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Rebecca Chambers - piano
Rebecca Chambers has established herself as a prominent young concert artist. She appears regularly with the Australian Symphony Orchestras, and has performed on four continents. In recognition of her achievements in music, she was named as the 1996 Young Australian of the Year.
Ms Chambers graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in New York with a Masters Degree in music. Her undergraduate education was completed at Melbourne University’s Victorian College of the Arts studying with Ronald Farren-Price, and she was the recipient of the John Gaitskell Mensa Award for highest academic and performance achievement.
Rebecca commenced piano lessons with her mother at the age of three, and made her debut as concerto soloist with an orchestra four years later under the tutelage of Nehama Patkin. During her prodigious childhood, Rebecca received countless accolades and awards, appeared frequently on television and recorded for radio. She performed as concerto soloist on over fifty occasions culminating with her winning the prestigious ABC Young Performers Awards.
During five years of residence in New York, Rebecca’s career continued to flourish, winning competitions and awards. She gave her Lincoln Center debut with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and performed regularly for the New York Philharmonic Children’s Promenades.
Rebecca has enjoyed her role as youth ambassador and motivational speaker, travelling throughout Australia speaking and performing to thousands of students with the aim of making classical music more accessible to young people.
In the United States, she was invited to the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. to perform and speak on youth and women’s issues during International Women’s Week.
Rebecca’s multi-talented skills include Broadcast Journalism - she has presented, produced and edited numerous documentaries for television. Rebecca is also a ballroom dancer, having reached Gold Star level. In 2008 she will complete a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy from the Australian College of Natural Medicine.
Rebecca performed Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12 K414 with the Zelman Symphony in 1988 with Phillip Carrington conducting.
Rebecca Chambers has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts: