Alice Hurwood is in her third year of a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, studying with Edith Salzmann at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She has travelled extensively for her studies including spending a year in Germany studying with Prof. Mario De Secondi. Alice has taken masterclasses with Professor Ramon Jaffe at the International Akaroa Music Festival, Brant Taylor at the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, Howard Penny, and the Flinders Quartet.
Alice has performed as a concerto soloist with the Melbourne String Ensemble and has since played as a soloist for the Melbourne Conservatorium Young Artists Academy and the Victorian Certificate of Education Season of Excellence. She has twice been a finalist in the Musica Viva ‘Strike a Chord’ chamber music competition and has been chosen for the top string quartet program at her university. Alice has enjoyed playing principal cello of the Melbourne String Ensemble for many years and associate principal of the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in 2021 and 2022 with the prestigious Australian Youth Orchestra.
Alice has completed both her Associate in Music, Australia with distinction and Licentiate in Music, Australia also with distinction on cello. She graduated as the Dux of her school from the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.
Alice greatly enjoys composing and she has won multiple awards including first prize for composition from the Australian Guild of Music, and Young Songwriter of The Year from APRA/AMCOS. She recorded and released an EP of original music in 2022 and has been commissioned to compose two pieces in 2023 for Alta Collective and the Bob Brown Foundation.