meet our MUSicians

WHO are we

The Bonito String Quartet & Ensembles are made up of experienced, award-winning young musicians who have graduated from Australian Conservatoriums and toured throughout the world.

what we do
 We offer a range of ensembles to perform for your function, specializing in weddings, funerals, celebrations and corporate events. Our ensembles include soloists or combinations of Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar), Keyboard (Piano, Organ), Wind (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe), Brass (Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone) and Voice.

Our repertoire list includes Classical favourites, Love Songs, Jazz hits, the best of Pop, and Opera and we love playing your new requests (at no cost). We perform within Australia and internationally. 

Our exceptional musicians are also highly experienced and educated teachers and offer private violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute and guitar lessons.

verity van rooyen - violin

Verity has been passionately devoted to music since beginning piano at age 2.  After receiving a flute and later a 5 year violin scholarship at Heritage College, she successfully completed her Diploma of Music at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and Bachelor of Music Performance and Pedagogy majoring in Classical Violin at the Queensland Conservatorium. 

Her orchestral and chamber performance highlights include employment as contract musician for Queensland Pops Orchestra, associate concertmaster position for the Queensland Philharmonic as well as collaboration with Australian String Virtuosi (Azerbaijan tour for Baku International Music Festival 2O14), Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Burnside and Elder Conservatorium Symphonies, Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra (including paid touring), Queensland Conservatorium Symphony, Opera, Concertos, Divertimenti String and Chamber Orchestras, Queensland and Elder Conservatorium Chamber ensembles including string quartets, quintet, violin/harp/flute trio (Winner of Balaklava Eisteddfod in 2O1O) and Baroque ensemble.

Verity manages the Bonito String Quartet & Ensembles and has been touring New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Israel and India and since 2OO9 with performances involving soloists or combinations of strings, wind, brass, keyboard and voice.

​As a private tutor to over 1OO violin and viola students as well as string teacher for 4 Southern Cross Catholic Colleges, Australian Academy of Music and Starshine Music Studio, Verity is known as a highly motivated conductor and string teacher with a patient, genuine care for each student.

Cassandra hansen - cello

As a multi-instrumentalist, Cassandra Hansen has charmed audiences from around the world with her inviting personality & performance flair. From the international stages of Europe, French Polynesia, America & Australia, Cassandra’s ability to gauge a crowd is like no other & ensures a musical experience that will not be forgotten.

Beginning her musical studies at the tender age of five, Cassandra has performed as a guest entertainer on luxurious & high-end international cruise lines of Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises & Holland America. Cassandra has toured extensively throughout Germany, Russia & China as a soloist & chamber musician, receiving many outstanding reviews & standing ovations. On the contrary, Cassandra has also captivated clients of worldwide companies such as Cisco Systems, Inc., Taegutec, Mercedes, Swarovski, Hennessy & Audi with the international classical-crossover group, Maske.

In 2O13, Cassandra received the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence for her studies in a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Business. Cassandra currently holds the Sir Samuel Griffith academic of excellence scholarship at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. Cassandra is also part of the Griffith Honours Society & Golden Key International Honour Society.

Georgie Ostenfeld - cello

brijette tubb - flute

Currently a member of the Queensland Youth Symphony, Brijette Tubb has performed as Principal and Second Flute in the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestras; the University of Southern Queensland Orchestra and Wind Band; and the Queensland Youth Orchestras.In 2O11 she attended the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp, performing as Principal and Second Flute in the Alexander Orchestra.Also in 2O11, she successfully auditioned for an internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; was the winner of the Brisbane Eisteddfod Open Instrumental Soloist and the James Carson Memorial Flute Prize; and was a semi-finalist in the Australian Flute Festival Flute Competition.

​Brijette Tubb completed a Bachelor of Music with distinction at the University of Southern Queensland; a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Advanced Flute Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University; and a Master of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She holds her AMusA and LMusA (awarded with distinction) from the AMEB, performing as a soloist by invitation at the 2O11 AMEB Diploma Concert and Awards Ceremony. She has studied with Karen Lonsdale, Gerhard Mallon, Denis Bouriakov, Patrick Nolan, and Michael Cox. She currently teaches at Nudgee Junior College and in her private studio.

joel woods - guitar

Joel Woods is a young classical guitarist in the early stages of his musical career spanning a variety of genres including classical, jazz, flamenco and folk music. In 2O12 Joel graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Master of Music studies in guitar performance under the tutelage of internationally known guitarist Julian Byzantine, and has since performed as a soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Mandolin Orchestra and as a Spanish guitarist with the "Portraits of Spain" exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery. Joel is kept busy musically with various ensembles in Brisbane including Bonito String Quartet & Ensembles and currently leads Queensland Mandolin Ensemble and conducts the Brisbane Mandolin Ensemble.

​His superb guitar was made in the Blue Mountains by luthier Kim Lissarrague in 2O1O

previous performance venues

Queensland, Australia
1OOs of private venues throughout Queensland
​Old Government House
Toparies, Draper
Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton
Clear Mountain
North Stradbroke Island
Mount Glorious Getaways
The Events Centre, Caloundra
Queensland Conservatorium Theatre
Ian Hanger Recital Hall
Basil Jones Orchestral Hall
BEMAC, Kangaroo Point
Newstead Park
Henzel Chapel, Mount Pleasant
QT Hotel, Gold Coast
​Glengarriff Historical Estate
Gusto da Gianni, Portside Wharf/Remora Rd, Hamilton
​Cylinder Beach, Point Lookout
Currumbin Beach Boardwalk
Zilmere Christadelphian Hall
Greenslopes Baptist Church
​All Saints Church
Corpus Christi Church
Saint Agatha's Church
​Woodford Community Hall
Petrie Terrace Christadelphian Hall
​Christ The King Church
Saint Augustine's Catholic Church
Roma Street Parklands
Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge​
Sails Resturant and Function Centre, Redcliffe
Timothy Peter Centre, Southern Cross Catholic College
Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Gold Coast
Among many others!

South Australia, Australia
1OOs of private venues throughout South Australia
Mitsubishi Motors Function Centre, Tonsley Park
Elder Hall
Rundle Mall
Prince Alfred College
Christadephian Temple
Saint Peter's Cathedral
Littlehampton Memorial Hall
​Woodville Christadelphian Hall
Heritage College
Town Hall

New South Wales, Australia
Private venues throughout New South Wales
Jerusalem, Israel
Old city, Jerusalem

Andra Pradesh, India
Gideon Studio, Kovvur

Baku, Azerbaijan
Baku Conservatorium of Music, Baku
​German Church of The Saviour, Baku

Ellie Harrison - viola

Ellie Harrison is a Brisbane-based violist and violinist.  In 2O13 Ellie graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy at the Queensland
Conservatorium and currently is studying her Masters of Music Studies in Performance. Ellie has been a member of many ensembles including QCGU New Music

Ensemble, Queensland Youth Symphony, Serenade String Quartet, Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp and Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute. She has won numerous awards including EG & FW Harmer Viola Scholarship 2OO9, 2O1O & 2O11; John Curro Conservatorium Viola Prize 2O12; Young Star Award 2O13 and performed as a soloist in the annual QYS Concerto Concert 2O13. 

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