Melbourne born violinist, Julia Fredersdorff, studied baroque violin with Lucinda Moon at the Victorian College of the Arts, before travelling to the Netherlands to study with Enrico Gatti at The Royal Conservatorium, in The Hague. Recently repatriated having been based in Paris for almost 10 years, Julia has freelanced with some of the finest European ensembles, such as Les Talens Lyriques, Les Folies Françoises, Le Concert d’Astrée, Le Parlement de Musique, Ensemble Matheus, Les Paladins, Il Complesso Barocco, New Dutch Academy and Bach Concentus. In Australia, Julia is a regular member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, La Compañia and Ludovico’s Band and the Orchestra of the Antipodes. Julia has participated in over 20 CD recordings for Virgin Classics, Deutsche Grammaphon, Accent, Accord, Naïve, Erato, Passacaille, Ambronay, Zig-Zag, ABC Classics and Tall Poppies. Passionate about chamber music, she is a founding member of Ironwood, with whom she tours and records extensively. Julia is founder and Artistic Director of the annual Peninsula Summer Music Festival on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, and teaches baroque violin at the conservatoriums of Sydney and Melbourne.
Laura Vaughan, viola da gamba and lirone
Viola da gamba specialist Laura Vaughan is a dynamic and well-recognised member of the early music movement in Australia. Following her return from studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2004, she has established an active performing career encompassing a wide range of solo and chamber repertoire across Australasia. Passionate about the unique sound world of the viol, Laura is committed to bringing this exquisite repertoire to audiences around the world. She is also one of the few exponents of the rare lirone.
Recent engagements have included performances with the Australian Brandenburg Soloists, Auckland Philharmonia, Adelaide Baroque and solo recitals with theorbo player Simon Martyn-Ellis. Laura has appeared in many major festivals including the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-provence, Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals and records regularly for ABC Classic FM as a soloist and chamber musician. Laura performs and records with numerous ensembles including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, La Compañia, Pinchgut Opera, Ironwood, Astra, Adelaide Baroque, Song Company and Opera Australia
Donald Nicolson, harpsichord and organ
Harpsichordist, organist and pianist, Donald Nicolson is quickly establishing himself as an important part of the young Antipodean Early Music movement. Donald undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatorium in the Hague, the Netherlands studying under Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot, focussing especially on the interpretation of the 16th Century English Virginal music and the keyboard music of 17th Century France. In Europe, Donald was member of many ensembles, with varied concert programmes taking him through Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and Poland.
Since returning to New Zealand in 2007, Donald’s activities continue to expand, with special regard both to early music performance practice, on harpsichord and organ, and also contemporary repertoire as pianist and harpsichordist.
Now based in Melbourne, Donald continues to work on both sides of the Tasman as keyboardist for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Associate Keyboard Principal of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and appeared as guest artist on harpsichord with the Vector Wellington Orchestra in November 2010. He has appeared on numerous recordings with the NZSO and the forthcoming year will see further activity in the recording studio. He has also made frequent visits as harpsichordist to Chile and Taiwan.