Concertmaster : second time around
Tessa Petersen is the Dunedin based Southern Sinfonia's 11th Concertmaster since it began in 1966. She was also its 9th back in 2006 before heading overseas. Over her career, Tessa has performed as orchestral player, concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician and violin/piano duo recitalist in festivals and concerts in the UK, Europe, Caribbean, Middle East, Asia and the USA. Tessa was just16 when she first joined the orchestra as a member of the violin section, and after that she rose through the ranks to be Principal of the Second Violins while a student at Otago University. Her first performance as the appointed Concertmaster will be in December this year, on Tuesday 8th, when the orchestra joins City Choir Dunedin for their performance of Handel's Messiah in the Dunedin Town Hall.