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1. What led you to play the violin?

I began learning the piano at the age of two. My older brother learnt to play so I was somewhat expected to follow in his footsteps. There came a point however that my mum decided that it would be a good experience for me to play music in a social environment, as the piano can be a solitary instrument. She thought she’d let me have a go at playing violin. Over the course of the next few years my focus shifted from piano to violin as I became more involved in playing in ensembles.

2. Tell us about your current career as a violinist

I'm a 24-year-old violinist from Adelaide, now living in Sydney, working with Opera Australia and String Musicians Australia. For the last two years with Opera Australia, I’ve performed some of the most challenging operatic works, including La Boheme, La Traviata, King Roger and contemporary works including Two Weddings One Bride.

As a representative of String Musicians Australia since 2011, I have performed for numerous weddings and corporate functions in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart, alongside Australia’s leading musicians. String Musicians Australia is renowned for employing high-class musicians from around the country.

Whilst I have performed mostly in string quartets with String Musicians Australia, performing with Opera Australia has given me a completely different performance experience. It has taught me that being part of a large-scale successful performance is a lot more than just coherence between the musicians, conductors and singers. It requires an immense variety of behind-the-scenes contributors that are paramount to the overall production.

In addition to this, I have been recently introduced to Sydney-based music producer and ‘Flow-Fi’ label Co-Founder ‘Aywy’. Through this collaborative friendship I have begun to find ways to use my skills to create my own music. I am learning about how others hear and create music, what fuels their inspiration and learning about the multifaceted industry. I have been inspired to work harder, smarter and with as many people as I can.

3. What are some of your favourite performance venues in Sydney?

I’ve performed at many venues in Sydney, including the Concert Hall, the Joan Sutherland Theatre, the Playhouse at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Town Hall. However, my favourite venue to perform at is Angel Place, City Recital Hall. The design of the amphitheatre and the acoustics make a unique and intimate performance experience everytime.

4. What size group do you prefer to play in and why?

I have no preference for the size of group I play in as each has it’s own pros and cons. My desire, in all the groups that I perform in, is to find that sense of satisfaction from contributing to something I love; something that will always be bigger than oneself.

5. What do you like most about performing for String Musicians Australia.

I studied with many of the musicians who represent String Musicians Australia, including the founder Jennen Ngiau-Keng. Aside from having a camaraderie built upon mutual experiences, the opportunity to perform with colleagues whom I still admire is very rewarding. There are a lot of talented musicians in Australia, but I like the fact that Jennen not only employs excellent musicians, but also ensures the musicians are reliable, positive and energetic.




For most wedding ceremonies the key moments where a song choice is necessary are:

  • While guests arrive
  • During the processional (entrance of the bridal party and bride)
  • During the signing of the register
  • During the recessional (at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony)

While the guests arrive:

Although our clients can select any genre of music to be performed, we generally recommend allowing the quartet to perform classical music before the wedding ceremony commences.

The celebrant will inform the quartet when the bridal party arrives. The string quartet will stop playing and prepare for the processional. Once given the signal from the celebrant, the quartet will begin performing the requested processional song. The most popular song for processionals is ‘Pachelbel Canon’ or ‘Canon in D by Pachelbel’. Other favourites include The Verve ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, Bach-Gounod ‘Ave Maria’ and Bach ‘Air’ from Suite No.3.

During the processional:

Brides do not need to worry about timing when it comes to the processional song. We will time our music to our lovely brides and bridal parties. For example, if the bride takes a little longer than expected, we will simply loop our music. Once the bride has completed her walk down the aisle and is comfortable in position, our string quartet will phrase off our music. There will never be any sudden end to our music.

At this point, our clients have the option to allow us to continue performing soft, slow, background music during the entire ceremony. There is no extra cost for this. It is lovely effect, but it is also vital that the celebrant is using a microphone if opting for this. It is also important that the bride and groom are amplified when delivering their vows. Otherwise, the string quartet can be silent during the vows and the entire ceremony process.

During the signing of the register:

When it’s time to sign the register, the string quartet will perform again. Since the signing of the register takes approximately 10 minutes, the client can select two songs for the string quartet to perform during this time. Again, there is no need to wait until the string quartet is finished before concluding the signing of the register. When the celebrant indicates that the signing has been complete, the string quartet will phrase off beautifully.

During the recessional:

At this point, the celebrant usually concludes the ceremony by welcoming the new couple as husband and wife. The string quartet then performs the requested recessional song for the couple’s exit.

At the conclusion:

Once the ceremony has concluded, the string quartet will continue to perform background music as guests mingle and exit. It is therefore recommended to hire our string quartet for an extra 5-10 minutes so that guests can enjoy the music after the wedding ceremony.

If photos are being taken afterwards, it is also lovely to have the string quartet continue to perform. The string quartet will perform more popular songs after the ceremony if requested by our clients.

