William Hennessy AM

Former Students

Anne-Marie Johnson

Winner Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) 2013 Concerto Competition as soloist in Elgar Violin Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and winner of the $40,000 Dorcas McClean Violin Competition as soloist with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 2014. Won full-time 1st violin position with MSO in 2017.


Cameron Hill

2006 winner of Symphony Australia’s Young Performer of the Year in Strawinsky Violin Concerto with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and 2005 winner of Dorcas McClean Violin Competition with Bartok 2nd Violin Concerto. Associate Concertmaster Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


Lerida Delbridge

As member of TinAlley Quartet winner of 2007 Bamff International String Quartet Competition – Canada. Assistant Concertmaster Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2015.


Justin Williams (viola)

As member of TinAlley Quartet winner of 2007 Bamff International String Quartet Competition – Canada. Associate Principal Viola Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2014.


TinAlley Quartet

Winner of the Grand Prize Australian Chamber Music Competition 2005


Elinor Levy

2nd Violin Australian String Quartet 1990 – 1997. Associate Concertmaster Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Leader of the Huon String Quartet since 2014.


Iona Tache

2nd Violinist of the Australian String Quartet 2013 – 2015


Edwina George

Townsville Concerto Competition winner 2012. Member of Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 2013.


Francesca Hiew

2nd Violinist of the Australian String Quartet since 2015. Member of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 2014 – Member or the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra from 2011.


Rachael Homburg

Violinist in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


Kate Sullivan

Member of Aurec Quartet and Member of West Australian Symphony Orchestra since 2015


Rebecca Chan

former member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and member of the Hamer Quartet which won the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition in 2009. Guest Principal 2nd Violinist with London Symphony Orchestra. Guest Director Melbourne Chamber Orchestra 2016 & 2017.


Claire Sterling

Principal 2nd Violin English National Opera Orchestra. Former Principal 2nd violin Scottish Chamber Orchestra & former Concertmaster Australian Youth Orchestra


Erica Kennedy

Founder Leader of Flinders Quartet, Associate Principal 1st Violin Orchestra Victoria


Michael Brooks Reid

Member of the Hamer Quartet which won the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition in 2009.


Lucy Carrig

Principal 2nd Violin Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.


Shane Chen

Leader of the Flinders Quartet till 2017.
Has has appeared as soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 2017.


Helen Ayres

Violinist Seraphim Trio and former member of the Flinders Quartet


Douglas Coghill

Violist Huon Quartet and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.


Rohana O'Malley (Brown)

Violinist Huon Quartet and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra


Anna O’Hagan

Violinist WASO – former Concertmaster AYO


Anna McMichael

Winner 1990 String Section of Symphony Australia’s Young Performer of the Year


Alexander Permezel

Violinist Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


Katherine Lukey

Deputy Concertmaster Opera Australia Orchestra. Appeared as soloist with QSO and MCO and has performed as concertmaster of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of SSO and as a member of the ACO.


Merewyn Bramble

Principal Viola Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Member of the Australian Octet.


Carla Hanna

Leader of Melbourne Youth Orchestra 2014 and Winner of Preston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition 2013 with 1st Movement of the Elgar Violin Concerto. ANAM graduate 2017.


Natasha Hannah

Member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Winner Melbourne Youth Music Concerto Competition “Virtuosity 2014”


Natalia Harvey

Principal 2nd Violin Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Member of Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.


Courtenay Cleary

Leader Bishop Orchestra AYO 2014. Won a major scholarship for study at the London Royal Academy of Music from 2015. Performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey (click link to watch).


Alyssa Conrau

Member of Orchestra Victoria.


Binny Baik

Member of Orchestra Victoria.


Lucy Warren

Member of Orchestra Victoria.