Meet the DSO


Matthew Wood

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

Equally at home on the concert platform or in the orchestra pit, Matthew Wood is one of Australia’s most versatile and successful conductors who now shares his time between Australia and the United Kingdom working regularly with some of the world’s finest orchestras, companies and ensembles.

In the United Kingdom Matthew has worked with many leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and at the Royal Ballet Covent Garden. He held the position of Associate Conductor with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for three years and in 2016 Matthew made his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Matthew has also made numerous appearances outside the UK, being a regular guest conductor with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Chile, Orquesta Clasica Santa Cecilia Madrid and the Brasov Philharmonic Romania. In 2016 Matthew also made his Swedish debut with performances of Philip Glass’ Satyagraha with Folkoperan Stockholm.

Matthew returned to Australia in 2013 to take up the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted many of Australia’s other leading ensembles including the Melbourne, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.

Matthew is a keen advocate of new music, regularly commissioning new works and frequently engaged by new music ensembles such as Halcyon.

He is also in demand as a conducting teacher and is a regular guest lecturer and conductor at the Royal Northern College of Music where Matthew held the coveted position of Conducting Fellow. During this time he was selected to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra, as part of their conductor discovery series, and received tuition from conductors Sir Mark Elder and Sir Colin Davis.

Matthew completed his undergraduate music studies, graduating with first class honours at the University of New South Wales, majoring in composition. He then undertook postgraduate conducting studies at the Sydney Conservatorium before concentrating his studies under renowned conductor pedagogue Jorma Panula.


Monica Naselow


Monica Naselow is the new Concertmaster and Education/Outreach Officer of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Combining her extensive orchestral experience with her passion for music education in this ground-breaking new role at the DSO, Monica will contribute to the sustainability and further development of classical music in Darwin and the Northern Territory.

Born in 1977 in Penrith, NSW, Monica started violin lessons at age 4 with the Suzuki Violin method and this, combined with participation in school music programs at MLC School Burwood and also the Sydney and Australian Youth Orchestras, brought Monica’s interest in becoming a professional musician sharply into focus. After graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first class Honours in 1999, Monica was awarded the Queen’s Trust of Australia Scholarship to pursue orchestral training which allowed her to study at the Zurich Opera Orchestral Academy in Switzerland.

In 2002 she moved to the Netherlands having successfully auditioned for a position with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO), which in 2008 was named ‘World’s Best Orchestra’ by UK Gramophone magazine. During her 10 years as a permanent member of the RCO, Monica performed with many distinguished conductors including Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Riccardo Chailly, touring throughout Europe, Asia and the USA with performances including Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms and Suntory Hall. Monica also recorded for the label RCO Live and for Pentatone Classics with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra. Since returning to live in Australia in 2012, Monica has been a member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian World Orchestra and is a founding member of the acclaimed Kettering Piano Quartet as well as bringing her teaching expertise to mentor Australian musicians through collaborative efforts with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Australian National Academy of Music programs.

In addition, Monica has led masterclasses and mentored students through the Australian World Orchestra. Having recently arrived in Darwin, Monica and her family are enjoying getting to know the city and look forward to a great year ahead.

DSO Players 2017

Violin 1

Monica Naselow #

Anastasia Coroneo*

Wan-Ling Chang

Claire Crocombe

George Drewett

Anna Faehse

Alison Grootendorst

Celina Hodge

Swasti Paramita

Anna Ralph

Judy Schultz

Karen Telford


Violin 2

Netanela Mizrahi*

Sonya Bree

Lois Fong

Kengo Hamaguchi

Helen Humphreys

Erna Jarvis

Nita McAuley

Lachlan Peattie

Vino Sathianathan

John Wilks


Annette Anderson*

Melissa Chellis

Lou Elliott

Mary Frost

Cathy Shilton

Alphonsus Tan

Mary Wheaton

Double Bass

Sally Cutter*

Kathy Campbell

Rhiannon Oakhill


Rebecca Harris*

Cathy Applegate

Pip Binns

Laura McCann

Nicholas McGrath

Denise Phelps


Erna Jarvis

Piano / Celeste

Kathryn Ezzy

Flute / Piccolo

Roslyn Perry*

Katrina Fong Lim Chair of Principal Flute

Andrew O’Connor

Tania Bird

Oboe / Cor Anglais

Julie-Ann Watson


Stephen Pevely*

Natalie Chin

Susi Bertei

Jenny Young

Bass Clarinet

Susi Bertei


John Oakman*

Kezia Purick Chair of Principal Bassoon

Alana Bryett

French Horn

Liz Clarkson*

Helen List

Bruce Cartwright

Jessie Spargo


Patricia Joy

Sarah Lynar


Matthew Holt

Mark Hulsman

Paul Burgess

Bass Trombone

Neil Williamson


Carol Atkinson


Ron Roberts


Mark Smith


Chris Spargo*

Simon Murphy

Kathryn Ezzy


# Concertmaster

* Section Leader