About Us

We are a Sydney-based musician and artist collective passionate about understanding how we can live on this changing planet together, and transform our creative goals into reality hence the name, Dreambox Collective. We produce works and facilitate performances to create meaningful connections for positive social impact.

Dreambox Collective artist team
Chloe Chung: Artistic Director, flute, dizi

Alice Chance: composition, voice

Brad Gill: composition, percussion

Carlo Antonioli: composition, conductor

Deepka Ratra: voice

Edward Essing: visual artist

John Ling Jing Dao: pipa

Jolin Jiang: composition

Katarina Grobler: piano, trumpet

Liz Yung Cheung: visual artist, composition, erhu

Pavle Cajic: composition, piano

Sandra Brand: visual artist

Shaun Premnath: tabla
 

With assistance from

Antonia Berg: blog editing

Charles Penfold: videography, post-production

Jeffrey Cheah: photography, videography

Jess Xu: concept design consultation

Natalie Saar: editing, UX design

Tony Ling: photography, videography

Artist biographies

Chloe Chung: Artistic Director, flute, dizi

 

Chloe Chung is an innovative cross-cultural flautist, playing Western classical flute and dizi (Chinese bamboo flute), teaching music, and collaborating with others to foster unexpected musical forms and connections throughout Sydney. Her passion for creativity, sustainability and education are central to her work as an active performer, teacher, and emerging creative director.

A passionate educator, Chloe is currently Academic Lecturer of Flute at AIM (Australian Institute of Music), and Sydney Conservatorium High School. At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she teaches dizi, performing regularly with the ensemble. In 2019, Chloe founded the Dreambox Collective.

 

Alice Chance: composition, voice

 

Alice is a sought-after composer, conductor, arranger, and lyricist. Her works are performed in concert halls (Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Centre, City Recital Hall Angel Place) and cathedrals (St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney, Stanford Memorial Church California, Trinity Church Wall St New York City). But her music is also sung in auditoriums, paddocks and showers all around Australia.

Two-time finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards for Vocal/Choral Work of the Year, Alice has created music for groups including Ensemble Offspring, Gondwana Choirs, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Australia Piano Quartet, Ella Hooper, Sydney Children’s Choir, Moorambilla Voices, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship, The Kodaly Association, Adelaide Chamber Singers, the Song Company, Musica Viva, Barangaroo Delivery Authority, and Acacia String Quartet. Alice graduated with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

 

Brad Gill: composition, percussion

 

Brad Gill is a composer, percussionist and co-artistic director of the composer-performer collective Sideband as well as member of the experimental improvisation project ‘Mind on Fire’. He began serious musical studies with a focus on xylophone and percussion, later developing an interest in composition, which he explored while a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (from which he has an Honours degree and Ph.D.) and University of Western Australia. During this time he developed an interest in non-Western music, undertaking additional study in Javanese Gamelan and Tabla, as well as studying jazz, resulting in a broad and highly individual compositional and performance style.

 

Carlo Antonioli: composition, conductor

 

Carlo Antonioli is one of Australia’s most promising young conductors and multi-faceted musicians. In 2018-2019, Carlo served as the Assistant Conductor to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, working closely with Principal Conductor Asher Fisch and leading the orchestra on their 2019 Regional Tour in Esperance and Albany. He has also assisted Vladimir Ashkenazy and Simone Young at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Carlo has worked with many community and youth orchestras in Sydney and beyond. An avid musicologist, his article on Strauss’s Metamorphosen has been published in the Sydney Undergraduate Journal of Musicology. Carlo performs with Petrichor Sax, which won first place at the Sydney Eisteddfod Musica Viva Chamber Music Award finals. As a member of the Dreambox Collective and at a time when live performances of music have come to a standstill, Carlo has turned to composition as a means of creating works which respond to current world events.

 

Deepka Ratra: voice

 

Australian born soprano of Indian heritage, Deepka Ratra is a passionate vocalist, actress and entrepreneur. Deepka takes an immense amount of joy in ensemble and concert work. She recently performed for a touring ABBA show, The Seven Sopranos, Justene William’s A Sonorous Body for the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, and for the Hans Zimmer Live Concert at Qudos Bank Arena; a particular highlight of her career. 

