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Tessa Ho, Violin

Tessa Ho is 25 years old and has played the violin since age five. Born in Melbourne, Australia, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2010. In 2013, she graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a Master of Arts in Violin Performance (Dist.) and DipRAM. Tessa is currently undertaking a Doctorate at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, studying with Associate Professor Dr Curt Thompson. She has previously studied with Leonid Zeyde, Mark Mogilevski and Maureen Smith.

Tessa has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, most notably being named the Victorian 3MBS FM Young Performer of the Year, the Australian National MBS FM Young Performer of the Year, both in 2010, and the winner of 29th National Youth Concerto Competition in 2004. She was also the ABRSM International Postgraduate Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. Tessa was awarded the Roth Prize for Best Performance by a Violin Finalist from the Royal Academy of Music, as well as awarded the University of Melbourne Graduate Scholarships, the Joyce McKenna Scholarship and the Sir William McKie Travelling Scholarship. She has also recorded for the 3MBS FM ‘Live at the Convent’ radio programme and has performed as soloist with the University of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Maroondah Symphony Orchestra, Preston Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Tessa has played under the baton of world-renowned conductors, including Trevor Pinnock, Marin Alsop, Jac Van Steen, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Laurent-Aimard, Elgar Howarth, Sir Mark Elder and the late Sir Colin Davis. She was also the first violinist of the Bartholdy Quartet who were the recipients of The Davey Poznanski Scheme at the Royal Academy of Music and performed in venues across the United Kingdom, France and Iceland.