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. Based in Paris for almost ten years, Julia 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.
Now resident again in Australia, Julia is a regular member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Antipodes with whom she performs regularly as Concert Master for Pinchgut Opera and Brisbane Baroque. Julia has participated in CD recordings for Virgin Classics, Deutsche Grammaphon, Accent, Accord, Naïve, Erato, Passacaille, Ambronay, ABC Classics, Vexations840 and Tall Poppies. Passionate about chamber music, Julia is a core member of Ludovico’s Band, and a founding member of Ironwood, with whom she performs and records extensively, as well as the twice ARIA nominated baroque trio, Latitude 37. 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, Melbourne and the University of Tasmania.
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.