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Meet the Kingsland Resident Artists

Made possible by the extraordinary contribution from the Kingsland family, additional donations and a collective will to build a sustainable CSO, the Kingsland Resident Artists program is a unique 18 month residency program facilitated by the CSO for early career strings players. This program enables these musicians to gain professional experience in the areas of symphonic performance, ensemble performance, instrumental teaching and arts administration.

This month we officially welcome our inaugural Kingsland Resident Artists, Alina Zamfir and Julia Janiszewski. There will be many opportunities to see and hear Alina and Julia as they will be performing in the CSO season concerts, community and outreach programs, and our education programs. You may even see them perform in one of our corporate programs or even teaching young musicians around Canberra.


Alina Zamfir – Viola

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 – Cello

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.

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