Australia names Berlin-tested principal viola

Australia names Berlin-tested principal viola


norman lebrecht

May 22, 2020

The Australian Chamber Orchestra has appointed Stefanie Farrands as its principal viola, effective immediately.

Raised in Melbourne, Farrands, 31, was deputising in the Berlin Philharmonic when she heard of the vacancy.

Read here.



  • PHF says:

    Probably things were not well in Berlin.

    • Malcolm James says:

      Deputising is a long, long way from any sort of regular job.

      • Adrian says:

        How very true…

      • Bruce says:

        What does “deputising” mean in this context? It’s not a term we in the US are familiar with (or at least I’m not). Thanks –

      • PHF says:

        It’s a matter of priority and taste, for some it’s better deputising in Berlin than regular in Aussieland.

        • MacroV says:

          They do know how to play Down Under; depending on how busy they are, it would seem a good job. I don’t think anyone would consider subbing in Berlin to be a long-term thing, unless they had a primary livelihood. But to my knowledge they tend to go first to their academy players.

  • Lee Anderson says:

    The link is broken hmmm..

  • Marj says:

    The article is not there. Remove the link – what is there is hardly complimentary of Australians in general.

  • MacroV says:

    Obviously an excellent player if she’s subbing in the Berlin Phil. ACO is a great ensemble and she gets to live and play in her hometown. Sounds all good. Once they can play again, anyway.