Josephine Vains

Since winning 1st prize in the inaugural Australian Chamber Music Competition, Josephine has established herself as a sought-after chamber music partner, and cellist. Her myriad musical interests include performing with artists in Australia and Europe on diverse projects – notably piano trio, quartet, contemporary and electronic music, and argentine tango music, with a special interest in commissioning new work and working with composers. Her formative studies centred on solo/chamber music with Tilmann Wick (Hannover Musikhochschule), Hatto Beyerle (ECMA/Alban Berg Quartet) and Walter Levin (La Salle Quartet).

In Melbourne she is a regular guest with the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria (Guest Principal), ASTRA, Team of Pianists, and is an organizer of the Bach Cello series. As a chamber musician she has performed throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, China and Japan and competed in the Melbourne, Osaka and Trieste International Chamber Music Competitions. A regular performer at Australian festivals (Melbourne, Sydney, Port Fairy, Canberra, Musica Viva, Townsville, Castlemaine) and on ABC FM, Josephine also enjoys teaching at Melbourne’s tertiary institutions. She plays a lovely old 1850 Thomas Kennedy Cello, London.


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