2016 Our Artists


Dimitri Ashkenazy | clarinet


Dimitri Ashkenazy performs widely as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Hollywood Bowl; SBS Youth Orchestra at Sydney Opera House; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico; and Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Mito Chamber orchestras in Japan.

In September 2014, Ashkenazy made his BBC Proms debut, performing Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Strathclyde Concerto No.4 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of the composer’s 80th birthday celebrations. He has previously performed this Concerto under the baton of the composer in London, Santiago de Compostela, and at several other venues across Europe.

An active chamber musician, he has performed with the Kodály and Faust Quartets and with partners such as Barbara Bonney, Antonio Meneses, Cristina Ortiz, Maria João Pires and of course his brother Vovka Ashkenazy and his father Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Dimitri Ashkenazy has made numerous CD, radio and television recordings, and been invited to give master classes throughout Europe and in Japan, Australia and the USA.

www.dimitriashkenazy.net

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Bridget Bolliger | flute

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Australian-Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger was born in Sydney, where she distinguished herself early, studying under Jenny Andrews, Jane Rutter and Vernon Hill and performing the Ibert Flute Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15. She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium High School and was awarded the ASCM with Merit by New South Wales Conservatorium of Music.

At 18 Ms Bolliger travelled to Switzerland to study with Peter-Lukas Graf at the Basel Music Academy. For four consecutive years she was awarded the coveted Study Grant of the Migros/Ernst-Göhner Stiftung, while also winning the UBS Flute Competition in Zürich, the Kiefer Hablitzel Award in Bern and a prize at the Swiss Woodwind Competition in St Gallen. She attended masterclasses with Alain Marion, Jean-Pierre Rampal and William Bennett, and played Principal Flute with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado and Vaclav Neumann, the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach and the
European Community Youth Chamber Orchestra under James Judd.

After graduating with the prestigious Soloistʼs Diploma, Ms Bolliger was appointed Principal Flute with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra. She also appeared as Guest Principal Flute with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Zürich Opera Orchestra and Zürich Chamber Orchestra, under conductors such as Nello Santi, Horst Stein, Franz Welser-Möst and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

Ms Bolliger spent three years in Brazil as Principal Flute of the Sinfonica de São Paulo, before returning to Australia where she has played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, under conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy and Patrick Summers.

Bridget Bolliger has appeared as concerto soloist with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Basel Radio Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Basel, Gruppo Concertistico della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar al Teatro Massimo (Palermo), Orquestra Sinfonica do Norte (Porto, Portugal) and the Sinfonica de São Paulo. She has performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with harpists Elena Zaniboni, Marielle Nordmann and Sarah O’Brien.

As a chamber musician, Ms Bolliger has appeared at the Ainey International Music Festival in Burgundy, the Curitiba International Music Festival in Brazil, the Huntington Estate Music Festival in New South Wales and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Queensland. She has collaborated with many distinguished Australian and British musicians, and with members of the Chicago and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.

Ms Bolliger is founder of the New Sydney Wind Quintet, which has become one of Australia’s leading chamber ensembles, releasing two CDs, commissioning a work from Ross Edwards and giving numerous world premieres. Ms Bolliger is also founder and Artistic Director of the annual Sydney Chamber Music Festival.

As a flute teacher and chamber music coach, Bridget Bolliger has tutored and given masterclasses in Switzerland, Brazil and Australia. She has taught at the Jugend Musik Schule (Rorschach) and was assistant to Michel Debost at the Oficina de Música de Curitiba. She has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of New South Wales and the Sydney Conservatorium High School, and given masterclasses for the New England Conservatorium of Music, the Sydney Flute Society and the Australian Flute Festival.

www.bridgetbolliger.com

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Maria Raspopova | piano


Maria was born in Russia, where she trained as a pianist from an early age. At 17 she moved to Australia, and came to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Philip Shovk and Gerard Willems AM. Since she moved to Australia, Maria has recorded and performed recitals in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. She also received a scholarship to study with Philip Kawin of the Manhattan School of Music, New York.

