Jo studied the viola with Christopher Marting in Melbourne and Frederick Riddle in London. During her many years in London, she held Principal positions with the English National Ballet, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet and the English Touring Opera. She was a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for thirteen years and their Education Director for two years. She was a regular freelance player ith the English Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. As a chamber musician, Jo was a member of the Priory trio for 6 years, and played regularly with the Orchestra of St. John's Chamber Ensemble and Endymion Ensemble, with whom she premiered many works of contemporary British composers. She has appeared as soloist in the UK, Australia, China and South America.
Since returning to Australia late in 2006, Jo has held positions as Lecturer in Viola at the Tasmanian Conservatorium and Head of Strings at St. Michael's Collegiate. She has appeared as Guest Principal Viola with the Melbourne Symphony Orhcestra and was a member of the Diemen Quartet from 2011 - 2013. She is currently the violist of the Elanée Ensemble, plays regularly with Virtuosi Tasmania and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, teaches at the UTas Conservatorium and has a large private teching studio. She tutors annually at the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in Hobart and the Residential Summer String Camp in Ulverstone, Tasmania.
Christian Wojtowicz studied cello at the Tasmanian Conservatorium before gaining a Churchill Fellowship to work with Pierre Fournier in Zurich and later with Andre Navarra at the Paris Conservatoire. He freelanced extensively in France and the UK before appointment as principal cello in the Melbourne Elizabethan Trust Orchestra. His wide experience in Australia includes principal cellist of the TSO and guest principal in most Australian Symphony Orchestras and the Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players, which he co-founded. As well as regular recitals, he has made concerto appearances and recordings with all Australia's leading orchestras. Christian has held teaching positions at the Canberra School of Music, Queensland Conservatorium and University or Queensland, University of Melbourne and Victorian College of the Arts. Christian now lives at Oyster Cove.
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