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Emma Sholl

Associate Principal Flute

Robert & Janet Constable Chair


Emma Sholl began working with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 19 and was awarded the Second Flute post the following year – one of the youngest musicians ever appointed. In 2003 she was appointed Associate Principal Flute.

She was named 2MBS Young Performer of the Year in 1997, and won the 1999 National Orchestral Flute Competition, the Other Instruments category in the 2001 ABC/Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, and the 2002 National Solo Flute Competition.

In 2002–03, several awards – including the Martin Bequest and Dorothy Fraser Scholarship – enabled her to study in Geneva with Jacques Zoon. During that time she performed in St Petersburg and Moscow as part of the World Orchestra for Peace conducted by Valery Gergiev.

As a guest principal, she has appeared with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Adelaide, Queensland, Tasmanian and West Australian symphony orchestras. In 2011 and 2013 she performed in the Australian World Orchestra.

As a soloist she has appeared with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, performing Bach with Geoffrey Lancaster. Other solo engagements have included the ASO and TSO as well as the SSO, and she recorded Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.4 with Angela Hewitt, Alison Mitchell and the ACO.

Emma Sholl has performed in recital for Musica Viva and ABC Classic FM and in 2015 released Vignettes, an album for flute and harp with Jane Rosenson. As a chamber musician, she has performed in many festivals around Australia, and with such groups as the Australia Ensemble, Sydney Soloists, Sydney Omega Ensemble and Southern Cross Soloists. She has taught for the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian National Academy of Music and is Lecturer in flute at the Sydney Conservatorium.

Emma Sholl plays a 14k rose gold Burkart flute.