Georgia (Georgie) Ostenfeld fell in love with orchestral playing upon hearing the Berlin Philharmonic perform Stravinsky's Firebird at age 18, and has had her heart set on becoming an orchestral cellist ever since.
Hailing from Armidale in country NSW, she struggled to have lessons on the cello as a child due to lack of teachers and financial support, and left school with hopes of entering into Veterinary Science at university. However, things took off when she commenced study at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2013, where she studied under numerous influential cellists including Markus Stocker, Peter Bruns, David Layle, Simon Cobcroft and Meta Weiss until mid 2017.
Georgie entered the music scene in Brisbane, performing as Associate Principal of the Queensland Youth Orchestra, and as a casual cellist of Camerata of St John's. At the Queensland Conservatorium, Georgie won numerous prizes including the Piatti Prize and Jani Haenke Chamber Music Prize with the Aditaya String Quartet. However, the highlight of her time in Brisbane was performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in 2015. She has also engaged in the Australian Youth Orchestra's programs extensively since 2015, including the 2016 International Tour to Europe and China, and is returning in 2018 to perform as Principal Cellist.
At ANAM Georgie hopes to expand her horizons and continue to flourish in the world of cello playing, by further extending the skills she needs to fulfil her dream of being part of a professional Australian orchestra.
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