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Festival Artists

Festival Artists

Viola

Irina Morozova

Irina Morozova

Irina Morozova is supported by Dr Nita Vasilescu

From a young age, Irina has had a long love affair with chamber music. She was encouraged by her first teacher Richard Goldner to always play chamber music as it is one of the best teaching tools for a young musician. This continued throughout her early years with the Sydney Symphony and Elizabethan Theatre Trust Orchestras.

She spent a year in Europe and USA where she worked and had lessons in Salzburg, Germany, Nederlands and in the USA with Goldner, at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Irina was for many years principal viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and joined the Australia Ensemble @UNSW once that organisation started in 1980. She has toured throughout the world with both groups – both as player and soloist.

She became a founding member of the Goldner String Quartet in 1995  and has toured and recorded extensively with them.

Irina has been a soloist with most of the major orchestras in Australia and the Auckland Philharmonia and has many recordings to her credit with all of the groups with which she has been associated – CDs, permanent radio recordings and video. Richard Mills has written a  concerto especially for her and husband Dene Olding.

Irina has also served twice on the jury for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, was a member of the panel adjudicating at the St Petersburg String Quartet Competition with Valentin Berlinsky,  and was invited to play and adjudicate for the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in the Isle of Man.

Over the years she has coached many young chamber musicians and violists from the Sydney Conservatorium, ANAM and AYO.

Irina plays on a viola made especially for Richard Goldner by AE Smith in 1947.

She lives in Sydney with husband Dene and son Nikolai.