Cedar-Rose Newman ​performs with Steel City Strings

Cedar-Rose Newman (15) will feature as a soloist for ​​our 2019 Celebration of Youth concert series.

She is excited to be returning home to perform Camille Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. A work that combines playful virtuosity with beautiful lyricism.

She said,

“The invitation is very special because the series allows me to perform the work three times, in three different venues. An unusual opportunity for someone my age.”

Music education

Cedar-Rose grew up in Wombarra on the NSW South Coast and was drawn to music from a young age. Her interest has been nurtured by a family with strong musical traditions.

​Learning violin with Sarah Hindson from 2010, she also studied piano, music theory and singing at the Wollongong Conservatorium.

In 2016 Cedar-Rose was invited to the United States to study with Albert Markov.

She is now learning violin with Lucie Robert in the Pre-College Division of the Manhattan School of Music​.

And, recently Cedar-Rose won the Kate Bamberger Memorial Scholarship for violin 2018/19 from the Manhattan School of Music.

​In 2018 she received her Associate Diploma for piano from the Australian Music Examination Board, studying with Gian-Franco Ricci.

The Confidence to Perform

Cedar-Rose acknowledges that there are always some nerves before performance, but says:

“From the beginning my violin teacher encouraged us to perform. She also made performing a celebration through her studio concerts. From there I have been lucky to have been given many opportunities to perform by the local community. As a musician so many hours are spent practicing in solitude, but in the end music is about sharing.”

​As a feature soloist in many concerts, Cedar-Rose is well known to audiences in Wollongong, on the South Coast and in the Southern Highlands.

In 2017, Cedar and Lina Lee premiered Ann Carr-Boyd’s (AO), “Australian Dawn and Bush Dance”. First playing with Steel City Strings in the first Celebration of Youth Concert.

Then they recorded it and other works for piano and violin for a CD, Fandango Returns​. These works have been broadcast in Australia.


​The joy that comes from making music with others and learning from different musical cultures led Cedar-Rose to attend summer festivals:

  • the Riverina Summer School for Strings (Australia)
  • Language and Music for Life programs across Europe
  • ​Masterclass Al-Andalus in Spain

​She is also looking forward to participating in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Young Symphonists Programme this April.

In 2018 ​Cedar-Rose was awarded the Musical Ambassadors Award by Music for Youth. This Connecticut organisation provides performance, mentoring and internships for young musicians.

Cedar-Rose Newman – feature soloist

​Cedar-Rose ​will be a feature soloist in the 2019 Celebration of Youth concert series. She will be performing Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.  



The members of Steel City Strings are outstanding examples of hard work, enterprise, enthusiasm and dedication. They reach for the stars and beyond. More power to these wonderful people.

Richard Gill AO

In Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances of 1904 the orchestra was joined by harpist Paulina Smirnov whose scintillating playing created a wonderful and subtly-nuanced centrepiece for the concert.


A fascinating program of works from various musical periods... The orchestra played with a strong sense of ensemble, and brought an infectious verve to the Mozart.



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