Meet our 2023 Artists in Residence, The Nomad String Quartet!

Paul Wallace, PEOWPEOW

The Nomad String Quartet was formed in Sydney as the Ben Adler Quartet in 2021. Thus far, it has given over 120 concerts to more than 40,000 people across Sydney, playing music ranging from Vivaldi to Daft Punk, Mozart to Michael Jackson, Mendelssohn to Danish folk songs, Tchaikovsky to Hans Zimmer, Borodin to Anime soundtracks and more.

The ensemble will use the 12-month residency to rehearse in the Founders’ Studio and to promote their first album once it’s released in 2023.

Meet our 2023 Jazz Artists in Residence, Zodiac


Zodiac is a Sydney based quartet, comprised of 4 of Australia’s young emerging talents; Jordan Chung (piano), Hinano Fujisaki (saxophone), Matt Ling (Double Bass) and Manson Luk (drums). Having met during their time studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the group has unearthed an original sound that resonates with both their Asian cultural background and the Australian community.

Zodiac will use their residency to workshop, rehearse and compose in the Founder’s Studio and to share their debut album once released towards the end of 2023.

About the Artists in Residence Program

The Artists in Residence Program is a unique 12-month residency that helps sydney-based ensembles build a greater professional profile and audience. The residency is offered annually to one classical music ensemble and one Jazz ensemble.

Established in 2014, past Artists in Residence include the Omega Ensemble, Acacia Quartet, The Streeton Trio, The Marais Project, Elysian Fields, The Michael Griffin Sextet and States of Chaos, the Sydney Cello Quartet and Anoesis.


Valued at $10,000 (with no cash component), the 2023 Artists in Residence will receive:

  • Broadcast opportunities, including interviews and CD of the Week opportunities
  • Access to the Fine Music Founders’ Studio for rehearsals
  • Promotional support on 2MBS Fine Music Sydney (valued at $10,000)


Volunteers and Staff of 2MBS Fine Music Sydney are not eligible to apply for the residency.

Applicants must:

  • Be based in Sydney
  • Be in a classical music or jazz ensemble with two or more members

Selection Criteria

The Artists in Residence Program is not a performance competition and will be awarded to the applicant who best meets the following criteria:

  1. The applicant has actively demonstrated an interest, commitment and the potential for a viable career in the performance or composition of classical or jazz music.
  2. The applicant has identified a detailed project or activity with the potential to significantly enhance the ensemble’s career.
  3. The applicant has effectively demonstrated how the ensemble will utilise the sponsorship and broadcasting opportunities component of the Artists in Residence Program.
  4. The applicant has effectively demonstrated how the ensemble will utilise access to the Fine Music Founders’ Studio as a rehearsal or recording (at their own expense) space.

Application Guidelines

Applications close on 31 October 2022. Applicants must complete and submit all materials using the online entry form. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Provide details about the Ensemble and any project or activity with the potential to significantly enhance the ensemble’s career.
  • Provide material (documentation, recordings, reviews, references etc.) to support application
  • If selected as a finalist, the Ensemble may be invited to a follow-up interview or audition. If the applicant is not able to attend an interview in person due to extenuating circumstances, an alternative telephone, Zoom interview may be arranged (at the discretion of the Chair of the Judging panel).
  • The applicant must sign an agreement with 2MBS Fine Music Sydney acknowledging and accepting the Terms and Conditions governing the Artists in Residence Program.

Meet previous Artists in Residence