CORE PLAYERS


Gemma Turvey

Artistic Director/Piano/Composer

Gemma completed a Bachelor of Music (Piano) at the Queensland Conservatorium, studying with renowned classical pianist and pedagogue Stephen Savage and jazz pianists Louise Denson and Stephen Newcomb before relocating to Melbourne in 2006. Gemma currently performs principally as pianist and ensemble leader of the NPCO and is also pianist and arranger to Gorgi Coghlan (vocalist). She has also worked as pianist for ensembles including Topology New Music Ensemble, David Chesworth Ensemble, and singers Kristin Berardi, Kate Miller-Heidke and Tina Arena. She is an active composer, having written and arranged the music for her four studio recordings; Standing (2006), Into the Life of Things (2008), and with the NPCO; Landscapes for a Mind’s Eye (2012) and Between the Lines (2015). She has also written music for Australian TV Series Neighbours, international award-winning short film producer Stuart Parkyn (Park Films), independent theatre, public installation and private commissions.

Jeremy Blackman

Violin

Jeremy is a classically trained violinist who has experience across many genres, including folk and world, jazz and rock/pop. For years he played with the Australian Pops Orchestra, and has been regularly employed to lead community orchestras and featured as soloist in works such as Bruch’s G Minor Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. Past recordings include a solo album for violin and piano titled Always Afternoon, which was broadcast on ABC Classic FM and reviewed nationally. His most recent project has been co-writing and recording a rock/pop album with the band Hive Park, produced by ARIA award-winning sound engineer Jimi Maroudas which features lead violin and elaborate string arrangements and improvisations.

Larissa Aguiar

Violin

Larissa studied violin at the Queensland Conservatorium where she completed a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with Honours, studying with Elizabeth Morgan. After relocating to Melbourne in 2006 she completed a Masters of Music (Performance) at the University of Melbourne studying with Zoë Black. Larissa has performed in many ensembles including the Australian Youth Orchestra, its partnership program with The Cat Empire and Arcko Symphonic Ensemble. Larissa has been with the NPCO since 2012.

Phoebe Green

Viola

Phoebe is passionate about the performance of Australian and international contemporary music, and actively commissions new works for the viola and other instruments. Phoebe has studied with acclaimed violists Garth Knox, Barbara Maurer, Patricia Pollett, Paul MacMillan and Marco van Pagee and has played with ensembles including Orchestra Victoria, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Elison, Arcko Symphonic Project, Sunwrae Ensemble and ChamberMade Opera. Phoebe is a founding member of contemporary string quartet Atticus and co-Artistic Director of 6 degrees ensemble. Phoebe is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Musical Arts at Griffith University.

Campbell Banks

Cello

Campbell Banks completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium, before relocating to Switzerland for post-graduate study at the Zürich University of the Arts. While in Zürich, he completed a Master of Music - Performance with Raphael Wallfisch and a Master of Music - Pedagogy with Roel Dieltiens, also studying Baroque Cello with Martin Zeller and Jazz Piano with André Desponds. A winner of an Australian Music Foundation Prize in 2009, Campbell has performed in Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Zürich Tonhalle; at the 2014 Amsterdam Cello Biennale, the St. Moritz Festival da Jazz with Othella Dallas and with Glen Hansard at the Moon and Stars Festival, Locarno. Since returning to Australia, Campbell has performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He is also cellist with Syzygy Ensemble.

Tom Lee

Double Bass

Tom Lee completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the VCA in 2002 studying with bassists Geoff Kluke, Ben Robertson as well as Assistant Principal bassist for the MSO, Andrew Moon. He has also studied at the School of Improvised Music, New York, under bassist Drew Gress. Tom has recorded with ensembles such as Vada, the Gian Slater Project and Contrabanda. He has performed at numerous festivals including the WOMADELAIDE, Wangaratta International, & the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Karen Heath

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Flute

Karen completed her Masters in Music Performance (Clarinet) in 2005 with first-class honours from Monash University. In 2005, Karen performed In Freundschaft at the annual Stockhausen Festival in Kürten, Germany, working with Stockhausen in rehearsal and in performance, and won 2nd prize for her performance. Karen has worked with Sunwrae Ensemble, James Hullick, the Phonos Project and Arcko Symphonic Project. In 2008 she performed Learning to Howl by Andrew Ford with Arcko Symphonic Project. The recording was nominated for an APRA Award for Best Performance of an Australian Classical Composition in 2009.

Rosie Savage

French Horn

Rosie regularly performs with Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as well as various other Melbourne ensembles, Opera companies and musicals such as Mary Poppins and Love Never Dies. While she enjoys playing large orchestral repertoire, Rosie’s passion is chamber music and more recently, jazz. Rosie regards music education highly and is a member of Shrewd Brass – a ‘Musica Viva in Schools’ ensemble.

Craig Beard

Percussion

Craig is a freelance percussionist, composer and teacher specialising in Classical and Jazz vibraphone and marimba. He has performed throughout Europe, including at the Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as the Singapore Jazz Festival and at Live in August in Noumea, New Caledonia. Craig is a long standing member of Melbourne jazz ensemble Frock and has featured on over 15 CDs with a variety of ensembles as well as soundtracks for films including Two Hands and Strange Fits of Passion.