Festival Artists

Drawing upon major international and Australian ensembles, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Lyrebird Trio and each of the major Australian symphony orchestras, our Festival Artists are among Australia's leading musicians.

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.

She has appeared as a chamber musician at the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar, International Holland Music Sessions, Musica Viva Festival and Yellow Barn, where she collaborated with Roger Tapping (Juilliard String Quartet) and Donald Weilerstein. Her orchestral experiences include performances with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester and Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Doretta received her Master of Music at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin where she graduated in 2018 with the highest grade. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a student of Alice Waten. The scholarships and awards which have supported her studies include an Australia Council Grant, a George & Margaret Henderson Travelling Scholarship, DAAD award, Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund scholarship and an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant.