Iona is a professional violinist with experience in all styles from baroque to classical, to commercial/pop.
She was amazing and very talented.I would definitely get her again if I m planning another event.
Australian violinist Iona Allan is currently studying a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music, London, with teacher Gabrielle Lester. She is an RCM Award holder and Tait Trust Scholar supported by a Joan Weller Scholarship and the Ena Williams Award for Postgraduate Study Overseas. As an orchestral violinist, Iona has performed regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. Finishing in November 2016, Iona completed three years in the Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Dr Robin Wilson. Highlights included leading the ANAM Orchestra under the baton of Antonio Mendez, and performing at the 2016 Huntington Estate Music Festival with violinists, Sophie Rowell and Jack Liebeck, and pianist, Piers Lane. As an alumnus of the Queensland Conservatorium, Iona competed in the 2016 Ena Williams Award for Postgraduate Study Overseas and was awarded the Major Prize. Iona holds a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, where she studied with Michele Walsh. During her time at the Conservatorium Iona was concertmaster of the Opera Orchestra, Concertos Orchestra and Divertimenti String Orchestra, as well as being a finalist in the 2012 Basil Jones Sonata Prize. Iona made her solo debut performing Vaughan-Williams' The Lark Ascending with the Queensland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2014. A keen orchestral and chamber musician, Iona has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2010, most recently as principal second violin for the 2016 international tour to Europe and Asia, with conductor, Manfred Honeck, and pianist, Helene Grimaud. She has twice been concertmaster at the AYO National Music Camp and has been selected for many of the top chamber music programs provided through the organisation. Through these programs, Iona has received chamber music coachings from the Doric String Quartet, Carducci Quartet, Borodin Quartet, and New Zealand String Quartet. Iona has toured professionally as part of Hugh Jackman’s 2015 Broadway to Oz tour of Australia as well as being leader of Richard Clayderman’s 2017 tour of Australia. She has also worked with the likes of pop artists Michael Buble, Anthony Callea, and Dami Im.
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