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James Fortune | flute; Daniel Lopez | violin; Heather Lloyd | viola; Rowena Macneish | cello

Beethoven – String Trio Opus 9

I Adagio – Allegro con brio

Mozart – Flute Quartet in D Major K.285

I Allegro

II Adagio

III Rondo


James Fortune – flute

James started learning flute at the age of 8 with Suzy Powell, Laura Chislett, Noelene Poole and Esme Yamaguchi. Later conservatorium teachers included Jane Rutter, Howard Oberg, Geoffrey Collins, Rosamund Plummer and Margaret Crawford. He started playing with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra at age 21 and has since played as a guest with many other orchestras: Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Scoring Orchestra, Sydney Lyric Orchestra and the Metropolitan Orchestra.

James had his early orchestral experience with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and as a university student James performed the Chaminade Concertino with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall, and the Francaix Flute Concerto with West Australian Symphony at Winthrop Hall.

James also completed an Arts/Medicine degree alongside his abiding musical interests and has conducted research into musician’s wellbeing as a postgraduate student of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Daniel Lopez – violin

Daniel regularly performs with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Australia Orchestra in Sydney. He studied at Sydney Conservatorium and has been a student of some legendary pedagogues including Spiros Rantos, Goetz Richter, Wanda Wilkommerska, Alex Todicescu, Edwin Paling and Jun-Yi Ma. While in Tasmania Daniel was awarded a scholarship to study in London with David Takeno (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Gyorgy Pauk (Royal Academy of Music).

After spending some years travelling through the US, Canada and Singapore, Daniel returned to Australia in 2013 where he is in demand both as a violinist and orchestral fixer. In 2016 he founded The Australian Session Orchestra, sourcing orchestral musicians for touring shows and session work.

Daniel’s other great passions are photography, performing chamber music and curating cultural events.

Heather Lloyd – viola

Heather studied at the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She plays on both modern and baroque violas, and has been guest principal viola for Pinchgut Opera, Victorian Opera, Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Heather had her first professional experience playing with the Adelaide Symphony between 2006-2010. Most recently she spent four months as a guest in the viola section of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Heather has performed chamber music at Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne music Festivals and has recorded with string quartets for pop music albums, with well known Australian artists, such as singer-songwriters Jack Carty, Katie Noonan, Paul Kelly, the Grigoryan brothers and the late Dr. G. Yunupingu.

Heather’s current creative project is presenting a podcast series called “The Music Moves”: a series of audio interviews, where she talks to guests from all different fields about how music has moved them throughout their lives. The show can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Rowena Macneish – Cello

Rowena performs with the Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra. She held a full postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London​ with David Strange, and was a member of the Southbank Sinfonia in London, performing at Covent Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hall and festivals throughout Europe.

Rowena studied at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne with Nelson Cooke and Michael Goldschlager, and completed her Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium with Susan Blake and was involved in the Sydney Symphony fellowship program.

​Rowena enjoys taking her campervan out with her young family and is a bit addicted to extreme sporting challenges, think torturous events like Spartan races and ultra marathon and you get the picture.