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Valmai Coggins

BMus (Merit), MMus

Examiner Number: 111

Valmai Coggins studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, receiving both a Bachelor of Music with merit and a Master of Music degree in viola performance. She has performed with all the major Sydney orchestras as well as the Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. She was a permanent member of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra from 1989 to 1994 and, in 1996 and 1997, toured Australia with Ozopera.

Valmai was a founding member of the Alpha Centauri Ensemble, which gave many world and Australian premieres of new works, culminating in a major tour of Europe in 1992. She has performed in recitals as a soloist, with many other chamber groups and, in 1997, was a co-founder of the Amabile Players. Further study in England in 2001 enabled her to develop her interest in baroque performance.

She continues to combine freelance work with a successful private teaching studio, and performs and records regularly with the AOBO, Sinfonia Australis, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Pinchgut Opera and Sydney Philharmonia, as well as taking part in many film and television recordings. She performs regularly with chamber groups, such as Salut Baroque, the Sydney Consort, Charisma and Ironwood, and is a member of the string trio Three Piece Suite.

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