Maria is the principal pianist of Omega Ensemble, currently Ensemble in Residence at City Recital Hall. During the past few years with the Ensemble, Maria has recorded and premiered new Australian and New Zealand works by Andrew Ford, Mark Isaacs and Ben Hoadley. Maria has also performed in both the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Government House Music series with acclaimed Soprano Emma Matthews.

In 2014 Maria joined the ensemble on a regional tour of New South Wales with French virtuoso clarinetist Paul Meyer. More recently Maria has performed with the Ensemble as part of the Spotlight series in The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, and in 2016 has several performances in the Ensemble’s Master Series at the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House.

www.omegaensemble.com.au

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Anthony Heinrichs | flugelhorn


Anthony studied at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music with Kevin Johnson, and received his Bachelor’s degree in 1991. During this time, he worked regularly with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, performing the Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto, and giving the Australian premiere of Dialogue for Trumpet and Orchestra by Wayne Senior.

Between 1990 and 1993, he played principal trumpet with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Camerata Australia and toured nationally and internationally with these orchestras. He studied with Daniel Mendelow in Canberra, and was Principal Trumpet of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra from 1993 to 1994. He acted as Principal Trumpet at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, where he studied with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and London Symphony orchestras, and travelled to Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1999 to study with Reinhold Friedrich.

A member of Sydney Brass, he gave the premiere of Joe Wolfe’s Trumpet Concerto in 2003, and has performed at the Arcadia Music Festival, with the Frankfurt and Saarbrucken radio symphony orchestras, and as Principal Cornet with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

He has taught at St Andrews Cathedral School and the Sydney and Newcastle conservatoriums, and was featured in the Visiting Artist Programme at Hale School in 2008.
Anthony Heinrichs joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1995.

 


John Martin | piano

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John Martin is one of Australia’s most diverse, sensitive, award-winning pianists. From his early days in Mudgee, John has been
playing professionally for more than twenty-five years; from recitals, ensembles, classical concerts through to jazz, popular music and cabaret. His warm, vibrant personality and eclectic performance skills are legendary; comfortably embracing live radio broadcasts, he has become a regularly featured artist on Classic FM’s Breakfast, Drive and Thursday Live programs.

An intricate part of John’s professional career has also seen him accompanying and mentoring graduating vocalists, wind, brass and string instrumentalists through their public examination recitals and assessments. As the recipient of two prestigious, overseas study grants awarded by The Music Board of Australia and Australia’s Opera Foundation, John studied and worked in London under the tutelage of two world-renowned pianists, Clifford Benson and Paul Hamburger, strengthening his accompanist skills with both vocal and instrumental ensembles.

 


Airena Nakamura | violin

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Airena was born in Japan and moved to Sydney where she began her violin studies with her father Yasuki Nakamura.

After completing her Bachelor of Music Performance degree with Christopher Kimber from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with First Class Honours, Airena continued her studies in Germany and USA and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants.

Airena has toured extensively with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She has also been as a Guest Concertmaster to Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Airena performs regularly with various chamber groups, including the Omega Ensemble. She is a permanent member of the Caro String Quartet, and the Quartet recently performed Matthew Hindson’s ‘Rave and the Nightingale’ written for String Quartet and Orchestra under the baton of Alex Briger.

Since 2005, Airena has been a member of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra where she has lead the orchestra as Acting Principal First Violin. Airena currently holds the position of Principal Second Violin.
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Teije Hylkema | cello

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Teije Hylkema is the Principal Cellist of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

He moved from The Netherlands to Australia in 2012 and has worked as a guest principal with various orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony
Orchestra before attaining the Principal position at AOBO. He has also performed in close collaborations with violinist Andrew Haveron, accordionist James Crabb, didgeridoo player William Barton and with major art companies such as Opera Queensland, Opera Victoria, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dance North.

In the Netherlands, Teije was the co-principal cellist at the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, an orchestra that specialized in baroque and modern repertoire with chief conductors Jaap van Zweden and
Frans Brüggen. He was also a regular guest in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding and Claudio Abbado.

