5 Reasons We Love Glenelg’s Marina Pier

Our love for The Bay’s seaside precinct has something to do with the good food and oceanfront views.

An array of dishes, including pita bread, and cheese.


Shop S6, Marina Pier

Ellenika Ocean Grill is the perfect place for people searching for moreish mezes or craving a long lunch. The fresh, Mediterranean menu is designed to share with friends and a good bottle of South Australian wine while overlooking the Marina. Taking a modern twist on traditional Greek cuisine, Ellenika’s stand-out dishes include king prawn saganaki with ouzo and cherry tomatoes, a lamb rack cooked over charcoal and grilled South Australian octopus with a Cyprian salad.

2. SAMMY’S On the marina

Shop 1, Marina Pier

Serving some of the best lobsters in town, Sammy’s on the Marina is the go-to spot for the freshest seafood along Adelaide’s city coastline. Enjoy lobster thermidor, buckets of prawns and grilled King George whiting while you spot pods of dolphins from the restaurant. Sammy’s is renowned for its 270-degree beach view – the perfect place to catch Holdfast Bay’s most spectacular sunsets on an evening out. The restaurant responsibly sources its seafood locally from the South Australian fishing community, too.


Shop 10, Marina Pier

Shuck fresh South Australian oysters by the sea at the Oyster Bar, the Marina Pier institution that attracts lovers of the underwater aphrodisiac from all over the world. Whether you enjoy them chilled, grilled or doused with red wine vinegar and shallots, there’s an oyster for everyone. Otherwise, indulge in seafood platters, fish and chips, and sharing plates. Boasting panoramic waterfront views, sit at the seaside bar and enjoy an afternoon in the sun.


Shop 13–15, Marina Pier

Luciano’s on the Marina brings a slice of the Capri coastline to the heart of Glenelg, serving contemporary Italian fare inside its stylish, oceanfront venue. The restaurant takes pride in balancing the most diverse Italian flavours with South Australian produce. From woodfired Diavola pizza drizzled in hot honey to fresh handmade gnocchi, Luciano’s nods to the traditional best throughout its modern menu. Their breakfast menu, with delicious, toasted granola and Belgian waffles, is also worth a look.


Shop 2, Marina Pier

Seafire on the Marina is the Bay’s home of premium steaks, serving some of the best cuts of locally sourced and prepared meat in SA. The restaurant is best known for its dry aged steak, where the natural flavours of the beef elevate through a drying process that doesn’t impact its texture. Other highlights include the Seafire Steak Flight, where three top cuts are perfectly paired with three different Yalumba wines. With views of Glenelg’s foreshore and the marina, this renowned location is picture perfect.

Terrace Life


Interior shot of Unley home with green sofa.

Between them, the owners of this prestigious, historic home in Unley have more than 10 years’ experience in decorating homes for sale.

“We’re fortunate that we get to see some amazing properties,” says Monika Tirrell, who along with husband, Peter, is a co-owner of Presenting Beautiful Homes, an Adelaide-based styling company that presents and prepares homes for sale. But the couple’s love for property styling started many years earlier. In the mid-eighties, they fell in love with this run-down terrace.

The property is one in a row of four almost identical Victorian villas – built in the 1890s it had lived a previous life as a boarding house and, as a result, was in a state of disrepair by the time Monika and Peter made their dream purchase.

Peter and Monika Tirrell from Presenting Beautiful Homes.
Peter and Monika Tirrell.

“We fell in love with it immediately, despite the challenges,” says Monika. “There were pink walls, bright red carpets and psychedelic patterns on the kitchen cupboards, but it just had so much potential, and it was such a beautiful building. We knew we could make it into a really lovely family home.”

Back then, the couple had a four-year-old son and were looking for room to grow. Fast forward 39 years, and their love for this grand, old terrace hasn’t wavered. It is the home where they have raised their three sons – “our six granddaughters now also get the enjoy it,” says Monika – and in a series of artful renovations, the once tired home has now been restored to its former glory.

The grand makeover is evident from the moment you arrive, with a gravel path making its way through immaculately manicured gardens bordered by box hedging. From the street it’s still a traditional Victorian, and inside the original part of the home still retains many of its ornate features including marble fireplaces and decorative cornices, while a new modern extension to the rear opens the property up to reveal a more contemporary, light-filled space.

