Aleksandra (Sasha) Bronstein

violin

Aleksandra Bronstein, 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 freelancing with various Melbourne music groups, including performing with ProMusica 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 in Woodend in the Macedon Ranges, and is a tutor for Resonance String Orchestra, a dynamic music-education initiative based in Woodend.

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Frances Gall

violin, viola

At the University of Melbourne Frances finished a B.A. in history and art while playing viola in the Australian Youth Orchestra and at National Music camps. She then studied viola with Robert Pikler at the Sydney Conservatorium, followed by Paul O’Brien, Marco van Pagee and Janet Mason at the Victorian College of the Arts. Suzuki and Kodaly method studies and a Diploma of Education developed her interest in music education. In Melbourne Frances played as a freelance viola player with Orchestra Victoria, and in the Trio Istar string trio which presented classical and contemporary popular music arranged by John Nisbet.

On moving to Castlemaine Frances taught violin and viola at Castlemaine Secondary College for six years, and co-founded Castlemaine Chamber Players. She now teaches violin in her Suzuki method studio in Castlemaine, and in her playing she explores jazz improvisation as well as classical viola and violin repertoire.

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Heather Cummins

violin

Heather attained a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the Faculty of Music, the University of Melbourne, where she studied violin with Deborah Fox, Andrea Keeble and William Hennessy. Her degree included majors in Ethnomusicology and Pedagogy. She performs occasionally with orchestras such as the Melbourne Opera company, and is a founding member of Quartet Conspirito. She has enjoyed playing with the Castlemaine Chamber Players since moving to Castlemaine in 2013. She is Co-Director of Music for Resonance String Orchestra which rehearses in Woodend and Castlemaine. Heather teaches violin in Woodend and is violin teacher and string ensemble director at Castlemaine Secondary College.

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Elisabeth Anderson

cello

Elisabeth studied with Miriam Morris at the Victorian College of the Arts, completing her degree in 1989. She did further postgraduate studies with Nelson Cooke (London Symphony Orchestra) and David Berlin (Melbourne Symphony) and worked as a freelance musician and teacher in and around Melbourne before coming to live in Castlemaine with her three children. She is passionate about music education and teaches cello and directs ensembles at Castlemaine Secondary College. As often as possible Elisabeth performs with chamber ensembles and as soloist. Elisabeth sang soprano with the 8 piece vocal group, 37 Degrees South, which specialized in contemporary classical music. She recently completed a Masters of Primary Teaching.

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