Sue-Ellen Paulsen studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she had lessons with Richard Dedecius. As an undergraduate she appeared as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra and Queensland Youth Orchestra. In 1980 she won the ABC Concerto Competition (now the Young Performers Award) and was awarded a scholarship enabling her to pursue postgraduate study in Vienna with André Navarra. Her professional career began in Armidale with the New England String Quartet. She assumed her current position with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 1986. Since then she has been guest principal with the Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestra. An experienced soloist, she has performed concertos by Shostakovich, Walton, Mills and Ligeti among many others and is featured as soloist on several of the TSO’s Australian Composer Series CDs. A strong advocate for contemporary music, she has commissioned and premièred many new Australian works including one written especially for her by Andrew Ford. She has recently recorded the Schumann piano trios with the Kingfisher Trio (ABC Classics). She is lecturer in cello at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music.