Our guest mentor for Episode 1 tonight is violinist Sarah Curro!
Sarah graduated in 1994 from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she was winner of the Conservatorium Medal for Excellence. After winning the Dorcas McLean Traveling Scholarship for Violinists in 1997 she studied, and then taught, at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and from 1999-2002 was a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In Australia, she has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and is currently a full time member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 Sarah was granted a year of leave to explore the history of the violin through a Masters of Music Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music graduating in December 2015. Her ‘History of the Violin’ recital presented 8 historically important violins and 5 bows from Baroque to electric with the appropriately matching music selections highlighting the development of the violin over a 400 year period.
Sarah’s interest in education is inspired by her father John Curro, Founder and music director of The Queensland Youth Orchestras. Her experience as a tutor and conductor (and sometimes soloist) includes work with the students and musicians from The Hong Hong Academy for Performing Arts, Australian Youth orchestra (including National Music Camp, Chamber Camp and Young Symphonists), Queensland Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra (including MYM Summer School), Southern Cross Soloists Winter Music School, the Australasian Orchestra, Geelong Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra 21 and more recently a very special MSO music camp with the students from ISY music school in Jogjakarta Indonesia.
Besides all the conservative things one can do as a violinist, Sarah’s non-traditional ventures focus on the constant discovery, purchase and promotion of new, mostly local compositions of every art form but most of all music. Through the fascinating and unique instruments of Melbourne’s SPUR Violins, her solo series VOLUME (40 commissions so far), showcases these works in thoroughly modern venues to an ever-widening audience. Sarah hopes to continue this emotional and financial commitment to her arts community.
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