Former Students of TSM

Aaron Brown began violin studies at age 4, giving his first solo performance with orchestra at age 7. At age 17, Aaron moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School and later the Mannes College of Music, studying modern violin under Dorothy Delay, Catherine Cho, and Lewis Kaplan, and baroque studies with Nancy Wilson and Martha McGaughey. Aaron has performed with numerous baroque ensembles in the New York area, including ARTEK, the New York State Early Music Association, the Four Nations Ensemble, the Grand Tour Orchestra and Opera Lafayette. Aaron has appeared at most major New York venues including Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. He is the recipient of the Lord Mayors Performing Arts Scholarship (Australia) and was a finalist in the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition.


Francesca Hiew In 1996, at the age of 9 years, Francesca became the first student to learn the violin with the newly arrived Russian violin teacher, Emin Tagiev. Under Emin Tagiev’s  tutelage , Francesca toured throughout Europe and the USA in 1997, 1999 and 2005, as a soloist and orchestra member of both the Stoliarsky Chamber Orchestra and the Tagiev Chamber Rochestra. In 2003 and 2004, Francesca  was a recitalist  in the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition. In 2005  Francesca won  the Matilda Jane Aplin  Scholarship  at the Queensland Concervatorium  and was a finalist in the Basil Jones Sonata Prize.  In 2007 Francesca won the Paganini prize.

Francesca Hiew has been selected to participate in various master classes with internationally renowned  violinists including Dorothy de lay, Kurt Sassmansshaus and Felix Andrievsky.  She is currently  studying  under the tulelage of Michele Walsh, having recently graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Violin Performance.

Francesca became a permanent member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2014 and is a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (MCO). She has performed with the Sydney, Tasmanian and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, Victorian Opera, MCO’s Australian Octet and has also appeared as soloist with the MCO and Orchestra Victoria.

Tristan Selke

Tristan began learning violin from Emin Tagiev when he was six years old. Since then, he has performed solo and with touring ensembles in New Zealand, Malaysia, Germany, Finland, China, Estonia, Spain and America. Tristan is currently completing the final year of a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium. Recently he has received masterclasses with Rudolf Koelman, Ilya Konovalov and Berent Korfker whilst being under the tutelage of Michele Walsh.

Tristan is an active member of several quartets and orchestras, including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Conservatorium Chamber, Symphony and Opera orchestras and the Mueller International Chamber Orchestra. This year, he has been involved with Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp in Canberra, Feburary 2010 Season in Perth and Style Workshop in Melbourne. In July, Tristan joined AYO as they performed concerts in Canberra, Sydney, Shanghai, Tianjin, Beijing, Copenhagen, London, Harrogate andAmsterdam.

Currently Assistant Concertmaster with the Teatro Municipal of Santiago, Chile.