Based in the wild and unspoiled island state of Tasmania at the southernmost tip of Australia, ‘Australia’s Baroque supergroup’ Van Diemen’s Band is made up of some of the country’s most highly respected early music specialists, who between them have worked with leading ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Les Talens Lyriques, Ensemble Pygmalion, Il Pomo d’Oro, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, The English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Le Parlement de Musique, and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

Founded in 2016 by violinist Julia Fredersdorff, VDB varies in size from an intimate chamber group to a larger mid-eighteenth-century orchestra working with regular guest directors such as French Baroque specialist Martin Gester, exploring the creativity and freedom of expression in music of the baroque while deferring to historical sources on style and instrumentation.

Van Diemen’s Band’s debut CD Cello Napoletano, featuring soloist Catherine Jones in the cello concertos of Nicola Fiorenza was released internationally in 2018 to critical acclaim. Since then, the group has appeared in concerts and festivals in its home state and around mainland Australia, establishing itself as one of the most distinguished new groups in the arts scene ‘Down Under’.

A CD recording of Bach Bass Cantatas with David Greco will be appearing on the ABC Classic label towards the end of 2020 and the group’s debut recording of the Concerti Grossi Opus 3 by Handel for the Swedish label BIS will be released in June 2021.

Julia Fredersdorff

Artistic Director

Melbourne-born violinist Julia Fredersdorff studied baroque violin with Lucinda Moon at the Victorian College of the Arts, before travelling to The Netherlands to study with Enrico Gatti at The Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. Based in Paris for almost ten years, Julia freelanced with some of the finest European ensembles, such as Les Talens Lyriques, Les Folies Françoises, Le Concert d’Astrée, Le Parlement de Musique, Ensemble Matheus, Les Paladins, Il Complesso Barocco, New Dutch Academy, Ensemble Aurora and Bach Concentus.

Now resident again in Australia, Julia performs regularly as concertmaster for the Orchestra of the Antipodes and is the Artistic Director of the Tasmanian baroque ensemble, Van Diemen’s Band. She is a founding member of period string quartet Ironwood, and the twice ARIA-nominated baroque trio, Latitude 37 and a core-member of Ludovico’s Band.

Julia has participated in CD recordings for Virgin Classics, Deutsche Grammaphon, Accent, Accord, Naïve, Erato, Passacaille, Ambronay, ABC Classics, Vexations840 and Tall Poppies. She teaches baroque violin at the Conservatorium’s of Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne.

Julia Fredersdorff

Emily Sheppard, violin

Emily Sheppard is a Tasmanian violinist, violist, improviser and composer who is inspired by unconventional and resonant places and spaces, as well as science and the environment.
October 29, 2020/by Phillipa Horn

Rachel Meyers, violin

Tasmanian musician, composer and musicologist Rachel Meyers' career spans world, folk, and experimental music genres.
October 29, 2020/by Phillipa Horn

Nicole Forsyth, viola

Violist, Nicole Forsyth loves storytelling through music. She would like to acknowledge the Elders of Cammeraygal, Gadigal & Darug Country where she lives and works.
October 16, 2019/by Phillipa Horn

Martin Gester, guest conductor/harpsichord (France)

Martin Gester is a French conductor, organist and harpsichordist.
October 15, 2019/by Phillipa Horn

Aline Zylberajch, harpsichord

A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris, and of the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Aline Zylberajch started her career as a harpsichordist. 
October 7, 2019/by Phillipa Horn

Matthew Manchester, trumpet and cornetto

From humble musical beginnings playing in a small brass band in country NSW, Matthew Manchester is now recognised as one of Australia's leading practitioners and teachers in the historically informed performance of Rennaisance & Baroque music.
October 4, 2019/by Phillipa Horn

Brock Imison, bassoon

Born in Brisbane, Brock began his study of the bassoon at age 13. In 1994 he joined the QLD Conservatorium Music School before beginning his undergraduate studies there in 1997.
October 4, 2019/by Phillipa Horn

Georgia Browne, flute

Flautist Georgia Browne began her musical life in Perth, Western Australia where she was given the opportunity to try replica historical flutes.
October 1, 2019/by Phillipa Horn

Simone Slattery, violin

Australian violinist Simone Slattery is one of the country’s most versatile young musicians and performers, with a passion for music from a wide range of eras.
October 1, 2019/by Phillipa Horn

