Individual Member Biographies
William Huxtable - Violin
Mana Ohashi - Violin
Eunise Cheng - Viola
Daniel Smith - Cello
For William Huxtable, a founding member and violinist of the Partridge String Quartet (PSQ), he has always had an interest and enjoyed performing in a diverse range of musical contexts. He is a past recipient of the Delano Music Scholarship at the University of Western Australia as a student of Paul Wright and now currently studies at the Australian National Academy of Music with Dr. Robin Wilson. He has participated in masterclasses with violinists Alina Ibragimova, Tasmin Little and concertmasters Noah-Bendix Balgley (Berlin Philharmonic) and Roman Simovic (London Symphony Orchestra).
Growing up in Perth, music has always been prevalent in William Huxtable’s life when he began violin at the age of 3. Since then, he has gone to perform as a chamber and orchestral musician around Australia. During his time at ANAM, he has had the privilege to perform alongside the Australian World Orchestra under renowned conductor Simone Young and performed at the Huntington Estate Festival with world-renowned musicians. Additionally, William has performed on radio on multiple occasions particularly on 3mbs Live Music Melbourne. As an avid fan of french music, it was a highlight to perform Debussy’s Violin Sonata live on ABC Classic with pianist Sine Winther in 2018. His chamber music performances at ANAM and at the Melbourne Recital Centre also include performing with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Matthew Mcdonald and Stefan Dohr, world-renowned pianists Imogen Cooper and Roy Howat and ANAM faculty Howard Penny and Timothy Young.
William was delighted to tour with the ACO in a side-by-side collaboration as an ANAM musician in 2018. He has since then been selected as an ‘Emerging artist’ of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) where he will tour and perform with ACO musicians such as Pekka Kuusisto and Helena Rathbone on several occasions this year. 2019 has proved to be a busy and exciting year for William. He has toured with ANAM to Perth in collaboration with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and performed the Schubert Octet with Israeli violinist and concertmaster Gregory Ahss (Camerata Salzburg) at ANAM and at the UKARIA Cultural Arts centre. This year William has also led projects as concertmaster of the ANAM orchestra including Bruckner’s 4th Symphony conducted by Nicholas Carter, Bach’s B minor Mass conducted by Benjamin Bayl in collaboration with Voces8 and Mozart’s horn concerto with Principal horn of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Ben Jacks.
To finish out 2019 William will be performing in an upcoming ANAM soundbite in November where ANAM musicians conducted by Fabian Russell will perform Stravinsky’s ‘A Soldier’s Tale.
Violinist Mana Ohashi was born and raised in Melbourne. She commenced violin lessons at the age of three through the Suzuki Method with teacher Kim Bishop, and recently graduated from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) where she studied for three years with Dr. Robin Wilson. Upon graduation she was selected to be an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and has since embarked on tours of regional Australia led by Pekka Kuusisto and Helena Rathbone.
In 2018, Mana was selected as a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy which saw her travel to Germany where she performed within the ensemble and received mentorship from its core members. Apart from successes in chamber music with the Partridge String Quartet, during her studies at ANAM, Mana was awarded the Athenaeum Club Prize for her performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto at the ANAM Concerto Competition and also enjoyed leading the ANAM orchestra on several occasions working under conductors such as Douglas Boyd and Antonio Mendez.
Mana has received solo masterclasses with world-renowned musicians including James Ehnes, Henning Kraggerud, Alina Ibragimova and Roman Simovic as well as chamber music mentorship from members of the Australian String Quartet, Dover, Parker, JACK, Jerusalem and Alban Berg string quartets.
Since April of this year, Mana has been a casual violinist in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and from November she will be continuing her studies abroad under Prof. Mi-kyung Lee at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, coming home multiple times a year to continue performing and developing as a chamber musician in the Partridge String Quartet.
