Celebrating Beethoven 250 – August 4th


Tait Tuesdays at Home 

Tuesday August 4th – 7pm AEST | 8pm NZST | 7pm BST

In support of the Tait Emergency Relief Fund for Australian & New Zealand Artists

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Celebrating Beethoven 250

Iona Allan, violin
elli welsh, piano

Beethoven Romance No.1 in G Op.40 
Raff Cavatina
Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G major Op.30
Bartok Romanian Folk Dances V and VI 

Artist biographies

Iona Allan

Brisbane-born violinist Iona Allan is currently pursuing a freelance career in both modern and historical performance in the UK. Iona plays professionally with a variety of orchestras including the Ulster Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and London Electronic Orchestra. Highlights of early 2020 included recording a major movie soundtrack at Abbey Road Studios with the London Contemporary Orchestra, and performing chamber music in the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

Iona also plays regularly with historical ensembles including Florilegium, Wond’rous Machine, and The Hannover Band, and was recently invited to tour with the Academy of Ancient Music. In Australia, Iona has worked with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra.

A keen chamber musician, Iona is a founding member of Quartet Solasta and was winner of the 2018 Boconnoc Chamber Music Award. She is also a founding member of the Australia House Ensemble.

In 2019, Iona graduated with a Masters in Performance from the Royal College of Music, London, studying with professors Gabrielle Lester, and Bojan Cicic. Iona’s studies were generously supported by scholarships from the Tait Memorial Trust, the Royal College of Music, and the Ena Williams Award for Postgraduate Study Overseas.

She previously completed three years at the Australian National Academy of Music under the tutelage of Dr Robin Wilson, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, where she studied with Michele Walsh.

Elli Welsh

Pianist Elli Welsh completed a Bachelor of Music in 2016 and a Master of Music Studies in 2018 (Distinction) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the tutelage of Natasha Vlassenko. Elli currently holds a scholarship position at the Royal Academy of Music where she is undertaking a Professional Diploma in Piano Accompaniment with James Baillieu. Elli also won the Ena Williams Award for Postgraduate Study Overseas.

Elli’s excellence in performance has also been recognised through the Margaret Nickson Prize for Voice and Accompaniment (2017) and the John and Sue Thompson Vocal Accompaniment Scholarship (2018). Last year, Elli toured northern and central Queensland with award-winning quintet, Topology.

Also a member of Brisbane City Opera (BCO), Elli was Repetiteur for the 2019 production of Opera Galactica (an Australian premiere direct from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Repetiteur and Performer for the 2018 production of Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and the 2017 production of Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne.In 2018, she was also appointed Student Repetiteur and Performer for the Conservatorium’s production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Puccini’s La rondine and Massenet’s Cendrillon.

Other achievements include her 2011 performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flat for two pianos with orchestra alongside Rachael Shipard under the direction of John Curro AM MBE, her performances for the 4MBS Chamber Music Prize, the Australian Piano Duo Festival and the Queensland Conservatorium Gala.