Violins - Sonia Wilson & Meg Cohen
Viola - Hayasa Tanaka
Violoncello - James Larsen
Sonia Wilson- Violin
Sonia Wilson is currently a Masters of Music student at the Sydney Conservatorium studying with Goetz Richter. Sonia completed her Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with First Class Honours in 2012 at the Queensland Conservatorium with Graeme Jennings where she was awarded the Maurice Mears Memorial Prize for dedication to her studies.
After graduating Sonia worked extensively with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, including a contract as first violinist, and recently with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra with Opera Australia. She has performed with artists such as Pieter Wispelwey, Joshua Bell, Christoph Eschenbach, Lisa Gasteen, Simone Young, Jack Liebeck, physicist Brian Cox, the Bolshoi, American and Queensland ballet companies and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
As a chamber musician Sonia has been tutored by Aleksandr Madžar, Jack Liebeck, Umberto Clerici and William Coleman, participated in the AFCM Winterschool Advanced Masterclasses, performed with the Southern Cross Soloists, Karin Schaupp, Will Barton and Alex Raineri at the Bangalow Music Festival and toured regional NSW with David Miller, OAM.
Meg Cohen- Violin
Meg is currently undertaking her Masters with Professor Goetz Richter at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Alongside her studies, she is the founder and director of the Sydney Baroque Music Festival, which is successfully in its fourth year of operation.
With a strong background of orchestral experience, Meg has played with many ensembles including Sydney Sinfonia, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, and has held concertmaster positions with the Australian and International Symphony Orchestra Institute and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Meg has a strong interest in Historically Informed Performance, performing on baroque violin with the Orchestra of the Antipodes, Orchestra Seventeen88, Salut! Baroque and the Parsons Affayre, and as an Ironwood Developing Artist.
Meg is a passionate chamber musician, performing with baroque trio Gut Instincts, and the Geist String Quartet.
Hayasa Tanaka- Viola
Hayasa is currently studying with Prof. Goetz Richter at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she is currently the recipient of the Corinna D’Hage Mayer String Scholarship and the Georgina Byron Purss Scholarship. During her undergraduate studies, Hayasa held the University of Sydney Merit Scholarship while completing her Bachelors of Music Performance degree with Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principals Tobias Breider and Roger Benedict. In 2013, Hayasa received the University of Sydney Exchange Scholarship and a Creative Young Stars grant from the Australian Government to complete a year-long exchange at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria, where she studied with Prof. Wolfgang Klos and Prof. Ulrich Schönauer.
Hayasa has performed in orchestras nationally including the Sydney Sinfonia, and the Sydney, SBS, and Australian Youth Orchestras, and has lead the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.
James Larsen- Violoncello
James completed his BMus studying with David Pereira at the Australian National University School of Music where he was awarded the Ruth Pfanner undergraduate scholarship for 4 years, the Wesley Music Centre Scholarship, the Margot Lewin Prize for most outstanding cellist and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra string scholarship.
After his time in Canberra, James gained a place at the Australian National Academy of Music where he studied with Howard Penny.
James has been lucky enough to have performed across Australia as an artist in events such as the festivals of Castlemaine, Brisbane, Melbourne, Bangalow and the Canberra International Music Festival.
Currently based in Sydney and undertaking a Masters with Julian Smiles, James is active as an orchestral and chamber musician, conductor and teacher.