2019 Our Artists

Taryn Fiebig | Umberto Clerici | James Crabb | Gregg Arthur | The Sydney Puppet Theatre | Anne Maria Nicholson | Phillip Bolliger | Bridget Bolliger | Enigma Quartet


Taryn Fiebig | soprano

Taryn Fiebig

Helpmann Award-winning soprano Taryn Fiebig is one of Australia most popular and versatile artists.  In 2017, she sang Musetta (La bohème) for Opera Australia; Michal (Saul) for the Adelaide Festival; major roles in Pinchgut Opera’s Triple Bill and the title role in The Merry Widow for West Australian Opera; in concert, she was soloist with Sydney Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia and the Opera Australia Orchestra.

She returns to OA in 2018 in Metamorphosis and makes major concert appearances at the Adelaide Festival, the Huntington Festival, for Sydney Philharmonia and the West Australian Youth Orchestra.  2019 engagements include Despina (Cosi fan tutte) for OA and Selinda (Farnace) for Pinchgut Opera.

Taryn has performed with all the major Australian opera companies, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Ensemble and the Sydney, West Australian, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.

Internationally, she has sung for the Edinburgh Festival (as Lucy Joy in Opera Australia’s production of Bliss), in America for the LA Ear Unit and in the UK with the English Chamber Orchestra and for BBC Radio 4.

In 2004, Taryn joined the Young Artists Program at Opera Australia; she remained with OA as an ensemble member until 2010 before becoming a freelance artist.

Roles for Opera Australia include: Susanna, Zerlina and Despina in Sir David McVicar’s trio of Mozart productions (The Marrigge of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte), Pamina and Papagena in The Magic Flute, Musetta in La bohème, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Clorinda in Cenerentola, Lisa in La sonnambula, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Aphrodite in The Love of the Nightingale, Karolka in Jenufa and The Woodbird and Gutrune in Der Ring des Nibelungen.  Her performance as Lucy Joy in Bliss earned her a Helpmann Award.  For New Zealand Opera, she has sung Esmeralda in The Bartered Bride.

A musical theatre highlight for Taryn was over 200 performances as Eliza Dolittle in Opera Australia’s National Tour of My Fair Lady.

Gilbert and Sullivan roles have included The Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, both Tessa and Gianetta in The Gondoliers and Yum-Yum in The Mikado.

Taryn is also an accomplished cellist leading both the Western Australian Youth Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra.  She continues to play and appears in concert as both singer and cellist.

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Umberto Clerici | cello

Umberto Clerici

Soloist, chamber musician, principal cellist, teacher, cultural innovator: Umberto Clerici’s multifaceted artistic and creative activity can be summed up in these five dimensions.

Born in Turin, Italy, Umberto began studying cello at the age of 5, continuing later at the Conservatoire of Music in Turin. Clerici mastered his art with Mario Brunello and David Géringas, both of whom opened to him new musical dimensions of fantasy and rigour.

At the age of 19 he won the Italian Regional Orchestras contest, and began his career as a soloist. Other international prizes followed: the Janigro Competition in Zagreb and the 2011 International Tchaikovsy Competition (the only Italian cellist in the history of that competition, other than Mario Brunello, to be a Prize winner).

Clerici has played as a soloist all over the world including, among many, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Moscow Russian State Orchestra, the Philharmonia Wien, the Zagreb Philharmonic, Rome, Milano and Florence Orchestras. He has performed in the prestigious concert halls of Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Great Shostakovich Hall in Saint Petersburg and the Parco della Musica Auditorium in Rome. In 2012 he also played Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo theme with the Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

While his solo concerts increased in number, Clerici maintained his chamber music and teaching, finding that these gave him even greater satisfaction than pure performance. At the age of 23 he became assistant Professor at the Salzburg’s Mozarteum Summer Academy.

He joined the Trio di Torino in 2001, but also pursued separate projects with Luis Lortie, Jeffrey Swann, Itamar Golan, Sergej Krilov, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Andrea Rebaudengo, Mario Brunello.
Wishing also to explore the orchestral repertoire and experience a wider music ensemble, Clerici chose to embark on playing in the orchestra, as the principal cellist, with Lorin Maazel’s Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra. For four years he was Principal cello the Teatro Regio di Torino.

