Catalin Ungureanu

A graduate of the George Enescu Conservatory, Romania, Catalin also studied in Germany and has toured Europe extensively with the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra.
Catalin was 2nd prize winner in the Golden Lyra Award, Romania and in Usti nad Orlici, Czechoslovakia. He was awarded the Special Prize for his performance in Subiaco, Italy.
He has been a member of La Camerata Chamber Orchestra, and is currently Principal first violin with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

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Airena Nakamura

Airena was born in Japan and moved to Sydney where she began her violin studies with her father Yasuki Nakamura.
After completing her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with First Class Honours, Airena continued her studies in Germany and USA and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants.
Airena has toured extensively with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Since 2005, Airena has been with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra where she currently holds the position of Principal Second Violin.

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Neil Thompson

Having begun on viola in his hometown Whyalla, Neil's career has taken him all around the world, including Europe as touring soloist whilst at Marryatville High School, a ‘Special Interest Music Centre’ school (Adelaide). Neil has also performed and toured with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras (upon holding an SSO fellowship in 2012), as well as with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and its sister orchestra ACO2 (currently ACO Collective) with whom he was an ‘Emerging Artist’. He enjoyed two years of touring with ‘The Cat Empire’ and features as soloist and guest artist on their DVD ‘Live at the Bowl’. Neil regularly performs at the Sydney Opera House with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra for Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet.

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Kenichi Mizushima

Kenichi was born in 1986 in Sydney, and began his cello lesson at the age of two and a half with Takao Mizushima, his father, later on from 15 years of age with cellist Zoltan Szabo and has appeared as a soloist on many occasions since he was five. Kenichi has toured Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Italy, England, Singapore, USA, Germany and New Zealand both as a soloist and an ensemble musician.
Kenichi plays regularly as a cellist of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and is currently the cellist for the Caro String Quartet.
Kenichi plays on a 2007 Frank Ravatin generously lent to him by cellist Eszter Mikes-Liu

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