Emma was born and raised in regional North-East Victoria, Australia, and began her studies on violin at the age of six. She moved to Melbourne for tertiary study, graduating from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) with a Bachelor of Music Performance in 2021. During her third year of university Emma undertook a minor in viola, studying with Wenhong Luo, and began to play viola in chamber groups as well as leading the MCM Philharmonic Orchestra viola section. In 2022 Emma has served as principal viola and principal second violin for various programs in The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble. At the MCM, Emma has been a recipient of the Corinna D’Hage Mayer String Scholarship (2020 & 2021).
Emma has a particular passion for orchestral playing and served as concertmaster of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra from 2018-2019. She has been involved in side-by-side concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (in 2018 & 2019), and has received group mentorship through university with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Emma has also participated extensively in Australian Youth Orchestra programs (on both violin and viola) including Young Symphonists, National Music Camps, and Seasons from 2017-2022. In 2022 Emma has enjoyed playing with the Melbourne Opera Orchestra, performing in projects such as their Die Walküre season.
Emma is currently completing her fourth and final ‘Honours’ year to her Bachelor of Music Performance on violin, studying with Sarah Curro. She continues to be actively involved on both violin and viola. Upon graduating Emma hopes to establish an eclectic career comprising of orchestral playing, teaching (for which she has a keen passion), chamber music, and possibly some arts administration work. Outside of music Emma enjoys dog- watching, subsequent petting of dogs, attempting to find Melbourne’s best mocha, brunching with friends, and sleeping.