Olivia de Burgh - Principal Cello
Max Bruch: Kol Nidre
Olivia de Burgh is a cellist and lifelong Woollahra resident. She is currently completing her studies in Performance, majoring Cello at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Olivia first began her musical education on the piano at five years of age but later discovered her aptitude for the cello at age nine. She began learning at Ascham School from Renant Yusupov in the Russian style. In her early high school years through to university, she became a student of Georg Pedersen. She is currently studying with Daniel Yeadon.
Olivia currently plays a Vivalidis cello made in the Italian style with Slovakian Warchal strings with synthetic cores. This combination gives depth and power to the sound. Her bow is a custom made S9 Arcus bow from Germany.
Olivia is passionate about the Woollahra community, having come from many generations of Eastern Suburbs residents herself. She joined the WPO as principal cellist in 2017 and enjoys seeing the Orchestra grow as it brings people together and strengthens community spirit through music.
Rob Nijs - Concert Master
Vaughn Williams: The Lark Ascending
The musical journey of Rob Nijs (violin/viola) spans between lands of contrast. A musician of Dutch origin, Rob began exploring his passion at the conservatories of Tilburg and Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium, where he furthered his studies to become a performer, conductor and educator. He began his career across Europe as concerto soloist, concertmaster and leader in recitals and chamber music. From the depth of European classical traditions to the passionate spirits of Australian culture, Rob would eventually settle in New South Wales.
Today, Rob continues to perform with the various chamber and symphony orchestras in Australia as well as session work. His recent solo appearances include performing as a viola soloist with the Ryde Hunter Symphony Orchestra and as a violin soloist with the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he is also the concertmaster. He has broad experience as conductor and musical director, including symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and string orchestras.
As a fine and recognised educator, Rob has been teaching pupils in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. He also has been in demand as examiner and adjudicator for Eisteddfods and String competitions. He is heavily involved in coaching chamber music as well as orchestral workshops and violin/viola master classes throughout Australia. Rob is currently Head of Strings at the Music Department of Sydney Grammar School. Rob owns a number of violins and violas, including several baroque instruments. One of his favourite instruments is a violin made in Mirecourt by the famous Dutch violin maker Max Möller. He counts himself lucky to have been able to purchase a very fine 1798 French violin from the same Amsterdam dealer. It displays a deep sonorous tone on the lower strings with strong projection of the upper strings. It is in pristine condition with its original varnish unblemished. This was not long before Max Möller unfortunately was murdered during a botched burglary.
Marjorie Maydwell - Principal Harp
Boieldieu: Harp Concerto in C major
Marjorie Maydwell was raised in a very musical environment with her piano and singing teacher mother, and St Andrew’s Cathedral chorister brothers. After studying piano from an early age, she decided the harp would be her instrument of choice and was accepted as a scholarship student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and then as a full time student at the Conservatorium High School from Year 7.
Marjorie was awarded an Australia Arts Council grant to study at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique (CNSM) de Paris, France where she studied harp with Marie-Claire Jamet and Catherine Michel (wife of film composer, Michel Legrand), and solfége with Mlle Jacqueline Lequin. While in France, the Spanish Government also awarded her a scholarship to study with Nicanor Zabeletta, and perform at the famous international festival of music and dance in the Alhambra Palace in Granada.
As Professor of Harp and Solfége at the Conservatoire de Maurice Ravel, she went on to record and perform in Europe with l’Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris and Les Jeune Solistes de Paris and worked under such distinguished conductors as Pierre Boulez, Leonard Bernstein and Armin Jordan. As a soloist, Marjorie participated in several music festivals in Paris.
On her return to Australia she has given various solo performances as well as appearing with major orchestras such as the AOBO, Australia Ensemble, Collegium Musicum at the University of UNSW, and local community orchestras and groups.
Over the years, Marjorie has had great pleasure performing with the NSW Doctor’s Orchestra, Musicus Medicus, raising money for chosen charities and supporting the evolving Australian Culture through the Sydney Eisteddfod in their mission to promote the pursuit of excellence, providing opportunities for young aspiring performers and developing future audiences while connecting local, national and international communities through music and the arts.
Timothy Neville - Principal Trumpet
Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in Eb major
Timothy studied the Trumpet with the Associate Principal Trumpet of Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Paul Goodchild and has been teaching Trumpet professionally for over 15 years. Timothy is a long standing and integral member of the WPO, having served on the committee in the past and as a musician for over 10 years. In 2012 Timothy appeared as a soloist with us in a spectacular performance of a Vivaldi Trumpet Concerto.
He has performed and recorded with a number of ensembles, contemporary bands and artists including; Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia, Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra, Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Wind Symphony, Balmain Sinfonia, The Occasional Performing Sinfonia (TOPS), Sutherland Shire Choral Society, Chatswood Musical Society, Bondi Brass, Willoughby City Band, Sydney University Wind Orchestra, Rhonda Burchmore, Paulini, K - Pop artist Kim Bum Soo, Just in time, Shaft, Jesse Morris, Hover, Taurine (Ministry of Sounds UK).
Timothy has a fine collection of instruments and performs on the following Trumpets;
Bb Trumpet – Vincent Bach Stradivarius 37 ML Sterling Silver,
C Trumpet – Vincent Bach Stradivarius “Philadelphia” 229 CL,
Bb/A Piccolo Trumpet – Stomvi Master,
And uses the following mouthpieces;
Bb/C Trumpet Mouthpiece - Breslmair Wien Rim H Cup G2 Shank G,
Piccolo Trumpet Mouthpiece – Breslmair Wien Rim 3MV-G Cup G4A Shank 5.
In his life outside of music, Timothy is a property investor and developer, currently managing a number of projects around Australia with multiple stakeholders. He lives in Westleigh with his wife Leilani and two children, Clara and Dylan.
Julian Alder - Principal Clarinet
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
At the age of three, Julian was found at the piano happily hammering the keys of the family upright. Upon seeing Julian’s enthusiasm, his parents enrolled him into piano lessons and from there his love of music bloomed. At age nine, Julian turned his attentions to the clarinet which soon became his instrument of choice.
During his school years, Julian attended the Harrow School for Young Musicians in the United Kingdom and then went on to study Clarinet with Kevin Murphy at Bristol University.
Julian has played with WPO for over 10 years and has also served on the committee. This will be Julian's second concerto appearance with the WPO, having performed Milhaud’s Scaramouche on alto saxophone in 2013.