2018 Artists


Howard Penny

Renowned Australian cellist now back in Melbourne at ANAM after 30 years based in Vienna, with a solo and chamber music career spanning five continents.

 Chris Howlett

Cellist, Director and Producer, performing extensively as soloist and chamber musician throughout Australia and Asia.

Stephen Stirling

Principal horn of Academy of St Martin in the Fields, soloist, guest principal, and chamber musician, with recordings of 80 concertos and chamber works.


Tobias Breider

Principal Viola with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, having been a member of prestigious European orchestras and chamber music groups.

Andrew Haveron 

Former leader of the Brodsky quartet, soloist, and now admired concertmaster of the SSO, we warmly welcome Andrew back to SEMF.

Ian Munro

Australia’s electrifying and acclaimed pianist, and composer, of international stature.

Zoe Freisberg

A prizewinner of many competitions and establishing a strong reputation as soloist and chamber musician, our SEMF young talent for 2018 is a violinist to watch!”

Caroline Almonte

“One of Australia’s best-loved and respected pianists, we’re delighted to welcome Caroline to her first SEMF appearance”