Posts tagged sophie koh
Introducing the Australian Women in Music Awards led by an all star cast of iconic Aussie ladies

Some of the biggest names in the Australian music industry have united to create and support the very first Australian Women in Music Awards & Forum (AWMA) in Brisbane in October this year.

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The SSO's Associate Principal Oboist Shefali Pryor says: "Aim to be the broadest musician that you can be." Just a taste of the advice you'll get at our Vivid Ideas event

Shefali is the Assistant Principal Oboist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Shefali grew up in Sydney where she graduated with first class honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During her studies she participated in numerous programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra and was a member of the Sydney Sinfonia. Upon graduating she joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Second Oboe.

In 2004 and 2005 Shefali studied with Stefan Schilli at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Not long after her return to Australia she was appointed Associate Principal Oboe. In 2006 she won the Other Instrumental category of the Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards. She has performed as soloist with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, including performances with violinist Nigel Kennedy in 2006.

Shefali has also performed as guest principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia, and as a casual musician with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Sydney Omega Ensemble and has performed with the Australia Ensemble, Sydney Soloists, and Southern Cross Soloists as well as with the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium, where she teaches oboe. She is also the Artistic Director of the SSO's Vanguard program for young philanthropists.

Shefali will no doubt offer invaluable advice to everyone when she comes to present as a panellist for Music Love and Vivid Ideas. In the meantime, she took some time to offer Music Love a taster of her wisdom.

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Sophie Koh: Being independent has had its ups and down. But I’m still here. Mainly because I’ve taken charge of my music career from the very start

Sophie Koh has been writing, recording and performing music most of her life. Impeccably and flawlessly classically trained on the piano, Sophie branched out into the indie-pop scene in her early twenties. In 2003, at 23, Sophie won triple j's Unearthed competition while living in Darwin. From there, Sophie has continued on to great things, having many songs played on popular television shows Grey's Anatomy, Neighbours and Home and Away, as well many television appearances herself on Rockwiz, Spicks and Specks and even Neighbours. Winning international songwriting competitions, and playing and working with Australian household names like Ben Lee, Jimmy Little and The Church's Steve Kilby has been par for the course. Sophie gave Music Love this interview about her musical and medical pathway so far, her new album, and how surprised she was that some tracks from Book of Songs have ended up on popular radio. 

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