About The Enigma Quartet

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Photograph courtesy of Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Marianne Edwards, Violin

Marianne Edwards (nee Broadfoot) joined the first violins of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and in 2014 was appointed Associate Principal Second Violin. In 2015 she completed her doctorate at the Sydney Conservatorium, exploring Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto with supervisor Goetz Richter and professor Wanda Wilkomirska.

In 2004 and 2005 Marianne studied with Igor Ozim at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg with the assistance of the E.V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund. She has also played in masterclasses with Pinchas Zukerman, David Takeno and Anthony Marwood. In 2004 she was won first prize in the Australian Concerto Competition in Townsville and later that year was awarded second prize at the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand.

Marianne is vice president of the Sydney Schubert Society, a volunteer-run organisation whose aim is to share Schubert’s rich and beautiful chamber music output in the longstanding tradition of Schubertiade concerts.


Kerry biography


Kerry Martin, Violin

Kerry completed a Bachelor of Music at Canterbury University in Christchurch in 1999, studying with Jan Tawroszewicz. She received a Masters of Music with Distinction in 2004 from the Australian Institute of Music studying with Alice Waten. In 2001 she won the New Zealand National Concerto Competition and was a prize-winner at the Gisborne International Music Competition. She has appeared as a soloist, performing concertos with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Chamber Orchestra.

Kerry was Concertmaster of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra, the New Zealand National Secondary School’s Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Canterbury Chamber Orchestra. Kerry directed the Australian Chamber Orchestra's Parramatta String Players from 2009 to 2011 as part of the ACO’s education programme, culminating in a premiere of a work by Matthew Hindson. She is in demand as a music educator.


Photograph courtesy of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Elizabeth Woolnough, Viola

During her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium with Roger Benedict, Elizabeth became a member of the Hillel String Quartet in 2014 and performed in the String Quartet Biennial at the Philharmonie de Paris. The Quartet went on to become the inaugural winners of the Sydney Conservatorium Westheimer Scholarship in 2015.

Elizabeth was also a Fellow with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has frequently performed with the Orchestra as a guest. In 2015 Elizabeth was invited to play in the Australian World Orchestra’s Chamber Music Festival in the Southern Highlands. The following year, Elizabeth was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Collective program and tours with the ensemble.

Elizabeth joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2017. She is passionate about chamber music, performing with Enigma Quartet, MSO Chamber Players and the Melbourne Ensemble.


Rowena Biography

Rowena Macneish, 'Cello

Sydney born cellist Rowena Macneish is passionate about chamber music and she relishes her role in the Enigma Quartet, enjoying the intimacy and friendship between the players and audience alike.

Rowena studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Susan Blake and the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne with Nelson Cooke and Michael Goldschlager.  She then travelled to London on full scholarship to complete postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange. During her time in London she was also a member of Southbank Sinfonia and performed at Covent Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hall and in festivals throughout Europe.

On her return to Sydney Rowena established herself as a versatile musician and has played and toured with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the Sydney Omega Ensemble.