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Kingsland Residents

The Kingsland Residency offers outstanding emerging players an opportunity to gain professional experience in the areas of symphonic performance, ensemble performance, instrumental teaching and arts administration.

The CSO thanks the Kingsland family and other generous supporters for making the program possible.

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



portrait of Lucy Macourt with violin

Lucy Macourt, Violin (Image: Martin Ollman)

Lucy Macourt, Violin
Current Kingsland Resident (2020 / 21)

Hailing from Sydney, violinist Lucy Macourt completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Dr Goetz Richter. She held the Matteson and Nancy Scholarship, the Kathleen and Allison Short Scholarship and a Sydney Scholars Award. Prior to her tertiary studies, Lucy was enrolled in the Conservatorium’s Rising Stars program, studying with Dr Evgeny Sorkin.

Lucy is an alumni of the Australian Youth Orchestra and National Music Camp, has interned with the Opera Australia Orchestra, performed with the Sydney Symphony fellows, and the Regional Youth Orchestra, encompassing workshops with the Staatskapelle Berlin. She has also performed in masterclasses for Andrea Gajic (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Charles Stegeman (Concertmaster of Pittsburgh Opera Ballet Theatre).

Lucy is an experienced music educator, having conducted and tutored string ensembles at primary and secondary schools across Sydney, as well as running her own private studio. Lucy continues her teaching at Canberra Grammar School, the ACT Academy of Music, and her own private teaching studio. She also conducts the Sinfonietta ensemble at Music for Canberra.

This year sees Lucy join the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Kingsland Residency program, performing with the orchestra across the 2020/21 seasons.


Alina Zamfir, CSO Viola (Image: Martin Ollman)

Alina Zamfir, Viola
Inaugural Kingsland Resident

Alina Zamfir commenced the viola at the age of 15 and soon after chose to dedicate her life to music. She studied a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Roger Benedict, touring numerous times with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestra as Principal Viola to England, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Germany and America. These eye-opening experiences and cultural exchanges informed Alina’s decision to continue studies abroad.

Upon gaining her Masters of Music from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Alina returned to Australia and commenced living the double life of teacher/performer. Discovering an untapped passion for string pedagogy, she developed her methods at various private schools across Sydney as well as through her private teaching studio. At the same time, Alina performed with the Sydney Art Quartet, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and The Metropolitan Orchestra, with the latter as Principal Viola.

In 2018, Alina moved to Canberra to take up an inaugural Kingsland Residency with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Between performance commitments with the CSO, she is a private violin and viola teacher at Canberra Grammar School, Radford College and through her private teaching studio.


Julia Janiszewski, Cello
Inaugural Kingsland Resident

An alumna of the Canberra School of Music, cellist Julia Janiszewski was one of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s 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.

In addition to her classical performance, Julia enjoys side-gigging as a freelancer in jazz, folk, and contemporary contexts. She has collaborated 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, studying subsequently with Matthew Farrell, David Pereira, Julian Smiles, and Meta Weiss. During her conservatorium years, Julia received 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 is an established cello teacher of eight years and a strong advocate for outreach and education initiatives in classical music.