The 2nd Mackay Chamber Music Festival features some of Australia's finest musicians in a weekend of spectacular concerts.
Please explore the program, and we hope to see you in July for joyous music making, friends and fun!
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57 Wood Street, Mackay, Queensland, Australia
0424 937 499
Glenn Christensen
Glenn was born and raised in the regional Queensland town of Mackay, where he received his early music education through the Suzuki Method with local teacher Diane Powell. Glenn then studied with Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music, First Class Honours...

Glenn ChristensenArtistic Director, Violin

Doretta Balkizas
Berlin-based Australian violinist Doretta Balkizas enjoys a diverse international career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She has performed as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Nanning Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. She was a finalist in the 2015 Symphony Australia Young Performer Award and a major prize winner in the Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship for Violinists, where she also received the competition’s inaugural Fritz Kreisler prize.

Doretta BalkizasViolin

Caroline Hopson
Caroline Hopson is a freelance violinist based in Sydney, and performs regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra...

Caroline HopsonViolin

Tom Higham
Tom Higham began his musical studies on the piano when he was five, before taking up the viola aged nine in Western Australia. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2010. Tom moved to Melbourne to continue his studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) from 2011-2013, under the tutelage of Caroline Henbest and Chris Moore...

Tom HighamViola

Stefanie Farrands
Violist Stefanie Farrands has been Principal Violist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 2015. She has studied in Berlin with renowned Violist Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule für Musik, Hanns Eisler Berlin and was the recipient of the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship studying at ANAM in Melbourne with Alice Waten and Roger Benedict...

Stefanie FarrandsViola

Simon Cobcroft
Simon Cobcroft is a prolific and versatile performer of solo, orchestral and chamber music in Australia and further afield. Since 2014 he has been Principal Cello with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and has also held the positions of Associate Principal Cello with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (2012-2014), and Sub-Principal Cello with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (2003-2011)...

Simon CobcroftCello

Alexandra Partridge
Born in Wellington, Alexandra Partridge completed a Masters of Musical Arts at the New Zealand School of Music. During her time there, she was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the Barbara Finlayson Trust Scholarship and the NZ School of Music Director’s Scholarship. After completing three years of study at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne with Howard Penny, Alexandra won a position with the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra in Osaka, Japan...

Alexandra PartridgeCello

Justin Beere
Australian Clarinetist, Justin Beere is a passionate and vibrant performer and collaborative artist. With an innate drive to perform and create, Justin's diverse and flexible musicianship is at home on any stage. Justin is the Associate Principal Clarinet of Orchestra Victoria and the founding Artistic Director of the Melbourne Chamber Players...

Justin BeereClarinet

Stewart Kelly
Stewart Kelly has emerged in recent years as a pianist of great versatility and a sought-after teacher, broadcaster, producer and artistic director. Based in Melbourne, he is on the staff of the Melbourne Conservatorium at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. He is artistic director of the Music by the Springs festival and director of the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Artsong...

Stewart KellyPiano

Angela Turner
Angela Turner enjoys a multifaceted career as pianist and lecturer. Broadcast on Australian radio as soloist and chamber musician, Angela has performed extensively throughout Australia, and the UK, Canada and Taiwan. In recent years, highlights have included recordings and performances in the 4MBS Festival of Classics, Kawai Keyboard Series, Australian Piano Duo Festival, QSO Chamber Series, for Musica Viva (QLD and NSW), and broadcasts on ABC Classic-FM, 3MBS, 4MBS and 5MBS...

Angela TurnerPiano

Lyrebird Trio
The Lyrebird Trio is comprised of Australian musicians Glenn Christensen (violin), Simon Cobcroft (cello) and Angela Turner (piano), all distinguished graduates of the Queensland Conservatorium. Formed in early 2013, the trio takes their name after the remarkable Australian native lyrebird, also an important emblem of their alma mater for much of its history.

Lyrebird TrioPiano Trio

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