Emma Sullivan

Emma Sullivan

Emma has performed in orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States of America. Particularly notable experiences have included touring Europe with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2014, playing at the 2008 Olympic Arts Festival with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, China, and touring the east coast of Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s regional touring subsidiary, ACO2.

Emma has had the privilege of studying with Michael Morgan at the Queensland Conservatorium, Jeff Bradetich at University of North Texas and Steve Reeves at Australian National Academy of Music. During her studies, Emma received a number of awards, including Griffith University and Queensland Conservatorium medals, first prize in the University of North Texas Concerto Competition and joint first prize in the Australian National Academy of Music Concerto Competition. In 2012, Emma was awarded the Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to undertake a two-month period of intensive study and mentoring under renowned French double bass performer and pedagogue Thierry Barbé in Paris.

Emma is currently based in Melbourne, Australia, where she enjoys being principal double bass of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, playing regularly with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria and sharing her love of the double bass with her students. Emma is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Her doctoral project, Collaborative Contrabass, is focused on researching, performing and promoting chamber music for the double bass.