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Georgia Stibbard

Viola

Georgia grew up with musical experiences ranging from Midnight Oil, Deep Purple and ACDC, to Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ and the best of Beethoven. She played traditional Irish music with family friends from the moment she started the violin at age 9 and still has an abiding love for folk music of many origins.

The Canberra Youth Orchestras gave Georgia her first taste of playing in an orchestra, but it was not until her second year of a Bachelor of Music at Melbourne University that she discovered the musical love of her life... the viola.

Picking up the viola as part of the university chamber music program, Georgia had the opportunity to play in the inaugural Melbourne season of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival as violist for the Tallis Quartet, winning the Athenaeum Club String Quartet Prize, performing in the NGV and for the reopening of Melba Hall, as well as a pre-show performance for the MSO’s 2013 Beethoven Festival.

These experiences helped shape the next chapter of Georgia’s musical journey, leading to an official transition to the viola, and the completion of her Honours year at Monash University in 2016, where she is currently undertaking a Masters degree.

Georgia embraces the diversity of a musical career, working as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician, and teaching violin and viola at Toorak College. She spends her free time arranging music for string quartet, reading the classics, and learning the drums.