2022 Featured Young Artists
Drew Gilchrist, clarinet
Drew Gilchrist is a vibrant clarinettist who brings ‘passion and electricity’ to the stage. His endeavours as an avid chamber musician include his appearance as a guest artist with groups such as Ensemble Q and The Southern Cross Soloists alongside ARIA winning guitarist Slava Grigoryan. He has been involved in the Brisbane Festival, the Bellingen Fine Music Festival, The Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival, Queensland Music Trails, Coramba Chamber Music Festival and 4MBS Marathon Concerts. He has attended a number of Australian Youth Orchestra programs. In competition he has seen plenty of success, having won the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Inc. Competition twice and receiving the 2020 Queensland Conservatorium Ross Peters 4mbs Chamber Music Prize with his group, Ensemble Crucible. He has performed solo at the Sydney Opera House for the ENCORE showcase to a sold-out crowd and played Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto as soloist with the New South Wales Regional Youth Orchestra. Drew is passionate about new music. He has given the world premiere of Paul Dean’s solo clarinet work 4 Moments and the Queensland premiere of his Clarinet Concerto with the Conservatorium Symphony orchestra.
Shana Hoshino, oboe
Brisbane based oboist Shana Hoshino has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Australian Classical and Romantic Orchestra, Ensemble Q Opera at Jimbour and Conservatorium Symphony and Musical/Opera Orchestras. Shana is currently the Principal Oboist of the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra, with which she has been a member of since 2019. As a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, she was awarded the Nora Baird Scholarship for most outstanding entrance audition. Shana regularly appears as a principal musician at the Conservatorium under the renowned tutelage of Eve Newsome and Huw Jones. Passionate about chamber music, Shana has been a founding member of the Schilflieder Trio and the Acetaria Wind Quintet, with whom she has participated in masterclasses with the LA Philharmonic Wind Quintet and who were semi-finalists in the Queensland International Chamber Music Competition in 2019. In 2021, Acetaria performed at the inaugural Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival. Shana has participated in masterclasses run by such renowned pedagogues as Diana Doherty, Maurice Bourgue and Jeff Crellin and in 2021 was the 1st prize winner of the Australasian Double Reed Society’s National Competition Open Section. In 2022, Shana will be performing with Ensemble Q in their first concert and at UKARIA in Adelaide. She will also be participating in Australian Youth Orchestras’ 2022 programs, including the National Music Camp, Winter and Summer Seasons and Fellowship with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Shana is passionate about music and the power it has to touch and bring people together.
Amelia Cody-Byfield, bassoon
Amelia Cody-Byfield is a bassoonist who is currently completing a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the tutelage of David Mitchell. Amelia holds a casual position with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and enjoys her work as a freelance orchestral and chamber bassoonist. Over the course of her studies, Amelia has had numerous performance opportunities with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, including playing principal bassoon in Stravinsky’s Firebird in 2021, and Mahler’s 8th Symphony in 2018. She has also played in the Queensland Conservatorium’s Side By Side concert series, including the Beethoven Quintet for Piano and Winds with Paul Dean and Daniel de Borah, and Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto with Paul Dean, Vernon Hill and Ben Marks. Outside of her studies, Amelia enjoys freelance chamber and orchestral playing in Brisbane and the surrounding areas. She has especially valued her opportunities to play second bassoon with Ensemble Q, including Beethoven’s Wind Sextet for the 2021 4MBS Beethoven Marathon, Opera at Jimbour, and the recording of Dvorák’s Serenade for Wind Instruments for the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall. Amelia has also participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s 2021 Autumn Music Camp and looks forward to playing with the AYO in their 2022 programs.