Alina started playing the violin when she was five years old, studying under a scholarship with Vincent Edwards at the Canberra School of Music. Throughout her childhood Alina participated in a number of Eisteddfods in Cairns and Sydney and received numerous awards. She received high distinctions in her AMEB exams culminating in receiving her A.Mus A in 1995.
Alina graduated from high school in 1996 and studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, majoring in Performance, under the tutelage of Christopher Kimber. During her time there she received a number of scholarships and the highest honours for numerous performances. Alina led the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra on occasion, was a member of the Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra and participated in a number of international tours, including South Africa and Germany. She was also a member of Sydney Sinfonia Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s internationally recognised mentoring program.
Alina has been teaching at the ORC since 2007.
An experienced violin musician and tutor. Emily has joined the ORC after recently completing her studies in music. She is often seen in the Orange community performing at various events.
Carmel graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985, majoring in violin and teaching. She taught in schools before moving to the central west of NSW. For the past 25 years she has been involved in local community work, raised her family of boys and continued to teach the creative arts in classrooms and privately. With training and experience in the Suzuki Method and Kodaly she brings a wealth of creativity, fund, insight and passion to her lessons.
Born in Sydney, Lisa began the violin aged 5 with Suzuki teachers Hiroko Primrose (and lots of input from her husband, legendary violist William Primrose) and Yasuki Nakamura. By 11 she was playing solos in Japan, the USA and New Zealand. Continuing studies with Christopher Kimber, Lisa won the Wenkart Competition, was finalist at the ABC Young Performers Competition, awarded multiple Australia Council grants and worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra before going to Germany to study with Prof Igor Ozim.
Lisa performed worldwide as a soloist, duo, chamber music musician and concertmaster before returning to Australia in 2001. During Lisa’s time abroad highlights include recording French sonatas for the Klavins Music label, Bach concertos on the Naxos label, performing with Concerto Cologne, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, was a member of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, leader of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and Guest 3rd Concertmaster with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Bernard Haitink.
Returning to Sydney in 2001, Lisa has been Guest Concertmaster of the Opera Australia Orchestra, West Australian Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Lisa is also an established illustrator with numerous published books through Scholastic Press, Random House, Hachette and HarperCollins
Born in Oldenburg, Germany, Stefan studied viola with Marcel Charpentier, Konrad Grahe and Emile Cantor at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and attended masterclasses with Thomas Brandis and Serge Collot.
From 1992 he worked with a number of orchestras including the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Theatre Nordhausen, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, Philharmonie Essen, Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Since immigrating to Australia in 2001, Stefan has worked with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and recorded the 6th Brandenburg Concerto for ABC Classics.
Since the formation of Acacia Quartet, Stefan has turned his focus to chamber music and teaching.