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Elise Millman has held the position of Associate Principal Bassoon at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2001. Growing up in Melbourne Elise enjoyed playing the piano and recorder during primary school, before continuing her musical education at Blackburn High School where she began playing the bassoon. Elise studied at the Victorian College of the Arts with Harold Evans, and then played with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra before joining Orchestra Victoria as Associate Principal Bassoon.

During 1992 Elise furthered her studies in the Netherlands with Joep Terway (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) with the support of the Willem van Otterloo Scholarship. During 2000 Elise was guest Principal Bassoon for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, before her appointment to the MSO. Elise enjoys playing chamber music and teaches at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Meet Elise

My earliest musical memory is…
Dancing to ABBA in the lounge room.

What is your greatest performance experience so far?
Playing in the Bassoon section for The Rite of Spring in Paris.

What’s your favourite sporting team?
Western Bulldogs.

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