Based in the wild and unspoiled island state of Tasmania at the southernmost tip of Australia, Van Diemen’s Band (VDB) 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 was released in Australia in October 2017, and in the UK/Europe in 2018. Van Diemen’s Band will embark on its first national tour in October 2018, featuring in performances for the Melbourne International Festival, UKARIA and Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.

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

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

Melbourne-based harpsichordist, organist and pianist, Donald Nicolson is a prominent figure in performance and research of the music of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe, continuing to work on both sides of the Tasman as keyboardist for the ACO, MSO, SSO, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
September 25, 2018/by Phillipa Horn

William Hewer, cello

William Hewer is an Australian cellist, currently based in Manchester.
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

Peter Clark, violin

Having lived out of a suitcase for the last three years, Peter Clark has been touring and guest-directing ensembles worldwide. 
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

Katie Yap, viola

Katie grew up playing the violin in her hometown of Brisbane. Shortly before starting her Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland, she fell in love with the viola and has never looked back since!
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.
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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.
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Laura Vaughan

Melbourne based viola da gamba specialist Laura Vaughan is a dynamic and well recognised member of the early music scene in Australia.
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Brett Rutherford

Brett has been a full time cellist with both the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
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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

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 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

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

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

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

Alison McGillivray studied modern cello at the RSAMD…
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