Irina Morozova, one of Australia’s leading violists, has been principal viola in the Australian Chamber Orchestra, guest principal of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and principal viola of the Elizabethan Trust Orchestra. She is a foundation and current member of both the Australia Ensemble @UNSW and the Goldner String Quartet . With these two groups she has performed in nearly 30 countries around the world and has recorded extensively – particularly for the Hyperion Label in the UK and for Tall Poppies and ABC Classics in Australia.
After studies with Richard Goldner and Robert Pikler at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, she undertook advanced studies and work in Europe and the USA before returning to Australia. She has regularly appeared as a soloist with major Australian and New Zealand orchestras. A member of distinguished chamber music juries, she presided on the juries of the Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition in St Petersburg, Russia, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and was invited to perform and adjudicate at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition on the Isle of Man. Irina has recently been a frequent guest principal with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
She is married to violinist Dene Olding who is concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony and also a member of the Australia Ensemble and Goldner String Quartet. They have had a double concerto written for them by Richard Mills and have performed solos together with many orchestras.They live in Sydney with their son, Nikolai.
Irina plays a viola made for Richard Goldner by A.E. Smith of Sydney in 1947.