Fiona Sargeant holds the position of Associate Principal Violist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this she has held the position of Solo Violist in Det Jyske Chamber Ensemble in Denmark and Solo Viola of Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Switzerland.
Fiona has performed as soloist with the OCL on numerous occasions, a selection of which has been recorded for Radio Suisse Romande. With Violinist Elizabeth Sellars forming Temenos String Trio Fiona competed in the 9th Concorso Musicale Internazionale winning 3rd Prize.
Fiona studied Viola performance and Chamber Music in Stuttgart with Hermann Voss, Violist of the Melos Quartet. She graduated with the highest result ever to be given to a violist at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart. Fiona was also a finalist in the Maurice Vieux International Viola Competition, France.
In Stuttgart Fiona worked in the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and was Violist of the Koechlin Ensemble. Fiona has also studied with Ulrich Koch Wolfram Christ, and Emile Cantor. Chamber music highlights for 2011 include engagements with the Hopkins Quartet and concerts at the Port Fairy Spring Festival with Temenos String Trio and a performance of Franz Lizsts arrangement of Harold in Italy with Piers Lane.