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There is depth in the searching, brooding reflections of the icy landscape under the ‘NORDIC LIGHTS’. Sibelius’ colossal and triumphant Second Symphony is a much-loved tour de force in the orchestral repertoire and is one of the most frequently performed 20th century works.

Bridget Bolliger will explore the exquisite beauty and personality of Carl Neilsen’s Flute Concerto and Finlandia, Sibelius’ hymn to his native country, rounds out a perfect afternoon of Scandinavian delights.

Bridget Bolliger

Born in Sydney, Bridget travelled to Switzerland to study with Peter-Lukas Graf at the Basel Music Academy. For four consecutive years she was awarded the coveted Study Grant of the Migros/Ernst-Göhner Stiftung, while also winning the UBS Flute Competition in Zürich, the Kiefer Hablitzel Award in Bern and a prize at the Swiss Woodwind Competition in St Gallen. She attended masterclasses with Alain Marion, Jean-Pierre Rampal and William Bennett, and played Principal Flute with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado and Vaclav Neumann, the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach and the European Community Youth Chamber Orchestra under James Judd.


After graduating with the prestigious Soloistʼs Diploma, Ms Bolliger was appointed Principal Flute with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra. She also appeared as Guest Principal Flute with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Zürich Opera Orchestra and Zürich Chamber Orchestra, under conductors such as Nello Santi, Horst Stein, Franz Welser-Möst and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.


Ms Bolliger spent three years in Brazil as Principal Flute of the Sinfonica de São Paulo, before returning to Australia where she has played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, under conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy and Patrick Summers.


Bridget Bolliger has appeared as concerto soloist with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Basel Radio Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Basel, Gruppo Concertistico della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar al Teatro Massimo (Palermo), Orquestra Sinfonica do Norte (Porto, Portugal) and the Sinfonica de São Paulo. She has performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with harpists Elena Zaniboni, Marielle Nordmann and Sarah O’Brien.


As a chamber musician, Ms Bolliger has appeared at the Ainey International Music Festival in Burgundy, the Curitiba International Music Festival in Brazil, the Huntington Estate Music Festival in New South Wales and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Queensland. She has collaborated with many distinguished Australian and British musicians, and with members of the Chicago and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.


Ms Bolliger is founder of the New Sydney Wind Quintet, which has become one of Australia’s leading chamber ensembles, releasing two CDs, commissioning a work from Ross Edwards and giving numerous world premieres. Ms Bolliger is also founder and Artistic Director of the annual Sydney Chamber Music Festival.


As a flute teacher and chamber music coach, Bridget Bolliger has tutored and given masterclasses in Switzerland, Brazil and Australia. She has taught at the Jugend Musik Schule (Rorschach) and was assistant to Michel Debost at the Oficina de Música de Curitiba. She has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of New South Wales and the Sydney Conservatorium High School, and given masterclasses for the New England Conservatorium of Music, the Sydney Flute Society and the Australian Flute Festival.

Bridget Bolliger is a Powell Artist, playing on a handmade, 14-carat gold Verne Q. Powell flute.
There is depth in the searching, brooding reflections of the icy landscape under the ‘NORDIC LIGHTS’. Sibelius’ colossal and triumphant Second Symphony is a much-loved tour de force in the orchestral repertoire and is one of the most frequently performed 20th century works.

Told and retold though generations, FAIRY TALES are cautionary stories where good usually conquers evil, the wicked get punished, and the righteous live happily ever after.

Come with us on a fantastic journey as we encounter dolls, trolls, witches and princes. Set to music and enhanced by our imagination, and with Tim Page as our narrator, we’ll meet Scheherazade and hear 1001 tales of Arabian Nights.

Norway’s Peer Gynt will take us to exotic times and places, and the poet Hoffmann will regale us with stories of his three loves.  

We’ll meet Baba Yaga, the twisted old woman sitting in a house perched on chicken legs. Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb and Beauty and the Beast will all be there. We’ll dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy, stroll though The Enchanted Garden and fly through the air in a sleigh pulled by a flying reindeer.

Ideal for the whole family!