The house sits quite high on the block and, from the front, a set of stairs leads to the entrance and what is the ‘ground floor’. The main living, dining and kitchen are all on this level, as is the new modern living space and outdoor dining area that leads from the kitchen. “It’s a bit like sitting up in the trees in summer, when all the doors are open,” says Monika.

While these new architecturally designed spaces are impressive, not surprisingly it’s the daring interior design choices that really make this property worthy of its dream-home tag. “We like to be quite bold with some of our choices,” says Monika, “and we’re not afraid to mix up wallpapers, and use colour in wall paint and furnishings. I figure we can always change it if it doesn’t work!”

Wallpaper has been used to great effect in the opulent dining area, while timeless furnishings, such as the Eames lounge chair and ottoman in the living space, are indicative of the couple’s style. “It had been on our wish list forever and we recently gifted it to each other for a milestone birthday,” says Monika.

A statement piece of art in the kitchen/dining area is also telling of their penchant for bold design – and their ability to mix and match pieces to great effect. “Midnight Blindfold by Australian artist Shane Bowden was purchased from an exhibition at The Gallery in Waymouth Street; we love the mystery the woman exudes.”

Downstairs is home to four bedrooms and an additional living space that opens onto the garden. “The block slopes to a creek, which the boys loved when they were growing up. They would catch tadpoles and play in the mud out the back, which is pretty lucky when you’re only a few kilometres from the CBD!”

The ability to pay homage to this home’s historic significance, while still injecting their own unique, daring sense of interior style is what makes it such a success. There’s a cohesion that only comes with experience, and the confidence to go your own way.

“We tend to steer clear of anything too on trend and choose pieces that stand out to us, and then make them work within our home.”

Presenting Beautiful Homes

08 8297 8339

What’s On This Weekend

Easter may be over, but our calendar is still chockers of fun.


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Image: STRONG Pilates Modbury Facebook

Coffee, ice-cream and a DJ spinning good tunes – it doesn’t sound like your typical gym, but this is one workout you don’t want to skip. Head to STRONG Pilates’ new Modbury studio for its open day where you can learn how to treat your body to a little TLC through Pilates; you can even work up a sweat on the day with a few cardio exercises, including a rowing session. Of course, you can’t leave without a delicious post-workout treat – think coffee from Scoop and Tap, GymBod ice-cream, and treats from Delicia Acai Modbury.

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Pick up a pre-loved vintage or designer piece from more than 130 sellers at the Fashion Thrift Society Market at St Clair Recreation Centre. Off-the-rack, there’s a body piercing booth, a henna tattoo artist and a barber who’ll give you a fresh weekend cut. Fuel your energy for a day of bargain shopping by grabbing a bite to eat from one of the many food trucks as the DJ plays good tunes.

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3. BAROSSA AIRSHOW | Barossa Valley | APRIL 16

Image: Barossa Airshow Facebook

Taking off this weekend is the aerial action-packed Barossa Airshow, which is held every two years. Bring a deck chair or a picnic rug, get comfy and look up as daredevil pilots from around Australia perform crazy antics thousands of feet above you. On solid ground, there are market stalls and exhibits featuring unique aircrafts and aviation memorabilia.

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4. BLOOM BLOCK PARTY | Thebarton | APRIL 16

Image: Kelsey Zafiridis Photography.

It’s not spring yet, but something epic is blooming. Bloom Block Party is back and bringing together the best of the west. Check out local producers, artisans, food trucks and laneway bars who call this side of town home. While you browse, chill out to your heart’s content with some of SA’s finest musicians, including Uptown Seeds, Malibu Drive, The Cast, and many more.

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Every man (and woman) and their dog is invited – literally. On the third Sunday of the month, Hard Days Night opens the venue’s doors to neighbourhood dogs for lunch and a drink. Of course, there are some treats on the menu for your furry friend, including goodies from Bone Appetit Barkery, The Hungry Pup & The Woofery and free puppacinos from Caravino Coffee. The event supports local dog rescue charity Scruffer Lovers Inc.

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How to Maximise Seating and Style

From plumped up sofa seats to large-scale armchairs, these focus pieces add instant style – and comfort!

An accent chair is the perfect way to introduce a new visual element to your interior whilst maximising seating. Whether you have an empty corner nook or your room is missing a final design element, a stylish armchair can complete the look. So, take a seat; here are three ways to make a statement with your armchair.

1. Choose A Design

The simplest way to effectively add an armchair to your living space is to choose a design from the same range as your existing sofa in terms of colour and material. This will create a cohesive look and act as an extension of your sofa.

2. Create Contrast

For the more daring homeowners, there are endless ways to use a stylish accent chair to create contrast. Experiment with funky designs, a unique look, quirky finishes and more to really showcase your personality. The edgy Hugo designer chair from OZ Design Furniture, upholstered in buttery leather and supported by a powder coated black metal frame for a more masculine feel, is a great choice for those who are willing to push the boundaries.


Another standout piece from OZ Design is the Munich Swivel Chair, boasting a curvaceous tub design fora contemporary, on trend look. Perfect in the corner of a bedroom, this armchair is a fun addition to any home interior.

Live in style this season and discover OZ Design Furniture’s new pieces. Shop online or in store today.

OZ Design Furniture
800 Marion Road, Marion
08 8472 3630

Gepps X Home HQ
750 Main North Road, Gepps Cross
08 8472 3640

Loafing Around: The Trending Shoe This Season

Loafers are taking a huge step ahead of the humble heel, ballet flat and boot as the footwear of choice this season.

From classic preppy Penny loafers to designs with tassels, buckles and all the bits and bobs, this shoe staple has evolved over the years. So, quit loafing around and find a style that fits.

1. The Chunky One

The chunky loafer gets bonus points for comfort and coolness. Not only does the thick, padded sole protect the balls of your feet, the chunky exterior means you’ve got a bit of extra height to elevate your look. They’re also lightweight, so they won’t slow your stride.

Loafers We Love: We’re loving this chunky, platform loafer from Adelaide’s Cherri Bellini – it puts the cherry on the top (or bottom) of our autumn wardrobes. The ultra-lightweight sole makes this pair the perfect pick for every day, while the vibrant patent wine colour dresses up an outfit.

Chunky red wine patent loafer.


2. The Embellished Ensemble

Forget jewellery; loafers with embellishments easily add a statement to any outfit. Whether pairing it with a casual tee and jeans or adding a bit of understated elegance to a work blazer and tailored pants, the embellished loafer gives oomph to a paired down look.

Loafers We Love: This loafer wins double points for chunkiness and shininess – the fringe detailing, and classic gold hardware complete the look.

Tan, chunky loafer with gold buckle and tassels.


3. The Versatile One

Back in the early 1800s, gentlemen apparently wore smoking slippers if they wanted to excuse themselves for a smoke. While we don’t think you should go out and buy a packet of cigarettes any time soon, we do think every shoe collection needs a pair of these loafers. Not only are they considered one of the most comfortable loafers, they’re also the most versatile.

Loafers We Love: Cherri Bellini’s most popular smoking slippers brings us a lot of joy. Aptly named ‘Joy’, this sophisticated loafer is a woven, soft suede leather with a piping finish. It’s the perfect fit when you need to get your steps up in style, and they literally go with anything – pants, dresses, skirts, you name it.

Woven tan smoking slipper, loafer.


4. Stepping Away From Classic Colours

Brown and black will always be traditional loafer colours, but we’re all about adding some colour to our winter wardrobe.

Loafers We Love: This lovely, lilac loafer is a subtle shade that’ll make any outfit pop, plus the square-toe finish is a nice point-of-difference from other loafer shapes.


Cherri Bellini shoes are designed right here in Adelaide and made in Tuscany, Italy.

Cherri Bellini
55 Belair Road, Kingswood
08 8232 2829

What’s On This Long Weekend

The Easter Edition.

Have you left Easter plans to the last-minute? There’s still time to make the most of the long weekend. Here are a few events to hop along to.

Oakbank Fashion At The Races entrants.


Australian Venue Co (AVC) Parmy Fundraiser | Across SA | APRIL 7–10

Parmy or parma? However you may refer to them, Australian Venue Co (AVC) is raising funds over the Easter long weekend by donating $1 for every parmy sold at more than 150 pubs across the country. ACV’s nation-wide initiative is to support SecondBite, an organisation which aims to reduce food waste and feed Aussies in need. Fundraising will run across all venues that sell chicken parmy on their menu. Every $1 donated can support up to five meals to those in need.

Photo: Brighton Metro


Meadows Easter Fair | Adelaide Hills | APRIL 7–10

Head straight for the hills for the annual four-day Meadows Easter Fair where you can browse about 150 stalls, ranging from plants and second-hand goods to fresh produce. Fuel your energy with a low and slow BBQ, gastronomic burgers, fish and chips or wood oven pizza as you weave your way through the market. Don’t forget to stop by the animal farm to catch a glimpse of some cute and cuddly creatures – there might even be a sighting of the Easter bunny.


Paxton Easter Picnic Weekend | McLaren Vale | APRIL 7–10

Paxton Easter Picnic Weekend is a free event designed for the whole family, but it’s also the perfect place to slow down and unwind with your loved one. Spread out on the luscious lawns at McLaren Vale’s Paxton Wines and toast with a glass of red while tuning into live music. Wander the property’s 1800s cellar door to stock up on delicatessen fare to build your own platter or dig into gourmet woodfired pizzas and doughballs from SA pizza joint DoughBalls (don’t worry, they’re fully cooked and delicious!)

Photo: SATC/Isaac Forman


2023 Oakbank Easter Saturday | Adelaide Hills | APRIL 8

Find your favourite fascinator – Oakbank is here. Held on Easter Saturday in the Adelaide Hills, racegoers will pack a picnic or barbecue, set up a marquee and settle in for a day of country racing. But don’t forget: the real winner isn’t necessarily on the track – it’s in the Fashion At The Races event. Our girl, local stylist Lauren Dilena, is one of the judges, so dress to impress. We can’t wait to check out all the stylish entrants this year.


Adelaide International Kite Festival | Semaphore | APRIL 8–10

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… kite. In fact, you’ll see a lot of kites flying high in the sky at Semaphore Beach this weekend. The Adelaide International Kite Festival brings twists and twirls to the air as the sky fills with kites of all shapes and colours. There’ll also be amusement rides and kite-making workshops for when your neck needs a rest from peering up in awe.


Hop Into Outlet This Easter | Harbour Town | UNTIL APRIL 9

If you need to burn off a few kilos of chocolate, head to Harbour Town for a walk to browse the many retail shops full of Easter gifts and goodies. The Tapleys Hill Road shopping precinct is open over the long weekend and has some egg-ceptional (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) Easter entertainment for the kids, from face painting to free magic shows. Stick around because a special fluffy visitor will make an appearance.

6 Steps to Selling Stress-Free

We chat to property expert Georgie Todd from Harris Real Estate for her top tips.

Georgie Todd and her team.

1. Choose an Expert

During the last past two years, we’ve enjoyed a strong market, with high buyer demand and very high success rates but now, as the market changes, choosing an agent with skill and experience to ensure your property has the best opportunity of success has never been more important. It’s also important to choose an agent that you resonate with and who shares the same values as you. Your selling journey will be exactly that, a journey. Many of my clients say they miss the communication, the daily banter and support from my team – that is truly the biggest compliment that I take out of a sale.

2. Know the Market and Set a Realistic Price

Put your ‘buyer hat’ on and checkout the competition by looking at properties that have sold in your area or that are currently on the market. It’s important to make sure your property is priced realistically in relation to other homes that have recently sold to ensure the market engages with your home and want to view it. If your property is priced too high, then there is a risk that you will lose your best opportunity to obtain the right result. Your strongest buyer interest occurs in the first 7–14 days, so launching your property to the market with a competitive pricing strategy can be the difference between selling within 1–3 weeks at a premium price or being on the market for a longer duration and undergoing multiple price revisions to simply get a result.

3. Choose a Method of Sale

There are lot of factors to consider with regard to the method of sale – for example, where is your property located (not just the suburb, but even the location within a suburb can alter this decision), the type and style of property, and the target market. Most importantly, what is going on in the market, and what are the weekly auction clearance rates and external economic conditions?

Open living and dining area.

4. Prepare Your Property For Sale

Homes that are well presented, from the curb to the rear of the property, will not only generate the most interest and foot traffic at opens, but will also ensure the best price with the least days on market. Once again, put your ‘buyer hat’ on. When you enter an open home, what do you want to see? Many buyers will quite literally purchase based on ‘a feeling’ or ‘the vibe’ of the home. Give your property every opportunity to sell itself by presenting your home well. My team and I can project manage getting your home ready for sale and we have a great list of trades we work alongside to help make this process relatively stress free. There are also payment options to relieve the stress of upfront costs.

5. Market Your Property

It is essential to get the three P’s correct when marketing your property for sale – Price, Promotion and Presentation. Every property is different, and the market and location will determine the best way to market it.

6. Contracts

Once you have a buyer and the contract of sale is fully executed (signed by both the purchaser and the vendor), then your cooling off period will begin on the following business day. Each state differs slightly, but in South Australia the cooling off period lasts for two full business days with your deposit due on the following business day.


  • How long have you been in the industry?
  • How many properties have you sold in the last year?
  • What is your average days on market? An average auction or expression of interest campaign is 3–4 weeks.
  • How do you negotiate offers? This could also include, what is your strategy around pre-auction offers and handling multiple offer situations during a ‘best offer by’ campaign.
  • How many people are in your team and what are their roles?
  • Why do you think you can get the best result for my home?
  • Why you? Be mindful to choose an agent that you resonate with and who shares the same values as you.

Georgie Todd
Property Consultant
0420 492 936

Living On The Edge

Kent Town offers an enviable city lifestyle with the best parts of suburbia. Gastronomic hot spots and creative hubs are on every corner, and a new sustainable residential development, Parkline, is about to give South Australians another reason to move to the city’s edge.

For those who are chasing the city-living dream but don’t want the hustle and bustle of the CBD, Kent Town offers an eclectic, vibrant alternative. Perched on the city fringe, the highly sought-after urban hub is turning the heads of savvy investors and home buyers who are after the almost-city vibes.

During recent years, the well-appointed suburb has been gaining notoriety. Many of the area’s former industrial buildings, which now operate as converted creative businesses, cafes and apartments, are decorated with vibrant street art, setting the tone for the precinct’s creative atmosphere. A plethora of gourmet eateries, wine bars, distilleries and even a microbrewery also now call Kent Town home


New to the suburb’s world-class offerings is a new sky-high residential development, Parkline, that, according to development director and project architect, Louis Kanellos, encapsulates Kent Town’s “industrial flavour”.

The $100 million project, Spear-headed by award-winning development firm, Chasecrown, will be a multi-use building with the ground to second levels used as boutique accommodation. Above that, there will be 62 luxury apartments, each boasting incredible views of the city and east parkland. Additional Parkline design features include a residential lounge where residents can host and entertain their guests or neighbours.

As for the rest of the building’s design, Louis says they have been inspired by their location – “there are some beautiful, nineteenth-century brick buildings.”

Each corner of the building and its base podium will be masonry stone, influenced by the surrounding historic structures. The timeless detailing means Parkline will seamlessly blend into the local neighbourhood.

In part, the apartments’ prime location is what initially attracted Chasecrown to the development. Parkline offers everything you need for what Louis calls an ‘easy-access lifestyle’. “It’s awesome in terms of accessibility,” he says, “you’re within walking distance to Rundle Street east. You’ve also got convenient access to the Botanic Gardens and Norwood. And Kent Town is transforming into quite a little village, with lots of new cafes and restaurants opening up.”

The development is also sustainable – “[It’s] future-proof,” Louis says. “It could run at net zero if the occupants decide to buy into green energy.” The building will have a seven-star energy rating, with double-glazed windows, roof-top solar panelling, a green wall and a rainwater detention tank to water the apartments’ green spaces. Parkline will also have individual electric vehicle charging stations. “New buildings should be respectful of the environment, and we’re trying to reduce our footprint,” says Louis.

But it’s how all of these green-focused, luxury features collide with almost-city living that makes the Parkline apartments the next best place to live. There are endless lifestyle benefits. “You’re not living in the CBD, but it’s on your doorstep. You’ve got the parklands, great facilities, restaurants and cafes at your fingertips,” Louis says. “[But] it’s low-maintenance and low-cost. That’s what the Parkline Development brings to urban Adelaide.”


There is a cohort of small businesses making the move to this up-and-coming suburb and shared office spaces are available close by; Parkline will also offer shared office space that includes private meeting rooms, perfect for the development’s work-from-home occupants. For Kent Town residents who work in the CBD it is just minutes’ walk to the city’s East End. Transportation is also easily accessible (the North Terrace tram stop is close by, as are Adelaide Metrobus stops), and there are wide bike paths for cyclists.


Kent Town’s enviable location is only minutes from Adelaide’s best shopping precincts and home to its own cohort of blossoming boutiques and must-visit homewares stores. Visit bespoke homewares store, Eccola, or head to fashionable Rundle Street for a longlist of high-end boutiques. There’s also plenty of cool urban cafes to grab a coffee or bite to eat – start your morning with a fresh brew from local roasters POGO at their newly opened espresso bar, or pop past Tell Henry for a cappuccino. Peckish? Visit Loxley, with the beloved brunch venue serving stacked sandwiches, bagels and smashed avocado. Other local stand-out cafes include g+gracin, Cafetal Coffee Co and Rustic Gourmet, which is great for grab-n-go meal.

