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Stephen Cuttriss (bandoneon) currently divides his time between Brisbane and Buenos Aires as he completes his PhD in Ethnomusicology and Argentinian tango music at the Queensland Conservatorium. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours in 2012 which led to him being awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award, for students of exceptional research potential, to assist with his postgraduate studies. Stephen has always shown a keen interest in the folk music of other cultures. As a multi-instrumentalist, he plays not only the bandoneon in tango music, but also the piano, piano accordion, qanun, as well as the ney and kaval in widely differing music styles such as Arabic, Balkan, French and Western Classical. Stephen has undertaken masterclasses in Greece and Turkey at such prestigious forums as Laryrinth Music Workshop, Crete. He has performed and taught at numerous folk festivals across Australia including the Woodford Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Lorne Festival of Performing Arts, MONA FOMA, Cygnet Folk Festival, Australasian World Music Expo, Queensland Music Festival, Snowy Mountains Music Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Manifest Festival and Brisbane Festival. In addition, Stephen is an accomplished composer having written and arranged folk music across his various specialisations. His compositional abilities were duly recognised when his former band Mzaza received the 2015 Queensland Music Award (World) for ‘Enfants du Chemin’ (Children of the Road) which he co-wrote with the band.

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A graduate of the University of Queensland (Master of Philosophy in Music; Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours) and the University of Tasmania (Graduate Certificate in Music Studies), Chloe Ann Williamson maintains an eclectic and successful career, as a freelance bassist and educator. Throughout her studies, Chloe was the recipient of many scholarships and awards including an Australian Postgraduate Award (for students of exceptional research potential), to undertake her master’s degree. While completing her undergraduate degree, she was the principal double bass of the Queensland Youth Symphony as well as a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, and toured internationally several times with them both. In 2009, Chloe spent a month studying in Quebec, Canada at the prestigious music festival Le Domaine Forget, where she participated in masterclasses for François Rabbath and Paul Ellison. Chloe has performed both nationally and internationally with a variety of Australian orchestras including Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Well-versed in musical theatre, she has also performed as Principal Double Bass for the Brisbane seasons of Dr Zhivago (2011) and The Sound of Music (2016) and was the Deputy Double Bassist for several shows during the Brisbane season of Les Miserables (2015). A keen chamber musician, Chloe manages and performs in Brisbane-based string quartet, Four Strings performing regularly at weddings as well as corporate and private functions. She has also performed as a guest with acclaimed chamber music ensembles Collusion and Southern Cross Soloists as well as at several chamber music festivals, including the Bangalow Festival of Music, Tyalgum Music Festival and the Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival. Chloe’s other past festival appearances include Adelaide Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Lorne Festival of Performing Arts, MONA FOMA, Cygnet Folk Festival, Australasian World Music Expo, Queensland Music Festival, Snowy Mountains Music Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Manifest Festival and Brisbane Festival. Chloe was a co-recipient of the 2015 and 2016 Queensland Music Award (World) for the songs ‘Enfants du Chemin’ and ‘Nightwatch’ which she co-wrote as a former member of the band, MZAZA. Currently, Chloe is pursuing her interest in Argentinian tango music with her ensemble, the Mendoza Tango Quartet. She was the recipient of a 2016 Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship and PPCA Grant to enable her to attend Tango for Musicians at Reed College in Portland (OR), USA, as well as undertake further study and research of tango music in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition to her hectic performing schedule, Chloe is a passionate educator, teaching at several of Brisbane’s private schools as well as regularly tutoring and sitting on the audition panel for the Queensland Youth Orchestras.

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Liz Young studied violin under the tutelage of Spiros Rantos and Patricia Pollett at the University of Queensland (2004-2007) where she won the prestigious Sleath String Performance Prize (2007). Liz is an integral member of the Mendoza Tango Quartet, where she is valued for her ability to fuse her tango dance knowledge with her violin virtuosity. An experienced tango dancer and musician, Liz has also performed as part of Sydney-based Tángalo‘s orquesta típica project on several occasions. As a member of the rock orchestra, Deep Blue, Liz has toured nationally and internationally performing at the Shanghai World Expo, Vietnam Music Festival, the house of Mr Adani in India and numerous other corporate and concert events. Liz also mentors as part of Deep Blue’s education program Young Blue – an initiative producing workshops that give children the opportunity to “let go” and dance with their instruments. Liz was a founding member of Brisbane-based Sanctuary String Quartet. In addition to their countless wedding performances, Liz performed with the string quartet at Customs House, facilitated school masterclasses and accompanied the Queensland Ballet. When not performing in one of her many ensembles, Liz can be found busking the streets of Brisbane or teaching the students in her busy private music studio.

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Daniel Rojas-Gonzales is an award winning composer and arguably Sydney’s best Latin pianist, as well as a lecturer in music teaching and research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has a wealth of experience performing tango music not only with the Mendoza Tango Quartet, but also Tango Paradiso, Tángalo and his new ensemble, Orquesta La Luna. In 2016, Daniel attended Tango Para Músicos Encuentro Internacional in Buenos Aires and spent two months immersed in the country’s vibrant tango dance and music culture. As an academic, Daniel Rojas’s research focuses on the indigenous, folk and popular music of Latin America—particularly salsa, tango and Peruvean Andean music—and how these can serve as a resource for composition and improvisation. Daniel has won several composition prizes and awards and is currently working on a number of commissions for Australian and international artists. His work has been performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and various ensembles and soloists. Daniel completed a PhD in composition in 2010 and teaches classes in music language and skills and composition.

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Solange Lipcin is an Argentinean artist based in Brisbane, Australia. After winning a scholarship to Julio Bocca’s School for musical theatre and Valeria Lynch’s School for singing techniques and interpretation, at the age of 17, Solange started a path that would lead her to develop as an artist and give her confidence to pursue her dream. She studied Education Science at the University of Buenos Aires, Choreographic Composition for Musical Theatre at the National University of Arts and Music (majoring in Singing) at Manuel De Falla ConservatoryWorking as a singer and entertainer for the past 10 years, she has toured internationally looking for opportunities to share her music and get involved in different music projects. Her versatile voice allows her to sing many different styles and in seven languages. She is the lead singer of the Mendoza Tango Quartet and her knowledge of songs from the golden age of tango adds an authentic vitality to the ensemble’s performances.

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