 

Edward Essing: visual artist

 

Visual artist drawing from nature to create clear images. Currently living and working in Hornsby, NSW. In 2018 he was offered the William Fletcher Scholarship, Julian Ashton Art School, where he currently continues to study, paint and teach.

 

John Ling Jing Dao: pipa

John Ling Jing Dao completed a Bachelors Degree in Performing Arts at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2018 under Associate Professor Shuyin 舒银. He is currently a post graduate research student in the Master of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Dr Catherine Ingram and pipa virtuoso Ms Liu. John was recently was student representative of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music attending the SEADOM (South East Asian Directors of Music) conference in Jogjakarta. He is also the first Malaysian pipa scholar to be admitted into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

 

Jolin Jiang: composition

 

Equipped with 18 years of classical musical training in Shanghai and Sydney, Jolin Jiang is a passionate composer, orchestrator, pianist, singer, guqin player and music teacher who expresses music with her cross-cultural personality and artistic instincts. Jolin’s current musical style is influenced by her international upbringing, her love for music in the Romantic era, 19th century French music and traditional Chinese music. Her compositional focus is on storytelling, portraying landscape, nature and emotions using both Western orchestral instruments and electronic sounds. In 2018, Jolin was selected as one of the finalists for San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival.

 

Awarded the Excellence Scholarship from the Australian Institute of Music, she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Composition and Music Production, with a special interest in Chinese ethnomusicology. 

 

Katarina Grobler: piano, trumpet

Katarina Grobler is a young Australian pianist, who specialises in performing works by Australian, contemporary, and less well known composers. She is a multi-instrumentalist, and has experience performing in classical, jazz, contemporary and pop music styles. She is a passionate teacher with a full studio of young piano students and regularly accompanies instrumental students for AMEB exams. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium, having studied under Dr Paul Rickard-Ford and Bernadette Harvey, and is currently studying privately with Gintaras Januševiius (Hanover, Germany).

 

Liz Yung Cheung: visual artist, composition, erhu

 

Usually stocked in the music aisle, Liz Yung Cheung is ex-sigh-ted to create visual song in Dreambox Collective’s 2021 Coming to Our Senses season with style-us and tablet. Having spent most of their childhood drawing career on horses (and subsequently monsters), a recent experimental stage has brought them to digitally painting original characters from Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, as well as crafting sharpie-on-paint-sample comics and pen-on-paper portraits. Liz also enjoys messing around with the skeletal sounds of instruments through composing and improvising, compiling the noises your teacher tells you not to make during lessons. In their spare time, they can be found patting a chonky grey cat named Claude, knitting/embroidering, sipping tea, practising activism, and writing things like poetry and shopping lists. Liz’s illustrations are made on unceded Aboriginal land, and they pay their respects to the traditional custodians, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and the Darug and Gundungurra peoples in the Blue Mountains, and elders past, present, and emerging.

 

Pavle Cajic: composition, piano

Pavle Cajic is a dedicated composer and classical pianist of Serbian background, based in Sydney. His music aims to tell stories, evoking feelings and atmospheres that take the listener on visceral journeys.  
Pavle graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a degree in piano performance in 2016, which he undertook on a full scholarship, under the tuition of Natalia Sheludiakova, Paul Rickard-Ford and Nikolai Evrov. He has studied composition with prominent Australian composers and conductors such as Tristan Coelho, Trevor Pearce, Brad Gill and the late Richard Gill. His compositions have been performed in Australia and Norway, most frequently with the Sydney-based Voces Caelestium orchestra, which he co-founded with conductor TaeSoo Kim, and his works have been championed by the eminent Norwegian violinist Ole Bohn. As a pianist, he has performed both solo and in collaboration with other musicians at recitals and music festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Norway.

 

Sandra Brand: visual artist

 

From the moment she'd begun defacing her parent's snowy white apartment walls as a 2 year old, Sandra Brand hasn't stopped creating. From digital paintings to scribbly sketches of her surroundings, she is constantly in awe of the power of art and wishes to share her passion with the world. Currently studying at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sandra was recently awarded the Brett Whiteley Scholarship, and has placed in the YIM Youth Arts and Writing Competition two years running. But by far her greatest achievement has been capturing the smiles and lost memories of everyday people around her.

 

Shuan Premnath: tabla

 

[Bio coming soon]