Fiona Ziegler Fiona began her violin and piano studies at the age of five with her mother, Sydney violinist, Eva Kelly. At the Conservatorium High School she studied violin with Christopher Kimber and Harry Curby, piano with Nancy Salas and cello with Lois Simpson, attending master classes with Valery Klimov, Igor Ozim and the Quartetto Beethoven di Roma. Fiona is one of Sydney’s leading baroque violinists and has performed with Ensemble de la Reine and frequently with her own baroque trio, Concertato. She was a founding member of The Australian Fortepiano Trio and the Trio Pollastri, and has made regular performances with the Renaissance Players, Sydney Chamber Choir, Coro Innominata, the Sydney Soloists and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the Gagliano String Quartet, which was chosen as the sole Australian representative in Australia’s Bi-centenary year, 1988, at the Fourth International String Quartet Competition in Portsmouth, under the Direction of Yehudi Menuhin. She was a member of the Sydney String Quartet for four years and has led the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra since 1992. Fiona has recently extended her musical interests to the mandolin and is a member of the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra. She has been an Assistant Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony since 1995 and plays on her mother’s two-hundred-and-fifty year-old Testore violin.
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