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Charlotte Winslade - cello

"she is truly a model for all musicians... Ms. Winslade possesses refined technical and musical abilities, and an intelligent and charming personality..." - Peter Cokkinias – Conductor, USA

Charlotte Winslade was the founding director of The Casals Academy of Music, which opened in Canberra in February 2003. The Academy has grown rapidly, with a faculty of nine of Australia’s finest performers and teachers and just over a hundred students.

Charlotte began her cello study in Australia at the age of nine. She moved to Boston, USA in 1996 to undertake extensive study with master-cellist Bernard Greenhouse, which continued for four years.

While in Boston Charlotte gained experience as the Principal Cellist of the Boston Conservatory Symphony and Opera Orchestras and then performed with the Boston Artists Ensemble and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Concert for the Cure. Upon her return to Australia, Charlotte performed as Principal Cellist of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for one year (2000-2001) before opening the Casals Academy.

In November 2002 Charlotte performed Elgar Concerto with the National Capital Orchestra and then in December she gained the Third Prize in the Gisborne International Music Competition.

In September 2003, Charlotte travelled to Afghanistan to give several concerts and to assist Kabul University with the development of a music programme. It was an inspiring experience to play in this environment and to work with the Afghan students and Charlotte continues her relationship with Kabul University. In December 2003 Charlotte released her first solo recording, of Bach Suite I in G major, recorded at the Wesley Music Centre in Forrest.

During the last few years, Charlotte has given regular performances throughout Australia as part of the Casals Academy Faculty Recital Series and with her three main chamber ensembles: ChAnt sans paroles (cello and piano), the Casals Academy Cello Quartet, and the Academy Piano Trio with Vincent Edwards and Anthony Smith. Charlotte has been recorded in a new music release of compositions by Sandy France on Tall Poppies label, in a jazz album Goddess with singer Harii Bandu and in an album of new works Political Animals by Political Satirist John Shortis.

In the Casals tradition, Charlotte is a gifted and inspirational teacher, with a level of musicianship useful not only to cellists but to all students of classical music.

"to hear this great work (Rachmaninov Sonata) in such a notable performance was rewarding... it will certainly remain with me as one of the memorable delights of the year’s concert season..." - W.L. Hoffman, The Canberra Times, Australia.

Charlotte Winslade has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

2 April 2011
20 March 2011


The above details were supplied by the individual performer and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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