Artistic collaborations can start in the most unexpected places – even a bank queue! 15 years ago, a conversation with a bank teller in Coogee led AYO alumnus Sally Walker to a fortuitous friendship with celebrated composer Elena Kats-Chernin. Elena happened to be the bank teller’s mum. The latest chapter in their relationship is the premiere with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra of Night and Now, a flute concerto Elena has written specifically for Sally, which took place in Melbourne in 2015.
During this period Sally has performed in twenty countries with numerous chamber musicians and international orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, won several awards and had numerous composers dedicate works to her, including Knut Müller (Germany) and Andrew Ford.