Nimbus Trio

Nimbus Trio was founded in 2013 by Kitty Xiao and Jessica Laird. The trio advocates and performs new music, including that of composer Kitty Xiao; and have commissioned new works by Australian composers as well as U.S composers.

The members of Nimbus Trio are Jessica Laird (flute, alto flute, bass flute), Cameron Jamieson (violin) and Kitty Xiao (composer/piano).

Nimbus Trio made their debut at Deakin Edge in Federation Square and the performance was broadcasted live on 3MBS. They have performed at various venues in Melbourne and were featured on 3MBS’ The Talent. ‘Nimbus’, ‘Nipper’ and ‘Novum’ were composed drawing inspiration from the work of Australian photographers Narelle Autio and Jane Brown. The three pieces were recently named as finalists in the Areon International Composition Competition. Nimbus have recently recorded their first studio album Novum.

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The Nimbus Trio (piano, violin and flute) plays works by Kitty Xiao.

Members of Nimbus Trio

Kitty Xiao

Kitty is an Australian composer, pianist and collaborative artist interested in exploring sound worlds that fuse and transcend between art forms. . Kitty holds a Master of Music from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London as a full recipient of the Alfred Kitchin Scholarship, Master of Teaching from The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Music from The University of Melbourne and was a full scholarship student at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Her piano and composition mentors have included Glenn Riddle, Anthony Lyons, Eugene Asti, Paul Bartholomew and Peter Knight.

Jessica Laird

Jessica Laird completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Melbourne Conservatorium in 2011. Under the guidance of Peter Sheridan, she has been the first flutist from the Melbourne Conservatorium to complete an Honours specialising on the Alto Flute. In 2013, she finished her Masters of Music (Performance Teaching) where she specialised on Alto flute under the tuition of Mardi McSullea.

Cameron Jamieson

After completing his Bachelor of Music - Advanced Performance Violin - at the Queensland Conservatorium, Cameron moved to Melbourne to further his studies at the National Academy of Music.