ABOUT MICHELLE URQUHART
Michelle Urquhart's love of music started at age eight when she commenced her studies on violin with Gill Christie. At eleven she debuted as concert soloist with orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.
Her music has taken her to Singapore, the United Kingdom the United States, and Italy. As violist with the Hourglass Ensemble she has also performed in Poland, Austria, Switzerland and Germany in their 2017 European Tour.
She has been fortunate to be inspired by teachers, Alec Todicescu (Sydney Conservatorium) and Jeremy Williams(Hobart Conservatorium). Michelle has also attended lessons with David Takeno and Pavlo Beznosiuk when she travelled to the UK in 2012.
Michelle performs regularly as a freelance artist in and around Sydney, and is especially passionate about chamber music. She is violist with the Con Brimo Ensemble, the Hourglass Ensemble and the Vallerstein Trio in Australia. She also regularly performs in private Lounge Concerts and gives recitals in venues across Sydney, including the Sydney Opera House and churches. As a soloist Michelle has performed with a number of Sydney based orchestras and her performances have been broadcast both on radio and television. In 2015, Michelle and pianist Keith Mitchell toured Italy giving recitals in inspiring venues.
In 2016 her Michelle Urquhart in Concert series was launched. These concerts are held in a beautiful church venue in Mosman, Sydney. She is showcasing pieces written for and including viola. In these programs Michelle collaborates with some of Sydney's most inspiring musicians.
Michelle will be performing with pianist Keith Mitchell in the UK in July, 2017.
Furthering her studies in Tasmania in 2012-2013, Michelle was principal violist with the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra and also toured around the State of Tasmania with the Jan Sedivka Cammerata.
As a younger musician she was the Overall Winner of the NSW Concerto Competition and also Pan Pacific International Music Camp Outstanding Musician of the Year. This took her to the States for some masterclasses at Chapman University, C.A and the University of Southern California. As a teacher, Michelle runs her own private studios and was co-founding director of the innovative Strings Alive Academy. She also directs the Eisteddfod on the Mountain, encouraging young musicians in the regional areas north of Sydney.
Michelle's chamber music experience ranges from sonatas with piano to string quartets, piano quartets and quintets to string octets. Her love is not only in the music itself as an art form but also in the communication between people, instruments and audiences. As a teacher she encourages children to perform right from the early stages of their musical journeys.