Josephine Vains is an Australian cellist, chamber musician and educator, with a performance career that encompasses modern and historical cello. An adventurous spirit has taken her to some far-flung concert venues - from an 1000 year old cave in the heart of China to mountain-top Bach in the French Alps. Currently, her performances are limited to online through the MDCH, and she can also be heard performing live for her neighbours in an evolving series of free Letterbox Concerts.
Chamber music is at the core of her performance career (when social distancing allows). She performs on modern cello with the Firebird Trio, CellOZ, Australia Octet and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. On historical cello Josephine can be heard with Accademia Arcadia, Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, Ludovico's Band and the Elysium Ensemble - with her most recent recording of Quantz Flute Concertos reviewed in GRAMOPHONE magazine.
Josephine relishes training the next generation of Australia's musicians at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, and the University of Melbourne where her approach lies in marrying the technical and stylistic into one personal, convincing interpretation. She performs modern repertoire on a lovely Thomas Kennedy violoncello, London (1830) Thomas Dodd violoncello, London (1800).
Viva! Josephine Vains and Benjamin Martin present a spirited and life-affirming program of musical gems for piano and cello, from 2 metres apart. Music from around the world - from Spain to Brazil, France to Germany - and new original works by pianist/composer Benjamin Martin inspired by one of the world's great humanitarian ambassadors, Pablo Casals. Book here