About The Australian World Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Daniel Dodds Biography

Daniel Dodds left Australia at age seventeen  to commence his violin studies with Gunars Larsens at the Conservatorium of Music in Lucerne and with Keiko Wataya at the Conservatorium of Utrecht . Attaining all diplomas “with distinction” he received further inspiration in masterclasses with Rudolf Baumgartner, Franco Gulli and Nathan Milstein. A winner and prizewinner of several national and international competitions in his years as a student, Daniel was invited by Rudolf Baumgartner to become a member of the Festival Strings Lucerne, later becoming its first concertmaster in 2001. In 2012 he was appointed  artistic director of this renowned chamber orchestra, leading it in concerts around the globe.

Daniel’s appearances as a soloist include: Brisbane Symphony, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen, Philharmonic Orchestra Giessen, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Melbourne Symphony, Thüringer Symphony Zagreb Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Australian World Orchestra with Zubin Mehta playing concerts as a soloist in South America, North America, Europe, Switzerland, Australia and Asia.

Daniel's chamber music partners include Dimitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Ramin Bahrami, Kolya Blacher, Wolfram Christ, Vivane Hagner, Daniel Hope, James Galway, Ivan Klansky, Tobias Lea, Jens Peter Mainz, Alois Posch, Rafael Rosenfeld, Kathy Selby, Julian Smiles, Herbert Schuch, Martin Stadtfeld, Danuscha Waskiewicz and See Siang Wong.

His solo album “Time Transcending”, released by Oehms Classics has received high praise from fonoforum magazines in the United States, Europe, Switzerland and Japan.  Daniel plays the Stradivari “ex Baumgartner” from 1717 kindly provided by the foundation of the Festival Strings Lucerne.

 Natalie Chee Biography

Natalie Chee began studying violin at an early age. In her teenage years, Natalie won numerous competitions and prizes in Australia, the most important being the ABC Young Performers of the Year competition in 1992 which resulted in her appearing as a soloist with all of the Australian Symphony Orchestras whilst she was still in high school.

In 1994 Natalie was accepted into the Soloist Class of Prof. Igor Ozim in Berne, Switzerland. She received her Soloist Diploma in 1998 with High Distinction.

Still a student, Natalie was invited to become a member of Camerata Bern in the position of 2nd violin leader. During this time she also co-founded the chamber music ensemble ‘Tiramisu’ and the Mozart Piano Quartet. She toured North and South America, Europe and Australia with these groups and made several CDs with prominent labels in Switzerland and Germany.

In 2000 Natalie won the position of 1st Concertmaster of Camerata Salzburg - a position she held until 2009. She appeared regularly as soloist and leader of this chamber orchestra all over the world. She directed the ensemble in Carnegie Hall, Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Beijing Arts Festival, Warsaw Beethoven Festival and Vienna Konzerthaus - to name but a few - and collaborated regularly with artists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Murray Perahia, Heinz Holliger and Trevor Pinnock.

In 2009 Natalie became the 1st Concertmaster of the renowned Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart. (which has since become the SWR  Symphony Orchestra Germany). She continues to be 1st Concertmaster.  

Natalie has appeared as guest concertmaster with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Berne Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphoniker, Hanover State Opera, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

She has performed as a soloist with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Camerata Salzburg, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Hanover State Opera Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart.


Sally Clarke Bio 

Sally Clarke studied viola at the University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelor of Music, Honours, degree (and various prizes and distinctions).   A German Government Scholarship (DAAD) enabled her to further her studies with Professor Rainer Moog in Cologne; she then attended the Herbert-von-Karajan Akademie in Berlin, performing regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1988 she was Principal Viola with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Sergiu Celibidache, from whose mentoring she benefitted greatly.

Chamber music and solo performances have taken Sally to many places in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Russia. She has participated in various festivals, including those of Townsville and Bangalow, Australia; and in September 2009, the biennial “German Festival” of Krasnodar.

Sally’s recordings for CD and radio include the rarely performed Sonatas for Viola and Piano by Luigi von Kunits and Wilhelm Killmayer. Sally’s CD “another sort of fire” featuring works by contemporary women composers, is available through Bayer Records.

Her great interest is in expanding traditional “classical” approaches, through “cross-over” projects involving oriental music, live dance-theatre or improvisation to silent movies. In 2009 she founded the trio “Blue Ayre”, together with Cynthia Oppermann, harp, and Veronika Fuchs, flute. The trio has performed in Germany, France and Australia; their CD “Blue Ayre” was released in 2013, and features works by Debussy, Bax, Bartok and a specially commissioned work by Rüdiger Oppermann (Celtic and experimental harp), with whose ensemble “KlangWelten” she has toured on numerous occasions. 

Sally has taught and coached at various workshops, masterclasses and youth orchestras, including the renowned Interregional Youth Orchestra (IRO), which takes place annually in Ochsenhausen. 

In 1992, Sally gained a position with the renowned Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart (which has since become SWR Symphony Orchestra Germany), a position she continues to hold.


