Lizzy Welsh – artistic director, baroque violin

Photo by Albert Comper

Lizzy Welsh is a Melbourne-based musician whose main instruments are the violin and the baroque violin.

As a baroque violinist, Lizzy has performed with Orchestra of the Antipodes, Freitags-Akademien (Berlin, Germany), Latitude 37, Van Diemen’s Band, The Night Watch (Wellington, NZ), the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Accademia Arcadia, La Compañia, Ludovico’s Band, Consort Eclectus, and Harken Well, as well as in various experimental improvisation settings.

As either soloist or chamber musician, Lizzy has been invited to perform at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, the Adelaide Festival, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Melbourne Jazz Festival, the University of California San Diego’s Springfest, Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, London Jazz Festival, Jazztopad Wrocław, Sacrum Profanum Festival (Krakow), the Berlin Jazz Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Shanghai New Music Week, Metropolis New Music Festival, and Wangaratta Jazz Festival, to name a few.

As a new music violinist, Lizzy has presented scores of Australian and World premieres with ensembles including the Argonaut Ensemble, Golden Fur New Music Project, ELISION Ensemble, and the Australian Art Orchestra. Lizzy is Artistic Director of the Australia’s leading new music string quartet, the Argonaut String Quartet.

An advocate for creating new music for early instruments, Lizzy is a Doctor of Musical Arts in this field, and has commissioned and developed many compositions for the baroque violin and viola d’amore.