Adelaide-born violinist, Lynda Latu cannot remember a time where music wasn’t part of her life. Born into a musical family, Lynda began learning the violin at four years of age with her grandmother, Jill Folauhola. In 2018, Lynda graduated from Marryatville High School where she flourished in the Special Interest Music Program. Her former teachers Keith Crellin and William Hennessy continue to be mentors for her.
A former concertmaster of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra from 2018-2019, Lynda was also First Violinist of its associated ensemble, the Mahogany String Quartet. She toured with the Quartet around regional South Australia delivering school concerts. This is where Lynda’s infatuation with chamber music, and more specifically, the string quartet, began.
Lynda has been the recipient of many awards from the Adelaide Eisteddfod. She placed in equal second place at the Recitals Australia Spring Recital Finals Series in 2018 and was the recipient of the Gladys Lloyd Thomas Prize for Violin at the Elder Conservatorium in 2019.
As a member of the Lark Quartet, Lynda was featured in the Elder Conservatorium’s Top of the Class concert. She has played as a soloist with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto. In early 2020, Lynda attended the Adam Summer School in New Zealand where she was tutored by the New Zealand String Quartet and Diedre Irons.
Lynda is excited to commence training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2021 under Zoë Black.
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