Vanessa Tomlinson is active in the fields of solo percussion, contemporary chamber music, improvisation, installation and composition. She has performed at festivals around the world such as Wien Modern, London Jazz Festival, Green Umbrella Series LA, Bang-on-a-Can Marathon NY, The Adelaide Festival of Arts, and Shanghai Festival. Visit her profile page here
Dr Stephen Newcomb's research includes arrangements for Stefon Harris, Jim Pugh (USA), Tony Gould, Scott Tinkler and Dale Barlow (Aus), the Metropole Orchestra (Netherlands). He is co-leader of VNMG multinational jazz quartet and has featured in recordings, European tours, and performances at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference in New York and Carnegie Hall. Vist his profile page here
Born in Cordoba, Argentina, composer Gerardo Dirié is also an accomplished conductor, performer, and educator. His works for electroacoustic media, chamber ensembles, choir, and the theatre have been presented in broadcasts and stages internationally, such as Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York, the National Theatre in Taipei, Taiwan and the Indiana Reportory Theatre, USA.
As Head of the Opera at the Queensland Conservatorium, Greg Massingham has directed over twenty operatic works including Die Zauberflote (Mozart), Les Mamelles de Tiresias (Poulenc), L'Enfant et les Sortileges (Ravel) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten). He also maintains a busy performance schedule as a concert artist and appears regularly as tenor soloist with major orchestras and Choral Societies.
Dr Kim Cunio has studied with a number of Australia's finest musicians including Australian composer Nigel Butterly, conductor and producer Eric Clapham, and Jazz guitar legend Ike Isaacs. His work with the ABC has seen him compose and produce music projects for CD, radio and television over the last decade. He is one of Australia’s most accomplished researching composers.
Peter Luff studied french horn at the University of Adelaide's prestigious Elder Conservatorium. During his career as a professional horn player he has performed with most of Australia's leading professional orchestras and arts organisations and is currently solo horn with the Southern Cross Soloists and associate principal horn with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Eclectic composer-pianist Erik Griswold fuses experimental, jazz and world music traditions to create works of striking originality. Specializing in prepared piano, percussion and toy instruments, he has created a musical universe all his own that is "sincere" (neural.it), "playful" (igloo magazine), "colourful and refreshingly unpretentious" (Paris Transatlantic).
Since returning to Brisbane in 1987 pianist Stephen Emmerson has been a lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and is active performing a wide range of chamber music. He studied at University of Queensland before a Commonwealth Scholarship enabled him to study at New College Oxford where he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in 1989. View his profile page here
Graeme Jennings is a former member of the legendary Arditti String Quartet. He has toured widely throughout the world, made more than 70 CDs, given over 300 premieres and received numerous accolades including the prestigious Siemens Prize and two Gramophone awards. Active as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor, his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez and beyond. Visit his profile here
Louise Denson completed a Bachelor of Music (Jazz) at St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, 1989), and her Masters at New England Conservatory (Boston, 1995) where she studied with George Russell, Paul Bley, Bevan Manson and Joe Maneri. Her musical practice includes both performance and composition. She has recorded four CDs containing original material and her work has been recognised internationally.
Stephen Cronin, born in Brisbane, Australia in 1960, was educated at the University of Queensland and the University of London. He was appointed a faculty member at the Queensland Conservatorium in 1986. The recipient of many prizes, he has received the Paul Lowin Award for his cycle, House Songs, settings of poems by New York poet Leon Waller and an Albert H. Maggs Award for his orchestral work, Cries and Whispers.
Toby Wren is a jazz guitarist and composer best known for his contemporary jazz ensemble The Toby Wren Trio/Quartet and his South Indian crossover project the Carnatic Jazz Experiment. Toby has a gestural and dynamic approach to improvisation, influenced by his training as a composer and an interest in rhythm which has recently seen him study and collaborate with leading Carnatic musicians from Chennai, India.
Margaret Schindler studied at the Queensland Conservatorium before travelling to Belgium, the UK and the USA, where she studied with renowned voice teacher Marlena Malas. She has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras and performing organisations throughout Australia, New Zealand and Germany in opera, concert, song recital and oratorio. Margaret is an outstanding interpreter of new music and has premiered numerous Australian works.
Leah Barclay is an Australian composer, sound artist and creative producer working at the intersection of art, science, technology and the environment. Her work has been commissioned, performed and exhibited to wide acclaim across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Europe, India, China and Korea. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has directed and curated intercultural projects across the Asia-Pacific.