Teije graduated from Amsterdam Conservatorium under the guidance of Dmitri Ferschtman and Maarten Mostert in 2000. He was the cellist of the Dutch Romeo Quartet for several years. They won numerous prizes and were primarily tutored by Valentin Berlinsky, Isaac Stern, the Amadeus Quartet, and the Tacacs Quartet.

Teije is a dedicated chamber music player, both on modern and baroque cello. He has performed in many chamber music festivals in Europe and in Australia, he was a guest artist at the Tyalgum Music festival, The Sydney Chamber Music Festival and the ‘Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields’ festival. He performs throughout the year with his pianist wife Grace Kim, the Omega Ensemble and the Sydney Cello Collective.

Teije plays a cello by Camillo Mandelli da Calco (1916).

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Grace Kim | piano

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Australian pianist Grace Kim is a Winston Churchill Fellow who is currently active as a soloist, chamber musician, artistic director, and educator.

As a concerto soloist, Grace has performed with the major symphony orchestras of Australasia, Belgium, Turkey, Russia, and Ukraine, and won prizes in numerous national and international competitions. Grace was the National Keyboard Winner of the 2000 Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, also receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubillee Trust. A graduate of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Grace obtained her Master of Music at Melbourne University and Rotterdam Conservatorium (Cum Laude) and is the Inaugural Fellow of Australian National Academy of Music.

Grace has performed in important concert venues such as Het Concertgebouw, De Doelen, La Salle Philharmonique de Liège, as well as the Sydney Opera House. Many of her performances have been broadcast on radio and television in Europe and Australasia. In 2006, she performed before Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands and the Australian Governor General, in celebration of the 400 year anniversary of Dutch-Australian contact.

Passionate about chamber music, Grace regularly works with distinguished artists from all over the world. Grace was the 2007/08 Artistic Director of the Summer Concert Series in the celebrated Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Returning after living and working in the Netherlands for 8 years, Grace is now based in Sydney, and the Blue Mountains, Australia. Since returning, her engagements include performing as a soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand), recitals on ABC Classics Sunday Live (Sydney), ScotchArts series (Melbourne), as well as adjudicating in national eisteddfods in NSW and VIC. In 2013/14, Grace was the Artistic Director of the Rivendell Recital Series, and Opera Night at Rivendell.

Grace currently teaches in the Rising Stars Program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and is the founding Artistic Director of Mountain Concerts and Blue Mountains Opera Festival.

www.gracekim.com.au

 

2015 Season

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The Sydney Chamber Music Festival 2015 presents

‘Where The Word Ends……?’

Actor – John Bell from the Bell Shakespeare Company
Narrator – ABC presenter Guy Noble
British pianist Andrew West
Australian-Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger
The New Sydney Wind Quintet
and Brass from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Three unique concerts

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Coffee Concert 1 – ‘FUN BRASS!’

Sat 26th September – 11am

Featuring distinguished musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Classic Australian Children’s stories will be narrated and set to exquisite classical music by Francis Poulenc. This is an introductory concert followed by tea, scones and chatter…. Children of all ages are most welcome.

FUN BRASS
Brass players from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Heinrichs – Trumpet
Marnie Sebire – Horn
Colin Burrows – Trombone

Sonata for Brass Francis Poulenc alongside Classic Australian Poetry for children.

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Concert 2 – ‘DANCING SHADOWS’

Sat 26th September – 7pm

the music for flute and piano by the Australian composer Miriam Hyde. As a mother, musician, poet and music educator Miriam Hyde has left her own individual mark in Australian music history. Many composers have been inspired by the written word and Hyde’s music is indeed as descriptive as Lieder, a poetic reflection of her life, extremely detailed, expressive and masterfully crafted. I’m proud to bring to light this astonishingly beautiful music alongside one of the UK’s finest pianists Andrew West. Complementing this program will also be music by JS Bach, Aaron Copland, and Franz Schubert for solo piano.

