Lorraine Hook has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s First Violin section since 1986. Born in Melbourne, Lorraine commenced violin studies at the age of six and is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts where she studied with Nathan Gutman, graduating with Distinction. After touring Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Lorraine continued her studies in London with Professor Emanuel Hurwitz of the Royal Academy of Music. Returning to Australia in 1985, she worked as a freelance musician and played with many ensembles before joining the MSO.
In 1993 Lorraine was awarded the Elton John Scholarship for further overseas study and studied firstly in Cologne with Professor Franz Josef Maier and then in London with David Takeno. Also while in London Lorraine worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and the London Festival Orchestra.
Lorraine enjoys the varied musical life the MSO offers and has also been a member of the chamber orchestras Academy of Melbourne, where she was Associate Concertmaster, and Australia Pro Arte.