Song for Gallipoli

3rd May 2015, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium

Monash Sinfonia

Monash Sinfonia – Elizabeth Sellars (Director)


Composer Item
Purcell (Stokowski) “When I am laid in earth” Dido and Aeneas
Antonio Vivaldi Concerto in D for guitar and strings RV 93
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Elegy in G for string orchestra ‘In Memory of Ivan Samarin’ TH 51
Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
George Dreyfus A Song for Gallipoli
Einojuhani Rautavaara Suite for Strings (1952)

Concert details are correct at the time of posting but may be subject to change.

Monash Sinfonia

Monash Sinfonia is an un-conducted string ensemble that offers outstanding string students the opportunity to work with musicians of the very highest calibre both in Australia and overseas. Since its formation in 1996, Sinfonia has performed in Australia at the Port Fairy Festival, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Robert Blackwood Hall, BMW Edge-Federation Square, Ripponlea and at Melbourne Recital Centre.

Collaborative artists have included Wilma Smith, Miki Tsunoda, Paul Wright, Jeffrey Crellin, Tin Alley String Quartet, Consort of Melbourne, Kenji Fujimura, Rohan Murray, Choir of Trinity College and Paul Grabowsky.

Internationally, Monash Sinfonia has toured Italy and Brazil, premiering new works by Thomas Reiner and Jonatas Manzoli and collaborations have included performances with American violinist Tim Fain, Serbian violin virtuoso Nemanja Radulovic, composer/conductor Eric Whitacre and tenor Andrew Goodwin.

In 2015, Monash Sinfonia will be performing a concert at Melbourne Recital Centre directed by early music specialist Paul Dyer, as part of an educational partnership between Monash University and the Australian Brandenberg Orchestra.

Elizabeth Sellars

Australian-born Elizabeth Sellars is a distinguished soloist and chamber musician with a reputation as “dynamically exciting” (the Australian) and “one of the few violinists…who can handle works that move in new directions (the Age).

Elizabeth is a prize-winning graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied with David Takeno (violin) and the Takacs and Gabrieli String Quartets (chamber music). Further significant influences included Sandor Vegh and Yehudi Menuhin with whom Elizabeth worked at the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall and at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland.

In Australia, Elizabeth’s early training was with Nehama Patkin (piano) and Andre Hadges (violin). She was amongst the early graduates of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where she studied with the Polish violinist Nathan Gutman. She has been the recipient of the Lady Northcote, the Countess of Munster and the Martin Trusts.

During her time in London, Elizabeth was a winner of the inaugural John Tunnell Trust and the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize and Miller Trophy. As soloist and chamber musician, she toured extensively in the UK performing in the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s Southbank. She broadcast for the BBC and performed throughout Europe with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Now resident in Melbourne, Elizabeth has appeared in festivals throughout Australia including Port Fairy, Huntingdon, Bangalow, Castlemaine, Dunkeld, Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Blackwood River Chamber Festival. She has played with Ensemble Liaison and Elision and has been guest principal violinist with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. As a member of Temenos Trio she was third prize-winner in the 9th Concorso Musicale Internazionale “Riviera del Conero” in Italy.