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Kingsland Residents

Now accepting applications for 2020/21

The Kingsland Residents Program creates new professional pathways for the next generation of outstanding Australian musicians. Selected musicians are offered a residency with the CSO in Canberra, gaining a portfolio of experience not offered anywhere in Australia.

The CSO is now calling for applications from outstanding violinists to audition for the next intake of Kingsland Residents.

The residency will run from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2021.

A Kingsland Residency is the perfect springboard to your career and an opportunity to immerse yourself in a vibrant arts community. Kingsland Residents will live in Canberra and be offered the following professional development opportunities.

  • Perform in all CSO concerts.
  • Small ensemble and chamber music opportunities with established CSO Musicians.
  • Professional performance experience in Education, Corporate, and Outreach programs.
  • Workshops for career development.
  • Assistance to establish your own studio.
  • Individual and ensemble teaching in selected CSO partnerships.

Kingsland Resident Artists have the opportunity to be involved in and contribute to the music life of Canberra and its community. There are also opportunities for further post graduate study at the ANU School of Music.

If this immersive opportunity is of interest, we would welcome your application.

Key dates

Applications close Friday 23 August 2019 at 5pm AEST
Round 1 Excerpts release* When application in received
Round 1 recordings due** Tuesday 10 September 2019
Round 1 results notification Wednesday 18 September 2019
Round 2 Excerpts release Wednesday 18 September 2019
Round 2, live audition*** Thursday 3 October 2019
Notification In the week of 7 October 2019
Start date 1 February 2020

Interviews will be held at the end of round 2
*As Round 1 recordings are due during the AYO Audition period, the excerpts will be the same as VIOLIN SET A set by AYO.

** Round 1 is via MP3 format only. NB: this round must be anonymous so do not identify yourself on your recording. Your recording will be assigned a number. The recording must be sound only – no videos.

***Round 2 auditions are live, you must be available in Canberra on that date.

Audition Requirements

Piano accompaniment required for Round 1 only.


Round 1: Mozart Concerto no 4 OR 5, 1st movement exposition only, plus Round 1 orchestral excerpts. (AYO Violin Set A)
Round 2: Own choice work from romantic or 20th century repertoire, plus Round 2 orchestral excerpts.


To be eligible for the Kingsland Resident Artists program you must be:

  • 30 years of age or under as at 31 December 2019
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen


$35000 including super, per annum.
The successful applicants will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel expenses for attending Round 2 auditions.

To apply

To apply for this program please email a completed KR Candidate Form AND your current CV to:
Please note: incomplete applications will not be accepted.

More information

For further information regarding the Kingsland Residents Program, please email: or call Lindy Reksten on 0407 485 266

Meet the current Kingsland Residents

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. 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 Residents. 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 and is equally thrilled to call Canberra home once again.

Support the Kingsland Residents

The Kingsland Residents 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 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 Residents 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 Residents
  • Make a bequest to the program
  • Talk to us about a Chair Patronage opportunity.

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