Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
Concertmaster & Education/Outreach Officer
Combining her extensive orchestral experience with her passion for music education, Monica contributes to the sustainability and further development of classical music in Darwin and the Northern Territory.
Graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first class Honours in 1999, Monica was awarded the Queen’s Trust of Australia Scholarship which allowed her to study at the Zurich Opera Orchestral Academy in Switzerland.
In 2002 she moved to the Netherlands for a position with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO). 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.
DSO Players 2018
Monica Naselow #
Piano / Celeste
Flute / Piccolo
Katrina Fong Lim Chair of Principal Flute
Oboe / Cor Anglais
Kezia Purick Chair of Principal Bassoon
* Section Leader