhal

Divertimento in G for violin, viola and bass

Max Reger

Lyrisches andante (string quintet) 

W.A. Mozart

Horn Quintet in E flat major, K407


Sergey Prokofiev

Sonata for 2 Violins

Antonin Dvorak

String Quintet No. 2 in G major 

Liisa Pallandi (Violin)

Liisa is a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2010 with First Class Honours where she studied with Dr Goetz Richter. 

She has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Britten-Pears Orchestra in Aldeburgh and the Australian World Orchestra in their debut concerts. In 2014, Liisa was Guest Principal Violin with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Liisa has performed as a chamber musician in the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Arts Festivals, as well as the Thy Chamber Music festival in Denmark. She was a founding member of the Sydney Camerata with whom she won the Musica Viva Chamber Music Award.

Liisa won the Kendall National Violin Competition in 2010, along with the Bach Prize and Audience Choice awards. Part of her prize was a viola made by Graham Caldersmith, which she has since played with the ACO and ACO2. She has performed as a soloist in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa. In 2013 she undertook a Winter Music Residency at the Banff Centre where she was mentored by Henk Guittart. Receiving the Richard Pollet Memorial Scholarship from the AYO allowed her to pursue further study with Henk in The Netherlands in 2013/14. 

Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba (Violin)


Thibaud plays with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is an Australian-French violinist born in Tasmania. He began playing the violin after receiving it as his fifth birthday present. He studied in Tasmania under Peter Tanfield and he also attended the Australian National Academy of Music where he studied with Paul Wright and Bill Hennessy.

He has performed with the Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony orchestras, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2012 he was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra under Zoë Black and Helena Rathbone’s mentorship. He continued to tour with the ACO for the next years and joined the Orchestra as a part-time musician in 2016.

Thibaud won the audience choice prize at the ANAM Chamber Music Competition with his piano trio in 2014. He has played with members of the Brodsky Quartet, Nicolas Altstaedt, Alban Gerhardt and Anthony Marwood. He has also performed at many festivals around Australia as well as touring nationally with the Sydney Dance Company.


We've done it! Relaxing after a great weekend


Emma explaining the french horn to Gloucester Catholic Primary school students


A beautiful version of Gershwin's 'Summertime' as an encore

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Gloucester Advocate story after the schools concerts


Sublime Dvorak played with great intensity


Coffee and cake during interval


What is that instrument? Double bass player Joey explains to Gloucester Primary School students


Even the baby was transfixed


Thibaud seeing whether playing with a country hat helps

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