Founding member and violist of the Partridge String Quartet, Eunise Cheng has had a diverse career performing around Australia and internationally as an orchestral and chamber musician. Upon finishing her Bachelor of Arts (Music) from the UWA Conservatorium of Music, Eunise relocated to study with Fiona Sergeant at the University of Melbourne Music Conservatorium graduating with a Bachelor of Music Performance (First Class Honours). During this period, Eunise was the recipient of the Wesley Scholar Music Scholarship, Kate Flowers Scholarship and Corinna D’Hage Mayer String Scholarship, Flora Bunnings Chamber Music Prize and Margaret Bello Chamber Music Prize. Most recently, Eunise is a graduate of the Australian National Academy of Music where she studied with Caroline Henbest for three years while also completing her Master of Music (Performance Research) with the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) under Dr. Stephen Emmerson. She has appeared in masterclasses with renowned artists including violists Maxim Rysanov, Thomas Riebl, Takacs, Dover, Borodin, Goldner, Doric, Elias, Tinalley and Jerusalem String Quartets, Eggner Trio, and Trio Dali.
Passionate about chamber music, her award-winning Partridge String Quartet has achieved success as recipients of the Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize, Australian National Academy of Music Chamber Music Competition First Prize and were the inaugural winners of the Queensland International Chamber Music Competition. During her time at ANAM, Eunise performed chamber music in venues around Australia such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Ukaria Cultural Centre in Adelaide, Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Opera House (Utzon Room) with musicians such as violinist Anthony Marwood, oboist Dudu Carmel (Israel Philharmonic), Stefan Dohr (Berlin Philharmonic), Howard Penny, Australian String Quartet and Paul Dean. She has also performed in unique chamber music settings such as the MPavilion for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, ‘Quartetthaus’ as part of the Perth International Arts Festival and premiered works including Mark Holdsworth’s String Trio ‘Primrose’ which was showcased at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery for the Memento Mori Exhibition.
Eunise was selected for the AYO Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Fellowship (2016), Australian String Quartet ‘Quartet Project’ (2014) toured internationally with the Australian International Opera Company, Australian Youth Orchestra and performed at many major international arts festivals including the Four Winds, Huntington Estate Music Festivals, Musica Viva Festival and Perth International Arts Festival. She has performed as Principal Viola with orchestras such as the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, ANAM Orchestra, AYO NMC Alexander Orchestra and AYO Momentum Ensemble. Other orchestral experiences during her time at ANAM include performing with the Australian World Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Modern. She has had the privilege to work and learn alongside prolific musicians such as Richard Tognetti, James Crabb, Jack Liebeck, Timothy Young, Sophie Rowell, Brett Dean, Nigel Westlake, Alice Giles, Lloyd Van’t Hoff, Ariel Zuckermann, Richard Mills, Benjamin Bayl, Erin Helyard, Douglas Boyd, Sir Mark Elder, Simone Young, Lawrence Power, Nicholas Alstaedt and Vilde Frang. Outside performing, Eunise currently teaches at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s music education ‘Pizzicato Effect’ program.
A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and most recently the Australian National Academy of Music, Daniel has enjoyed a plethora of musical experiences with leadership roles within conservatorium orchestras and youth orchestras nationally. Daniel featured as a soloist in the 2013 Encounters Festival in Queensland working directly with composer John Gilfedder, and with the Queensland Youth Orchestras performing the Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto. In June 2019, he will be playing with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra as a member of the Tasman Trio performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto. Daniel was Principal Cellist of the Australian Youth Orchestra for many years, being awarded the Peter Wiess Cello Scholarship in 2012, and being selected to co-lead the 2013 international tour, where he played alongside Violinist Joshua Bell and legendary conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
Throughout his time at ANAM, Daniel has participated in masterclasses with Nicolas Alstaedt, Li-Wei Qin, Timo-Veikko Valve and Alban Gerhardt and performed in side by side projects at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music with contemporary music specialists Elision Ensemble, ABC classic FM’s Huntington Estate Music Festival and Canberra International Music Festival performing alongside the New Zealand String Quartet and Tinalley String Quartet. Daniel performs with the Melbourne, Queensland, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra(s) as well as Orchestra Victoria.