A R N A M O R T O N
Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Arna moved to Wellington in 2009 to complete her Bachelor and Masters in Violin at the New Zealand School of Music under Helene Pohl of the New Zealand String Quartet. In 2014, Arna moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she is currently a Performance PhD candidate, Casual Lecturer in Violin, and recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, supervised by Dr Curt Thompson & Dr David Irving. Arna was an Academic Assistant in 2017, and has been the Concertmaster of the University's Symphony Orchestra since 2015. In 2018, she founded the Faculty of Fine Arts & Music's Concertmaster Mentorship Programme which involved mentoring emerging ensemble leaders.
Arna's research focuses on Britten and his Violin Concerto, which she performed with the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2016 as winner of the 2015 MCM Concerto Competition. Arna was also a prizewinner in the 2016 Gisborne International Music Competition and joint-winner of the 2013/14 New Zealand National Concerto Competition, going on to perform both Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto and Ravel's Tzigane with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Arna is also in demand throughout Australasia as a chamber musician, having performed in the Adam Chamber Music Festival and toured with Chamber Music New Zealand as first violin of the Troubadour Quartet in 2017. In 2019, Arna is looking forward to touring the United Kingdom with the Royal-Overseas League and New Zealand with Chamber Music New Zealand as a founding member of Melbourne’s premier horn trio, The Morton Trio.