Episode 1: cellist Isaac Lee and violinist Louise Turnbull

L-R: Cellist Isaac Lee and violinist Louise Turnbull. Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

The Talent is back for 2022! We’re thrilled to be able to showcase twenty of Melbourne’s most fantastic emerging musicians. This season will see a wide range of musicians, from baritone to strings, flute to marimba and piano.

Each week, two emerging musicians will perform live to air and receive on-air feedback from industry mentors, who are working musicians.

Want to listen? Make sure to tune in every Tuesday night at 7pm to 103.5FM 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne. You can also stream the live broadcast at 3mbs.org.au or catch up later on our podcast! Just search for “The Talent 3MBS in your favourite podcast app and subscribe.

Our first two performers for Season 1 are cellist Isaac Lee and violinist Louise Turnbull. Scroll down to find out more about them.


Cellist Isaac Lee

Cellist Isaac Lee.
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Isaac Lee, aged 17, was born in Melbourne and is currently studying Year 12 at Brighton Grammar School (BGS). He is currently learning cello with Rohan De Korte and has received consultation lessons with Howard Penny. Besides cello, Isaac also plays the Erhu and is interested in composition. In the past few years, Isaac has performed in masterclasses for David Belin, Melissa Barnard and Molly Kadarauch, and remains as an active member for many of his school ensembles. During Christmas Eve 2021, he performed as an orchestral cellist in Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Isaac is also involved with the Australian Chamber Music Academy program which provides him further inspiration for composing and performing music in a chamber setting. After being awarded his music diploma with distinction, Isaac studied Music Solo Performance as part of his VCE studies and his study score was celebrated in the 2021 VCE Student Honour Roll. His experiences as a solo, and ensemble musician enabled him to be awarded numerous international and Australian prizes and scholarships. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Hamer Hall, universities across Melbourne and venues in regional Victoria. 

Isaac will perform:

  • Julian Lloyd Webber: Variations
  • Tan Dun: Eternal Vow
  • Matthew Hindson: Jungle Fever

Violinist Louise Turnbull

Violinist Louise Turnbull.
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

LmusA distinction, member of AYO seasons, Young Symphonists, National music camp , MYO concertmaster and lead viola positions,ACO academy, MCYAA, ARCO young manneheim, amongst other orchestras and community groups. Finalist in 2021 Melb Recital Bach comp, many eisteddfod wins and placings during 2021 including Boorandarra, Ringwood, Monash emerging artist. This year I am looking forward to being able to play live music again with orchestras and chamber groups and be able to play with a pianist. While covid lockdowns did stop a lot of travel and musical activities, my studies were not hampered as I was already doing online learning. Through the organisations I am involved with, I was also able to access some musicians which would otherwise be inaccessible. I was lucky to be able to go for a daily walk in a bushland setting within my 5 km lockdown radius. 

Louise will perform:

  • Tchaikovsky: Meditation Op. 42
  • Szymanowski: Nocturne and Tarantella

Tune in to The Talent every Tuesday night at 7pm to 103.5FM 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne. You can also stream the live broadcast at 3mbs.org.au or catch up later on our podcast! Just search for “The Talent 3MBS in your favourite podcast app and subscribe.

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