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Violin

Zoë Black

Zoë Black

Zoë Black is supported by Rosalind Strong AM and Antony Strong
Zoë Black is a violinist's violinist, known for her beauty of sound andnatural virtuosity. In 1989 she won the National Youth ConcertoCompetition and in 1991, the string section of the ABC Young PerformersAwards. 

After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992, Zoë wasawarded grants from the Australia Council and Queen Elizabeth SilverJubilee Trust as well as the major performance award of the AustralianMusic Foundation in London, which facilitated her studies at the GuildhallSchool of Music under David Takeno and subsequently at the ViennaHochschule with Michael Schnitzler. 
Zoë was appointed assistant leader of Australian Chamber Orchestra in1993, touring the world extensively. A committed chamber musician, in2005 Zoë co- founded the Freshwater Trio with whom she tourednationally and internationally. She has also performed as soloist withvarious chamber and symphony orchestras and is a regular guest concertmaster with MSO, ASO & QSO. 
Zoë returned to the ACO in 2012 in a part time capacity, where sheregularly led the ACO Collective, performed as soloist and was an integralcomponent of their educational programme. 

More recently, Zoë was a guest leader of the Australian String Quartet in2016, performing at Festivals in Victoria, WA and in Italy (Rome, Veniceand Cremona). 
In 2011 Zoë co -founded the innovative duo with pianist/composer JoeChindamo. The duo has performed at all the major festivals in Australiaand recorded 4 CDs, Reimaginings, Symbiosis, Dido’s Lament (Arianominated for best classical recording) and their re-versioning of theGoldberg Variations (also Aria nominated) - premiering the latter atCarnegie Hall in 2015. The duo also recorded an album for the HushFoundation (Vol. 11), entitled Luminous, which has been the label’s bestselling CD. 
In 2018 Zoë and Joe appeared at Spinacorona Festival in Naples, at theinvitation of renowned pianist, Michele Campanella and were invited toperform the aforementioned Goldberg Variations at the Bach Festival inLeipzig in 2020. 
A passionate teacher and tutor, Zoë has taught and tutored at MelbourneUniversity, VCA, VCASS, Monash University and AYO. 

She is presently on faculty at the Australian National Academy of Music. 
"Everything Zoe Black touches turns to gold."Francis Merson, musician and editor of limelight Magazine.