Benjamin Adler completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2015 under the tutelage of Assoc Prof Alice Waten, with whom he continues to study. He started learning violin and piano at the age of five, and attended Newington College for his secondary education on a full music scholarship, where he finished with a perfect score in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Ben was selected for the 2010 Kennedy Center / National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in Washington, DC. In 2013, he won the prize for Best Performance of an Australian Piece at the Kendall National Violin Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the Gisborne International Music Competition. Ben served as leader of the non-conducted Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chamber Orchestra from 2013 to 2015, and also as concertmaster of the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and was awarded the Frank Hutchens Student of the Year Prize for 2014. He has since performed as a soloist with the Conservatorium Wind Symphony and the Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra.
As a 2016 Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist, Ben toured and performed as a soloist with the ACO Collective ensemble, and has performed as both section member and soloist with the ACO. In 2016, he formed a duo partnership with Will Cesta, with whom he will tour Europe this July. Ben believes fervently in the communicative power of music, and revels in the opportunity to connect with audiences through chamber music.
Beyond the violin, Ben has represented the University of Sydney Union in intervarsity debating, has been published in the Sydney Undergraduate Journal for Musicology, and would like to consider himself an enthusiastic but uncommitted long-distance runner.
Victoria grew up in Benalla, Victoria, beginning her studies on the violin at the age of five. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Mark Mogilevski. While studying in Melbourne, Victoria was Concertmaster of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra as well as the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Symphony Orchestra and winner of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Chamber Music Competition with her quartet, the PMCA Quartet.
In 2012 she was awarded the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra String Scholarship and furthered her studies in Hobart with Jun Yi Ma, becoming a regular guest musician with the orchestra. In the same year, Victoria won the D&MV McDonald Travelling Scholarship, which took her to the UK, studying with David Takeno and Simon Fischer. Victoria has appeared as Concertmaster with the Victorian Opera, Jan Sedivka Camerata, the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra and as soloist with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra as well as Concertmaster of the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute for their performance of Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben.
In 2015 Victoria was awarded a Fellowship with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and was subsequently offered a contract with the orchestra in 2016.
Elizabeth Woolnough studied a Bachelor of Music Performance at Sydney Conservatorium, under the tutelage of Roger Benedict- Principal Viola of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Elizabeth has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), and is currently the violist in the Hillel String Quartet- who were the Australian Youth Orchestra String Quartet for 2014. In 2016 the Hillel Quartet participated in the String Quartet Bienniale at the Philharmonie de Paris and were tutored by members of the Cleveland, Brodsky, Doric and Hagen Quartets.
In 2012, Elizabeth was the winner of the Central Coast Concerto Competition and in the same year participated in a master class with Principal Viola of the London Symphony Orchestra, Paul Silverthorne. She was also the principal viola of the Bishop Orchestra at National Music Camp in 2013. Most recent achievements include the 2013 Australian Youth Orchestra International Tour, member of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia in 2014, playing with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and being invited to perform in Verona, Italy as part of the Sydney Conservatorium “Estivo” Summer School. In 2014, Elizabeth participated in the AYO Chamber Players and the AYO Regional Residencies programs with the Hillel String Quartet. In 2015 she was the viola fellow as part of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Fellowship program. She also participated in the Australian World Orchestra’s Chamber Music Festival in the Southern Highlands.
This year, Elizabeth is an Emerging Artist as part of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Collective program and will be the principal viola of the AYO International tour.
Bethan Lillicrap was born in Devon, England and moved to Australia with her family in 2000. Born into a family of musicians, her early musical experiences included piano lessons from her mother and at the age of nine she began learning the cello with her father. Bethan enjoyed attending the Conservatorium High School where her cello teachers included Georg Pedersen, Timothy Walden and Andrew Hines, with whom she also studied during her undergraduate degree. In 2015 Bethan completed her Bachelor of Music Performance with Umberto Clerici. She is currently studying a Masters of Music with Mr Clerici and holds the Corinna D'Hage Mayer String scholarship.
Aside from being a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia, Bethan has performed in programmes of the Australian Youth Orchestra and has worked as a casual musician with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. With the Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra she has performed both as Principal Cello and as a soloist. Bethan has played in masterclasses for Pieter Bruns, Josephine Knight, Steven Isserlis and Carolin Widmann and she had the good fortune of spending a month receiving private tuition from renowned cellist Pieter Wispelwey at his residence in the Netherlands. She has performed recitals at St James’ Church, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Rudolf Steiner House with her father, Christian, who is also a pianist.
She is the 2016 Cello Fellow with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and this has enabled opportunities such as performing Strauss Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings with international soloist James Ehnes, and working under legendary conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy and Christoph von Dohnanyi. Bethan plays on a Thibouville-Lamy cello she inherited from her great-grandmother.