About the performers:

Ilse de Ziah was born in the U.S.A and moved to Australia when she was 6. She played cello with the Australian National Ensemble, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and founded the Cove Chamber Orchestra. Ilse left Australia for London, joining the Adam Darius Mime Co. as composer, cellist and mime artist. She performed in various physical theatre productions including work with her own theatre company Falling Ballgowns. Ilse joined singer/songwriter Jan Allain for performing and touring around the world as duo Jan and Ilse, building up a huge following and making many recordings. Her most recent successes include the Cork Opera House production of Dido and Aeneas and the release of her CD and publishing of a book of Irish Airs for solo cello. Ilse is also involved with the Quiet Music Ensemble, Scarlet String Quartet, Retorika, and Beyond the Pale. Ilse has composed over 100 songs and pieces, including the soundtracks for three films.


Katrina Emtage was born in Kenya but had her first musical training in Sydney. Starting the flute in the school fife and drum band at age 11 she quickly progressed, winning several competitions including being a finalist in the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s prestigious Instrumental and Vocal Competition at the age of 19

The award of a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee scholarship allowed her to continue her studies in Vienna where she then lived and worked as a freelance musician for 13 years. During this time she studied with the principal flute of the Vienna Philharmonic, Wolfgang Schulz at the Vienna Academy of Music and attended master classes with many other well-known flute-players including Aurele Nicolet, William Bennett and Robert Dick

She has toured extensively in Europe, the USA, Australia and Asia with many orchestras and chamber groups both as soloist and as an ensemble member. These include Capella Istropolitana, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, the Welsh Chamber Orchestra and the contemporary music ensemble Klangforum Wien with whom she also appeared at the Salzburg Festival

She currently teaches flute at the Cork School of Music and the County Cork School of Music and pursues a keen interest in Irish traditional music and sailing.


Nicole Panizza completed her formal studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, South Australia, graduating with an Honours Degree in Music Performance, In 2004 she graduated with a MA (Music Performance) in which she studied vocal accompaniment with Roger Vignoles and Malcolm Martineau (London) and Brian McKay (Dublin). In 2005 she commenced a Doctorate of Music through the Royal College of Music, London, in which she is focusing on American Art Song settings of the poet Emily Dickinson.

Nicole has freelanced in Sydney for the Australian season of Phantom of the Opera, Opera Australia and the Cologne and Covent Garden Opera Awards. In London, she worked as Education Officer for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. In Ireland she has been a staff member of the Dublin Institute of Technology (Conservatory of Music) and University College Cork. She is an examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Nicole currently holds the position of Staff Coach/Accompanist, Co-Director of the Opera Workshop (Cork School of Music, Ireland) and Vocal Department coach (Royal College of Music, London). She successfully established both the Education program for the Cork based opera company Opera 2005, and the Opera and Lieder studies modules at UCC. She is regularly in demand as a coach and accompanist, and has worked on many vocal summer courses such as and Irish Vocal Masterclasses (Dublin) of which she is also a board member.

Engagements have included recitals in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, St Mary Abbots Church (U.K), the Bantry International Music Festival (Ireland) the V and A Museum, the National Gallery and St James’s, Piccadilly (U.K.) repetiteur for Opera 2005 productions, public masterclasses with celebrated tenors Philip Langridge and Graham Clarke In addition Nicole has presented papers at international conferences in Kyoto Adelaide, London, Edinburgh, Bonn and Amherst.