Lisa-Maree Amos is Principal Flute of Orchestra Victoria.
Orchestra Victoria is the full-time performance partner of the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and the Victorian Opera, and performs primarily in the State Theater of Victoria as well as the Melbourne Recital Centre, Hamer Hall and the Melbourne Town Hall. When not playing in the theatre, the orchestra performs symphony and chamber orchestra concerts.Lisa-Maree is part of the Flute staff teaching at MCM Melbourne University and since 2008 as been teaching her Flute Audition Masterclass in Melbourne, focusing on audition technique and excerpt performance. Lisa-Maree was on the teaching faculty of the National Music Camp for 2014, and will be facilitating a new masterclass in July on the flute works by Mozart.
During her 28 year career, highlights have been performing as Guest Principal Flute with both the BBC Symphony and the Boston Symphony working with many legendary conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, and Bernard Haitink. Her performances in major international Festivals including the London Proms, LA Bach Festival, Aldeburgh and Spitalfields have received critical acclaim. Recently Orchestra Victoria performed the Wagner’s Ring Cycle with Pietari Inkenin to rave reviews. New recordings with husband Peter Sheridan for Move Records are due to be released this year.
Lisa-Maree freelanced in London for 12 years performing with many of the Uk’s leading Symphony Orchestras as well as all of the Opera and Ballet Orchestras and visiting companies, and held positions and contracts with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia (on tour and at the Royal Opera House), the Bournemouth Symphony and the D’Oyly Carte Light Opera Company. During this time she was also a member of the contemporary music ensemble “Jane’s Minstrels”, touring the USA, Scandinavia and the UK with the extraordinary Soprano Jane Manning, making many radio broadcasts and recordings and made her London Wigmore Hall debut with them in 2003. Lisa-Maree was a Live Music Now! artist travelling throughout the UK performing in recital as in many chamber music partnerships including the Helicon Trio (with Guy Noble piano and Ian Phyllis ‘cello) and with guitarist Mark Burke. Lisa-Maree performed Debussy’s Syrinx in Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Observance Day with HRH The Queen representing Australia, and travelled to India to perform and teach in Mumbai as a representative of the British Council. Flute and harp duo partnerships fostered many key performances of new works in major venues such as the Purcell Room and St Johns Smith Square as well as unusual venues such as the National Portrait Gallery, Barbican Foyer Series, National Theatre Foyer Series, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Later moving to the USA, Lisa-Maree continued to perform in a variety of cities as Principal Flute of Phoenix Opera and the Sante Fe Symphony, as a founding member of the Los Angeles Flute Quartet, duo partnership with husband and low flute specialist Peter Sheridan in the Married Flutes and as a freelancer in Los Angeles. Activites in this time included symphonic performances guesting Principal Flute with the Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Riverside Symphony, chamber touring, recitals, recordings and educational performances for the Los Angeles Artists Roster, chamber performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in their Friday Evening Concerts Series, in San Francisco in the Green Room Series and performances facilitated by a Subito Grant and Los Angeles Colburn Schools Zipper Hall, as well as parenthood! In the summers, Lisa-Maree served as Principal Flute with the Colorado Music Festival for 10 seasons performing concertos by Nielsen, Martin, JS Bach, Mozart, and Augusta Read-Thomas (with guitarist Eliot Fisk) in addition to her Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music and masterclass teaching duties.
She has performed in the National Flute Conventions in Las Vegas and San Diego, in the 5th Australian Flute Convention in Brisbane and the Australian Flute Festival in 2009 in Adelaide(opening & closing concert) & 2011 in Canberra (solo recital), and has given masterclasses at the Australian National Academy of Music, Australian Institute of Music, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, University of Washington, Cal State University Santa Barbara and Lisa-Maree currently is on staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University (formerly known as VCA).
Since returning to Australia Lisa-Maree has been guest Principal Flute with the Tasmanian Symphony, West Australian Symphony and the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, made ABC Classics recordings and has broadcast on the ABC and 3MBS.
Original training at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music preceeded further studies in London with two years at the Royal College of Music and then participing in programs including Tanglewood Music Center, Jeunesse Musicales World Orchestra, Respighi, Schleswig-Holstein and Aspen Music Festivals, and the Nice Flute Acadamie as well as masterclasses with Galway, Schultz, Nicolet, Lukas-Graf, Doriot Dwyer, Irena Grafenauer, Peter Lloyd, Debost and Marion. Lisa-Maree was was Principal Flute of the Queensland Youth Orchestra touring with them to New Zealand performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D and Principal Flute of the Australian Youth Orchestra for several years.
She has received awards and prizes from the Royal College of Music, London (RCM Exhibitioner, Concerto Prize); Tangelwood Music Center, USA (2 year Fellowship, young artist award); Countess of Munster Fund, UK (two year scholarship); English Speaking Union, UK (fellowship); Royal Overseas League Music Competition, UK; East West Artists New York Competition (Special presentation winner) and the James Carson Memorial Prize winner.
She has reached the finals of auditions and performed trials with the San Francisco Symphony (Principal Flute) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Piccolo), the BBC Symphony(Co-Principal Flute), San Francisco Opera (Piccolo), Opera North (Second Flute) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (second Flute).
“Finely played by Lisa-Maree Amos..an altogether excellent concert”Michael White -Independent on Sunday – Aldeburgh Festival. “Sheer golden sound – the flutist Lisa-Maree Amos was outstanding” – Richard Dyer – Boston Globe