2017 Lunar New Year Concert Introduction 6

Australian Outstanding Violinist ZOň BLACK

ZoŽ Black is known for her beautiful sound and natural virtuosity. She has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician and is currently a part-time violinist with the ACO. Previously, ZoŽ held the position of Assistant Leader with the ACO for five years.

During the past decade she has dedicated her energies to chamber music and was a founding member of Freshwater and Firebird Trios. She now devotes her considerable gifts to her part-time role in the ACO and her duo with pianist/composer Joe Chindamo.

ZoŽ was born in Melbourne and has won numerous awards including the National Youth Concerto Competition in 1989 and the string section of the ABC Young Performers Awards in 1991. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992, ZoŽ was awarded grants from the Australia Council and Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Trust and received the major performance award from the Australian Musical Foundation in London where she studied at the Guildhall School of Music under David Takeno, and subsequently at the Vienna Hochschule.

ZoŽ has also studied and performed in Moscow and at Tanglewood; with the Juilliard, Guarneri and TakŠcs Quartets; and in Israel with Shlomo Mintz. She has appeared as soloist with the Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony orchestras. She has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Kammerorchester. She regularly appears at Festivals around Australia and internationally, most notably at Huntington, Musica Viva and VancouverFest in Canada.

In 2011 she joined forces with Joe Chindamo to form a duo dedicated to presenting a creative mixture of new compositions and unique reimaginings of classical works. Their acclaimed CD "reimaginings" was released in 2012.