Meet the Instruments!

Meet our artists’ instruments! Our 1st violinist Jeremy Blackman plays a Nelson Oliver violin – a Melbourne maker from the first half of the 20th century. The varnish melted on a trip to Malaysia and had to be restored, but the sound actually improved in the end!


NPCO cellist Anna Orzech plays what she had believed to be an 1850 Saxon cello, but has since been told it is more likely to be older than that and Flemish! It’s unusual in being a ‘ladies’ cello so is smaller than most!


Hear them both at our next Essence concert on Tuesday 28 July at Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon 6pm! Book online at or phone 03 9699 3333