David Berlin Bio

 David Berlin studied the cello with Lois Simpson at the Sydney Conservatorium and with Channing Robbins at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. For over 25 years David has been at the forefront of music performance in Australia, as Principal Cello of both the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (1985-1988) and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (since 1989). 

David has made numerous appearances as soloist with these and other Australian orchestras and has been invited to play guest Principal Cello with the Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra. 

In London in 1992, David gave the world premiere performance of the complete works for cello and piano by Franz Liszt, with Leslie Howard. 

David has performed chamber music with violinists Kolja Blacher, James Ehnes, Nigel Kennedy, and Sarah Chang and pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, as well as tenor Ian Bostridge. 

He has appeared in numerous festivals, and in chamber music projects has toured to Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand. 

Along with solo recordings for ABC radio he has appeared as soloist on the Tall Poppies, Chandos and Naxos labels. His recital disc Barber & Debussy with pianist Len Vorster on the Tall Poppies label was nominated by James McCarthy as one of the best classical CDs of 2011 in Limelight magazine. 

David plays on a cello made by Ivan Zgradic in Sherman Oaks, California in 1982.

Francesco Celata

 Francesco (Frank) Celata graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1987, then studied in Amsterdam with Piet Honingh (Concertgebouw Orchestra) and Siena with Giuseppe Garbarino. In 1991 he was appointed Principal Clarinet with the then Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.

Frank joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1993 as Associate Principal Clarinet and has appeared in several solo performances including Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, Krommer’s Double Clarinet Concerto with Principal Clarinet Lawrence Dobell, and a concerto written for him by Gordon Kerry.

He has also appeared as soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia, and on a number of occasions between 2003 and 2009 he appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra as guest Principal Clarinet, performing on international tours and recordings.

Frank's career highlights include recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, notably a performance of Shostakovich's 5th Symphony conducted by Mtsislav Rostropovich and a live DVD recording of Ravel’s Bolero conducted by Valery Gergiev. 

Frank has performed in several internationally recognised festivals such as Salzburg, the Yehudi Menuhin Festival, and the Olympic Cultural Festival prior to the Athens Olympic Games.

With an enthusiasm for chamber music, Frank established the Sydney Soloists, one of Sydney’s leading chamber ensembles.He is also a member of the New Sydney Wind Quintet.

Frank is also a passionate teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is a Lecturer in Clarinet. He is also a member the faculty of the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music as Lecturer in Orchestral and Chamber Music.

Frank is the Artistic Director of the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI) run through the University of Tasmania. He has also given masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatorium and Trinity College in London.

Frank performs in the Australian World Orchestra and is also a member of the Orchestra's Board of Directors. 

 Tamara Cislowska

Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s finest pianists. She has performed across five continents in repertoire from Scarlatti to Sculthorpe, to consistent critical and public acclaim, winning international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro. In Australia she was the youngest pianist to win ABC Young Performer of the Year at age 14, recipient of the Freedman Fellowship (2003) from the Music Council of Australia and in 2012 the APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT). Tamara was also nominated for a 2014 AIR Independent Music Award for ‘Best Independent Classical Release’.

Giving her first public performance at age two playing Bartok, and commencing studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music four years later, Tamara gave her first orchestral performance at age eight. She is the most awarded prizewinner at the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge, winner of the prestigious David Paul Landa Memorial Scholarship for pianists, and has toured Japan and the United States as cultural ambassador for Australia.

Tamara is a regular guest of orchestras and festivals in Europe, America and Australasia, including as soloist with the London Philharmonic, the New Zealand Symphony, and all the Australian Symphony Orchestras with conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Edo de Waart, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, James Judd, Markus Stenz, and Yaron Traub.

She has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and as recitalist has performed at the Purcell Room in London, Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Frick Collection in New York, and the Sydney Opera House. She is a frequent guest of festivals such as Pierre Cardin’s Festival de Lacoste, the Kurt Weill Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Canberra International Music Festival, MONA FOMA, Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival and Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival.

Highly sought-after for chamber collaborations, Tamara was a founding member of Berlin’s Mozart Piano Quartet,  and frequently performs with international artists such as composer Elena Kats-Chernin, flautist Sharon Bezaly, tenor Kenneth Tarver, soprano Amelia Farrugia, and the Danish String Quartet.

In recent years, she has appeared as soloist with a number of orchestras including Sydney Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Christchurch Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Sydney Youth Orchestra. 

Tamara has recorded for Chandos, Naxos, ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, Artworks and MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm), receiving 3 ARIA nominations and critical acclaim, with 7 solo albums all reaching the top 10 in the classical charts. Her 2014 release, Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics) enjoyed several weeks at no.1 in the ARIA Classical and Limelight charts and was ‘Editor’s Choice – Instrumental’ in BBC Music Magazine, January 2015. Earning 5 star reviews, the landmark recording was praised as “Australian piano gold” (BBC Music Magazine)