Australian-born Elizabeth Sellars is a distinguished soloist and chamber musician with a reputation as “dynamically exciting” (the Australian) and “one of the few violinists…who can handle works that move in new directions (the Age).
Elizabeth is a prize-winning graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied with David Takeno (violin) and the Takacs and Gabrieli String Quartets (chamber music). Further significant influences included Sandor Vegh and Yehudi Menuhin with whom Elizabeth worked at the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall and at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland.
In Australia, Elizabeth’s early training was with Nehama Patkin (piano) and Andre Hadges (violin). She was amongst the early graduates of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where she studied with the Polish violinist Nathan Gutman. She has been the recipient of the Lady Northcote, the Countess of Munster and the Martin Trusts.
During her time in London, Elizabeth was a winner of the inaugural John Tunnell Trust and the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize and Miller Trophy. As soloist and chamber musician, she toured extensively in the UK performing in the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s Southbank. She broadcast for the BBC and performed throughout Europe with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Now resident in Melbourne, Elizabeth has appeared in festivals throughout Australia including Port Fairy, Huntingdon, Bangalow, Castlemaine, Dunkeld, Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Blackwood River Chamber Festival. She has played with Ensemble Liaison and Elision and has been guest principal violinist with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. As a member of Temenos Trio she was third prize-winner in the 9th Concorso Musicale Internazionale “Riviera del Conero” in Italy.
Elizabeth is strongly committed to the performance of new work and with support from the Australia Council has performed world premieres dedicated to her by Julian Yu, Dominik Karski, Calvin Bowman, Thomas Reiner and Philip Czaplowski. She has recorded for Naxos and ABC Classics and her live concerts and recordings are regularly heard on ABC Classic FM. Upcoming CD releases include the world premiere recording of the George Benjamin Sonata along with works by Boulez, Messiaen and Kurtag.
With pianist Caroline Almonte and cellist Molly Kadarauch, Elizabeth is a member of Sutherland Trio which co-presents an annual series at Melbourne Recital Centre. Elizabeth is also Lecturer in Violin and Co-ordinator of Strings at Monash University where she directs the Monash University String Sinfonia and enjoys teaching her many students.