About Us

  • Felicité Heine

    Felicité Heine (Left) is a Masters of Music Performance student at the University of Melbourne. After graduating from her Bachelor of Music in 2004 with teacher Mark Moghilevski, she furthered her study in Baroque Violin under the guidance of Rachael Beesley, Julia Fredersdorff and Julie Hewison.

    A former recipient of the Alberto Zelman Memorial Scholarship, Felicité is the former concertmaster of The Chamber Strings of Melbourne of which she leads here in Melbourne and Overseas. She has toured overseas with the ensemble four times and has been to Russia, Poland, Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Estonia, Denmark, The Netherlands and the U.K, and is looking forward to touring again in January 2011 to Spain.

    Felicité has studied overseas with teachers and performers: Cynthia O’Brien Rames (Vienna), Lorenzo Colitto (Italy), Lucy Van Dael (The Netherlands) and has found that this has been an integral part to her development as a performer.

    In 2009, she took part in the Woodend Winter Arts Festival as part of the Academia Arcadia Orchestra and subsequently, joined the ensemble again as part of Victorian Opera’s performance of Xerxes at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

    Felicité is a former member of both the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and performs regularly with such ensembles as the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra and Melbourne City Opera Orchestra.

  • Sarah Nieuwkerk

    Sarah Nieuwkerk (right) is a Masters of Music (Performance Teaching) student at the University of Melbourne. She is currently studying under the instruction of Michael Loftus-Hills of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Music in 2008 where she studied under the tutelage of Elizabeth Sellars and Miwako Abe. She has also completed an Arts degree with Honours majoring in International Studies and Political Science.

    Sarah Nieuwkerk started playing the Violin at the age of 3 and received a music scholarship for the duration of her secondary schooling. She undertook a music degree at the University of Melbourne in 2005, performing in various orchestras at both the Conservatorium and the Victorian College of the Arts as well as many chamber music ensembles.

    Sarah currently teaches at Carey Baptist Grammar School where she teaches students in Violin and Viola. She has previously won prizes at the Royal South Street Competition for both her string orchestra and chamber music ensembles including a first prize for Chamber Music in 2009 and a third prize for String Orchestra in 2011. She has received many honourable mentions and highly commended awards both in Ballarat and at the Melbourne School Bands Festival

    Sarah also travelled overseas with the Chamber Strings of Melbourne in 2009, performing in the United Kingdom and France. She lead the Chamber Strings of Melbourne orchestra in 2009, for a concert in Bendigo. In 2011, she travelled again with the Chamber Strings of Melbourne as Associate Concertmaster and as a soloist with Felicité playing the Bach Double Violin Concerto in France, Spain and Portugal.

Recently, Vionlino Romantico has collaborated with young pianist Roland Huynh for a concert in Barwon Heads. They are working to expand their repertoire choices by including a pianist in many more functions and events. This setting for Violino Romantico is relatively new, but we welcome enquireies about the availability of the trio in addition to the well established duo.