Harp

Laura

Laura Winter began her musical journey by starting piano lessons at age seven. She was a quick learner and loved playing copious amounts of repertoire in every style available! However, she was looking for something more unique that gave her a chance to play in groups with others. Laura started studying harp under Julie Raines at age 10 and instantly fell in love! She began working as an orchestral harpist at 15 and in only a few years has been privileged to play for conductors such as Benjamin Northey, Nigel Westlake, Natalia Raspopova, Roy Theaker and Christopher Kopke. She is currently the Principal Harpist of both the Monash Academy Orchestra and the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra; along with this she regularly performs with many community and semi-professional orchestras around Melbourne. One of her recent achievements was performing both ‘Compassion’ and ‘Antartica’ under the baton of composer Nigel Westlake, alongside soloists Lior and Slava Grigoryan. A passionate believer in quality music education, she also loves working with young people to share the joy of music through teaching. Laura passed both her AMusA and ATCL exams in 2018 and is currently studying her Bachelor of Music at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music (Monash University), specialising in classical performance.

 

 

Cello

Isaac

Isaac Winter grew up surrounded by music and began his musical journey at a young age playing piano, before picking up the cello at age 10. He was a natural and quickly moved through the repertoire to complete his Grade 8 exam aged 15. He regularly attends music camps and workshops, often being selected to play as principal cellist. He spent time as an integral member of the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra and in 2018 he was Principal Cellist for Croydon Parish Player’s production of Beauty & The Beast. He performed as a featured soloist alongside several accomplished musicians in Nathan Glenn’s (Melbourne based composer) concert ‘Fervent’. Isaac also has an excellent rapport with kids and enjoys helping his young students reach their musical goals. He continues to play for various functions and orchestras while completing his high school education.