Formed by baroque violinist and Artistic Director, Julia Fredersdorff in 2016, Van Diemen’s Band is an exciting new chamber orchestra dedicated to the historically informed performance of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Based in the wild and unspoiled island state of Tasmania at the southernmost tip of Australia, Van Diemen’s Band gave its debut performances in March 2017 as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival, presenting a program of Neapolitan music by Fiorenza, Geminiani and the Scarlatti family.

VDB is made up of some of the nation’s most highly respected early music specialists who, between them, have many decades of experience with some of the finest ensembles in Europe and Australia. With a passion for excellence together with integrity of musicological research, VDB strives to share this expertise by presenting its discoveries in exciting and accessible concerts in interesting and unconventional venues.

A flexible ensemble, VDB can vary in size from an intimate chamber group to a larger mid-eighteenth-century orchestra. Working with regular guest directors, VDB explores the creativity and freedom of expression in music of the baroque while deferring to historical sources on style and instrumentation.

Seeing the vital importance of education, VDB has a mission to train the next generation of Tasmanian and national musicians through workshops and an ‘academy’-style teaching program that culminates in professional playing opportunities.

Van Diemen’s Band’s debut CD ‘Cello Napoletano’ for ABC Classics will be released in Australia in October 2017, and in the UK/Europe in 2018.

Julia Fredersdorff

Artistic Director

Melbourne-born violinist Julia Fredersdorff studied baroque violin with Lucinda Moon at the Victorian College of the Arts, before traveling 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 is a regular member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Antipodes with whom she performs regularly as Concert Master for Pinchgut Opera, Hobart Baroque and Brisbane Baroque.

Julia has participated in CD recordings for Virgin Classics, Deutsche Grammaphon, Accent, Accord, Naïve, Erato, Passacaille, Ambronay, ABC Classics, Vexations840 and Tall Poppies. Passionate about chamber music, Julia is a core member of Ludovico’s Band and a founding member of Ironwood, with whom she performs and records extensively, as well as the twice ARIA nominated baroque trio, Latitude 37.

Julia is founder and Artistic Director of the annual Peninsula Summer Music Festival on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, and teaches baroque violin at the conservatoriums of Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne.

Recent highlights have included directing Orchestra Victoria in a program of French Baroque music, performing the complete Biber Rosary Sonatas in one day for Brisbane Baroque, and performing alongside her teacher Enrico Gatti in concerts with his Ensemble Aurora.

Julia Fredersdorff

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

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

Born in remote Carnarvon W.A., she is the leading practitioner of Historical Performance Practice on the double bass and violone in the Australia.
November 11, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band
Martin Penicka

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 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

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
Jenny Owen

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

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 young Australian multi-instrumentalist specialising in early plucked strings. Starting out on electric guitar, he then progressed to the renaissance lute, theorbo, baroque guitar, baroque lute, archlute, and most recently, the cittern.
October 28, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band
William Newberry

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 - Bassoon

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
Matthew Goddard

Matthew Goddard

Matthew Goddard commenced his musical journey as a drum kit player in Hobart, his musical interests eventually broadening into orchestral percussion.
October 24, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band
Emily Sheppard - Violin

Emily Sheppard

Emily Sheppard studied violin at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne. Her teachers have included Miwako Abe, Adam Chalabi and Peter Tanfield.
October 24, 2016/by Van Diemen's Band
William Carter

William Carter

Born in Florida, Carter received a thorough training as a…
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Alison McGillivray

Alison McGillivray

Alison McGillivray studied modern cello at the RSAMD…
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