In 2014 Clerici was appointed principal cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and Cello Lecturer at the Sydney University. He made his debut as a soloist with SSO in 2017 with his interdisciplinary project centred on Strauss’ Don Quixote and in 2018 he played the Brahms double concerto.

He recorded several CDs with concertos, solo and chamber music and, in 2017, he realised two new solo recordings for ABC Classics.

Umberto plays a 1722 Matteo Goffriller from Venice and a 1758 Carlo Antonio Testore from Milan.

 


James Crabb | classical accordion

James Crabb | photo credit Christoffer Askman

Scottish born James Crabb is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading ambassadors of the classical accordion. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with classical accordion pioneer Mogens Ellegaard and was awarded the Carl Nielsen Music Prize, Denmark in 1991. He was professor of classical accordion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen from 1995 – 2010 and also held a long-standing guest professorship at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria.  James is currently Artistic Director of Four Winds Festival, NSW.

He has performed worldwide as soloist with the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish, Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Nash Ensemble, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Spatanburg Philharmonic (South Carolina) and El Paso Symphony Orchestra (Texas).

A recognised and acclaimed authority on the music of Astor Piazzolla, James has performed with the original members of Piazzolla’s own quintet. He has directed Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires both at the Royal Danish Opera and for Victorian Opera.

James’ Piazzolla recordings include, Song of the Angel with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Quintets with Richard Tognetti and the Tango Jam quintet. He is also featured in the documentary Astor Piazzolla in Portrait published by Opus Arte. Further recordings include transcriptions of Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, The Siinging (Beamish) with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

In addition to continuing in his role as Artistic Director of Four Winds Festivals, 2019 will see James appear at the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson New Zealand, perform and record the new Accordion concerto The Players, (written for him by Brett Dean) with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, perform with Dance Company Co.3 in Perth in a new work, “In Line”, give a recital at Music in the Round, Abbotsford Convent, Victoria, perform with violinist Anthony Marwood at Ukaria, play and direct Sinfonia Cymru, Wales and reprise his role in Brett Dean’s Hamlet in a new production of the opera at Opera Cologne.

Highlights of recent seasons include Piazzolla’s Aconcagua with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Ulster Orchestra, conducting and performing in Victorian Opera’s production of Maria de Buenos Aires, Stravinsky’s Petrouchka with the Tero Saarinen Dance Company in Europe and Asia, the world premiere of a new work by Magnar Am in Oslo and later in Japan, Gubaidulina’s 7 Words with the BBC Symphony, as well as playing this work at the BBC Proms, a Victorian tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performances with the Camerata Salzburg, Australia Ensemble, Sydney Omega Ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists, Black Arm Band and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and at the Peasmarsh Festival, England, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Adelaide Festival, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Brett Dean in a new Accordion/Viola duo presentation and a collaboration in Townsville, repeated in Brisbane, with Opera Queensland and Dance North on a new project entitled “Abandon”, based on the music of Handel.

Maintaining a high international profile, in 2017 James appeared as guest soloist and director of a new Piazzolla festival in Buenos Aires, performed the Birtwistle work The Last Supper with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and created a major role on stage, written especially for him, in Brett Dean’s new opera ‘Hamlet’ at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, a role which he later reprised at the 2018 Adelaide Festival. He also returned to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville and curated the 2017 ‘UKARIA 24’. Other 2018 engagements included a Musica Viva recital in Hobart and performances with ANAM.

James also continues his two exciting collaborations, one with violinist Anthony Marwood and the other with recorder player Genevieve Lacey. Crabb-Lacey’s first recording together with ABC Classics, Heard This and Thought of You was released in August 2015.

http://www.jamescrabb.com

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Gregg Arthur | singer songwriter

Gregg Arthur is an Australian singer and songwriter known for his intimate vocal style.

Originally from Sydney Australia, Gregg travels all over the world performing the music he loves. His training and education are firmly based in the tradition of jazz vocals and the great American Songbook, using his considerable abilities to interpret what he calls the ‘new standards’, pop and smooth jazz classics.

