Our 25 Year History

1995 – 2020
Originally named Queensland Wind Soloists and later identified as Winds of the Southern Cross II, Australia's Southern Cross Soloists formed in 1995 when four of the finest wind players from the Queensland Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras merged with with soprano and piano, forming a new, eclectic chamber ensemble.
Explore our unique 25 year history, discover archival concert programs and photos from the ensemble's early years, and follow our rich musical journey spanning a quarter of a century.

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Originally named Queensland Wind Soloists and later identified as Winds of the Southern Cross II, Australia's Southern Cross Soloists formed in 1995 when four of the finest wind players from the Queensland Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras merged with with soprano and piano, forming a new, eclectic chamber ensemble.
Explore our unique 25 year history, discover archival concert programs and photos from the ensemble's early years, and follow our rich musical journey spanning a quarter of a century.
Originally named Queensland Wind Soloists and later identified as Winds of the Southern Cross II, Australia's Southern Cross Soloists formed in 1995 when four of the finest wind players from the Queensland Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras merged with with soprano and piano, forming a new, eclectic chamber ensemble.
Explore our unique 25 year history, discover archival concert programs and photos from the ensemble's early years, and follow our rich musical journey spanning a quarter of a century.
 
1995 – 1999

Paul Dean,

Artistic Director

1995 – 2010

Tania Frazer,

Artistic Director

2011 – present

Player Timeline

Bassoon

French Horn

Clarinet

Oboe

Soprano

Piano

1995

2001

+ Margaret Schindler, soprano
+ Paul Dean, clarinet
+ artistic director
+ Leesa Dean, bassoon
+ Kevin Power, piano
+ Peter Luff, french horn
+ Tania Frazer, oboe
+ Sarah Meagher, oboe
+ Founding Members

2010

2011

+ Violin

+ Cello

+ Patrick Murphy, cello
+ Alan Smith, violin

2013

2014

2015

+ Flute

+ Horn

+ Emma Sholl, flute
 
+ Alex Raineri, piano
+ Ashley Smith, clarinet
+ Ysolt Clark, french horn

2017

2018

2019

2020

+ Lina Andanovska, flute
+ Alex Miller, french horn
+ Blair Harris, cello
+ Jonathan Henderson, flute
+ Meta Weiss, cello
+ James Wannan, viola

+ Viola

Clarinet

Oboe

Piano

Flute

Violin

Cello

French Horn

Viola

Guest Artists

The Southern Cross Soloists have been privelidged to collaborate with a line-up of many distinguished guest soloists and associate artists.
 
Featured Guest Soloists

Miroslav Petkov, trumpet

Li-Wei Qin, cello

George Gao, erhu

Kristian Chong, piano

Joran Schulte, actor

Chris Williams, didgeridoo

Lucas Burns, presenter

Amalia Hall, violin

Karin Schaupp, guitar

NZ Chamber Soloists, piano trio

Phillip Sametz, presenter

Orava Quartet, string quartet

Christopher Dragon, conductor

Adam Mikulicz, bassoon

Xenia Puskarz Thomas, mezzo-soprano

David Requiro, cello

Teddy Tahu Rhodes, bass baritone

Alexandra Flood, soprano

Sarah-Grace Williams, conductor

Rebecca Hall, dancer

Riley Baldwin, dancer

Susan Collins, violin

 

Eddie Ayres, presenter

Damien Beaumont, presenter

Sara Macliver, soprano

William Barton, didgeridoo/voice

Helen Morse, actor

Pil Kyun Paul Kim, violin

Ben Jacks, horn

Kristian Winther, violin

Ioana Tache, violin

Jack Liebeck, violin

Ilya Konovalov, violin

James Crabb, accordion

Slava Grigoryan, guitar

Piers Lane, piano

Marshall McGuire, harp

Jayson Gillham, piano

Daniel De Borah, piano

Alexander Lewis, tenor

Rainer Hersch, conductor

Southern Cross Soloists Guest Artists

Andrew Seymour, clarinet

Alice Gott, cello

Victoria Sayles, violin

Douglas Rutherford, bass

Richard Fomison, trumpet

Andrew Fong, clarinet

Katherine Philp, cello

Gregory Daniel, viola

Chloe Ann Williamson, bass

Angus Wilson, percussion

Zoe Friesberg, violin

Rollin Zhao, violin

Martin Alexander, viola

Robert Manley, cello

Matthew Kneale, bassoon

Tetsuya Lawson, trumpet

Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, percussion

Susan Collins, violin

Thomas Marlin, cello

Anne Horton, violin

Nicole Greentree, viola

Monika Koerner, flute

Christopher Haycroft, bassoon

Alexina Hawkins, violin

Jane Rosenson, harp

Daniel Kowalik, violin

Catherine Gregory, flute

Lyndon Watts, bassoon

Lachlan O’Donnell, violin

Tim Byrne, cello

Commissioned Works

Southern Cross Soloists have earned a long-standing reputation as advocates for Australian new music. We have a proud 25-year history of commissioning Australian 
composers in our repertoire, and prioritise to include these works in our annual 
programming.

2019 

 

Lyle Chan – Carnival of the Chinese Animals

World Premiere in ‘Lunar New Year: Memories from Childhood’

QPAC Concert Hall, 17/02/19 and Melbourne Recital Centre, 19/02/19

 

John Rotar – Ginan: Songs of Knowledge

World Premiere (featuring Chris Williams, didgeridoo soloist) in ‘Maps and Journeys’

QPAC Concert Hall, 21/07/19

 

Gerard Brophy – between two silences

World Premiere in ‘Lyrical Reflections’

QPAC Concert Hall, 03/11/19

 

2018 

 

Julian Day – Resound: Above and Beyond

World Premiere in ‘Reimaginations’

QPAC Concert Hall, 25/02/18

 

Matthew Hindson – Homage to Bernstein

World Premiere (featuring Miroslav Petkov, trumpet soloist) in ‘Star of the Concertgebouw’

QPAC Concert Hall, 22/07/18

 

Bryony Marks – Schism

World Premiere in ‘The Virtuosos’

QPAC Concert Hall, 28/10/18

 

2017 

 

Ashley Smith – Angels and Demons 

World Premiere in ‘Angels and Demons’

QPAC Concert Hall, 05/03/17

 

John Rotar – The Wolf of Zhongshan

World Premiere in ‘One Thousand and One Nights’

QPAC Concert Hall, 18/06/17

 

Michael Bakrnchev – Klezmer Dances

World Premiere in ‘One Thousand and One Nights’

QPAC Concert Hall, 18/06/17

 

2016

 

William Barton – Calling of the Earth

World Premiere (featuring William Barton, didgeridoo/voice soloist) in ‘Visions of Earth'

QPAC Concert Hall, 19/06/16

 

John Rotar – The Tryst

World Premiere in ‘Forbidden Love’

QPAC Concert Hall, 20/03/16

 

2015

 

Paul Stanhope – I Rose Up

World Premiere in ‘Bella Espana’

QPAC Concert Hall, 01/03/15

 

Joseph Twist – Great Minds 

World Premiere (featuring Teddy Tahu Rhodes, bass baritone soloist) in ‘Great Legends’

QPAC Concert Hall, 22/11/15

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