Southern Cross Soloists are a chamber ensemble comprising of leading Australian musicians, educators and entrepreneurs who in the past two decades have established an outstanding reputation for musical excellence. “Southern Cross Soloists is a remarkable group of Australian musicians whose unique interpretations breathe fresh life into classical repertoire. Their concert seasons offer an array of familiar classics and world premieres, masterfully showcasing the talents of the individuals of the ensemble. QPAC is committed to ensuring that as many people as possible are able to experience our ensemble in residence.”
- John Kotzas Chief Executive, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Tania Frazer - Artistic Director and Oboe
Artistic Director of Southern Cross Soloists since 2011, Tania Frazer completed her degrees at the Guildhall School of Music in London on full scholarship. Tania has performed as Principal Oboe with the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra under Maazel, Rostropovich and Solti; the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and Valery Gergiev; the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; the New Zealand Symphony; the Jerusalem Symphony; Stavanger Symphony in Norway; the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and was Principal Cor Anglais of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. From 2004-2008, Tania was Principal Oboe with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and performed as a soloist on their 2006 European tour.
As Southern Cross Soloists’ Artistic Director, Tania has been the Musical Director of many productions including The Red Shoes and The Host with Expressions Dance Company and Invisible Me for QPAC’s 2012 Out of the Box. In 2015, Tania performed as a guest soloist with the Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea.
Alan Smith - Violin
Alan Smith completed postgraduate studies at the Robert Schumann Institute in Dusseldorf. He has had extensive experience as a Concertmaster, both within Australia and overseas, and has been a soloist with the Adelaide, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras as well as appearing in various chamber music ensembles in Australia and Europe.
Alan teaches part-time at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and is also a regular tutor for the Conservatorium orchestras as well as the Queensland Youth Symphony. He plays a violin made by Jose Contreras in 1770.
Ashley Smith - Clarinet
Described as “incandescent... a masterly display of skill and insight... as an apologist for contemporary music-making, you would search hard to find this young clarinettist’s equal” (The Age), Ashley William Smith is an internationally demanded clarinet soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. A graduate of Yale University and the Australian National Academy of Music, Ashley is a laureate of numerous prestigious prizes including the APRA Performance of the Year (for Lachlan Skipworth’s Clarinet Concerto with the WASO), the Freedman Fellowship, an ABC Symphony International Young Performer Award, and a Churchill Fellowship. Ashley is also a Buffet-Crampon Artist.
Ashley has performed throughout Australia, the USA, Europe and Asia with Bang on a Can, the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, the Kennedy Center, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and IRCAM.
Ashley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia where he is the Head of Winds and Contemporary Performance.
Alex Raineri - Piano
24 year old Australian pianist Alex Raineri described by Limelight Magazine as “a soloist of superb skill and musicality”, is a sought-after recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. International performances include tours of California, South-East Asia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany and Austria. Alex regularly broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and the MBS Networks and has performed concertos with the Queensland, Tasmanian, Darwin and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, Four Winds Festival, Bangalow Festival and the Queensland Pops Orchestra.
Alex has won a number of major competitions including the Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Australian National Piano Award, ANAM Concerto Competition, Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship and others. Chamber partnerships include performances with Andreas Ottensamer, Sara Macliver, Natalie Clein, Greta Bradman, Kathryn Stott, Slava Grigoryan, Brett Dean, Opera Queensland and Expressions Dance Company. Alex is a fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and is presently undertaking doctorate studies at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
Lina Andonovska - Flute
Lina Andonovska leads a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, collaborator and educator. Quickly gaining recognition internationally as a fearless and versatile artist, she has collaborated and performed with Crash Ensemble, Australian Chamber Orchestra, s t a r g a z e, Southern Cross Soloists and eighth blackbird. She is critically acclaimed for her interpretation of new music, Rolling Stone Magazine hailed her performance of Bun-Ching Lam’s piccolo concertino at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MoCA as “superbly played...”
Recent performance credits include the German premiere of Dean’s ute concerto Siduri Dances with the Deutsches Kammerorchester, recitals at the Tokyo Experimental Festival, and guest appearances with s t a r g a z e across Germany. In the 2017/2018 season, she will be joining the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Southern Cross Soloists (AU) as Guest Principal Flautist.
Alex Miller - French Horn
Alex Miller completed his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2015, and was appointed Tutti Horn of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2016. In May 2018, Alex was appointed as the Associate Principal Horn of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance artist, he has played principal and tutti horn with a number of major Australian orchestras including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Alex has also appeared as a soloist on several occasions, having performed concertos by Strauss, Mozart, Haydn, and Schumann with orchestras including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Youth Orchestra, and the Burnside Symphony Orchestra. During his studies at the Conservatorium, he played principal horn with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Queensland Youth Orchestra, and toured internationally with both ensembles.
Blair Harris - Cello
Blair is a highly regarded solo cellist and chamber musician, known particularly for his strikingly individual interpretations and innovative collaborative projects. Blair is passionate about the creation and performance of new music. He is a member of Ensemble Offspring, one of Australia’s leading contemporary music groups, and prior to this enjoyed many years performing with Syzygy Ensemble. His work with these award-winning groups has seen the commissioning and performance of more than 60 new works by Australian composers. Blair is in no way defined by this genre and takes pleasure interpreting the works of all epochs, especially with his acclaimed duo partner, pianist Caroline Almonte. Over his career he has worked with numerous chamber music ensembles including the Australian String Quartet, Streeton Trio, Inventi Ensemble and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist Blair has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria on numerous occasions. Blair is currently guest principal cello of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and is on contract with the Australian String Quartet for numerous performances throughout 2019. Blair performs on a cello crafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Piacenza, circa 1743. It is on loan from UKARIA and was purchased through the generosity of its donors.