Studying music in Sydney, Gregg honed his vocal skills with famed singing coach Don Graden, studied acting to enhance his singing performances at The Actors Studio and lessons with legendary acting teacher Hayes Gordon, also recording and performing with the great Australian arranger and conductor, Maestro Tommy Tycho.

In the United States Gregg has worked with iconic musicians including the late Vincent Falcone, former pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra, and the ‘Brush Master’ Clayton Cameron, drummer for Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr. Since 2014 Gregg has been performing and writing with brilliant pianist Tom Ranier, and had a residency with beloved bassist Pat Senatore and his trio at the prestigious Bel Air venue Vibrato, owned and presented by Grammy award winning trumpeter Herb Alpert.

In Australia and the Asia Pacific Gregg tours and records with the cream of the region’s musicians, featuring highly respected jazz masters, pianist and musical director Peter Locke and renown bassist Craig Scott, and introducing young guns Tim Geldens on drums and Michael Avgenicos on tenor sax.

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The Sydney Puppet Theatre

Steve Coupe and Sue Wallace are co-artistic directors of The Sydney Puppet Theatre founded in 1984.

We moved to the Southern Highlands, regional NSW, where we built a puppet making and rehearsal studio. We create what we call Theatre of Delight, principally for the family audience incorporating puppetry, acting, music and dance in our shows.

We design workshops for all ages and abilities. We have also created puppetry performances and workshops for various clients the Museum of Contemporary Art, the ABC, the Powerhouse Museum and Discovery Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the Roads and Transport Authority, Sydney Water, the NSW Fire Department, the Australian Museum, National Parks and Wildlife and Australia’s Wonderland. We have taught puppetry at the University of NSW and have an ongoing association with the Enmore Design College of TAFE.

Most recently (August 2017) we were commissioned by Nautanki Theatre to create and perform shadow theatre in Jungle Book at Riverside Theatre.

We are currently company in residence at Imagin Arta, the Australian Puppet Centre in Sutton Forest NSW, performing every Sunday and organising puppetry workshops and events.

www.sydneypuppettheatre.iinet.net.au

 


Anne Maria Nicholson | journalist

Anne Maria Nicholson is a prominent journalist, author and public speaker who has worked for many of Australia’s major media organisations, as well as internationally.

For 20 years, Anne Maria was a news and current affairs journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, specialising in the arts for TV News and ABC-24 and also reporting for Foreign Correspondent, Lateline and 7:30.

Anne Maria is also a novelist and has written three books including Weeping Waters and Pliny’s Warning (Harper Collins) and a soon to be published novel set in Manly, Pokerface.

Anne Maria is a longtime Manly resident and in the 1980s was an alderman on Manly Council. She has had a long association with the Manly Art Gallery and Museum and was President of the Society for a number of years. She initiated the ‘Express Yourself’ project to showcase aspiring young artists.

The arts are central to her life and she has been a singer, studied drama and languages and is a keen photographer.

 


Phillip Bolliger | guitar

Phillip Bolliger

Sydney born Phillip Bolliger began learning classical guitar at age 10. He entered the Sydney Conservatorium High School in Year 7, finishing high school there and continuing on to complete a Performer’s Diploma with Gregory Pikler. On a QE II Scholarship, he furthered his studies in Vienna with Konrad Ragossnig and in Basel with Oscar Ghiglia. As a young musician, Phillip won several prizes for his playing including the 2MBS FM Performer’s Competition and was a finalist in an International guitar competition in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Phillip has performed with various Sydney orchestras, guitar repertoire including Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, as well as Concertos by Vivaldi. He has accompanied many fine soloists – violinists, flautists and singers, including his flautist sister, Bridget Bolliger, in their duo called ‘Flutarre’. Phillip has also worked as a composer and composed various works, mostly for guitar with other instruments. A highlight of his composition studies was the opportunity to assist Peter Sculthorpe with the composition of From Kakadu for guitarist John Williams.

Phillip has recorded and produced two solo CDs – Latin Journey and Guitarreo – and in recent years has moved to the Southern Highlands where he lives with his family.

 


Bridget Bolliger | flute

Australian-Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger has been hailed by Fanfare as “the very essence of what flute sound should be…”.

