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.
Born in remote Carnarvon W.A., educated in Melbourne, Paris and Rome, Kirsty is the leading practitioner of Historical Performance Practice on the Double Bass and Violone in Australia. Kirsty held the position of Principal Bass with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for 20 years, and is currently the Principal Bass with Pinchgut, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia and is extremely proud to be associated with Tasmania’s musical gem, Van Diemen’s Band.
A founding member of the acclaimed Australian World Orchestra, Kirsty was a featured soloist in the world premier of the acclaimed Elena Kats-Chernin’s Concerto for 8 Basses, “The Witching Hour.”
Cherishing her work with Australia’s finest contemporary composers, Kirsty was a founding member of Elision. She collaborates regularly with composers, ensembles and Australian art luminaries such as Ensemble Offspring, Sydney Chamber Opera, Genevieve Lacey, Elena Kats- Chernin, Kate Moore, David Malouf,Ken Unsworth and Claire Edwards bringing new Australian music to life. A solo bass CD of works for Kirsty’s unique musical style by Australia’s leading female composers for will be released early in 2020.
Passionate about education and the power of music to create social change, Kirsty was recently invited to be a Moorambilla Voices Ambassador. The transformative nature of this program speaks to the very heart of her work with children and youth and the ever more compelling imperative to bring together regional and rural Australia with the cities through the power of the creative arts. A committed educator of young women, Kirsty conducts workshops around the globe and is regularly invited to contribute to panels and forums. In 2014 was invited to mentor at Sydney’s inaugural ‘Women of the World’ conference. An Australian Youth Orchestra alumna, Kirsty tutors the next generations of fine young musicians around the country. A firm believer in “giving back ”, Kirsty and her bass playing husband Kees Boersma, created and funded a string program at Leichhardt Primary School which has evolved into one of the strongest music programs in an a NSW public school.
Kirsty is a Churchill Fellow and in 2012 was recognised by being awarded an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne for her Services to Orchestral Music.
Kirsty lives in Sydney, sharing her home with a bevy of beautiful old basses, two creative and curious boys, a talented husband and a white cat called Coco who just decided to moved in. An ardent environmentalist, her heart resides deep in the country of this wide, brown land.