It is then an option to book the string quartet for the wedding reception as well.

​A string quartet comprises of four instruments. These are two violins, a viola and a cello. The two most important parts of a string quartet are the top solo line and the accompanying bass, which are the 1st violin and cello parts. The two inner parts that allow for greater harmonies, are the 2nd violin and viola parts. We always recommend hiring a complete string quartet, as it allows for the fullest and richest harmonies. Most songs are written for a full string quartet, which means that trios and duos will be reductions, and as a result, will be missing harmonies and some moving parts. 
All our recordings on our website are of our string quartet. For those who are more budget conscious, we offer trio and duo options. A string duo consists of two instruments - a violin and a cello, whilst a string trio consists of three instruments - two violins and a cello. The range of music that a duo can perform is limited, so a violin and cello duo would be best for short bookings and only specific classical music songs would work as a duo. We'd recommend hiring a string duo for no longer than a 1 hour booking. A string trio is a better option to the duo, as it includes the 2nd violin part, which allows for an extra harmonic layer. 
Violins are the smallest out of the three instruments, and as a result, the sound produced is the highest pitch. Violins are played on the shoulder, with strings G, D, A and E. The viola is also played on the shoulder, but it is larger. As a result, the sound is lower pitched than the violin, with strings C, G, D and A. On the violin, the G is the lowest string, and on the viola, the C is the lowest string. The strings that are shared on the violin and viola are G, D and A. They are the same pitch on the viola and violin. While the viola has an extra C string on the bottom for lower notes, the violin has an extra E string on the top, allowing for higher notes. The cellos is the largest of the three fore-mentioned instruments, and is held between the cellist's legs. The strings on the cello are the same as the viola (C, G, D and A) but because of the longer length of the strings and larger area inside the instrument for resonance, it is pitched an octave lower.
Though a string quartet consists of two violins, a viola and cello, there is another instruments which can be added to make a string quintet. This is the double bass. The double bass is much larger than the cello, and so the double bassist often either stands or sits on a high stool to play the instrument. The double bass has the same strings as the violin, but in the opposite order (instead of G, D, A, E going upwards in pitch, they are E, A, D, G). As a result, the strings on the double bass are a 4th interval apartment, rather than a 5th apart, as is on the violin, viola and cello. 
We usually perform acoustically as a string quartet, string trio or string duo, however many of our clients have organised amplification to allow our sound to travel further. This can simply be done with microphones on stands setup near our instruments. Alternatively, we can also increase the size of the string band by having extra musicians per part. For example, hiring eight musicians would allow two musicians per part. That would comprise of 2 x 1st violins, 2 x 2nd violins, 2 x violas and 2 x cellos. This will add much more sound and a more impressive look. It effectively changes the small ensemble to become a small orchestra. 

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SMA Musician Profile - Cameron Jamieson



I started working for String Musicians Australia in Brisbane about 5 years ago. I’m really enjoying working with such a great team of players and I’m happy to be a regular with the company as this is the kind of work that really gets me going. I also love recording sessions for TV and playing with the MSO.

I’m originally from Brisbane but moved to Melbourne in 2012 and have really fallen in love with the city. That said, there’s certainly a part of me that stays in Brisbane and I love to go back to Queensland for some of Summer to see family and spend some time at the beach.

I’d have to say I associate travel with music strongly because it's taken me around the country and across the world. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some great teachers and mentors over the years but can’t deny how great it is being your own boss and working out the best way to play for me and my style.

After 20 years playing the violin I’d say we’ve gotten to know each other quite well. This particular instrument, Charlotte, has been very cooperative over the last 5 years and has taken me through some pretty full on experiences

What a lot of people in the classical world don't know about me is that “by night” I write and produce electronic and acoustic music in various forms under the name ‘seejay’. Just yesterday I was laying down 22 violin and vocal tracks for a pretty strange film-score/pop rock fusion track. Not sure if that’ll see the light of day but it’s a lot of fun working with various real-life and digital elements in the studio. I’d say I don't have a specific style to stick to but certainly a recognizable sound. Those minor 7th chords, they’re everywhere, I can’t escape it. It’s almost embarrassing! I turn over a new album about once or twice a year which gives me goals and publishes the latest tricks I’ve learnt.

When I’m working, I’m usually grinning or laughing because I get a real kick out of performing with good people and there’s something particularly fun about the event string quartet business.

Cameron Jamieson, December 1st 2014

Stay tuned for more updates on Cameron and check out his fantastic work.


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String Musicians Australia musicians Jennen Ngiau-Keng, Yuhki Mayne, Nelson Yarwood and Anna Pokorny provided chamber music for guests as they waited to be seated for lunch. The Orchid Room, a beautiful follow on from Red Spice next door, provided a wonderful atmosphere for us to play excellent music for Damien and his guests.

Thank you to Damien Grace for having us again, we look forward to next time!


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