Ingo Müller, baroque oboe

Ingo Müller is a German baroque oboe player, based in Freiburg (Germany).
October 1, 2019/by Phillipa Horn

Jasu Moisio, oboe

Jasu Moisio got interested in early music and the oboe while singing J.S. Bach's works with the Helsinki Boys' Choir in the 1980s.
October 1, 2019/by Phillipa Horn

Brendan Joyce, violin

Brendan Joyce is Violinist, Leader and Artistic Director of Camerata - Queensland's acclaimed chamber orchestra based in Brisbane, and he is an alumnus of the original version of Camerata that played to critical acclaim 1987-1997.
September 25, 2018/by Phillipa Horn

Donald Nicolson, harpsichordist, organist and pianist

Listed among Australia’s best classical performers by the ABC in 2019, harpsichordist, organist and pianist Donald Nicolson is a prominent figure in performance and research of the music of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe, and in high demand as a keyboardist, composer, and arranger.
September 25, 2018/by Phillipa Horn

Susie Furphy, violin

Susie Furphy is a Hobart-based musician. As a baroque violinist, she performed with Van Diemen’s band in the 2017 Evandale festival, and has played with the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra for performances of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. Johns Passion.
September 19, 2018/by Phillipa Horn

Natasha Kraemer, cello

Natasha Kraemer is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London. A pupil of Jenny Ward Clarke, she specialised in historical performance on Baroque and Classical cello.
September 19, 2018/by Phillipa Horn

Simon Martyn-Ellis

Simon Martyn-Ellis began playing the lute after finding the classical guitar repertoire too restrictive for ensemble performance: continuo accompaniment remains a mainstay of his activities.
April 24, 2018/by SupportDeskPlusCJ

Karina Schmitz

Karina Schmitz, viola, is principal violist of Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, principal violist of Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, associate principal violist of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, founding member of 17th - century ensemble ACRONYM, and violinist/violist of Duo Corbetta.
April 24, 2018/by SupportDeskPlusCJ

Laura Vaughan

Melbourne based viola da gamba specialist Laura Vaughan is a dynamic and well recognised member of the early music scene in Australia.
April 24, 2018/by SupportDeskPlusCJ

Brett Rutherford

Brett has been a full time cellist with both the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
April 24, 2018/by SupportDeskPlusCJ

Lucinda Moon

After initially training in Adelaide, Lucinda graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1991 and was subsequently awarded the Willem van Otterloo and Nickson Travelling scholarships to pursue postgraduate studies in baroque violin.
November 11, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band

Lizzy Welsh

Lizzy Welsh is a Melbourne-based musician whose main instruments are the violin and the baroque violin.
November 11, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band

Kirsty McCahon

Be it the Brodsky Quartet, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Musica Viva or ELISION, Les Talents Lyrique or L’Arpeggiata, Australian Festival of Chamber Music or L’ Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Ukaria or Ensemble Offspring, Kirsty relishes her collaborations with extraordinary musicians across all styles from Australia to Europe.
November 11, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band

Martin Penicka

Martin Penicka studied with Lois Simpson and Julian Smiles at the Australian Institute of Music. He graduated in 2002 with the degree of Bachelor of Music (Performance) with first class honours.
November 11, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band

Catherine Jones

Catherine began her career as a modern cellist in Perth, Western Australia. After receiving a Postgraduate scholarship she relocated to The Hague to follow her passion for Early Music.
November 3, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band

Deirdre Dowling

Deirdre Dowling is principal violist of Ton Koopman’s Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Philippe Herreweghe’s Collegium Vocale Gent, and Cecilia Bartoli’s Monaco-based orchestra, Les Musiciens du Prince.
October 28, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band

Jennifer Owen

Currently Principal First Violin of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer has worked professionally as Principal Second Violin of the Houston Symphony (from 1999-2015).
October 28, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band

Emma McGrath

Hailed as a 'first-magnitude star in the making' by the Seattle Times, British violinist Emma McGrath is the new Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
October 28, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band

Nicholas Pollock

Nicholas Pollock is a Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist specialising in early plucked strings.
October 28, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band

William Newbery

William completed a Bachelor of Music Degree with 1st class honours at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, Australia followed by the Advanced Performance Programme at the Australian National Academy of Music and a Diplom at the Hochschule für Musik Köln in Germany.
October 24, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band

Simone Walters

Simone Walters relocated to Hobart in 2012 from Perth where she was Principal Contrabassoon with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
October 24, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band