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2018 Program

Timo-Veikko 'Tipi' Valve

Timo-Veikko “Tipi” Valve is known as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. He performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader on both modern and period instruments.
Valve studied at the Sibelius Academy in his home town of Helsinki and at the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, focusing in solo performance and chamber music.
Tipi works closely with a number of composers and has commissioned new works for the instrument. Most recently Valve has premiered concertos by Aulis Sallinen and Olli Virtaperko as well as two new cello concertos written for him by Eero Hämeenniemi and Olli Koskelin.

With ACO Tipi has premiered arrangements of Olli Mustonen’s Sonata for cello and chamber orchestra and an orchestrated version of the Debussy Cello Sonata.
In 2006, Valve was appointed Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra with whom he frequently appears as soloist. He also curates the ACO’s chamber music series in Sydney. Tipi is a founding member of Jousia Ensemble and Jousia Quartet.
Tipi also plays a 1616 Brothers Amati purchased by the ACO Instrument Fund.

Concert Program

Josef Haydn: Quartet No 62 in C Major Op 76 No. 3

'The Emperor' 

J.S. Bach/Jorg Widmann: 

selections, for Violin and Cello

Graeme Koehne: Divertissement: Trois Pieces Bourgeoises for string quartet

Richard Strauss: String Sextet from Capriccio Op. 85

Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-Flat Major, Op 20

Caroline Hopson is a freelance violinist based in Sydney, and performs regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Caroline has participated in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy, Royal Northern College of Music International Chamber Music Festival, Huntingdon Estate, Sanguine Estate, Bangalow, Brisbane Baroque, Coramba and 4MBS Sibelius Music Festivals. During her time at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Caroline shared the stage and coached with musicians such as Anthony Marwood, Aleksandar Madžar, Johannes Moser, Trio Dali and the Brodsky Quartet.

Caroline studied with Levon Chilingirian as a scholarship student at the Royal Northern College of Music, during which she performed regularly with the Manchester Camerata. Most recently, Caroline attained her Master of Philosophy at the University of Queensland under the tutelage of Adam Chalabi, with whom she also studied at ANAM.

Liisa Pallandi has been involved with the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 2012, when she was an Emerging Artist under the mentorship of Helena Rathbone. She toured regularly – regionally, nationally and internationally – with both ACO and ACO Collective before winning her full-time position with the orchestra in 2014. She loves the versatility of her job as well as the intrepid lifestyle. 

Prior to her involvement with the ACO, Liisa performed with the Tasmanian, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Australian World Orchestra and the Britten-Pears Orchestra. She has also been guest assistant concertmaster with the Auckland Philharmonia. 

As a chamber musician, Liisa has performed in the Perth, Melbourne and Sydney festivals. Particular chamber music highlights include performing Messiaen’s Quatuor pour les fins du temps with pianist Steven Osborne at ANAM, performing string quartets in Mount Isa and playing her favourite late Beethoven string quartet (opus 132) at the Melbourne Recital Centre with her ACO colleagues.   

Liisa won the Kendall National Violin Competition, which came with a viola made by Graham Caldersmith. Her violin was made by Sydney-based luthier Charles Clarke for Liisa’s great-aunt in 1946 and Liisa is very happy to be custodian of two fine Australian instruments.

Ike See has been a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 2013. A three-time first prize winner at the Singapore National Violin Competition, Ike has performed as soloist with the ACO, Adelaide Symphony, Singapore Symphony and Singapore National Youth Orchestras. 
Ike began his musical life in Singapore, studying with Sylvia Khoo from the age of four and later with Qian Zhou, Head of Strings at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. In 2006, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of renowned violinists Joseph Silverstein and Pamela Frank, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music.
Ike has appeared at numerous festivals including the Australian, Amelia Island, and Singapore Chamber Music Festivals, Kirishima International Music Festival and Singapore Arts Festival.
In 2011, he was invited to perform chamber music across Europe as part of Curtis on Tour, collaborating with his peers and distinguished faculty members.
Possessing a passion for collective music-making, Ike has led numerous ensembles and orchestras, previously holding the position of Associate Concertmaster of the Adelaide
Symphony Orchestra. He studied chamber music with members of the Guarneri, Orion and Vermeer Quartets, and has shared the stage with musicians such as James Dunham,

Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba 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.

Heather Lindsay works with the Opera Australia Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 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.

Lachlan O'Donnell is a Sydney-based violinist/violist who performs throughout Australia and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. He is a founding member of the Barbaro String Quartet and regularly appears as a guest musician with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia, and as Concertmaster/Principal 1st Violin with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist, Lachlan has performed live broadcasts for ABC Classic FM, 3MBS, WQXR New York and SRF2 Swiss radio and has performed concerti with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and ACO Collective, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s regional touring ensemble. Last year, he toured Europe with Australian contemporary circus company Circa as part of their production What Will Have Been, performing solo works of J.S. Bach and H.I.F. Biber. A keen advocate of new music, Lachlan is a regular guest performer with Ensemble Offspring and Kupka’s Piano (featuring on the latter’s 2017 album Braneworlds), and has guest-lectured in contemporary music and extended performance techniques at the ANU, Canberra. He holds a B.Mus in Advanced Performance (Hon.) from Griffith University and a M.Phil from the University of Queensland. 

Nathan Greentree took up the viola in 2012, having previously studied the violin. In 2015, he completed his Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the tutelage of SSO Principal Violist, Roger Benedict. 

In 2016, Nathan was the first person to be selected into both the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artist and Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Fellowship programs in the same year. As a result, he was fortunate to tour and perform alongside such incredible musicians as Pekka Kuusisto, Meta4 string quartet, James Ehnes and members of the ACO and SSO. A particular highlight of his year was the opportunity to perform the Mendelssohn Octet alongside Pinchas Zukerman at the Sydney Opera House. From 2012-2015, Nathan was a member of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and in 2014, he also performed as a guest musician with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Nathan really enjoys playing chamber music. He is the violist in the Musica Intima Ensemble, a quartet that aims to perform a broad range of classical repertoire to all sorts of audiences in small salon style venues. Since 2017, Nathan has performed with the Brisbane based group, Ensemble Q. 

Nathan regularly appears as a guest musician with the ACO and SSO. In November & December 2018, he has been invited to perform as Assistant Principal Viola with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Caroline Hobson

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