2018 MusiciansEliza Sdraulig

Eliza is a cellist from Melbourne, Australia currently undertaking Professional Performance studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Howard Penny. She is also undertaking a Master of Music in Cello Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA with Yeesun Kim. In 2016 she graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from The University of Melbourne, under the tutelage of Molly Kadarauch. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Victorian Government’s 2013 Creative Scholarship (Outstanding Undergraduate) for the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Gwen Prockter Violoncello Prize, Peg Oldfield Prize for Excellence in Performance, Corinna D’Hage String Scholarship, Ronald William Caporn Prize, Francis Quinn Encouragement Award and the Lilo Nassau Cello Scholarship. She has performed for and received masterclasses from renowned cellists such as David Finckel (The Juilliard School), Brant Taylor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Richard Lester (Chamber Orchestra of Europe).

An avid chamber and orchestral musician, Eliza is a 2018 Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and she has appeared as Principal Cello of the New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in Boston. Eliza has performed in numerous ensembles and orchestras for organisations such as the Australian Youth Orchestra, Victorian Opera and Musica Viva. In 2014 she was a member of the Elgin String Quartet, which was selected to perform as Emerging Artists at the 2014 Mimir Chamber Music Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. Eliza also appeared as a Rising Stars Soloist at the 2015 Melbourne Cello Festival. Together with pianist Hoang Pham and violinist Anna Da Silva Chen, she recently recorded both Mendelssohn Piano Trios for commercial CD and online release.

Eliza was selected for the 2016 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Fellowship and as Associate Principal Cello for the 2016 Australian Youth Orchestra International Tour. She performs as a casual musician with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and appeared as a concerto soloist with the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in her final year of undergraduate studies.

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