Player Profile - Alice Pickering

Meet Alice Pickering - TYO1's Concertmaster. Alice's career in music began as early as 5 years old! We caught up with this talented individual to hear about her life as a musician so far.


Alice has honed her craft under the expert tutelage of Heather Thompson, Jo St Leon, and she is now studying with TSO's Principal 2nd Violin, Lucy Carrig Jones.

Over the years she has enjoyed many performance opportunities, such as ensemble concerts (like TYO), chamber music and playing in eisteddfods. In the City of Hobart Eisteddfod, Alice has twice won the Celeste Quinn Memorial Award for the most promising player under 16 as well as receiving the Jan Sedivka Memorial Award for the most outstanding string player. But it doesn't stop there... in competing in the City of Clarence Eisteddfod, she has won both the Vera Hopkins Junior and Senior Awards for "String Player Showing the Most Promise".

Alice Pickering, aged 5 - her first performance!



In 2015, Alice performed Mozart's 3rd violin concerto as a soloist with the Derwent Symphony Orchestra before achieving her AMusA Diploma for Violin, with Distinction, in 2016.

Alice has always enjoyed playing music with others. Almost since she began playing violin she has played in chamber music groups, the most longstanding being Trio 2000, comprised of three TYO1 players: Alice, Gabrielle Cayoun (violin) and Eliza Coombes (cello).

First joining a Tasmanian Youth Orchestra ensemble in 2009, Alice has played with various groups within the TYO and currently holds the position of Concertmaster of our flagship ensemble. Through TYO, she has enjoyed both the social and musical satisfaction of meeting and playing music with other people. When Alice first sat down and played in an orchestra, surrounded by the sound of many other instruments, she knew that this was something special that she would continue doing for as long as possible.


Alice Pickering, 2010 in Franklin Town Hall - TYO2's end of year concert performance.


Already in 2016, Alice has been featured in TYO1's Ensphered concert as she performed the fiendishly difficult Danse Macabre violin solo, by Camille Saint-Saëns. Catch Alice's next TYO1 performance as part of the Festival of Voices, under the baton of esteemed conductor and educator, Richard Gill, OAM.

We can't wait to see what the future holds for this talented individual and all are TYO musicians!



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