Meet the Players
Brendan Joyce, violin (leader)
My bow comes from about 1905 and I have a few replica Baroque bows. The bows we use today date from the early 1800’s so for music played on Baroque instruments in the Baroque era, the shape, length and weight were different. Violins have also been modified since then.
Tiana Angus, violin
My bow was made in approximately 1880 in London by W. E. Hill and Sons. It is rather heavy for a violin bow and creates a more powerful sound.
Sally-Ann Djachenko, violin
1717. I met Johann for the first time this year when I went to Wien to have my violin serviced. I love it because of its clear, open sound, its evenness a cross the strings and the way that all the notes (even from day one) just seemed to fit under my fingers.
I have many bows, which I use in rotation. Many of these are English, but I also have a Sartory and some other fine antique bows. I like a heavier bow for some repertoire and a lighter bow for others.
Jonny Ng, violin
My bow was made in 2014 by Brisbane archetier, Trevor Liversidge. It’s a beautifully balanced bow that is a great match for my instrument.
Jason Tong, violin
My bow and I go quite a way back, perhaps more than ten years so we know each other quite well.
It’s like having an extension to your arm and musical imagination.
Allana Wales, violin
Anna Colville, viola
Elizabeth Lawrence, viola
My bow is French, made in Paris.
Katherine Philp, cello
My bow was made by Roderick Smith who lives in Brisbane.
Shannon Tobin, cello
My bow was made in Prague, 2003.
Nicholas Thin, violin
My bow comes from Switzerland and was made by Johannes S. Finkel.
Alice Buckingham, Viola
I play a viola made by Australian luthiers John Simmers and Rainer Beilharz in 2010, modelled on a Gasparo da Salo viola.
My bow is an unstamped Chinese bow, a temporary replacement after I broke a bow. That was over 10 years ago now and its turned out to be such a good bow I kept it!