Aleksandra (Sasha) Bronshtein

violin

Aleksandra Bronshtein, Lithuanian-born violinist, obtained her music degree from Klaipeda University, Lithuania, graduating as a qualified violinist, teacher and string orchestra conductor. After graduation she worked as a violin tutor in a number of education institutions, including Klaipeda University, and was a first violinist in the Mazosios Lietuvos Symphony Orchestra (which from 1997-2001 staged tours to Poland, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria) and the Klaipeda Music Theatre Orchestra.

Since arriving in Australia in October 2001, Aleksandra has established herself in the Melbourne music scene. She was a member of the Istana quartet (2002-2008), which represented Monash University in tours to Singapore and Malaysia as well as undertaking numerous performing engagements for the university in Victoria. She regularly appears as Associate Concertmaster in the Melbourne Opera Company, as well as free-lancing with various Melbourne music groups, including performing with Pro-Musica Chamber Orchestra, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, and in the orchestra accompanying the Australian National Boys Choir for their Hamer Hall Christmas Concert series.

Aleksandra is a highly regarded violin teacher and ensemble director. As well as teaching at Princes Hill Primary School, since 2007 Alexsandra has made a major contribution to the regional Victorian music scene. She teaches at Kilmore International School, Riddells Creek Primary School and Woodend Primary School, runs a private teaching practice in Woodend and is a tutor for Resonance String Orchestra, a dynamic music-education initiative based in Woodend. She is first violinist for Quartet Conspirito, which gives regular concerts in the Macedon Ranges.

Fintan Murphy

violin, viola

Fintan performs as a recitalist and chamber musician. Fintan works closely with composers editing and performing new works and has released 14 CD and DVD recordings. He directs the Melbourne String Ensemble, a youth orchestra specializing in small ensemble repertoire and chamber music for strings. He has worked as a guest conductor and soloist with many youth orchestras in Europe including: the orchestra of Manresa Conservatory, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and Junge Kammerorchester Stuttgart, He currently teaches violin and string pedagogy at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and Melbourne University.

Sam Goble

cello

Sam Goble finished his degree of Masters studying under Tim Walden and Josie Vains in 2006 at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1996 he was awarded a Melbourne Symphony Young Artist Award for which he chose the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto in A minor to workshop and broadcast. Other awards include the Piers Coetmore Scholarship for Cellists, Atheneum award for chamber music, and in 1999 he won the John Gaitskell Mensa Memorial Award for the most outstanding end of degree recital for that year. In 2000, Sam toured with the Cologne Youth Philharmonic through Wales and Northern France, in part as soloist. Returning to Australia in 2001, he in 2002 recommenced study for honours, again at VCA. In 2004 he completed the first year of his Masters degree and went to Germany to study at the Hannover Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hanover Germany for three semesters with Tilmann Wick returning in 2006. He now works as a teacher and freelance cellist in central Victoria.