Edwina George (right) with accompanist Louisa Breen at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition.
Edwina George (right) with accompanist Louisa Breen at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition. Contributed

Another string to her bow

A BUNDABERG-born violinist has made her mark in the music industry after winning the Open section at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition in Townsville last week.

Melbourne-based Edwina George said the Open section had no age limit and included a whole concerto with piano.

“It was fantastic,” Ms George said.

“I couldn’t believe it, I thought I played reasonably well but there is always things to improve on.

“I won the Townsville City Council prize of $4000 and the John Hopkins Memorial Fellowship Award, which includes a trip next year to Townsville and Cairns to play a concerto with the Barrier Reef Orchestra and play two recitals with piano.”

Ms George said she began learning the violin in Bundaberg.

“I began playing when I was four because my older sister played and I wanted to be just like her,” she said.

“I went to Deanne Silver for lessons until Year 6 and 7 when Mum would drive me to Brisbane every week to have lessons with Deanne there.”

Ms George said she completed an arts degree at the University of Queensland before studying at the Queensland Conservatorium with Michelle Walsh, graduating with a Masters of Music Studies.

“You need to take the advice of your teacher.

“Practice hard, find a good balance between music and school, enjoy lots of play, listen to as many recordings as possible and watch international concertos online for free to get inspiration,” she said.

“I’d love to make a career from orchestral work and chamber music.

“I’m getting closer but it’s a really tough industry to get into.

“But with the right dedication, direction and motivation anyone can get there.”

Ms George said she was a casual member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.



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