Eve Newsome (AUSTRALIA)

Eve has a versatile and exciting career as an orchestral, chamber and solo player of oboe, oboe d'amore and cor anglais. 

Eve has been appointed to orchestral positions in the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony and Orchestra Victoria and guested with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony and the Sydney, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.

She is a founding member of a range of ensembles including the recently formed Brisbane-based ensemble The Lunaire Collective, an Ensemble in Residence at the Conservatorium in 2013.

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Kirsten Robertson (NEW ZEALAND)

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Kirsten graduated from the University of Canterbury with an MMus in performance piano, studying with Diedre Irons. In New Zealand she won the ‘Young Performer of the Year’ award and was a finalist in the National Concerto Competition. Kirsten studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Gordon Fergus-Thompson, John Blakely and Roger Vignoles. She was a finalist for the RCM concerto competition and was awarded two distinctions for piano accompaniment. Kirsten graduated with a PGDip and PGDip.adv in Performance then later worked as a staff accompanist at the RCM.

Kirsten has accompanied for the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia Di Bel Canto in Italy, the Queenstown Violin Summer School, the Dunedin Singing Competitions, Gisborne International Music Competition, and NZ Opera. She works regularly with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as Principal Keyboard and is currently an Artist Teacher and Staff Accompanist at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.





Rafaella Garlick-Grice (NEW ZEALAND)

Rafaella is a DMA candidate at the University of Waikato where she completed her MMus degree with first class honours in 2011 under the tutelage of Katherine Austin. Over the past decade, she has received numerous prizes including the Rere Beckway Pianoforte Performance Award and the Lili Kraus Piano Award. She is also a past winner of the University of Waikato Concerto Competition, a runner-up at the National Young Performer of the Year (PACANZ) and co-winner of the Pettman/ROSL Arts Chamber Music Scholarship. She has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist. Rafaella is currently the String and Brass Accompanist and Co-ordinator at NZSM, Victoria University of Wellington, a position she has held for the past five years. 

Alexandre Oguey


Alexandre Oguey was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and began studying oboe in La Chaux-de-Fonds with Françoise Faller. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Zurich Conservatorium, with Thomas Indermühle, and participated in courses with Maurice Bourgue and Emanuel Abbühl. He is the winner of several competitions including the Swiss Radio Competition, the Migros Chamber Music competition, and the Martigny International Chamber Music competition.

Alexandre Oguey is an active chamber musician, and has performed throughout Europe with the prize-winning Wildwind quintet, the Lamalo and La Patisserie trios, and the wind ensembles Banda Classica and Octomania, as well as the contemporary music group Opus Novum Ensemble.

He has played principal oboe with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Zurich Opera Factory, Basel Chamber Orchestra (previous Serenata Basel), Opera Orchestra of the Bayreuth International Youth Festival and the Jeunesses Musicales Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to Australia to join the Sydney Symphony, Alexandre Oguey was Associate Principal Oboe in the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra (1990-1997).


Thomas Hutchinson (NEW ZEALAND)

New Zealand-born oboist Thomas Hutchinson studied in Auckland with Martin Lee and Alison Jepson before moving to Melbourne to study at the Australian National Academy of Music with Jeffrey Crellin, during which time he won the concerto competition and the most outstanding recital prize.

Following the advice of his teachers, he then moved to Paris to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Jacques Tys, David Walter and Frédéric Tardy, where he recently graduated with the highest possible mark of très bien à l’unanimité, avec les felicitations du jury.

As soloist, Thomas has made numerous appearances including concerti with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra, Bach Musica NZ, Orchestra Victoria, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.

Thomas has performed as a guest player with the Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. In May of 2015 he successfully auditioned for the position of Associate Principal Oboe with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.



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