DANCING SHADOWS
The Music for Flute and Piano by Miriam Hyde

Bridget Bolliger – Flute | Andrew West – Piano

Dancing Shadows – Miriam Hyde

‘Licorice versus Aniseed’ – poem by Miriam Hyde, read by Christine Edwards

Five Solos for Flute and Piano – Miriam Hyde
1. Beside the Stream
2. Wedding Morn
3. The Little Juggler
4. Marsh Birds
5. Evening Under the Hill

Sonata in G minor for Flute and Piano – Miriam Hyde
i. Allegro giocoso
ii. Andante pastorale
iii. Allegro con spirito

Brief history on Miriam Hyde and ‘A New Voice in the Garden’ – poem by Miriam Hyde, read by Christine Edwards

Impromptu Nr. 3 in G Flat Major for solo piano – Franz Schubert
Impromptu Nr. 4 in A Flat Major for solo piano – Franz Schubert

INTERVAL

Sonata in B minor, BWV 1030 – J.S Bach
i. Andante
ii. Largo e dolce
iii. Presto

Duo For Flute and Piano – Aaron Copland
i. Flowing
ii. Poetic, somewhat mournful
iii. Lively, with bounce

‘Winter Willow Music’ – poem by Miriam Hyde, read by Christine Edwards

Fireside Images – Miriam Hyde
Dryad’s Dance – Miriam Hyde

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Concert 3 – ‘MUSIC FOR JOHN BELL’

Sun 27th September – 11am

Iconic Australian actor John Bell in celebration of his 75th birthday and to whom the Townsville born composer Robert Keane has dedicated his new work “Music for John Bell” – Five Shakespearian Portraits for Wind Quintet and Actor. This world première will feature John Bell himself alongside the New Sydney Wind Quintet. This concert will also include Mozart’s piano quintet in E flat Major K. 452 featuring Andrew West once again at the piano, as well as Sergei Prokofiev’s much loved masterpiece “Peter and the Wolf Suite” performed by the New Sydney Wind Quintet with a new updated script written by ABC personality and narrator Guy Noble.

MUSIC FOR JOHN BELL
A Celebration for the 75th anniversary of John Bell.

Actor: John Bell
Narrator: Guy Noble
Piano: Andrew West
New Sydney Wind Quintet: Bridget Bolliger – flute, Matthew Tigue – Oboe, Peter Jenkin – clarinet, Robert Johnson – Horn, Matthew Ockenden – Bassoon

Peter and The Wolf – Sergei Prokofiev
Arranged for wind quintet and narrator by Joachim Linckelmann

INTERVAL

Quintet in E flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452 – W.A. Mozart
Largo – Allegro moderato
Larghetto
Allegretto

Music for John Bell – Robert Keane
Five Shakespearean Miniatures for Wind Quintet and Actor
I Malvolio (Twelfth Night)
II Prospero (The Tempest)
III Romeo (Romeo and Juliet)
IV Shylock (The Merchant of Venice)
V Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew)

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Artist Director’s message 2015

CLICK HERE for more information about our 2015 season from our Artistic Director.


Our Artists 2015

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All concerts will be performed at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, West Esplanade, Manly (next to Ocean World Aquarium).

Visit our TICKETS page to book your place at these concerts.

2015 Artistic Director’s message

Planning a chamber music festival is like doing a jig-saw puzzle as any Artistic Director might tell you. The Sydney Chamber Music Festival prides itself on being in the boutique style – Small and Fine, and presents three unique concerts.

In a world of too much, I see the importance of bringing people back to smaller intimate settings where there is a feeling of connecting with each other through chamber music expression. Up close and personal performances by talented Australian musicians alongside international guest musicians who advocate Australian music both new and old is the focus at SCMF, as is curating music programs around a particular theme which will move and inspire the community.

The festival this year is entitled “Where The Word Ends..” carrying the message that where spoken word ends music continues and takes us into another world.

The festival this year begins as always with a family coffee Concert 1 – “Fun Brass” – featuring distinguished musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Classic Australian Children’s stories will be narrated and set to exquisite classical music by Francis Poulenc. This is an introductory concert followed by tea, scones and chatter…. Children of all ages are most welcome.

