Svetlana Yaroslavskaya was born in Kaliningrad, a western seaport city of Russia. She started playing the flute when she was six years old and the instrument soon became her passion and profession. In 1993 she moved to St.Petersburg to study flute performance in one of the most prestigious musical institutions, The St.Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. She joined the class of the distinguished flautist and Honourable Artist of Russia, Professor Alexandra Vavilina-Mravinskaya, initially at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory’s Music School then at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory.
Svetlana earned her Degree in Instrumental Performance and in Orchestral Performance in 2002. From 2003-2005 she completed her postgraduate study in the same institution and worked as an assistant of Professor A.Vavilina-Mravinskaya. During this period, Svetlana held the Principal Flute position of the St.Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra and the St.Petersburg Russian Concert Orchestra. Svetlana is a Prize Winner of the Rimsky-Korsakov All-Russia Woodwind Competition (St.Petersburg, 2000) and the International Chamber Ensemble Competition (Astana, 2004).
As a soloist, Svetlana first performed at the age of 14 with St.Petersburg Youth Chamber Orchestra and since then has appeared on numerous occasions with Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Narva Chamber Orchestra (Estonia), St.Peterburg Academic Orchestra (Russia), St.Petersburg Russian Concert Orchestra, Central Coast Symphony Orchestra (Australia) and with The Metropolitan Orchestra. Svetlana has also featured as a soloist with The Royal Australian Navy Band at Angel Place and ABC Centre, Ultimo and on a live TV broadcast in China performing Home Away from Home during a tour to Nanchang.
With The Metropolitan Orchestra (Sydney) and Maestra Sarah-Grace Williams, Svetlana has performed Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D major, Saint-Saens’ Tarantella, Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto La Notte, Bach’s Suite no.2 and Carl Vine’s Pipes Dream. In 2011, she performed Adam’s Bravura Variations – a brilliant duet for coloratura soprano, flute and orchestra – with world-renown Korean born celebrity vocalist Sumi Jo at the Sydney Opera House. In 2015, Svetlana premiered Elena Katz-Chernin’s Re-Inventions for Flute and Strings. Originally written for recorder and strings, this composer’s adaptation for flute and strings was created specifically for Svetlana.
Svetlana has also recorded various repertoire including a flute concerto, solos with wind orchestra and chamber music with various ensembles for the RAN Band CD collection. She currently holds a principal chair in The Metropolitan Orchestra and is a full-time Leading Seaman Musician in the Royal Australian Navy Band.
Tim Senior is a keen amateur viola player, having played in orchestras since he was a teenager. Before joining the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra, he has played in the Penrith Symphony Orchestra, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bolton Symphony Orchestra. He has also tried his hand at conducting while studying medicine in the UK.
His real job is as a doctor working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, as well as teaching, advising and writing about health care and health policy. In his spare time he bakes bread and brews beer!
He is making his concerto debut in these concerts.
Catherine Barnett studied violoncello externally at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne with Miriam Morris. She graduated from La Trobe University, Melbourne in 1995 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). She was a member of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra from 1991-1992 and the Chamber Strings of Melbourne from 1992-1994 before moving to NSW in 1995, where she performed with the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra in Sydney from 1996-1998.
Based in Oxford and Wells in England (1999-2001) Catherine gained the Associate Diploma in violoncello performance from Trinity College, London in 2000 and the Licentiate Diploma in Violoncello Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London in 2001.
Since returning to Australia in 2002 Catherine has done freelance performing with a variety of orchestral and chamber ensembles including Steel City Strings and WIN Wollongong Symphony Orchestra. She has been performing with the Macarthur String Quartet since 2002. Currently she is the principal cellist with the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra.
Catherine now teaches cello privately in Bowral and at Oxley College and Frensham School.
Born in Sydney, Scott Stiles began learning the violin at the age of five, the early years with Aline Lugton then Joseph Costa and later at the N.S.W. Conservatorium of music with Faina Krel, Janet Davies and Christopher Kimber.
On leaving school he joined the ABC Training Orchestra and then The National Ensemble at the Conservatorium of Music, leading to casual work with the Sydney Symphony and then being contracted to the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (AOBO).
In 1995 Scott moved to Vienna to continue his violin studies participating in The Wiener Meisterkurse with Zakhar Bron and for the next three years continued working and studying with some of Vienna’s leading teachers and ensembles.
On returning to Sydney in 1997 he resumed working with AOBO, SSO and the Seymour Group as well as being an active chamber musician, founding the Alfred Hill String Quartet.
At the end 2001 Scott returned to Austria and won a first violin job in the renowned Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra where he still plays. During his time in Salzburg he has also been a member of the Salzburg Piano Trio and played with other leading orchestras including Camarata Salzburg, Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble and the Salzburg Orchester Soloists. He also had the great honour in 2008 to be invited by violin legend Ruggiero Ricci for intensive lessons in Palm Springs U.S.A.
In 2013 Scott was also given the honour to be a member of the Australian World Orchestra, performing with Zubin Mehta in Sydney and Melbourne and again in 2015 with Sir Simon Rattle, then on the tour of India in October with Mehta.
