MusiciansLili Stephens

Lili is a passionate violinist undertaking her first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), under the tutelage of Adam Chalabi.

Beginning her musical journey at the age of four, Lili's love and enthusiasm for music continued to flourish. As a young musician, Lili was a member of the Queensland Youth Symphony from 2016 to 2017 under John Curro and was incredibly fortunate to be a part of the 2017 International tour to China and Germany. In 2018, Lili was a recitalist in the National Youth Concerto Competition and in 2022, became a member of the Amogus Trio which won first prize in the Musica Viva Strike a Chord. During her time in the Amogus Trio, she received mentorship from Dr Anna Grinberg, Adam Chalabi, Howard Penny, Wilma Smith, Francesca Hiew as well as the Sutherland Trio.

She began her tertiary studies at the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2021 studying for a Bachelor of Music (Honours) where she received the Kinnane Music Scholarship. She has been learning with Adam Chalabi since the commencement of her degree. Throughout her three years of study at UQ she has been awarded the Pollett String prize in 2022 and 2023, the Sleath String prize in 2023 as well as a Dean's Commendation of Academic Excellence for 2023.

Lili takes great pride in participating in the Australian Youth Orchestra programs including the National Music Camp, the Seasons programs and most recently in the Momentum Ensemble as a member of the Amiti String Quartet. These programs have been invaluable to her in forming friendships, professional connections and as learning experiences. For 2024, Lili will undertake the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship and additionally the Amiti String Quartet has been accepted into AYO’s Chamber Players program.

Lili's passion for music is not limited to any one musical career path. Her aspiration is to have a multi-faceted and fulfilling career in all forms of performance within Australia as well as abroad. In her spare time, Lili also enjoys painting, watching films, and cooking.

Lili is supported by ANAM Syndicate donors Olga Abrahams, Peter and Jane Phillips.

Photo by Pia Johnson

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