Chamber Music Australia
Flute – Lisa Osmialowski
has established herself as one of the leading flautists in Australia
and the UK. Since touring Europe as Principal Flautist with Bernard
Haitink and the European Union Youth Orchestra, she has performed with
London’s major symphony orchestras, including the London Symphony
Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and she has worked
with many of Europe’s leading musicians. Lisa played as
Principal Flute with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Northern
Sinfonia of England and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and she was
invited to perform with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
performed as Principal Flute for recordings with the London
Mozart Players and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop.
As a recitalist
and chamber musician, Lisa has performed at the Purcell Room on
London’s South Bank and at the Cheltenham and Aldeburgh Festivals.
Violin – Scott Taggart
Scott studied at
the Sydney Conservatorium, the Hong Kong Academy and the Guildhall
School of Music and Drama in London. He remained in London, working
with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the
English Classical Players and the City of London Sinfonia.
On his return to
Australia in 2001, he worked with the Australian Opera and Ballet
Orchestra and toured with visiting international artists. He has
built a reputation as an outstanding teacher through his
teaching at the Australian Institute of Music, Wollongong
Conservatorium of Music, and in his own private studio.
He has appeared
as a soloist and concertmaster with the new string ensemble
“Steel City Strings”, as well as in concerto appearances
with the Sydney Sinfonietta.
series with pianist Marilyn Meier and the Taggart Trio alongside
Phillip Shovk (Piano) and David Pereira (Cello) have been received to
great critical acclaim.
Piano – Alan Hicks
Alan Hicks is a
graduate of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and the Royal Northern
College of Music, Manchester. He was appointed Junior Fellow in
Accompaniment at the RNCM in 1992 and subsequently joined the staff as
Accompanist and Tutor in Piano.
In the course of
eight years as a freelance pianist in London, Alan appeared at major
recital venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and St
John's Smith Square. His CD recording with Kate Romano, 20th Century
Music from the British Isles for clarinet and piano, was BBC Music
Magazine's Chamber Music Pick of the Month (Metier MSV CD92013). As
pianist with the King Piano Trio he worked on Lord Menuhin's Live Music
Now! concert scheme and appeared at the 2000 Three Choirs Festival in
Hereford. Alan was pianist with the London-based Australian
contemporary music group the Bennelong Ensemble, appearing live on BBC
Radio 3, at the Cheltenham Festival, and in concert tours of Italy and
Since his return
to Australia, Alan has been appointed Vocal Coach and
Accompanist at the ANU School of Music and was Assistant Musical
Director, Repetiteur and Language Coach for their 2005 production of
Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. He continues to be in demand as a
recital partner for national and international instrumentalists and
Clarinet / Saxophone – John Lewis
studied at the Sydney Conservatorium and at the ‘Franz
Liszt’ Hochschüle für Musik in Weimar. In 1998 he
moved to London where he led a busy freelance career, working with the
English National Opera, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and
as a soloist with the Britten-Pears Orchestra. He appeared regularly
with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Orchestra for ‘Les
Miserables’ in London’s West End. John performed as Guest
Principal Clarinet with the London Opera Players with whom he toured
As a chamber
musician John was a founding member of the Bennelong Ensemble, which
toured to critical acclaim throughout the UK and he was Principal
Clarinettist with the Alauna Ensemble. John has played in various
European festivals including Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Linari and
Aix-en-Provence. He has given recitals in the presence of HRH the
Duchess of Gloucester at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and
has made many appearances at Australia House in London.
‘Cello – Christine Jackson
Jackson is one of England’s leading Cellists. She has enjoyed a
very colourful and varied professional musical life.
played principal ‘Cello with many of the top international
orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the
Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the
Australian Chamber Orchestra.
As a soloist,
Christine has performed with many of Britain’s national
orchestras, including recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
on the American label Telarc. More recently, Christine performed
Haydn’s C major ‘Cello Concerto with the combined forces of
all the major London orchestras.
Christine recently performed a series of concerts in and around Cairns as part of the World Soloists series.
broadcasts include live recitals for the BBC as part of the
“International Artists” series and a televised masterclass
of Elgar’s ‘Cello Concerto with the late Jaqueline
As a chamber
player Christine has toured and recorded with both the Ashkenazy and
York Piano Trios and is regularly invited as a guest performer with
many of Europe’s leading ensembles.