Adelaide Cello Festival

March 25 to April 6

Janis Laurs

Janis Laurs - Artistic Director (Australia)

Cellist Janis Laurs studied with James Whitehead and Pierre Fournier. A cofounder of the Australian String Quartet and just retired Principal Cellist of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, he has performed as a soloist with many of the Australian orchestras. On the permanent staff of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide, since 1985 he also has a long association with ANAM, tutoring in cello and chamber-music. His extensive experience as a chamber musician has included the New England Ensemble, ASQ and Melba Quartets. Janis Laurs has been Artistic Director of the Cello Festival since 2008.

Lynn Harrell

Lynn Harrell (USA)

Lynn Harrell's presence is felt throughout the musical world. A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, his work throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of today's performing artists.

Leonard Elschenbroich

Leonard Elschenbroich (Germany)

Leonard Elschenbroich received the Leonard Bernstein award at the opening concert of the 2009 Schleswig- Holstein Festival, following his performance of the Brahms Double with Anne-Sophie Mutter under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach.

Li-Wei Qin

Li-Wei Qin (Australia/China)

Since his successes at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition and the 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York, Li-Wei Qin has performed throughout the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician and can be heard on numerous recordings.

Giovanni Sollima

Giovanni Sollima (Italy)

an Italian composer and cellist. He was born into a family of musicians and studied cello with Giovanni Perriera and composition with his father, Eliodoro Sollima, at the Conservatorio di Palermo, where he graduated with highest honors. He later studied with Antonio Janigro and Milko Kelemen at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart and at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

Marko Ylönen

Marko Ylönen (Finland)

Marko Ylönen has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in Finland and other European countries as well as in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and America. He plays regularly as soloist with the major Finnish orchestras. He has also played with such leading orchestras as Camerata Salzburg, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber orchestra.

Zoe Knighton

Zoe Knighton (Australia)

Zoe is a founding member of Flinders Quartet, one of Australia's finest chamber ensembles. Flinders Quartet appears regularly at Australian festivals as well as their own celebrated subscription series. The group has commissioned many works and continues to be a champion of Australian Chamber music. 

Eugene Friesen

Eugene Friesen (USA)

Four-time Grammy winner Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, and teacher. He has been featured in concerts all over the world with the Paul Winter Consort, and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families. A pioneer in the teaching of improvisation to classically trained musicians, Eugene has led workshops throughout North America and around the world.

Rushad Eggleston

Rushad Eggleston (USA)

Rushad Eggleston ("Rushadicus") is a revolutionary cellist, composer, poet-philosopher, and entertainer whose unforgettable performances captivate and inspire all generations and types. With an intimate knowledge of classical music, jazz, and bluegrass under his fingers, coupled with an infamously infectious sense of rhythm, Rushad is a whole futuristic wonder-band expressed through just one person.

Pei-Jee Ng

Pei-Jee Ng

Described by the Financial Times in 2009 as 'one of those rare musicians who makes you unaware of technique - and eager to hear again', Pei-Jee Ng was born in Sydney and grew up in Adelaide studying at the Elder Conservatorium with Janis Laurs and Barbara Yelland. 

Pei-Sian Ng

Pei-Sian Ng

Pei-Sian Ng was Commonwealth Musician of the Year in 2007, winner of the Gold Medal and First Prize at the 55th Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition held in London. He has performed concertos with major Australian symphony orchestras, Singapore Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Estonian National Symphony, Oulu Symphony and Sinfonia ViVA.

Rachel Johnston

Rachel Johnston (New Zealand)

Originally from New Zealand, Rachel has become one of Australia's best known cellists after playing for 7 years with the Australian String Quartet. During this time she performed for audiences across the country from the Sydney Opera House to Far North Queensland and the Pilbara as well as regularly in the UK and Europe.

Sharon Draper

Sharon Draper (Australia)

Born in Melbourne, Sharon is currently the cellist with the Australian String Quartet. Previously she was a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2012, and has been a Core Player with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra since 2007. Whilst studying in Berlin in 2012, Sharon toured with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Spira Mirabilis Chamber Orchestra. Sharon was accepted into the Australian Chamber Orchestra's Emerging Artists Program in 2008, and since then has toured extensively with the ACO nationally and internationally.

Louise McKay

Louise McKay (Australia)

Louise McKay joined the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as the Associate Principal Cellist in July 2011. She is an active chamber musician, performing regularly with Meta Quartet, Etica Contemporary Music Ensemble, Swan Virtuosi and at a variety of recital venues including Government House Ballroom "Sunday Classics", ABC "Sunday Live", and the Elder Hall Lunch-hour Series at Adelaide University.

Ewen Bramble

Ewen Bramble (Australia)

In 2008 Ewen attended the inaugural Adelaide International Cello Festival, appearing in masterclasses with Ralph Kirshbaum, Uzi Weisel and Marta Sudraba and performing Boccherini Cello Concerto No. 7 with orchestra. He made solo appearances at the Port Fairy Chamber Music Festival and played regularly with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra as Guest Principal Cello. Currently Ewen is Associate Principal Cello with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


Margarite Balanas (Latvia)

born in Latvia in 1993 and began learning the cello at the age of six. She won First Prize in the Saulius Sondeckis Second International Competition in 2006, and in 2007 at the Gradus ad Parnassum International Competition and the Tallinn International Competition for Young Musicians. Margarita studies with Mats Lidstrom.

Yelian He and Yasmin Rowe

Yelian He (China)

Born in Shanghai, Yelian migrated to Australia after embracing the cello to pursue his love for music. He has been the laureate of many competitions and the recipient of multiple prizes with his Pianist Yasmin Rowe, including the coveted Winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition String Finals, Winner of the Tunnell Trust Award, Kirckman Concert Society Award and the Australian Music Foundation Award to name a few. He has given masterclasses at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Jack Bailey

Jack Bailey (Australia)

Jack Bailey has been a student of Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music since 2011. Recent solo engagements have included Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante in e minor, Op. 125 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and CPE Bach Cello Concerto in A major, Wq. 172 with Orchestra Victoria. He was awarded the prize for the Most Outstanding Solo Recital at ANAM last year for his performance of Schubert's "Arpeggione" Sonata and J.S. Bach's 6th suite suite in D major. He has performed as Principal Cellist of the AYO, SYO and ANAM Orchestra.

James Morley

James Morley (Australia)

James is in year 12 at Marryatville High School and has been involved with music since the age of seven; he also plays trombone 1 in the MHS award winning Big Band 1. His cello playing has earned him many awards and scholarships over the years and in 2013 he was fortunate to play in the Australian Youth Orchestra's International Tour. James enjoys all the programs offered by AYO and he has been section leader at National Music Camp and Young Symphonists. He has played in all the Adelaide Youth Orchestra ensembles and has lead the cello section in the Adelaide Youth Orchestra.