Emily Granger - Harp
Growing up in Kansas City Missouri, Emily began playing the harp at age 11. She has performed as Principal Harp with orchestras across the world including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Orchestra Victoria and Opera Australia Orchestra. Some of Emily's most notable performances have included recitals at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room with recorder virtuoso Alicia Crossley and as a founding member of the Chicago Harp Quartet at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Curtis Institute of Music, the Dimenna Center and Lyon & Healy Hall. Chicago Harp Quartet continues to commission, record and perform works for harp quartet across the United States and abroad. Emily has performed at the Sydney Festival, Ravinia Festival, Craven Creek Festival, Bellingen Festival and Lyon & Healy 150th Birthday Festival. She has performed with renowned musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Janelle Monáe, Diesel, International Chamber Artists, Flinders String Quartet, Nexas Saxophone Quartet and looks forward to upcoming collaborations with Sarah Blasko.
Emily's interest in new music began during her studies at Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music where she spent three years performing with the IU New Music Ensemble. Then during her studies in Chicago she performed with Ensemble Dal Niente, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble and at the Ear Taxi Festival. Emily has premiered works by Richard Mills, Bernard Andrès, Alfredo Rolando-Ortiz, Hilary Purrington, Nicholas Davies, Elliott Bark, Tristan Coelho, Mark Oliverio, Andrew Batt-Rawden, Martin Kay and Marguerite Lynn Williams.
Timothy Brigden - Percussion
Percussionist Timothy Brigden has worked as a percussionist professionally since 2004, with groups such as the Sydney Symphony, Synergy Percussion, Sydney Chamber Opera, Queensland Symphony, Australian Ballet, Opera Australia Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonic in New Zealand and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and the Royal Opera House Orchestra in Britain.
Equally at home in a chamber ensemble setting, Timothy has performed with a wide range of artists in different genres, such as with Omar Faruk Tekbilek, River Guegarian, Korean drumming group “Noreum Machi” at the Oz Asia Festival in Adelaide and the Bellingen Festival with Synergy Percussion; Baroque Timpani with Australian Baroque Brass and with members from Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields; and the London Mozart players in the UK. Timothy is also an established jazz drummer, having performed with such artists as James Morrison and Jacqui Dankworth; and drums regularly with Saxophone collective “Sax Summit”. Timothy has performed with members of the Australia Ensemble with Collegium Musicum and is the percussionist for the Hourglass Ensemble with whom he has premiered several new Australian works. As an educator, Timothy has tutored at The Arts Unit NSW, including at state music camps; and at Barker College music department, amongst others. He currently tutors at Scot’s College and at The Conservatorium High School. He has been an adjudicator at the Optimum Percussion Eisteddfod and also the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod for the past three years.