Concert 2 is “Dancing Shadows” – the music for flute and piano by the Australian composer Miriam Hyde. As a mother, musician, poet and music educator Miriam Hyde has left her own individual mark in Australian music history. Many composers have been inspired by the written word and Hyde’s music is indeed as descriptive as Lieder, a poetic reflection of her life, extremely detailed, expressive and masterfully crafted. I’m proud to bring to light this astonishingly beautiful music alongside one of the UK’s finest pianists Andrew West. Complementing this program will also be music by JS Bach, Aaron Copland, and Franz Schubert for solo piano.

In Concert 3, I have the great honour this year to present the iconic Australian actor John Bell in celebration of his 75th birthday and to whom the Townsville born composer Robert Keane has dedicated his new work “Music for John Bell” – Five Shakespearian Portraits for Wind Quintet and Actor. This world première will feature John Bell himself alongside the New Sydney Wind Quintet. This concert will also include Mozart’s piano quintet featuring Andrew West once again at the piano, as well as Sergei Prokofiev’s much loved masterpiece “Peter and the Wolf Suite” performed by the New Sydney Wind Quintet with a new updated script written by ABC personality and narrator Guy Noble.

The SCMF would not be possible without the support of the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, and the hard work and dedication of its dedicated committee members, all volunteers working for the greater good! I trust there will be something at SCMF this year to enchant everyone of all ages and from all walks of life. I look forward to meeting and greeting you at these concerts as well as having the great privilege to perform for you in this special community event during the Manly Arts Festival 2015.

Bridget Bolliger

2015 Our Artists

John Bell | Robert Keane | Guy Noble | Andrew West | Bridget Bolliger | NSWQ


John Bell | actor

2015 John BellJohn Bell is one of the nation’s most illustrious theatre personalities. Award-winning actor, acclaimed director, Bell has been a key figure in shaping the nation’s theatrical identity as we know it over the past 50 years.

After graduating from Sydney University in 1962, Bell worked for the Old Tote Theatre Company, all of Australia’s state theatre companies and was an Associate Artist of Britain’s world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company.

As co-founder of Sydney’s highly influential Nimrod Theatre Company, Bell presented many productions of landmark Australian plays, including David Williamson’s Travelling North, The Club and The Removalists. He also initiated an Australian Shakespeare style with Nimrod productions such as Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth.

In 1990, Bell took on an even greater challenge, founding The Bell Shakespeare Company. Since then, his productions as director have included Hamlet, Romeo And Juliet, The Taming Of The Shrew, Richard 3, Pericles, Henry 4, Henry 5, Julius Caesar, Antony And Cleopatra, The Comedy Of Errors, Wars Of The Roses, Measure For Measure, Macbeth and As You Like It, as well as Goldoni’s The Servant Of Two Masters, Gogol’s TheGovernment Inspector and Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist.

Meanwhile his roles as an actor for Bell Shakespeare have included Hamlet, Shylock, Henry V, Richard III, Macbeth, Malvolio, Berowne, Petruchio, Leontes, Coriolanus, Prospero, King Lear and Titus Andronicus.
Bell also played the title role in two co-productions with Queensland Theatre Company: Richard 3 and Heiner Müller’s Anatomy Titus Fall Of Rome: A Shakespeare Commentary. In addition, he directed Madame Butterfly for an Oz Opera national tour.

Bell’s unique contribution to national culture has been recognised by many bodies. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia and the Order of theBritish Empire; has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the Universities of Sydney, New South Wales and Newcastle; and was recognised in 1997by the National Trust of Australia as one of Australia’s Living Treasures.
In 2003, the Australia Business Arts Foundation also awarded Bell the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leadership Award.

As an actor and director, his many awards include a Helpmann Award for Best Actor (Richard 3, 2002), a Producers and Directors Guild Award for Lifetime Achievement and the JC Williamson Award (2009) for extraordinary contribution to Australia’s live entertainment industry.


Robert Keane | composer

SCMF_artist_RobertKeaneRobert Keane, pianist, composer and conductor, was born in Townsville and completed his schooling in Sydney where, in 1965, he took second place in New South Wales for piano and theory. He won a scholarship to study piano with Alexander Sverjensky at the NSW Conservatorium, and later with Nancy Weir at the Queensland Conservatorium, where he graduated in both piano and composition.

