String Source / Philharmonia Australia / Leah

STRING SOURCE is an exclusive collective of the finest, most dynamic string players in Australia. Each of them is hand picked for their exceptional talent and quality.

They display the desirable combination of a thoroughly professional attitude with an easy-going and flexible temperament, teaming years of experience with a fresh energetic approach.

Members of STRING SOURCE have performed in the most varied of genres and contexts.

They play regularly throughout Australia and overseas as soloists and in elite chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras which are amongst the best in the world.

Whilst well-established and respected in the mainstream classical world, STRING SOURCE musicians are equally in demand in the commercial scene.

Collaborations with a diverse range of artists results in a unique versatility.

Just a few of the artists STRING SOURCE musicians have performed with are:

Tony Bennett, KD Lang, Tina Arena, Michael Buble’, The Cat Empire, ELO, Alex Lloyd, Dionne Warwick, Katie Noonan, Sting, Kylie Minogue, Marcia Hines, Tim Minchin, The Black Arm Band, Caroline O’Connor, Kate Ceberano, Rhonda Burchmore, Luciano Pavarotti, Melinda Schneider, Christine Anu, Kate Miller-Heidke, David Campbell, Troy Casser-Daly, Brian McFadden, Russell Watson, William Barton, John Farnham, Lior, and Burt Bacharach.

STRING SOURCE players have appeared regularly on TV shows such as:

“The Voice Australia”, “The X-Factor”, “Australia’s Got Talent”,”So You Think You Can Dance”, “Australian Idol”, “Rove Live”, “The Max Sessions”, “Sunrise”, “Mornings”, “Today”, “The Circle”, “Dancing With The Stars”,  “Live at the Basement” and in music video-clips and TV advertisements.

All of these factors, along with attention to detail and immaculate presentation, make STRING SOURCE musicians your ideal choice.

Past STRING SOURCE contracts have included:


*Michael Buble’ Aus/NZ Tour – Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hawke’s Bay NZ
*A New World: Intimate Music From Final Fantasy – Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
*Katy Perry, TV appearance, The Project – Melbourne 


*Hans Zimmer Live Tour – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane 
*From Broadway To La Scala – Melbourne, Sydney, Perth 
*Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy – Melbourne 
*Ministry Of Sound Orchestrated at the A League Grand Final – Perth
*Romiosini & Beyond – Brisbane 

*Recording session for G Flip – Melbourne 


*Ministry Of Sound Orchestrated Strings Of Life – Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney
*Jimmy Webb and Friends – Sydney, Melbourne
*Michael Buble – Sydney
*Planet Earth Live 2 – Melbourne
*Kygo – Sydney, Melbourne 
*Stereophonics – Sydney
*Ministry Of Sound Orchestrated Encore – Sydney, Melbourne


*Adele Australian Tour
*La La Land In Concert – Melbourne
*Pete Tong And The Heritage Orchestra – Sydney, Melbourne
*Ministry Of Sound Orchestrated – Sydney, Melbourne
*Ball And Boe Australian Tour
*The Whitlams 25th Anniversary Tour – Brisbane
*Mark Vincent – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
*Eddie Rayner’s ENZO, The Music Of Split Enz – Melbourne
100% KYLIE – Melbourne
Elvis,The Wonder Of You Tour – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide
*Hans Zimmer Revealed – Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth
The Music Of Queen – Sydney, Melbourne
The Beatles Orchestrated 2 – Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth
Roy Orbison Orchestrated – Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, The Gold Coast
*Zoo Twilight Concerts with The Living End – Melbourne, Sydney
Recording sessions for *Gang Of Youths, *The Lulu Raes – Sydney


*Diana Krall – Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane
*Noel Gallagher – Sydney, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth
*Delta Goodrem – Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide
*Disney Under The Stars – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
The Beatles Orchestrated – Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide
The Space Symphony – Melbourne
*The Voice Australia – Sydney
*AFL Grand Final and The Footy Show with The Living End – Melbourne


*John Farnham and Olivia Newton John – Melbourne
*Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions – Sydney
*Neil Finn – Melbourne
*The Voice Australia – Sydney
*The Footy Show with Birds of Tokyo – Melbourne, Sydney
*Damien Leith, Channel 7’s Good Friday Appeal – Melbourne
*Formula One Grand Prix – Melbourne
Performances with *Kate Ceberano, *Ms Murphy, *Delta Goodrem, *Naomi Price, *Joe Moore, *Nathan Hawes and *Birds Of Tokyo
Recording sessions for *Tuka, *Missy Higgins, *Troye Sivan, *Birds Of Tokyo – Melbourne, Sydney


