Artists

The Maroondah Symphony Orchestra has been privileged to work with the following artists.

Edward Walton – Violin

Edward began the violin at the age of 3 and currently studies with Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. Already an experienced performer, Edward has appeared as a soloist with orchestras across the globe including performances of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the Western Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra and was a soloist in Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 violins with the Whitehorse Orchestra in Melbourne.

Edward has recently returned from the 9th International Young Musicians Competition in Legnago Italy, where he was awarded the Premio Magnani Young prize, the Premio Virtuosite prize and was the joint winner of the Premio Salieri Young prize. Since 2016 he has been invited regularly to attend Professor Zakhar Bron’s masterclasses in Interlaken and has also performed in masterclasses with Professor Maurizio Sciarretta.

Before commencing studies at the Australian National Academy of Music, he was the recipient of the Victor Cromack and Melba Alma Harris Cromack Memorial Scholarship in the pre-college program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Edward is a keen chamber musician and has participated in the Sound Thinking Chamber Strings program and has been selected for the 2017 and 2018 Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy.

Performed with MaSO 17th June 2018

Hannah Shin – Piano

Hannah Shin is one of Australia’s leading younger generation pianists and has garnered prizes and accolades around the world. Her recent major prize in the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition was one of the most significant prizes awarded internationally to an Australian pianist – and that at just age 17!

She has made numerous appearances with orchestra, performing concertos ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, with renowned orchestras such as the Salzburg Chamber Soloists and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Ningbo Symphony Orchestra and the Poland International Quartet. She has also performed with various Melbourne orchestras, at venues including the Melbourne Recital Centre.

​Solo highlights include being the youngest pianist invited to participate in 3MBS’ Beethoven Marathon, performing before a capacity audience at Deakin Edge Auditorium. She has also been showcased at the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, broadcast live on ABC FM. She was recently invited to perform as guest artist at the Herald Sun Aria, at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne.

She has been featured on Kansas Public Radio, as well as China Central TV, and has given recitals in the USA, Germany, Denmark, Russia, China, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Hannah has had considerable success in competitions both in Australia and overseas, winning major prizes at international competitions in China, Thailand, Malaysia and America. Prizes in Australia include the Margaret Schofield Memorial Prize for Chopin, and the MSV’s Nehama Patkin Award.

Hannah Shin’s website

Hannah Shin is one of Australia’s leading younger generation pianists and has garnered prizes and accolades around the world. Her recent major prize in the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition was one of the most significant prizes awarded internationally to an Australian pianist – and that at just age 17!

She has made numerous appearances with orchestra, performing concertos ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, with renowned orchestras such as the Salzburg Chamber Soloists and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Ningbo Symphony Orchestra and the Poland International Quartet. She has also performed with various Melbourne orchestras, at venues including the Melbourne Recital Centre.

​Solo highlights include being the youngest pianist invited to participate in 3MBS’ Beethoven Marathon, performing before a capacity audience at Deakin Edge Auditorium. She has also been showcased at the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, broadcast live on ABC FM. She was recently invited to perform as guest artist at the Herald Sun Aria, at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne.

She has been featured on Kansas Public Radio, as well as China Central TV, and has given recitals in the USA, Germany, Denmark, Russia, China, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Hannah has had considerable success in competitions both in Australia and overseas, winning major prizes at international competitions in China, Thailand, Malaysia and America. Prizes in Australia include the Margaret Schofield Memorial Prize for Chopin, and the MSV’s Nehama Patkin Award.

Hannah Shin’s website

Performed with MaSO 9th November 2014, March 18th & 25th 2018

Caleb Wong – cello

Caleb Wong grew up in a small town in rural NSW. He began studying the cello at the age of six under Takao Mitzushima and continued under Uzi Wiesel for seven years. He was awarded both the AMusA and LMusA in cello, and AMusA in piano, all with distinction by the age of 15 and was invited to perform a trio at the AMEB graduation with two of his sisters in 2014. This year will be Caleb’s second at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) learning under Howard Penny.

In 2014, Caleb was granted the AYO Ernest Llewellyn Memorial Scholarship to participate at the Keshet Eilon Strings Mastercourse in Israel. That year, he was also a finalist for Sydney Eisteddfod’s NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship. Caleb was a Young Artist Festival Fellow at the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival. In 2016, he was a finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition and performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra. He was also awarded tied first for an Outstanding Performance in a Solo Recital at ANAM. He has been involved with many Australian Youth Orchestra programs and toured with the AYO in Europe and China.  Caleb has participated in cello master classes with Alban Gerhardt and Kyril Zlotnikov, and as a pianist with Lang Lang. He has also broadcast on ABC FM, Fine Music 102.5, and ArtSound FM Canberra.

Performed with MaSO September 9th & 16th 2018

 

Matt Withers – Guitar

Matt Withers - GuitarMatt Withers is an ambassador for Australian music, a well-established pedagogue, performer and mentor for musicians globally.

His career has seen him perform with esteemed artists including William Barton, the Carl Pini Quartet and national orchestras whilst maintaining strong commitments in the leading Australian chamber music groups Guitar Trek alongside Timothy Kain, AM and The Brew Guitar Duo.

Matt has a strong history of performing, recording and commissioning Australian works from distinguished composers and his generational peers. With commercial studio albums released on ABC Classics (Australia) and Soundset Recordings (USA), he thrives on reaching wider audiences, broadening and expanding their musical horizons.

His innovative activities include the creation of the Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition which gives an avenue of support for composers to have their music reach the ears and hearts of their audience. Matt has presented lectures in Europe on his passion The Entrepreneurial Guitarist to blossoming artists, eager to also find their niche in the musical world.

Matt has performed across the globe including being featured as a Rising Star at the World Expo in Shanghai (China). He has given showcase performances across Australia, New Zealand and Europe with highlights at embassies, universities, festivals and more. He has been invited as an adjudicator for major competitions including the Melbourne International Guitar Festival (Australia) the Uppsala Guitar Festival (Sweden), the Riverina Conservatorium of Music (Wagga-Wagga) and the Australian National University School of Music (Canberra).

Withers is a mentor for young, emerging musicians as shown through his role as Patron for the Senior Ensemble of SAYGE – the South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble. He regularly gives Skype lessons and presents masterclasses for tertiary students having mentored around Australia and internationally including New Zealand and Europe.

Performed with MaSO September 10th & 17th 2017