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Kingsland Resident Artists

The Kingsland Resident Artist Program creates new professional pathways for the next generation of outstanding Australian musicians. Selected musicians are offered a two-year residency with the CSO in Canberra, gaining professional experience in orchestral and ensemble performance, teaching and arts administration.  The Resident Artists will gain a portfolio of experience not offered anywhere in Australia.

A competitive national selection process identifies leading musicians who move to Canberra to join the CSO. Under the guidance of CSO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM and other renowned guest conductors, the Residents Artists rehearse and perform with the orchestra and as part of CSO ensembles.

The Residents are provided with professional development opportunities in instrumental music pedagogy, marketing, networking, grant writing, and business and tax management for self-employed artists. At the end of the program, they have the option to continue as rank-and-file CSO musicians.

Residents will also:

  • Undertake masterclasses with guest soloists and senior CSO musicians
  • Collaborate with the ANU School of Music and Music for Canberra
  • Work with young musicians in schools across the city
  • Connect with donors and corporate partners
  • Become an integral part of an orchestra’s operations

Meet the current Kingsland Resident Artists

Alina Zamfir

Alina’s passion to avoid the violin’s E string lead her down the path and pitch of the viola, where living a double act as an orchestral musician and teacher has brought her to the capital.

When returning to Australia after gaining her Masters of Music from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, living the double life of teacher/performer came to the forefront. Discovering the untapped passion of string pedagogy, she developed her methods at various private schools across Sydney during the day. Whereas during the night, rehearsing with the Sydney Art Quartet, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and The Metropolitan Orchestra would keep her need of orchestral music alive. It was in her second year of her Bachelor where orchestral music became more than just a component of her life but rather a necessity.

Having only spent a total of four weeks in Canberra as a participant of Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camps, Alina is ecstatic to reside in Canberra for the next 18 months as a Kingsland Resident Artist. From Alina’s experience, there is no program anywhere else in the world that combines both professional playing with teaching and career development. Which is why she feels so honoured to be given this opportunity, particularly as she feels so passionate about the importance and power of music transcending human experiences.




Julia Janiszewski

As an alumna of the Canberra School of Music, Julia returns to the fold as one of the inaugural Kingsland Resident Artists. A prolific chamber and orchestral musician, Julia has toured internationally with the Childers Street Quartet and the Australian Youth Orchestra, and has been a core member of the Sydney-based Mariner Trio and the Brisbane-based Taimana Ensemble. Later in September 2018, Julia will make her concerto debut with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony performing Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto.

In addition to her classical performance, Julia enjoys side-gigging as a freelancer in the jazz, folk, and contemporary circles, and has worked with artists such as Benny Maupin, the RAah Project, Darol Anger, Tristan Clarridge, Duncan Wickel, and Lena Jonsson.

Julia began her cello studies with Louise King in 2004 at the age of 11, and continued her studies with Matthew Farrell, David Pereira, Julian Smiles, and Meta Weiss. During her conservatorium years, Julia was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including First Class Honours, the Corinna D’Hage String Scholarship, the Basil Jones Sonata Prize, the Margeret Smiles Most Outstanding Instrumentalist prize, and the Griffith University Postgraduate Award. Julia herself is an established cello teacher of seven years and is a firm advocate for outreach and education initiatives in classical music. She is thrilled to be a Kingsland Resident Artist and is equally thrilled to call Canberra home once again.


The Kingsland Resident Artist Program benefits both young musicians, the CSO and the wider community. It provides career-defining opportunities for young artists, but also addresses the shortage of suitably qualified, Canberra-based musicians to perform with the CSO.

This program exists only through the generous support of the founding donors – the Late Sir Richard Kingsland, Lady Kingsland and their family. Their vision can only be fully realised if this unique program can become self-sustaining.

With increased support from individuals and companies in the Canberra Region we can secure the Kingsland Resident Artist program into the future.

So how can you help?

  • Donate online by clicking the button below
  • Spread the word
  • Hire a CSO Ensemble for your next private celebration or public event
  • Offer professional development opportunities for the Kingsland Resident Artists
  • Make a bequest to the program
  • Talk to us about a Chair Patronage opportunity.

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Please contact Tim or Frances for more information.

Tim Langford
0400 344 394

Frances Corkhill
0428 272 817