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Profile of individual performer, performing group or composer involved with Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra events.

Jessica Walther

Jessica Walther – Flute – Youth Performer 2015

Born in 2000 on the Gold Coast, Jessica began playing the flute at the age of 10. At All Saints Anglican School her flute teacher, Joanna Sullivan, saw the potential in Jessica to progress and extend her musical abilities. Jessica was awarded a music scholarship from All Saints and has been involved with wind ensembles, […]

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Oscar Wong – Piano – Youth Performer 2014

In  2014, Oscar Wong was 16 years old and in year 10 at Emmanuel College, Carrara. He started playing piano at the age of seven, currently studies with Mrs Jennifer Newcomb and achieved both L.T.C.L. and L.Mus.A awards with distinction. Oscar has been awarded early entry to the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He has performed in many […]

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Reina Katsumata – Violin – Youth Performer 2013

My name is Reina Katsumata, I am 13 years old in Year 9 at Trinity Lutheran College where I have attended since prep. I started learning the violin when I was 7 years old, my teacher is Mrs Diana Battocchio. I play in the school orchestra and quartet as well as being a soloist, I […]

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Sandra Nissen – Viola

Where were you born? Gympie, Queensland If you weren’t born on the Gold Coast, when did you move here? Around 2002 Who was your most influential person in terms of your music career? Mrs Williams – who first taught me to read music Do you play any other instruments? Organ, Clarinet, Singing What is your occupation? […]

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Anne Rowe – Bassoon

Where were you born? Bundaberg If you weren’t born on the Gold Coast, when did you move here? 1988 Who was your most influential person in terms of your music career? With regards to my bassoon playing it would be Peter Musson. Do you play any other instruments? Piano What is your occupation? School Teacher […]

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Celeste Graham – Double Bass

Where were you born? Emerald, Queensland If you weren’t born on the Gold Coast, when did you move here? December, 2011, so not long. Who was your most influential person in terms of your music career? One of my music teachers, Mal Thompson. He was inspirational when I was a student, becoming a good friend […]

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Mikayla Southam – Youth Performer 2012

Mikayla began studying violin at age 6 with Shelley Rich and Janie Bionaz at the Northern Arizona Preparatory School. From the beginning, Mikayla (and her violin) loved playing with other musicians and at age 10, she joined the Flagstaff Junior Symphony as concertmaster. After moving back to Canada, Mikayla studied with Sandra Stark and Mel […]

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Liam Cruz – Youth Conductor 2012

The Star Bright concert will feature the annual Youth Concerto Performance Opportunity and this year will feature Liam Cruz as our Youth Conductor and Mikayla Southam as our Youth violin Soloist. The following is an autobiography of Liam Cruz. My passion for music began at a young age where I was constantly surrounded by music, […]

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Heather Skidmore – Percussion

Where were you born? Birmingham, UK If you weren’t born on the Gold Coast, when did you move here? 1992 Who was your most influential person in terms of your music career? Mrs Sue Roberts, Director of Music, Somerset College Do you play any other instruments? I play all tuned/mallet percussion including bowing technique and […]

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Ben Rankin – Cellist

Where were you born? Toowoomba If you weren’t born on the Gold Coast, when did you move here? Beginning of 2011 to start University at Griffith Gold Coast Campus studying Bachelor of Science (in my 2nd year) Who was your most influential person in terms of your music career? Matthew Henry – my cello teacher […]