Bridget distinguished herself early, first performing the Ibert Flute Concerto as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the tender age of 15.

In 2017 Bridget celebrated her tenth anniversary as Artistic Director and Founder of the Sydney Chamber Music Festival and is the founding director of the New Sydney Wind Quintet since 2004.

A performer at the Huntington Estate Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Bridget enjoys her partnership with the British pianist Andrew West, and in 2016 they gave their debut recital in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House.

Dividing her time between performing, recording, and looking after her two children, Bridget is also a dedicated flute teacher at her own Pittwater Flute Academy. She gives masterclasses around Australia and at playwithapro.com, giving online lessons to flute students around the world.

Bridget has held Principal Flute positions with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra and the Sao Paulo Symphony, and has appeared as guest principal flute and soloist with several European and Australian orchestras including the Basel Symphony, Zurich Opera Orchestra, AOBO and QSO.

Graduating with a soloists degree at the Basel Music Academy in performance under Prof. Peter-Lukas Graf, Bridget enjoyed a busy and varied career in Europe and South America spanning 16 years with multiple performances of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto alongside some of the world’s greatest harpists including Marielle Norman, Elena Zaniboni and Sarah O’Brien.

Bridget then settled in Sydney in 2004 and soon became a passionate advocate of Australian music. Bridget has premiered several recordings of new Australian works and has recently released a recording of The Laughing Moon by Ross Edwards on ABC Classics.

Bridget’s CD release Dancing Shadows, the complete music for flute and piano by Miriam Hyde, has earned great international acclaim from renowned music magazines such as Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and Limelight, as has her earlier album Quintopia. Her latest album Timeless, alongside pianist Andrew West, was released this year by Austrian Gramophone.

In her earlier life, Bridget Bolliger pursued a short lived singing career, studying voice at the Music Hochshule of Koln and at the Academica Musica di Bologna, and performed opera roles in Italy at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and at the Teatro Sao Pedro in Brazil.

Bridget is Powell Artist.

www.bridgetbolliger.com

 


Enigma Quartet

From its humble origins as four music students busking on the streets of Sydney in 2006, the last decade has seen the Enigma Quartet carve a reputation on the Australian music scene as one of the brightest and most versatile string quartets who continue to garner acclaim and win over audiences with their vibrant style and eclectic programming.

Holding coveted positions in Australia’s leading orchestra, this intrepid foursome of Marianne Broadfoot, violin, Kerry Martin, violin, Elizabeth Woolnough, viola and Rowena Macneish, cello are united by friendship and a shared passion for chamber music, contemporary music and live performance.

 

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PROGRAMME 2019

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2018 Our Artists


Deborah Humble | mezzo soprano

Mezzo-Soprano Deborah Humble is one of Australia’s most successful international artists. She began her musical education in Adelaide gaining a Bachelor of Music Performance and continued her studies in Melbourne completing a Master of Music and Diplomas of Arts and Education.

In 2004, Deborah was awarded the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship and, the following year, she became a Principal Mezzo with the State Opera of Hamburg. Her many roles for the company included Zenobia (Radamisto), Bradamante (Alcina), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Page (Salome), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Olga (Eugene Onegin) and Malik for the German premiere of Henze’s L’Upupa.

But it was for her Wagner roles in Hamburg’s Ring Cycle that she received international acclaim. Conducted by Simone Young and directed by Claus Guth, Deborah began with Erda in Das Rheingold in 2008 and went on to sing Schwertleite in Die Walküre, Erda in Siegfried and both 1st Norn and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung. She recorded these roles for the Oehms record label and, in early 2011, repeated the roles in two complete cycles.

In 2008, Deborah was a finalist in the International Wagner Competition held in Seattle.
Her international engagements include appearances with Edinburgh Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg Easter Festival, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Lyric Opera, Seattle Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Hamburg Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, British Youth Opera and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris – in works as diverse as Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem. Closer to home, she has performed with the State Opera of South Australia, Opera Queensland, the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and the Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals.

In 2013/14, she sang further Ring Cycles in Hamburg, Halle, Melbourne and Ludwigshafen, sang Catherine in Honegger’s Jean d’Arc du Boucher in Lisbon, Amneris in Aida for Opera Australia, Elijah with the Sydney Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Queensland Symphony and Wesendonck Lieder in New Zealand.