*The Voice Australia – Sydney
*The Veronicas – Sydney
*Delta Goodrem – Sydney
*Human Nature – Sydney
*The Ten Tenors + Marina Prior – Sydney
*Harrison Craig – entire Australian tour
*Pete Murray – entire Australian tour
*Madeleine Peyroux – entire Australian tour
*Robbie Williams TV appearance – Sydney
*Sam Smith TV appearance – Sydney
Ongoing Christmas entertainment throughout December at Emporium – Melbourne
Recording sessions for *Missy Higgins, *The Baby Animals, *May, *Oh Mercy, *Gretel Scarlett – Melbourne, Sydney


*The Voice Australia – Sydney
*The ARIAs – Sydney
*Gurrumul/Sarah Blasko – Melbourne Festival
*The Cinematic Orchestra – Melbourne Festival
*Active Child – Melbourne Festival
*The Whitlams – Melbourne and Brisbane
*Idina Menzel – Melbourne
*Kristin Chenoweth – Melbourne and Brisbane
*Glenn Frey – Melbourne
*Josh Groban – entire Australian and New Zealand tour
*Human Nature – entire Australian tour
*Harrison Craig – entire Australia tour

Ongoing Christmas entertainment throughout December at Landmark – Hong Kong
Performances with *Jessica Mauboy, *Ricky Martin, *Karise Eden, *Luke Kennedy, *Seal, *Ryan Tedder, *Bliss N Eso, *Pete Murray and *Delta Goodrem
Recording sessions for *Anthony Callea, *Alana Conway – Melbourne, Sydney 


*Human Nature – Sydney and Gold Coast
The Australian premiere of “Skyfall” – Sydney
*Delta Goodrem – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
*Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
*Lana Del Rey – entire Australian Tour
*The Voice Australia – Sydney
*Michael Bolton – Sydney
*Olivia Newton-John – Melbourne
Launches/premieres of the 3D rereleases of *Star Wars – The Phantom Menace and *The Titanic – Sydney, Melbourne 2012
*Il Divo – Melbourne
Recording sessions for *Delta Goodrem, *Bliss n Eso, *May, *Lesle Lewis, *Evoke, *Erin Hasan, *Fatai V, *Rachael Leahcar, *Brittany Cairns, *Ben Hazlewood

2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

*Belle and Sebastian – entire Australian Tour 2011
*Harry Connick Jr. – entire Australian Tour 2011
*Sydney Festivals 2009 and 2010
*Helmut Lotti – entire Australian Tour 2009
*Olivia Newton-John and Friends – Sydney 2008
*The Whitlams – various performances Sydney and Melbourne 2008
*Ben Harper – Brisbane 2007
*Patrizio Buanne – entire Australian Tour 2007
*Sarah Blasko – Brisbane 2007
*Missy Higgins – concerts in various cities 2007
*Kanye’ West – various concerts including performances as support act for U2 2006
“Music by Moonlight” – concert series 2006 and 2007 – Brisbane
“Hats Off Bris Vegas” 2005, 2006 and 2007 – Brisbane
Various tours with *Glenn Shorrock, *Wendy Matthews and *Doug Parkinson from 2005

STRING SOURCE string sections are specifically assembled according to the requirements of each engagement.

Past section leaders have included:

Kristian Winther (formerly 1st Violin Australian String Quartet, guest Concertmaster Melbourne Symphony and Mahler Chamber Orchestras)

Cameron Hill (Associate Concertmaster Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, guest Concertmaster Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, casual member Australian Chamber and Mahler Chamber Orchestras),

Erica Kennedy (Principal 2nd Violin Orchestra Victoria, guest Concertmaster Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra)

Rachel Smith (formerly Principal 1st Violin Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra)









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Commercial Recordings
Featured Artists

Watch and listen to a STRING SOURCE section performing “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” LIVE with SEAL and HARRISON CRAIG on THE VOICE AUSTRAIA – Sydney, June 2013.


Watch and listen to a STRING SOURCE quartet debuting KARISE EDEN’s single “Threads of Silence” LIVE on THE VOICE AUSTRALIA – Instrumental section from 3:00 – Sydney, June 2013.

Watch and listen to a STRING SOURCE quartet in the studio with ANTISKEPTIC – Melbourne, November 2014.

Watch and listen to The STRING SIRENS performing “Smile” LIVE on THE VOICE AUSTRALIA with RACHAEL LEAHCAR – Sydney, June 2012.


Listen to a STRING SOURCE quartet and watch The STRING SIRENS appearing from 3:20 in this film clip with EVOKE – Melbourne, 2012.


Watch and listen to a STRING SOURCE section performing “More Than A Dream” LIVE with HARRISON CRAIG on THE VOICE AUSTRALIA – Sydney, June 2013.


Listen to a STRING SOURCE quartet on this track by ANTHONY CALLEA – Melbourne, February 2013.


Listen to a STRING SOURCE quartet on this track by ARIA award winning hip-hop band BLISS N ESO – Melbourne, September 2012.


To listen to string quartet sound demos and commercial recordings click here.