He studied, as a postgraduate student, at the Guildhall School of Music, London and the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki and completed a Masters Degree in composition at University of London. His composition teachers include Edmund Rubbra, Einojuhani Rautavaarra, and Benjamin Britten. He was awarded a PhD from the University of London for his thesis about the complete solo-songs of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Keane has written many scores for the theatre, including Dance North’s A Moon of Our Own, and Tropic Line’s Lucky Me!, based on the life of Gladys Moncrieff. He was the first Musical Director of both the Queensland Theatre Company and the Queensland Theatre Orchestra. He has toured regularly in UK, Europe, Australia & USA as accompanist and associate artist. Australian Artists he has worked with include Johnny O’Keefe, Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush, Geraldine Turner, Judi Connelli, Barry Otto, Julie Anthony, Graeme Connors, Jill Perryman, Bille Brown, Carol Burns and others.

In 1994 he established the music publishing company, Wits’ End Music. Many of his new “Popular”- style works are on the ANZCA and AMEB syllabuses, and are recorded on CD. In 1995, Keane wrote the official music for the Waltzing Matilda Centenary Celebrations and in 2005 was appointed the writer of Aural Studies for the AMEB’s new MusicCraft syllabus.


Guy Noble | narrator

SCMF_about_GuyGuy Noble knew he wanted to be a musician from the age of 8. As a boy, he sang as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony and with the Australian Opera. He studied the piano in Sydney and toured with the Australian Youth Orchestra to the BBC Proms in London, playing in Stravinsky’s Petrouchka.

He has talked about music (as host of ABC Classic FM’s Breakfast Show), recorded it (9 CDs for ABC Classics), and conducted it all over the country and abroad (Sydney Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic and Malaysian Philharmonic).

Noble has been able to work with such wonderful performers as Harry Connick Jr, Dianne Reeves, Ben Folds, Clive James, the Beach Boys, the Pointer Sisters, and in great musical theatre shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Sunset Boulevard and Gypsy.


Andrew West | piano

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Andrew West has developed partnerships with many of Britain’s leading singers and instrumentalists. He appears with Emma Bell, Florian Boesch, Lesley Garrett, James Gilchrist, Emma Johnson, Robert Murray, Mark Padmore, Christopher Purves, Hilary Summers and Roderick Williams.

His longstanding partnership with flautist Emily Beynon has led to recordings for Hyperion and the BBC, and recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Recent performances include the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s Songs from the Same Earth at the Aldeburgh Festival, contemporary recitals at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Nuremberg Festival (of which he is one of the artistic directors) and staged performances of Schubert’s Winterreise at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Lincoln Center, New York.

Mr West has worked with violinist Sarah Chang in Britain and Ireland, and performed with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras throughout Europe. A CD released by his piano quartet, Touchwood, of music by Chausson and Saint-Saëns, was selected as Recording of the Month by the Daily Telegraph.

As a duo pianist he has appeared at the City of London and Cheltenham Festivals with pianist Cedric Tiberghien. For the Michael Clark Dance Company he performed the two-piano version of The Rite of Spring with Philip Moore, firstly at the Barbican and then on tour in Paris, Seoul and Lincoln Center, New York.

Andrew West won second prize at the Geneva International Piano Competition in 1990. He has made solo tours of South Africa, South America and the United States, and given numerous solo recitals at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall. He performed the solo part in Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques under Mark Wigglesworth at Snape Maltings.

Andrew West read English at Clare College, Cambridge before studying at the Royal Academy of Music under Christopher Elton and John Streets. He is Professor of Accompaniment and Chamber Music at the Royal Academy of Music.


Bridget Bolliger | flute

SCMF_about_BridgetAustralian-Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger was born in Sydney, where she distinguished herself early, studying under Jenny Andrews, Jane Rutter and Vernon Hill and performing the Ibert Flute Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15. She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium High School and was awarded the ASCM with Merit by New South Wales Conservatorium of Music.