Since 2015, Deborah Humble has appeared in Strauss’ Elektra and Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Boucher in Hamburg, Das Rheingold and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Hong Kong, Siegfried in Boston, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Singapore, Bruni’s Symphony No. 1 (Ringparabel) in Minsk, Parsifal and Verdi’s Requiem in the UK, Bluebeard’s Castle and Elgar’s The Kingdom in Melbourne, Mozart’s Requiem in Brisbane and Tristan und Isolde in Mexico City. In 2017, she makes major appearances in Lille, London, Melbourne and New Zealand.

www.deborahhumble.com

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Guy Noble | host

Guy Noble has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Western Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonia, Hong Kong Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras.

Guy is the host and accompanist each year for Great Opera Hits (Opera Australia) in the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. He conducted Opera Queensland’s 2014 production of La Boheme, is conductor and host for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Classics Unwrapped series at the Adelaide Town Hall, and conductor and host for the Queensland Symphony’s Music on Sundays series at QPAC.

His Opera The Opera was premiered at WAAPA in November of 2016 and has since been workshopped by Opera Australia. He is also the host of Concert Hall on Qantas Radio.
Guy has worked with a wide variety of international performers with orchestras across Australia, including Harry Connick Jnr, Ben Folds, The Beach Boys, The Pointer Sisters, Dianne Reeves, Glenn Frey, Randy Newman, Clive James, Conchita, The Two Cellos, Alfie Boe, and Olivia Newton John.

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Michael Goldschlager | cello

Born in New York City, cellist Michael Goldschlager is perhaps best known to Australian audiences for 13 years of performances and recordings with The Macquarie Trio and as a chamber music cellist, having appeared at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music on six occasions, and at virtually all of Australian’s best-known music festivals. His recent best-selling, critically acclaimed recordings of the complete unaccompanied cello suites of J.S. Bach for ABC Classics/Universal are often heard on ABC Classic FM, where he has also twice been the interview guest on the ‘Margaret Throsby Show’.

He performed in September/October of 2016 with the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) on its tour to Sydney and Singapore. In 2013, he toured with the AWO under Zubin Mehta and was Principal cellist with the orchestra on its tour of India with Mehta in 2015. He will return to India with the AWO in 2018.

Michael was a frequent concerto soloist and principal cellist of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) for six years. He is a frequent guest principal with the Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. He has toured Europe as principal cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and has recorded with each of these ensembles. He has also been a Mentor/Teacher and Coordinator of Strings at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. He presently lectures in cello at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

In New York he performed with that city’s finest musical organisations, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His career in N.Y. included appearances with the city’s finest musical organisations, such as the NYC Opera, NYC Ballet, and as a principal with the Orchestra of St Luke’s. For two years, he played Bach suites on stage as a musician and actor in over 1000 performances of the Broadway play, The Elephant Man with such notables as David Bowie and Mark Hamill. He appeared in the concert to save Carnegie Hall with musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose and the Guarneri String Quartet.

In 2014, he delivered a TEDx talk in March of 2014 entitled Passion – The Eagle and the Eel. He sits on the Media and Arts Advisory Board of SeaShepherd.org along with Brigit Bardot, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery, Martin Sheen and several others, and his solo music has been used in documentaries for the organisation. He chose the music for Warner Brothers’ latest Chuck Lorre TV comedy, Mom as music coordinator for the show.

Michael performs on a historically important cello made for the court of Louis XVI in 1780 by Nicolas a Paris.

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Gregg Arthur | singer songwriter

Gregg Arthur is an Australian singer and songwriter known for his intimate vocal style.

Originally from Sydney Australia, Gregg travels all over the world performing the music he loves. His training and education are firmly based in the tradition of jazz vocals and the great American Songbook, using his considerable abilities to interpret what he calls the ‘new standards’, pop and smooth jazz classics.

Studying music in Sydney, Gregg honed his vocal skills with famed singing coach Don Graden, studied acting to enhance his singing performances at The Actors Studio and lessons with legendary acting teacher Hayes Gordon, also recording and performing with the great Australian arranger and conductor, Maestro Tommy Tycho.