Scott is a keen cyclist and a big fan of Classic Alfa Romeo cars. He is married to Italian pianist Elisabetta Calzavara and together they have two children. He plays a violin made by Marco Dobretsovich.
Being raised in the Salvation Army, Patrick has been playing brass instruments since he was 6 years old. Attending a specialist music school in Adelaide, he was invited to play in the Adelaide Conservatorium Brass Ensemble when he was 15 and then the Adelaide Youth Orchestra when he was 16. Under the tutelage of Nelson Green from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and then Russell Davis from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Patrick gained expertise from some of Australia’s best horn players. He completed his Bachelor of Music Performance in French Horn at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1997.
As well as the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra, Patrick plays in other local ensembles including Brass Connections which is a brass quintet, and he regularly plays horn and trumpet at St Judes Anglican Church. He also enjoys playing in a jazz band named Shiraz Jazz. In recent years Patrick also was invited to play Mozart’s second horn concerto with the Southern Highlands Concert Band.
Judith studied voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she won the Blanche Campbell Memorial Scholarship, The Eastman School of Music USA and the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, USA.
She has extensive experience as a soloist in concert and oratorio, having performed most of the major soprano repertoire with various choirs and orchestras in Sydney, most recently Bach’s Mass in B minor, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Bach’s Sleepers Awake and Messiah. She has recently had the pleasure and challenge of performing solo cantatas by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pergolesi and Porpora. In the USA Judith has performed as a recitalist, and as soloist and ensemble member with the professional chamber choirs Voces Novae et Antiquae and The Lady Chapel Singers, recording with them and touring in the USA and Europe. She sang with the Mainline Opera Guild, and performed opera as part of the music education programme in Philadelphia schools. She worked as resident cantor and soloist for historic St David’s Episcopal Church, Devon, USA, and as professional soloist at St Martin’s Episcopal Church, Radnor.
Judith performs regularly in concert and recital in and around Sydney. Performances in 2014 included a performance at Government House in Hobart in the presence of the Governor of Tasmania, Opera Afloat in Association with Sydney’s Vivid festival, Bach’s solo cantata Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen with the Highland Sinfonia, Messiah with Sutherland Shire Choral Society celebrating their 40th anniversary, and recitals at St Stephen’s Uniting Church Macquarie Street with organist Mark Quarmby (works by Porpora and Handel) and at St Jude’s Anglican Church Bowral with pianist John Martin (“An Afternoon with the Late Romantics”) as part of their classical music concert series. In 2015 she has again performed with the Highland Sinfonia and in recital at St Stephen’s and St Jude’s along with other concert performances. She is looking forward to performing Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Sydney, Andrew began playing the violin at the age of four and the clarinet at age eight. The clarinet became his true love throughout high school and culminated in tertiary study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Andrew gained a Bachelor of Music (Performance) in 2002, and has conducted further study with prominent clarinettists in Milan and London.
Andrew is the Principal Clarinettist of The Metropolitan Orchestra, and has enjoyed many solo opportunities featuring the clarinet, including performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto to a sold out City Recital Hall, Sydney, Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No.1 and Rolla’s Bassett Horn Concerto.
In addition to his position with TMO, Andrew has performed with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, is a casual clarinettist/bass clarinettist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, principal bass clarinet for the Sydney Philharmonia, and is a full-time clarinet soloist and section leader of the Royal Australian Navy Band. The highlight of his position with the RAN Band was the CD recording and release of Black Dog Rhapsody for Clarinet.
Andrew is constantly researching 18th century performance techniques, especially those related to wind instruments and the clarinet. This research has led to an invitation to present a paper about early clarinet style at the 2013 Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference.
Robert Johnson studied the French Horn at the NSW Conservatorium of Music with Alan Mann, for whom the Alfred Hill Horn Concerto was written. After holding the positions of Principal Horn with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, he was appointed as Principal Horn with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1986, a position he still holds. During his time with the SSO, he has performed as soloist in works by Mozart, Strauss, Britten and Ross Edwards on both Regional Tours and at the Sydney Opera House. He has also appeared as Guest Principal with all the major Australian Orchestras, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony. As a teacher he has worked as Horn Lecturer at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and Canberra School of Music and has appeared as Artist in Residence at Universities and Music Schools in Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Hong Kong.
Lisa began learning the piano at the age of 4. Due to her father’s work, she spent her childhood in Toronto, Tokyo and Sydney and has learnt from many teachers in that time. Through her senior years in high school and university, she learnt from Anthony Baldwin, Elizabeth Jones and Gordon Watson. She obtained her LMusA shortly after graduating from Sydney University with a Science degree, majoring in Pure Mathematics. She then got married and her husband’s job took her back to Tokyo where she had three children and not much time to play the piano. In 2006 she and her family moved to the Highlands where she has rediscovered the joy of playing the piano. She enjoys the opportunities to play in chamber music groups, perform piano concertos with local orchestras, to accompany other instrumentalists and her piano lessons with mentor Trevor Noffke. She has also started learning the cello and is grateful for the local orchestras (Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra and Highlands Sinfonia) to let her join. She feels privileged to play and perform with a wide variety of musicians to warm and appreciative audiences and loves all the music in the Highlands.