Fiona Qiu recently 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 performed in 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 Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben performance, 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 Emperor String Quartet, that was winner 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. 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. Outside of the musical world, Fiona is passionate about photography and food, which is showcased in her Instagram food blog with over 5000 followers.
Fiona is excited to commence training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Dr Robin Wilson and Zoë Black in 2021.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Michael Schwarz and David Clouston, Kathy Laster, Anne Frankenberg
Photo by Pia Johnson