Rie Mochizuki was born in Japan and studied bassoon at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. After graduation she travelled to Philadelphia to study with Daniel Matsukawa, Principal Bassoon of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where she remained for 2 years. Rie was a semi-finalist in the Fifth Osaka National Chamber Music Competition with her wind quintet, and a major prize winner at the First Yokohama International Music Competition in 2007. From 2008-2009 she held a bassoon fellowship at the Toho Academy Orchestra in Toyama. She has participated in masterclasses with Stefan Schweigert, Milan Turkovic and the Berlin Wind Quintet, and numerous music festivals including the Pacific Music Festival with Valery Gergiev and Ozawa-jyuku under Seiji Ozawa.
Rie has played with the New Japan Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Opera no Mori in Japan, and since moving to Australia in 2010 she has played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. Rie is licensed as a Music Teacher in her native Japan and is accredited as an Intellectual Music Instructor with the Japan Baby Coaching Association. She holds a current Working with Children Check in Victoria.
Risa Kodani grew up in the countryside in Okayama prefecture in Japan. After majoring in classical vocal at Osaka College of Music and graduating in 2005, she passed the jazz vocal auditions at Jazz on Top jazz club in Osaka and performed regularly in Osaka and Okayama.
After moving to Melbourne in 2012, she continues to sing jazz in both countries. She is now a mother of one and uses her musical skills and background to give musical performances at Japanese kindergartens.
Patrick Wong has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Second Violin section since 2010. Patrick was born in Hong Kong and moved to Sydney a year later because he couldn’t speak Chinese. He began playing the violin at the age of four, studying mainly with Yasuki Nakamura, Alex Todicescu and Peter Zhang. After high school he continued to study privately with Professor Zhang while he completed a double Computer Science/Music degree at the University of New South Wales, and won the Kendall National Violin Competition in 2000.
After two years working in IT he decided he would give violin another try and began a Masters of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Goetz Richter. After completing this degree he successfully auditioned for a tutti position with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, where he remained for five years before joining the MSO.