Lauren Brigden has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Viola section since 2006. Lauren began her study of viola with John Speer & entered the Conservatorium High School in 1995 before receiving a scholarship to study at the Sydney Conservatorium with Winifred Durie and also spending a year at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she was awarded the John Curro Viola prize.
She later graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Australian Institute of Music. She has studied and performed in New York, London, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Milan and the Aspen Music Festival. She has received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Scholarship and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Australia Council to study in Vienna with Gertrude Rossbacher. In 2009 Lauren performed with the inaugural YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, after winning a hotly contested internet audition for the position.
How did you choose your instrument?
I began learning on violin but during high school was given the opportunity of playing viola in a chamber orchestra & fell in love with the sound. I’ve never looked back!
What’s your “top pick” for a place to get something to eat in town, before or after a show?
After a show head to China Town as it’s open late it’s never hard to get a table. Try Supper Inn for cheap but consistently good Chinese or Nudel Bar for a large bowl of soup or noodles.
First performance memory:
In 2nd Class I was chosen to perform in the school Talent Quest. It was a very sunny day & the entire primary school was watching me from the asphalt. I performed Gossec Gavotte from memory and can still feel those little shaky knees when I think about the event.