At 18 Ms Bolliger travelled to Switzerland to study with Peter-Lukas Graf at the Basel Music Academy. For four consecutive years she was awarded the coveted Study Grant of the Migros/Ernst-Göhner Stiftung, while also winning the UBS Flute Competition in Zürich, the Kiefer Hablitzel Award in Bern and a prize at the Swiss Woodwind Competition in St Gallen. She attended masterclasses with Alain Marion, Jean-Pierre Rampal and William Bennett, and played Principal Flute with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado and Vaclav Neumann, the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach and the
European Community Youth Chamber Orchestra under James Judd.

After graduating with the prestigious Soloistʼs Diploma, Ms Bolliger was appointed Principal Flute with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra. She also appeared as Guest Principal Flute with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Zürich Opera Orchestra and Zürich Chamber Orchestra, under conductors such as Nello Santi, Horst Stein, Franz Welser-Möst and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

Ms Bolliger spent three years in Brazil as Principal Flute of the Sinfonica de São Paulo, before returning to Australia where she has played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, under conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy and Patrick Summers.

Bridget Bolliger has appeared as concerto soloist with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Basel Radio Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Basel, Gruppo Concertistico della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar al Teatro Massimo (Palermo), Orquestra Sinfonica do Norte (Porto, Portugal) and the Sinfonica de São Paulo. She has performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with harpists Elena Zaniboni, Marielle Nordmann and Sarah O’Brien.

As a chamber musician, Ms Bolliger has appeared at the Ainey International Music Festival in Burgundy, the Curitiba International Music Festival in Brazil, the Huntington Estate Music Festival in New South Wales and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Queensland. She has collaborated with many distinguished Australian and British musicians, and with members of the Chicago and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.

Ms Bolliger is founder of the New Sydney Wind Quintet, which has become one of Australia’s leading chamber ensembles, releasing two CDs, commissioning a work from Ross Edwards and giving numerous world premieres. Ms Bolliger is also founder and Artistic Director of the annual Sydney Chamber Music Festival.

As a flute teacher and chamber music coach, Bridget Bolliger has tutored and given masterclasses in Switzerland, Brazil and Australia. She has taught at the Jugend Musik Schule (Rorschach) and was assistant to Michel Debost at the Oficina de Música de Curitiba. She has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of New South Wales and the Sydney Conservatorium High School, and given masterclasses for the New England Conservatorium of Music, the Sydney Flute Society and the Australian Flute Festival.

www.bridgetbolliger.com


New Sydney Wind Quintet (NSWQ) | ensemble

SCMF_artist_NSWQThis year the New Sydney Wind Quintet celebrates it’s 10th anniversary. Established in 2004 by five Australian wind players of international acclaim and now recognised as the country’s leading wind quintet, NSWQ performs throughout Australia and Asia, making regular appearances for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Musica Viva Australia.

The players teach at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and are members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra among others, and have held major positions in European and American orchestras.
In 2010, the NSWQ took up a residency for one year at the New England Conservatorium of Music in Armidale, providing concerts, masterclasses and workshops in five towns in the New England region and continues touring around the country to inspire and enchant it’s audience both young and old.

The NSWQ is committed to advocating Australian music for wind quintet: it made the first commercially-available recording of Ross Edwards’ Incantations (Maninyas III), released on CD as well as available for digital download through iTunes.
In 2011 the NSWQ released it’s second CD recording – QUINTOPIA – with works by Ravel, Nielsen and Australian composers Percy Grainger and Lyle Chan also now available on iTunes.
Most recently, in 2013, the NSWQ gave the world premiere of the newly commissioned ‘The Laughing Moon’ – 5 Bagatelles for wind quintet by Ross Edwards.

www.nswq.com.au

2014 Season

Germany’s esteemed Faust Quartett and Dimitri Ashkenazy (clarinet), will be performing in the 2014 Sydney Chamber Music Festival.


Faust Quartett

Faust Quartett

Hailed by the press for its ‘high playing culture in all dynamic areas, its awareness of musical processes and its highly developed sense of sound’, the Faust Quartett has rapidly developed into one of the most noteworthy string quartets of its generation.
Faust Quartett members are: Simone Roggen, Violin, Annina Woehrle, Violin, Ada Meinich, Viola and Birgit Böhme, Violoncello.


