Charmian Keay – Violin
New Zealand violinist Charmian Keay was born into a musical family and has played the violin for as long as she can remember. Mainly taught by her mother Miranda Adams, other teachers included Justine Cormack, of the New Zealand Trio, Kevin Lefohn, director of the Queenstown Violin Summer School (NZ) which Charmian attended in January 2006, and Tessa Petersen. Until 2012 she was studying for her Postgraduate Diploma in Performance as a Trinity Laban Scholar at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Matthew Trusler, one of Britain's most acclaimed solo violinists.
Charmian Keay completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours (First Class) in Performance Violin in 2008 at the University of Otago in New Zealand. After graduating, she won the Elman Poole Fellowship and was offered a place in the Southbank Sinfonia, based in Waterloo, London for the year in 2009. European performances include a solo recital in Oxford of Mozart's Concerto No. 5 in A Major, as well as chamber music recitals in venues such as the Royal Opera house and Wigmore Hall with fellow members of the Southbank Sinfonia, and in festivals including the Paris Oboe Festival, and the Anghiari Festival, Italy.
Coralie Usmani – Violin
Coralie Usmani holds a Bachelor of Music Honours (first class) from Auckland University. She majored in performance violin and studied under David Nalden and Elizabeth Holowell. She was the recipient of the Manchester Fellowship with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010 and has been playing with the orchestra regularly since then. She is currently a freelance violinist in Auckland and plays with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Korutet and bands Avalanche City and Madam Tsunami among others. Her versatility in playing different styles on her instrument have led to national television appearances, touring Australia (Big Day Out 2013) and performances at various Jazz festivals. She also runs her own teaching studio from home.
Crystal Lin - Viola
Crystal completed a Bachelor of Music in 2013 from Auckland University majoring in Performance viola and minoring in Classical Voice. She began on the violin at age 7 and converted to the viola at 11. Over the years she has been under the tuition of Michael McLellan and Susan Bierre (viola) and Patricia Wright (voice). Crystal has been a member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra and was the recipient of the Sagar-Vanderwart Scholarship for String Players and Spring Scholarship for String Players. In June 2013, she performed Paganini's Sonata per La Grande Viola as the soloist accompanied by the St Matthew's Chamber Orchestra.
Eunice Park - Cello
Eunice Park is a recent Masters graduate with first class Honours from Auckland University and is an active cellist and a teacher. She is a passionate chamber musician who plays regularly with quartets around Auckland and she has prepared many successful students with music examinations through Royal School of Music and Trinity. She is an enthusiastic teacher at many Music schools around Auckland. She is currently teaching at Murrays Bay Intermediate School.