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Violin

Dene Olding AM

Dene Olding AM

Dene Olding AM is supported by Townsville Urology - Dr Steven Lun and Janelle Lun

Dene Olding is recognised as one of Australia’s most outstanding violinists. He is currently first violinist for the Goldner String Quartet and the Australia Ensemble @UNSW and Concertmaster Emeritus of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist he has worked with all of the Australian Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in a range of repertoire. He has performed over forty concertos and worked with some of the world’s leading conductors. He gave the Australian premiere performance of Lutoslawski’s Chain 2 with the composer conducting and the violin concertos of Elliot Carter and Philip Glass. In addition, he has performed world premieres of violin concertos by Carl Vine, Ross Edwards , Bozidar Kos and the Double Concerto for violin and viola by Richard Mills, written for himself and his wife, Irina Morozova.

Dene has held the position of Leader and Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra . He has also been the Artistic Director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at the Sydney Opera House and the annual Music in the Hunter Festival. He has appeared regularly  at many festivals in Australasia and Europe. In 2010 he appeared at the Edinburgh Festival as soloist with the SSO and conductor, Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Dene attended the Juilliard School In New York from the age of fourteen as a scholarship student of Ivan Galamian and Margaret Pardee. Other studies included master classes with Nathan Milstein and further lessons with Herman Krebbers and Gyorgy Pauk. In 1985, he was awarded the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to further his musical studies and during that year, became a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Violin Competition. 

Apart from the numerous discs recorded by GSQ and Australia Ensemble, Dene has recorded several concertos with Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, a disc of sonatas with his father, Max Olding and  Rachmaninov duos with Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Dene plays a very fine Joseph Guarnerius violin from 1720 and lives in Sydney with his wife Irina and son, Nikolai.