Who we are
The Encore String Quartet was founded in 2004, and soon became a collective of the best and brightest string musicians in Sydney. We have four permanent members and are complemented by a network of colleagues and friends who are all excellent players to cater to our busy diary of events.
We’ve been trusted by Sydney’s most discerning clients for over a decade and our experience and enthusiasm makes an Encore Strings booking the least stressful decision you’ll make in preparing for your special event. Our event music consultant will guide you every step of the way, helping you choose the musical scenery for your event, and creating the perfect soundtrack for your special day.
Reafen Liu - Violin
Reafen moved with her family to Australia at the age of five. She grew up in a musical family. As a music scholar, she completed her secondary studies at MLC School, and graduated with a distinction average from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Master of Music majoring in Performance.
Reafen performed as a soloist around Sydney, China, Taiwan, and various parts of Europe between 2001 and 2006, and has since then worked as a freelance violinist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Omega Ensemble, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Eminence Orchestra, Sydney Lyric Orchestra, Greater Sydney Orchestra, and is currently performing with the Opera Australia Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. She also does freelance work recording film soundtracks for productions such as Peter Rabbit, The Lego Movie, and various others, which she enjoys on the side.
Nan Heo - Violin
Nan was born in South Korea, where she took up piano and violin at an early age. Moving to Sydney in the early 2000s, she studied violin with renowned pedagogue Prof. Peter Zhang. Nan was a recipient of the CHAOS Scholarship to participate in the International Chamber Music Festival, and also received the Reuben F. Scarf Memorial Foundation Award. Her high school studies culminated in Nan being named one of New South Wales’ top HSC instrumentalists for the 2005 ENCORE concert at the Sydney Opera House. While studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she toured China as a guest soloist with Changsha State Orchestra and Guangzhou State Orchestra.
After completing her Bachelor of Music Performance degree with First Class Honours, she became a regular member of The Metropolitan Orchestra, and has performed with some of the industry’s luminaries, including Jose Carreras, Elaine Paige, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, James Morrison, David Hobson, Liz Callaway, and Guy Noble. Freelance work includes private performances, as well as recording work for television, including Channel Nine’s Today Show, Brownlow Medal Awards, and The X Factor. She has great interests in chamber music and has worked with ensembles such as Omega Ensemble, as well as local and international tours with with 2Cellos.