Chloe Chung: Writer, Flautist and Artistic Director
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.
Carlo Antonioli: Composer, 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 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.
Pavle Cajic: Composer, Pianist
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.
Jolin Jiang: Composer, vocalist
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.
Brad Gill: Composer, percussionist
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.
Alice Chance: Composer
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.
Sandra Rose: Visual artist
From the moment she'd begun defacing her parent's snowy white apartment walls as a 2 year old, Sandra Rose 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 Rose 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.
Ivan Zavada: Composer
Ivan Zavada is a composer, multimedia programmer and designer who works in computer music composition and electroacoustic theory at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His research focus is on the interactive relationship between image and sound within the realm of electroacoustic music. He is currently developing a computer application to represent and generate melodic motifs in three-dimensional space based on their geometric properties.
Deepka Ratra, Soprano
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 (traditional Chinese lute)
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.