Dimitri Ashkenazy

Dimitri Ashkenazy

Clarinettist Dimitri Ashkenazy performs widely as both soloist and chamber musician.
He has appeared with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and in Japan with the Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Mito Chamber Orchestras.
An active chamber musician, he has performed with the Kodály and Faust Quartets and with partners such as Barbara Bonney and his brother Vovka and his father Vladimir Ashkenazy.


‘BIRD SONG’

PROGRAM 1

SATURDAY 27th September, 11am

Coffee Concert
A Concerto, a Chat, and Cup of Tea……… for a taste of SCMF.
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi ( 1678 – 1741)
‘IL GARDELLINO’ (The little Finch)
Concerto for flute and strings, Opus 10 , No 3 in D Major.
Performed by Bridget Bolliger flute and Monika Kornel on harpsichord.


PROGRAM 2

SATURDAY 27th September, 7pm

Receiving a standing ovation

Faust Quartett
Simone Roggen, Annina Woehrle – violins
Ada Meinich – viola, Birgit Boehme – cello

Dikla Baniel (1967)
Bird Quartett No. 2 (2002)

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
Cypresses for String Quartet no 1

I Know That on My Love to Thee
I know with sweet hope
That I can offer you my love
That you will cherish my love with Ardor
And when I look into
your eyes on this opulent night
I see all the power that love brings from the sky

Improvisition on Owls – Ada Meinich

Helena Winkelman (1974)
Quadriga Quartett (2011)
1st mov Kelpie – a Celtic water demon
Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
Cypresses for String Quartet“
No.11 ‘Nature lies Peaceful in Slumber and Dreaming’

Over the Landscape ruled by carefree dreams
A clear May night is outstretched
Gentle a breeze steals through the leaves
From the skies, calmness descends
Flowers slumber through the woods,
like a secretive choir, the brook sings
Opulent nature muses blissfully
Nothing remains that would bring conflict

John Psathas (1966)
Abhisheka (1996)
The word in sanskrit equivalent to ‘initiation’ is abhisheka, which means ‘anointment’ or ‘to sprinkle or pour’. And if there is pouring, there must be a vessel into which the pouring can fall. So at last we might really give up all these complications and just allow some space, just give in. This is the moment when abhisheka—sprinkling and pouring—really takes place, because we are open and are really giving up the whole attempt to do anything, giving up all the busyness and overcrowding. Finally we have been forced to really stop properly, which is quite a rare occurrence for us.

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)
Cypresses for String Quartet
No.9 ‘Though Only Dear One, but for Thee’

Oh you, my souls only dear one
who will live in my heart forever
my thoughts circle around you
Even though cruel fate surrounds us

Oh if I were a singing swan
I would fly to you and with my last breath
sing out my heart to you
Ah, with my last breath.

Interval

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
String Quartet No14 ‘Death and the Maiden’
1. Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Scherzo
4. Presto

Maiden:
Oh! leave me! Prithee, leave me! thou grisly man of bone!
For life is sweet, is pleasant
Go! leave me now alone!
Go! leave me now alone!

Death:
Give me thy hand, oh! maiden fair to see
For I’m a friend, hath ne’er distress’d thee
Take courage now, and very soon
Within mine arms shalt softly rest thee


PROGRAM 3

SUNDAY 28th September 2014, 7pm

Bridget Bolliger – Flute
Dimitri Ashkenazy – Clarinet
Teije Hylkema – Cello
Timothy Constable – Percussion

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Flute Sonata in E flat Major BWV 1031 for flute, cello and marimba
Arr. Timothy Constable

Alan Holley (b.1954)
The birds will sing them off, for clarinet solo

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
Chôros No.2, for flute and clarinet

Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
The Swan, for Cello and Marimba
Arr. Timothy Constable

Interval

Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
Chronochomie antistrophe 2, full ensemble.
Arr. Timothy Constable

Paul Stanhope (b. 1969)
Dawn Lament, for solo cello

Nigel Westlake (b. 1958)
Fabian Theory, for marimba, 4 tom toms and digital delay

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
Piazzolla histoire du tango, for flute, clarinet ,marimba and cello
Arr. Timothy Constable

 


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