Fiona Qiu completed a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) under the tutelage of Michele Walsh, where she was first prize-winner of the Ena Williams Award, Postgraduate Prize, Owen Fletcher Prize, Barbara Hebden Bursary, Matilda Jane Aplin Prize, Vada Jefferies Prize, Basil Jones Sonata Prize, Nora Baird Bursary, German Violin Travel Bursary and the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence. Fiona had also performed in many masterclasses, including the 2018 Musica Viva masterclass series with world-renowned violinist Ray Chen.
As a soloist, Fiona was featured on 4MBS Classic FM as the winner of the QCGU Brisbane Clubs Award and the Club’s Audience Choice Award. She was also soloist with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Kelvin Grove Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, Fiona was Concertmaster of the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra during their performance of Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, where she enjoyed tackling one of the most challenging concertmaster solos in the orchestral repertoire. Fiona was also twice the Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra’s (AYO) National Music Camp, and attended the 2019 AYO International Tour and Chamber Players program.
Fiona is a founding member of the Artamidae String Quartet, who were winners of the 4MBS Chamber Music Prize. As an avid chamber musician, she has participated in chamber masterclasses with the Emmerson, Australian, Borodin, Dover, New Zealand and Goldner String Quartets. In 2021, the Quartet was invited by Baillieu Myer to give a performance at an art gallery owned by the Myer family. While studying at the Queensland Conservatorium, Fiona has performed with ensemble-in-residence, Ensemble Q, working with a host of international visiting artists and conductors.
Fiona also loves exploring other genres of music with performances alongside singer and songwriter Katie Noonan, and Grammy-Award winning Michael Bublé. With over 10,000 followers over all social media platforms, Fiona enjoys posting her violin practice and behind-the-scenes videos online under the name @sleeplessviolin. Outside of music, Fiona is passionate about food photography and frequently blogs about Brisbane and Melbourne eats online.
Fiona is excited to continue her second year in training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Dr Robin Wilson in 2022.
FROM: Brisbane, QLD. Lands of the Jagera/Turrbal peoples.
Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors - Michael Schwarz and David Clouston, Kathy Laster, Anne Frankenberg, Simone and Richard Graham, Barry and Joan Miskin
Photo by Pia Johnson