Caroline Henbest – viola
Born in England, Caroline Henbest studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music with Robert Masters and David Takeno. After 10 years as violist in the Mistry string quartet, she moved to Australia to take up the position of Principal Viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Caroline has performed concertos with the ACO in Australia, USA, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Spain and the UK. She has regularly partnered Richard Tognetti in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Though she left the orchestra as a full time player in 2002, Caroline currently holds a part time position with the ACO.
Caroline has worked extensively as a teacher, having taught at Monash University, Melbourne University, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she fulfilled a year’s contract as Senior Lecturer.
In 2007 Caroline was a jury member for the 5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. She is a regular participant at chamber music festivals throughout the world, including the IMS Prussia Cove 2007 tour, which was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society chamber music award.
Since 2008 Caroline has been based in London and Sydney. She has performed as Guest Principal Viola with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Glyndebourne on Tour.
Edith Salzmann – cello
German cellist Edith Salzmann studied in Detmold with Irene Guedel and Andre Navarra and in Bloomington (USA) with Janos Starker.
As a soloist and chamber musician she has toured Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia , large parts of Asia and New Zealand , and frequently performs at festivals such as the Festival D’Ile de France, the Prussia Cove Festival, the Orlando Festival and the Festival Moulin d’Ande. She performed as a soloist in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Opera Frankfurt , the Lincoln Center and other important venues.
She has recorded several CD’s for the Italian label Stradivarius and recorded extensively for radio.
Edith is the artistic Director of the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music , a NZ nationwide scholarship programme for highly talented young musicians . She has also be artistic Director of the International Akaroa Music Festival since 2004. In 2001 she was appointed Senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury, since 2014 she is Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. Her students have won prizes in national and international competitions such as the Padova Competition, the Viotti Competition, the Int. Brahms Competition , the Seoul National Competition and former students enjoy successful careers in chamber music ensembles and orchestras in Germany, the UK, Holland and New Zealand.
Widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s foremost pianists, Melbourne-born Caroline Almonte has a reputation as a gifted, versatile and sensitive artist.
Her studies began at the age of four with the Yamaha Music Foundation and continued with Stephen McIntyre. She completed her post graduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York and since then, Caroline has developed a wide-ranging career of solo and chamber music performances that has taken her across Australia and around the world.
In 2011, Caroline performed at the Adelaide International Cello Festival, Dunkeld Weekend of Music and Huntington Estate Music Festival.
In the 2010 season, she appeared with her chamber music partner, Miki Tsunoda, as ‘Duo Sol’ at the renowned Edinburgh International Festival in the UK. Caroline also gave performances of the Goldberg Variations at the Melbourne Recital Centre, performed with members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, the Australia Ensemble, and gave solo recitals.
Caroline has made musical collaborations with many of the world’s top musicians. As a chamber musician, she has worked with the Australian String Quartet, the Flinders Quartet, members of the Goldner Quartet and Australia Ensemble, Prudence Davis, Yvonne Kenny, Janis Laurs, Ralph Kirschbaum, Li Wei Qin and Pieter Wispelway.
As a soloist, Caroline has performed under conductors Nicholas Braithwaite, Oleg Caetani, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Richard Mills, David Porcelijn, Brian Stacey and Marcus Stenz. She has won numerous awards including winner of the keyboard section of the ABC Young Performer’s Awards, the Frances Quinn Arts Encouragement Award, the Hepzibah Menuhin Award, and 1st prize at the international chamber music competition in Trieste, Italy “Trio di Trieste”.
Originally from California, Molly now calls Melbourne home.
Between 1996 – 2003 she was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), touring extensively within Australia and overseas. Since then she has continued performing as a soloist, chamber musician and freelancer in Melbourne and beyond, as well as teaching cello performance and chamber music at ANAM, VCAM, and Monash University.
Molly has performed as guest principal and associate principal with the ACO, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. In 2010 she was invited to become a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (the former Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra).
As a chamber musician, Molly has performed at the Huntington and Port Fairy festivals with artists including Steven Isserlis, Pieter Wispelway, Richard Tognetti, William Barton and has worked in collaboration with poet/cartoonist/philosopher Michael Leunig.
As a concerto soloist, Molly has appeared with the ACO, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and the Freemont-Newark Orchestra.
After leaving the ACO, Molly made her Melbourne recital debut with Ben Martin at the Federation Squarein 2004 in the BMW Edge series, has performed on several occasions as a soloist in the Bach cello suites series at St Mark’s church and at the Twilight Chamber Music series at Rippon Lea Estate.
Prior to moving to Australiain 1996, Molly studied in Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship with Prof. Wolfgang Boettcher (former principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker). Molly received her Bachelor of Music Degree with Honours from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1991 under the tutorship of Prof. Laurence Lesser (former student of Piatigorsky). She received her early training from Irene Sharp (San Francisco) and Joan Dickson (Purcell School of Music,London), and as a young musician was a recipient of numerous awards and prizes.
Australian born Elizabeth Sellars has enjoyed a distinguished career as both performer and teacher in Australia and abroad with a reputation as “dynamically exciting” (the Australian) and “one of the few violinists…who can handle works that move in new directions – intellectually difficult material…with level headed assurance’ (the Age).
Elizabeth is a prize-winning graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied with David Takeno (violin) and the Takacs and Gabrieli String Quartets (chamber music). Further significant influences included Sandor Vegh and Yehudi Menuhin with whom Elizabeth worked at the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall and at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland.
During her time in London, Elizabeth was a winner of the inaugural John Tunnell Trust and the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize and Miller Trophy. As soloist and chamber musician, she toured extensively in the UK, broadcast for the BBC, and performed throughout Europe with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Now resident in Melbourne, Elizabeth is a member of the Sutherland Trio with pianist Caroline Almonte and cellist Molly Kadarauch. As a member of Temenos Trio, which presented its inaugural series in 2001, she was a prize-winner in the 9th Concorso Musicale Internazionale “Riviera del Conero” in Italy. Elizabeth has also performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Elision, the Tin Alley String Quartet and Ensemble Liaison. She has appeared in festivals throughout Australia including Dunkeld Weekend of Music, Port Fairy, Huntingdon, Bangalow, Castlemaine and the Blackwood River Chamber Festival.
Elizabeth is strongly committed to the performance of new work and with the support of the Australia Council has performed world premieres dedicated to her by Julian Yu, Dominik Karski, Calvin Bowman, Thomas Reiner and Philip Czaplowski. She has recorded for Naxos and ABC Classics and her live concerts and recordings are regularly heard on ABC Classic FM. Upcoming CD releases include the world premiere recording of the George Benjamin Sonata along with works by Boulez, Messiaen and Kurtag.
Educating the next generation of students is a passion for Elizabeth. She is currently Lecturer in Violin and Co-ordinator of strings at Monash University where she directs the Monash University String Sinfonia and enjoys teaching her many students.