Following postgraduate studies at the Musikhochschule in Munich with Hariolf Schlichtig, Rosemary Curtin’s professional career began with regular performances with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in London, Asia, the US and Europe.
After returning to Australia, she held the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Viola Fellowship in 2003. Since then she has been working regularly with the orchestra and in 2014 joined the viola section as a permanent member. She has also pursued an active freelance career with other Australian orchestras, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra and Australian World Orchestra. And in June 2017 she represented the SSO performing with the New York Philharmonic in their Global Orchestra Project.
Rosemary Curtin began her music studies on the violin at the age of four with the Suzuki method. She changed to the viola when she entered the Sydney Conservatorium High School, studying with Winifred Durie. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Sydney. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships from organisations including the Queen’s Trust, the Big Brother Movement and the Australian Youth Orchestra. She also holds a Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge and pursues an active interest in orchestral management.
Rosemary Curtin plays on an A.E. Smith viola made in Sydney in 1930.