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Live and lovely string music for your wedding or next event in the Byron Bay area and further afield...

MADDY BOUD - Director, Violin

From 2009 to 2013, Maddy was a full-time member of the internationally-acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra, touring nationally and internationally. Performances included for HRH the Prince of Wales (St James Palace, London), Carnegie Hall (NYC), Disney Hall (LA), Kennedy Centre (Washington DC), Sydney Opera House, Musikverein (Vienna), and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). During this time, she has collaborated with Radiohead, Sydney Dance Company, Bill Henson, Jon Frank and Derek Hynd on two surf films, Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes), Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil).

As a freelancer, Madeleine has worked on many different performance platforms, including TV (The Voice, Today, Sunrise, Dancing with the Stars, Australia’s Got Talent, Rove, the Logies, Home and Away; various commercials); recordings and performances with groups and artists including Passenger (including recording his platinum record ‘Let Her Go’), U2, Mike Patton, Al Green, Diana Krall, Katie Noonan, The Black Armband, Powderfinger, Silverchair, Archie Roach, Megan Washington,  Pete Murray, The 10 Tenors, Madeleine Peyroux, Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Steve Pilgrim, and Dan Sultan. Most recently, she has appeared as touring concertmaster for the John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John “Two Strong Hearts” national tour, as well as leading intimate shows with Neil Finn in both Sydney and Melbourne. 

Last year, Maddy played for the official event at Parliament House in Canberra welcoming HRH Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and this year for the French Prime Minister at the National Portrait Gallery. Other significant events include clients such as Dior, Estee Lauder, Chanel, Escada, Tiffany’s, Ferrari, Sydney and Australian Fashion Week, and David Jones.

As a soloist, Maddy has appeared with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Ballet, as well as performing regularly on radio (ABC Classic FM, 2MBS, 3MBS, FBi Radio). She has been a prizewinner and recipient of numerous competitions and scholarships. She has also worked on many chamber music performances and projects, as well as recordings for classical labels including Melba Recordings, ABC Classics, Tall Poppys, Naxos, and Gramophone. Maddy has performed on numerous occasions at the Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Festival, Perth Festival, and Blackwood River Chamber Music Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Edinburgh Festival.

Now based in Byron Bay, Maddy frequently works on a free-lance basis with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, W.A Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, as well as various artists both Australian and international.

Maddy has played for over 3000 events in her career, as both a soloist, and as part of an ensemble. She has an extensive understanding of ceremony and reception- appropriate music, a huge repertoire of different genres including classical, pop, jazz, folk and everything in between. She also has a vast network drawing from the best string/jazz and pop musicians in the country to collaborate with, and confidence in selecting the most perfect, suitable music to make any event sound as amazing and beautiful as it looks!

YENA CHOI - Violin

Yena Choi graduated with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours), studied at the Australian National Academy of Music and is currently undertaking a Masters in Philosophy as an Australian Postgraduate Award and GSITA Scholarship recipient. Yena was a violinist with London-based Southbank Sinfonia, both recording for BBC 3 and featuring as a soloist with the orchestra. She has performed as an extra with the Royal Opera House Orchestra - Covent Garden, emerging artist with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and toured with Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ‘The Crowd’. Within Australia, Yena has been invited to perform at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music
(2009, 2012, 2016), Crossbows Chamber Festival (2012), Musica Viva Festival (2013), Melbourne Festival (2013), 
Bangalow Music Festival (2011, 2014); and internationally at New York University String Conference USA (2015), Anghiari Music Festival Italy (2015), Aurora
Chamber Music Sweden (2015), Chipping Campden Festival UK (2016), Britten-Pears Aldeburgh UK and Cervo Summer Academy Italy (2016).

Yena plays a 1690 Tononi on private loan.

HELEN HURST - Cello

A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of music – Helen’s career as a cellist spans 30 years. Alongside freelance work with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Helen has backed artists such as Stefan Grapelli, Gloria Estefan and Bread. During a brief stint in Sydney she played with theorchestra accompanying the Russian National Ballet and worked extensively with the versatile ensemble “The Penguins”. She currently plays with the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra.