Donald Hazelwood

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Donald Leslie Grant Hazelwood AO OBE (born 1 March 1930) is a celebrated Australian violinist and concert master.


Sydney Symphony Orchestra[edit]

Donald Hazelwood first played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1952, as a second violinist under Eugene Goossens.

In 1965 he was appointed co-concertmaster with Robert Miller, later becoming concertmaster, a position he held for 33 years until his retirement in 1998.

From 1988 to 1989 Donald Hazelwood was Artistic Director of the National Ensemble at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

From 1989 to 1991 and in 1996 he was Director of Music for the Conservatorium of Music's National Music Camp.

He is a life member of Youth Music Australia.


In 1997 Hazelwood had a tribute concert at the Sydney Opera House, where he performed Dvorak's Romance in F minor with the Sydney Symphony.

In 1998 he retired as concertmaster after 33 years with the Orchestra.




Spokane Symphony Orchestra[edit]

Donald Hazelwood represented Australia at the 1974 Expo in Spokane, Washington by performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

World Philharmonic Orchestra[edit]

Donald Hazelwood was one of two Australian musicians chosen to participate in the performance of the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm in 1985.

Austral String Quartet[edit]

Hazelwood was leader of the Austral String Quartet and made two world tours with the group.[1]

Hazelwood Trio[edit]

Donald Hazelwood made four tours of Asia with the Hazelwood Trio, a group including his wife, Anne Menzies and pianist Rachel Valler. The final tour was made in 1997.[1]

ABC Orchestra[edit]

Donald Hazelwood has performed as a soloist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation orchestras on many occasions, including:


Donald was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1976 and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1988 for his services to music.

Current activities[edit]

Donald has recently been working internationally with The Australian Trio.



His first wife Anne Menzies was a clarinetist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for 26 years until 1994. Their daughter Jane Hazelwood is a violist. Their son-in-law is Carl Pini, the violinist.

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