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Concertmaster Announcement – Kirsten Williams

CSO Concertmaster in 2019 – Kirsten Williams

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce that violinist Kirsten Williams will take on the role of CSO Concertmaster in 2019.

Kirsten will officially take on the duties of concertmaster next year, leading the orchestra into an exciting 2019 season featuring masterworks such as Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.3, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6.

Kirsten Williams studied with Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium and graduated with a High Distinction in the Performers Diploma at the age of 16. She then studied with Igor Ozim in Switzerland before joining the first violins in the Royal Opera House Orchestra at Covent Garden and spending two years with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. She has been a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra as Associate Leader, and guest concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. In 2000 she was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist, she has appeared with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Neuchatel Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonische Akademie Bern, as well as the Metropolitan Orchestra, ACO and the West Australian, Queensland and Sydney symphony orchestras. Her most recent solo appearance with the SSO was in 2015, when she performed Navarra by Sarasate.

A dedicated teacher, Kirsten has taught in many leading Sydney schools, given numerous masterclasses, been involved with Sydney Youth Orchestra for many years and toured North America as Artistic Director of the Australian Youth Orchestra Camerata.

Kirsten also has a passion for playing music for healing purposes: she has recorded two CDs for the Australian Bush Flower Essences and in 2014 was named Volunteer of the Year for her work playing to the babies in the Intensive Care Unit at Westmead Children’s Hospital. That same year she became patron of the Goulburn Strings Project, designed to bring music education to low-socioeconomic and disadvantaged children in regional Australia, and she travels weekly to Goulburn to give violin lessons to the children involved in the program.

The musicians, board, and staff of the CSO are excited to welcome Kirsten to the orchestra and look forward to the impact her musicianship and leadership will bring to the Canberra community.

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