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31 July - 9 Aug 2020

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott

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2020 Festival Artists


Dimity Hall


Dimity Hall is supported by The Honourable Justice David North and Jane Seawright

Dimity Hall is well known to national and international audiences as a member of both the Goldner String Quartet and the Australia Ensemble@UNSW with whom she has performed, toured and recorded extensively, to critical acclaim.Dimity made her solo debut with the Sydney Symphony in 2002 performing Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, later recording the work for ABC Classics. She has also been soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane’s Camerata of St John and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. The coming seasons will see her performing the Brahms Double Concerto (with husband, Julian Smiles) and the Beethoven Triple Concerto (together with Julian and pianist Piers Lane) with orchestras in Canberra and Sydney.

After studying with Alice Waten in Sydney, Dimity undertook postgraduate studies with Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam on a Netherlands Government Scholarship, where she won the Concertgebouw’s Zilveren Vriendenkrans Award for young soloists. She performed in recitals and as a casual member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for concert tours and recordings.

Formerly Principal Second Violin of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, she has also appeared with them as guest Leader and with the Sydney Symphony as guest Principal. Dimity has performed as guest Concertmaster with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.

Dimity was a juror for the 2003 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and has coached young chamber musicians for Musica Viva, the Sydney Conservatorium, ANAM and the Australian Youth Orchestra. Since 2008 Dimity has combined with semi-finalists in their chamber music performances as part of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.

Dimity plays a Nicolo Gagliano violin, kindly on long-term loan from the Olding family.

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