Four young musicians from the Queensland Conservatorium are preparing for the performance of a lifetime after being chosen to play for the Prime Minister and industry leaders on the eve of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Soleil Quartet will play at a glittering reception for Trade 2018, to an audience of high-profile politicians, industry titans and sports supremos.
The quartet was formed two years ago, and features violinists Clare Cooney and Scarlett Gallery, viola player Jacob Seabrook and cellist Michael Gibson.
Claire said playing for the PM and other dignitaries was a fantastic opportunity for the young musicians, who will have to dig deep into their repertoire for the four hour set.
“It will be an amazing experience,” she said.
“It is probably one of the longest shows we’ve ever played and we’ll have to bring our A game.”
The students are already seasoned players, playing at a series of high profile events around town including a glittering gala for The Australian newspaper’s 50th anniversary, charity events at The Brisbane Club and the Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival.
As part of the Queensland Conservatorium community outreach program, the quartet also plays regularly at The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
Clare, Scarlett and Michael are also part of the renowned Australian Youth Orchestra, and several members of the quartet have been selected to work with the Southern Cross Soloists as ‘Next Gen artists’.