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 has just completed her PhD in Violin Performance at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, supervised by Dr Curt Thompson & Dr David Irving. During her candidature Arna was a recipient of the Australian Postgradute Award, an Academic Assistant, a Casual Lecturer in Violin, 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 toured the United Kingdom with the Royal-Overseas League, performing at esteemed venues, such as St Martin’s in the Fields and St James Piccadilly, and has recently returned from a tour of New Zealand with Chamber Music New Zealand as a founding member of Melbourne’s premier horn trio, The Morton Trio.