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Josephine is an Australian cellist, chamber musician and educator. A multi-faceted career has taken her to concert stages throughout Europe, North America, Asia, the Caribbean and Australia and includes performances with a number of award-winning chamber ensembles and orchestras. Currently performing Australia-wide with Firebird Trio (modern cello) and Accademia Arcadia (baroque cello), she was a founding member of Trio 3.0.3, Freshwater Trio and the Pacific Clarinet Trio, and has broadcast on ABC FM, 3MBS, DRS1 (Switzerland), NDR (Germany) and CBC (Canada). Read more here

Josephine's love of music permeates her teaching, and she is currently on the staff at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Her busy musical life also extends to adjudicating, examining, blogging, curating concerts and radio programs. She performs on a lovely old Thomas Kennedy Cello, London 1850. Read more here


7-12 January

Tour to Hangzhou, China. Performing trios and duos by Beethoven, de Falla and Shostakovich with Yi Wang (violin) and Kristian Chong (piano)

22-25 January

Tutoring at the 33rd Mt. Buller Chamber Music Camp with Melba Quartet and Tobias Brieder. Performing Beethoven String Trio Op.9 No.3, Mozart Divertimento in E flat major, Schubert String Quintet in C.

10 February @ 7.30pm

'Four Centuries of the Cello' at Brunswick Beethoven Festival. Performing on both baroque and modern cello, I tell the story of my favourite instrument through words and music by Bach, Gabrielli, Popper, Golijov, Lutoslawski and Ross Edwards.Tickets at the door $30/$25. Brunswick Uniting Church, 212 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.

17 February @ 7pm

With Firebird Trio at Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Piano Trios by Spanish masters Albeniz and Turina and Argentine Tangos by Piazzolla, Ginastera and Gardel. Featuring violinist Curt Thompson and Argentine Tango dancers Rina and Nadim from Tango Esencia. Sorry, SOLD OUT!

24 February @ 6pm

With Guitarist Massimo Scattolin (Italy) at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. Performing Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata, Paganini's Moses Variations, and Massimo's new duo Tango y nada mas. Tickets $35/$25.

26 February @ 9.30am

3MBS Mozart Marathon with Jeffrey Crellin (Oboe), Markiyan Melnychenko (violin) and Simon Oswell (viola) at Hawthorn Arts Centre. Performing Mozart's Oboe Quartet in F major. Tickets $25/$20.

6 March @ 1.10pm

With Guitarist Massimo Scattolin (Italy) at Melba Hall for the University of Melbourne Lunchhour Concerts. Works by Schubert, Piazzolla and more. FREE entry!

11 March @ 8pm

'From Vienna to Buenos Aires' with guitarist Massimo Scattolin (Italy) at the Kew Court House. Works by Schubert, Piazzolla, Paganini and Massimo's new composition 'Tango y nada mas'.

26 March @ 4.30pm

With Firebird Trio for the Noosa Music Society. Performing Beethoven's late E flat major trio, Corelli Trio Sonatas arranged by Benjamin Martin and Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

2 April @ 2.30pm

With Firebird Trio for the Cope-Williams Estate in idyllic Romsey. Performing Beethoven's late E flat major trio, Corelli Sonatas arranged by Benjamin Martin and Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

24 April @ 7pm

Solo concert in Long You Caves, Zhejiang Province, China. Performing Bach Suites I, V and works by Prokofiev, Henryson.

13 May @ 7.30pm

With Firebird Trio and Friends for the Peninsula Music Society. Performing Vaughan-Williams Piano Quintet with Simon Oswell (viola), Stuart Riley (bass), Haydn's 'Jacob's Dream' trio, and other gems by Percy Grainger and Edward Elgar.

21 May @ 11.30am

Performing on baroque cello with Accademia Arcadia in 'Music for a Prussian King' at Duneira, Mt. Macedon. Featuring Lucinda Moon (violin), Greg Dikmans (flute) and Jacqueline Ogeil (Crisotfori piano) and works by Quantz, CPE Bach, Benda and Frederick the Great.

22 May @ 1.10pm

Performing on baroque cello with Accademia Arcadia at the University of Melbourne Con Lunchhour Series. Featuring Lucinda Moon (violin), Greg Dikmans (flute) and Jacqueline Ogeil (Crisotfori piano). Melba Hall, FREE entry.

9 June @ 7.30pm

CD launch of Il Diavolo/The Italian Devil and opening concert at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival with Accademia Arcadia.

Featuring Davide Monti (violin) and Jacqueline Ogeil (pianoforte). Book now, selling fast!

9-12 June

Performing on baroque cello with Accademia Arcadia for the Woodend Winter Arts Festival. Alongside Davide Monti and Lucinda Moon (violins), Jacqueline Ogeil (pianoforte)

20 August @ 6pm

Performing with Robert Chamberlain (piano) and Robert Schubert (clarinet) for the Team of Pianists with duo and trio works by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Bernstein. Rippon Lea Ballroom.

18 September

Performing for the University of Melbourne's 2nd Melbourne Cello Festival. Stay tuned for more details!

29 September - 1 October

Performing with Australia Octet at Narkoojee Winery and Melbourne Recital Centre. Octets by Weiland and Mendelssohn and Brahms' B flat Sextet.

22 October

Performing with John O'Donnell (piano) at All Saints Church, St.Kilda. Beethoven's final cello sonatas, Op.102 in C and D major.

19 November

Performing with Firebird Trio at the Castlemaine Town Hall for Spring Music. Trios by Beethoven, Smetana and Martin.