Alice Buckingham made her first musical sounds on the violin at age 7, but discovered her true voice on the viola at age 15. From then on there was no going back – music was the only thing for her. In 2005 Alice was awarded a Bachelor of Music (Music Performance) with Honours Class I from the University of Queensland and was a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship to study a Masters in Music Performance with Patricia Pollett, her musical mentor. Alice received her LMusA in 2005 was a recipient of the Harmer Memorial Scholarship in the same year, and in 2006 was awarded first prize in the UQ Postgraduate String Performance Prize. In addition to her music studies Alice has also studied speech and drama, in which she was awarded her ATCL in 2003, receiving an additional award for Top of the State (QLD). Alice has toured Europe three times with QYO and AYO, and is hopelessly in love with Paris and Siena. She has also toured Malaysia twice with the Quintessential String Quartet, performing in gala functions and on Malaysian television in support of Malaysian charities. Alice has performed in Masterclasses with Charles Castleman (USA), Paul Neubauer (USA), Helen Callus (USA), Simon Oswell (USA) and Stephen Barlow (UK), and in concerts with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Cross Soloists, Tommy Emmanuel and The Cat Empire. Alice has also participated in the Melbourne Orchestra Project, and has performed at the Perth International Arts Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Brisbane Festival with various orchestras and ensembles. She is also currently a member of the Camerata of St John’s, a string chamber ensemble, and lectures in musical theatre at the University of Queensland.
Alice is deeply and passionately in love with Brahms, also cares for Beethoven and Arvo Part, and could not live without the music of the Baroque period, particularly her Biber “Mystery Sonatas” CD. She also likes to groove to Dave Matthews Band, Buena Vista Social Club and The Audreys. Alice is also a huge supporter of Australian music, and has performed pieces for viola by Elena Kats-Chernin, Robert Davidson and Ross Edwards.
Aside from music, Alice enjoys playing a mean game of netball and spending lazy afternoons reading at Riverbend Books over a nice cup of tea.