Violist Stefanie Farrands began her viola studies at the age of fifteen, having previously learnt the violin. She is currently the principal Violist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra after recently completing her studies in Berlin (2010-2015) with renowned Violist Tabea Zimmermann at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik Berlin. She has also studied in both Sydney and Melbourne, spending two years studying with Roger Benedict and Alice Waten at the Australian National Academy of Music where she held the Georgina Grosvenor Memorial Scholarship.
Stefanie has been performing as a casual player with the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 2008 after being selected as an Emerging Artist in 2008. In 2010 she appeared as Soloist with the ACO2 on a tour throughout Western Australia and in 2011 and 2012 she toured to Japan with Richard Tognetti and Emmanuel Pahud (Berliner Philharmoniker) to perform a series of Chamber Music Concerts.
She has been a guest player with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2014, Camerata Salzburg and Spira Mirabilius since 2012, is a regular casual player with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, with whom she has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions.
In 2011 she appeared as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performing the Australian Premiere of Olga Neuwirths viola Concerto. She has performed as soloist with the Melbourne String Ensemble and with several orchestras in Germany.
In 2005, Stefanie gave the premier performance of Natalie Williams’ Oubliette Viola Concerto with the Australian Youth Orchestras Young Symphonists Program. She has also performed as soloist with local Melbourne Orchestras and has been featured on 3mbs and ABC classic fm Radio.
Stef is also an active chamber musician and was the founding member of the Essenz Quartet in Berlin, performing concerts within Germany and featuring as the Quartet of the Bundes Jungend Ballet in Hamburg. She was the youngest member of the Hamer Quartet which was founded in early 2006. They gave their debut to critical acclaim in 2007 and since then have toured both nationally and internationally.
In 2009 the Hamer Quartet were successful in winning the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition taking the Overall 1 st Prize Tony Berg Award,1st prize for String Quartet and the Audience Prize. She has toured extensively and has performed concerts in North America, Japan, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic and in the UK.
She has had masterclasses and lessons from many leading musicians including Barbara Westphal, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Felix Andrievsky, Howard Penny, Nobuko Imai, Stephen King, Hatto Beyerle and Brett Dean as well as world renowned quartets including the Borodin, Artemis, Alban Berg, Arditti, Tokyo and Jerusalem Quartets.