Flautist Paula Rae graduated with distinction from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she studied with Thomas Pinschof and Margaret Crawford, and undertook further studies in Europe with Aurele Nicolet, William Bennett and Alain Marion. She has worked with the Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, and from 1988 to 2004 she held the position of associate principal flute in Orchestra Victoria.
Paula is a founding member of ELISION Ensemble and has featured in projects such as the installations, Opening of the Mouth and Dark Matter by Richard Barrett and all three operas written for ELISION by Liza Lim (The Oresteia, Moon Spirit Feasting, and The Navigator) as well as being involved in premieres of major chamber works by Franco Donatoni, Brian Ferneyhough, Richard Barrett, Alessandro Melchiorre, Akira Nishimura and Liza Lim.
Paula has performed with ELISION at numerous festivals and venues including the Festspiele, Philharmonie, and Konzerthaus in Berlin, Wien Modern in Vienna, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne, Radio Bremen, Musica nel Nostro Tempo of Milan, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, the Zurich Theater Spektakel, the Opera Bastille, Agora Festival and Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Chekov International Theatre Festival in Moscow and the Ultima Festival of Oslo, as well as performances at the Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide festivals. With ELISION, Paula has released compact discs for NMC, Etcetera, Ricordi, BMG Ariola and ABC Classics.
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