Neighbourhood wine bars are also popping up on local streets, and area popular place to head as the sun starts to dip. Khou by Signature Wines is Kent Town’s answer to the East End’s bars, and the wine nook stands up in comparison. Afterwards pop across the road to pizza bar Pan & Vine –famed for their slices of sourdough pizza, handmade pasta and locally-sourced ingredients.

The Kent Town Hotel has also re-opened after two and a half years of renovations, with the heritage-listed venue the perfect place to head fora classic pub feed or glass of local wine. Fox Gordon is also close by if you’re after a glass of tempranillo, and Reform Distilling for a sneaky G+T.

Parkline is expected to be completed by mid 2025. The world-class sky homes are now available to buy.
Find out more at parklinekenttown.com

Global Styles

As Fashion Month comes to a close, here are some of the biggest A/W trends taken from the international stage.


Fashion capitals like Milan, Paris and New York saw timeless staples take centre stage in recent Fashion Weeks. Trench coats, tailored shirts and knitwear featured prominently, as did classic basics. Proenza Schouler, who celebrated their 20th anniversary at New York Fashion Week, presented pieces that formed a ‘complete wardrobe’ for the real woman – expertly crafted, elegant and versatile clothes that can be stripped back and styled again and again.

At Paris Fashion Week, Saint Laurent returned to its signature style. Their A/W ’23 collection featured pencil skirts and oversized blazers with exaggerated shoulders. In Los Angeles, Donatella Versace drew inspiration from her classic ‘90s Versace collections with strong hourglass silhouette dresses and sharp tailoring.


Despite Pantone’s colour of the year being Viva Magenta, muted shades reigned strong this fashion month. Keeping with the sartorial shift to classic minimalism, both the Tory Burch and Jason Wu showcases at New York Fashion Week saw navy wool pea-coats, brown slacks, tan-brown trenches and black structured blazers. Following suit, the Chloé catwalk at Paris Fashion Week saw creative Gabriela Hearst monochromatically style her Baroque-inspired ready-to-wear collection.

But not all catwalks featured dialled-down hues. Milan Fashion Week saw vibrant red shades splashed across the Bottega Veneta, Prada and Ferragamo collections. And at London Fashion Week, designers like Nensi Dojaka took the trending colour even further, casting the entire showcase in ruby red light. Further, the street style snapped in Copenhagen, Paris and New York saw pedestrian fashion head-to-toe in primary hues – think azure blue, canary yellow and tomato red.

ASO Is Taking The Lead

Talented female musicians and composers in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra spotlight

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) this year welcomes internationally renowned violinist Emily Sun as their new Artist in Association. With a commitment to showcasing female composers in all of its Symphony Series Concerts, the captivating violinist will take to the stage three times in 2023 – the second of these concerts will be the world premiere ASO commission of Elena Kats-Chernin’s new violin concerto in Symphony Series 2 Wild.

Portraits of Emily Sun at Piccadilly Cinema

“It is a thrill to be performing the world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s violin concerto,” says Emily. “I have always loved Elena’s music; there is something very honest and generous about the way that she connects. Of course, as a violinist, there is no shortage of concertos, but I think it is important that we are always playing and creating music that is relevant, music that reflects our society and the world around us.”

Being able to effectively connect with an audience is, for Emily, what music is all about – and live performance, she says, is particularly emotive. “Nothing can replicate the excitement of a live music performance,” she says. “Inevitably, the same piece of music can never be replayed exactly the same way, even if it’s played by the same people. Experiencing that one special moment in a phrase, in a piece of music that can never be the same again, to be there in that moment in the audience or on stage is something that is really magical.”

Inspired by the spontaneity of music making from a young age – Emily’s father, Daniel Yi Sun, was a prominent composer and lecturer at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing – the craft has taken her all around the world, performing as a concerto soloist with leading orchestras, as a chamber musician, and as a recitalist in major concert halls. Currently, her focus is on performing with the ASO, and giving Adelaide audiences a truly memorable orchestral experience. “There is something very unique about the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – there is an incredible energy, which creates inspiring and stirring musical moments. [For me personally], as an Australian, it’s a privilege to perform alongside the ASO and to have this connection with one of the finest orchestras in the country.”


Photography Claudio Raschella
HMUA M&Co Style Bar
Dressed by Greta Kate
Jewellery by Anton Heunis
Shot on Location At Piccadilly Cinema