Olivia Bell, viola
Christina Kim, cello
The Ecco Quartet was formed in 2017 under the tutelage of Associate Professor Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. They have developed as emerging artists through mentorship under some of Australia’s most prominent chamber music groups such as the Australian String Quartet, Australian Piano Quartet, and the Goldner Quartet. Each member has performed in masterclasses for an array of world-class musicians, such as Maxim Vengerov, Andrew Haveron, Janis Laurs, Christian Tetzlaff, and Isabelle van Keulen. Their high level of musicianship has been recognised by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as they have been granted the Henderson Travellers scholarship which is awarded to chamber groups. They have also experienced successes in various solo competitions. These include the Jack Richards Scholarship Prize in the 2017 Gisborne International Music Competition, First Place in the 2016 Central Coast Concerto Competition, and the 2015 Gordon Waterhouse Memorial Music Scholarship. Their capacities as soloists have also brought them to perform at the Sydney Opera House ENCORE concerts.
The members of the Quartet are also highly accomplished chamber and orchestral musicians, taking an active part in the music scene of Australia. They have been selected to participate in the Australian Youth Orchestra programs, as well as hold principal positions within these orchestras. They believe in supporting the musical community around them and so they have also been a part of the Sydney Youth Orchestra and the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra. Supporting their peers in student-run initiatives such as Ensemble Apex has given them the opportunity to work closely with members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra such as Umberto Clerici and Shefali Pryor.
Their talents have enabled them to travel abroad and participate in festivals such as the Estivo European Chamber Music Summer school in Verona and the International Viola Congress in New Zealand. Their most recent achievement was performing in the Crossroads Chamber Music Festival at the Central Coast in 2018.