Born and raised Aussie sheila Dasha Auer is thrilled to be connecting with her European roots since moving to Sweden in September 2021 to study with Henrik Frendin at Malmö Musikhögskolan. Since October 2022 she is also a Lumbye Academist with the Copenhagen Phil. Prior, she studied the scholarship-based Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music with Caroline Henbest from 2019-2021. Though Dasha has performed solo at the Melbourne Recital Centre, her real passion lies in chamber and orchestral music; appreciating the unique inner voice of the viola and its ability to blend with and complement other parts. Dasha has participated in chamber music masterclasses with Gábor Takács-Nagy, Eric-Maria Couturier and Daniel Müller-Schott, and side-by-side projects with the Tasmanian, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and Australian Chamber Orchestra, the latter two under the direction of Simone Young and Richard Tognetti respectively. She has fond memories of touring Australia with the ANAM orchestra and Konstantin Shamray under Sophie Rowell’s direction inbetween lockdowns in 2021 and can’t wait to be on tour again, first with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and then with the EUYO! Outside of music, Dasha is a closet poet and night owl who always has a pack of cards on hand.