In the United States Gregg has worked with iconic musicians including the late Vincent Falcone, former pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra, and the ‘Brush Master’ Clayton Cameron, drummer for Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr. Since 2014 Gregg has been performing and writing with brilliant pianist Tom Ranier, and had a residency with  beloved bassist Pat Senatore and his trio at the prestigious Bel Air venue Vibrato, owned and presented by Grammy award winning trumpeter Herb Alpert.

In Australia and the Asia Pacific Gregg tours and records with the cream of the region’s musicians, featuring highly respected jazz masters, pianist and musical director Peter Locke and renown bassist Craig Scott, and introducing young guns Tim Geldens on drums and Michael Avgenicos on tenor sax.

 


Jim Coyle | composer

Jim Coyle is a Sydney-based composer and music educator.

He has worked with some of Australia’s finest musicians as well as composing works for children and young people to perform. Jim is also in demand as a speaker, leading professional learning for music teachers and delivering pre-concert talks for Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

He also lectures part-time at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

www.jimcoylemusic.com

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The Sydney Puppet Theatre

Steve Coupe and Sue Wallace are co-artistic directors of The Sydney Puppet Theatre founded in 1984.

We moved to the Southern Highlands, regional NSW, where we built a puppet making and rehearsal studio. We create what we call Theatre of Delight, principally for the family audience incorporating puppetry, acting, music and dance in our shows.

We design workshops for all ages and abilities. We have also created puppetry performances and workshops for various clients the Museum of Contemporary Art, the ABC, the Powerhouse Museum and Discovery Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, the Roads and Transport Authority, Sydney Water, the NSW Fire Department, the Australian Museum, National Parks and Wildlife and Australia’s Wonderland. We have taught puppetry at the University of NSW and have an ongoing association with the Enmore Design College of TAFE.

Most recently (August 2017) we were commissioned by Nautanki Theatre to create and perform shadow theatre in Jungle Book at Riverside Theatre.

We are currently company in residence at Imagin Arta, the Australian Puppet Centre in Sutton Forest NSW, performing every Sunday and organising puppetry workshops and events.

www.sydneypuppettheatre.iinet.net.au

 


Amanda Cole | mezzo soprano & performance coach

Amanda Cole is a compelling and passionate performer specialising in art song, oratorio, chamber music, early music and the avant garde. Her musicianship, expressive singing, facility with languages and innovative thinking have received recognition from Jack Straw Productions (Seattle, USA), Mietta Song Recital Award (Melbourne), Creative New Zealand, Churchill Fellowship Foundation and Arts Queensland.

Upon completion of her PhD in constructive pedagogy for performers and integrative Alexander Technique, she was appointed Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University. She has presented academic papers at international conferences on music education, psychology, singing and the Alexander Technique, published in the Australian Journal of Music Education and was recently invited to contribute a chapter to a book on mentoring. She has taught at the University of Melbourne, the Victorian College of Arts and the University of Otago.

Her experiential courses on music performance (How Performance Works, Mending Musical Cartesian splits, Music Performance Excellence for Professionals, Philosophical Pragmatism and Musical Creativity) attract musicians both locally and in New Zealand, the US, the UK and Europe.

www.amandacolemezzo.com

www.performancebrilliance.com/how-performance-works.
Amanda Cole | Mezzo-Soprano and Performance Coach


Andrew West | piano

Andrew West first worked with Bridget Bolliger in 2013 at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. They have since recorded two CDs together, in London and Sydney, and given further recitals in Sydney and Ballarat.

Andrew has developed partnerships with many of today’s leading
musicians. He is Artistic Director of the Nuremberg Chamber Music Festival, now in its seventeenth year, creating programmes and performing in the concerts. 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 throughout Europe.

He is particularly known as a song-accompanist, appearing with Benjamin Appl, Emma Bell, Florian Boesch, Lesley Garrett, Christopher Purves and Roderick Williams. He has collaborated for many years with the renowned tenor Mark Padmore. Their repertoire ranges from Schubert’s Winterreise, performed in a staged version alongside poems by Samuel Beckett at Lincoln Center, New York, to cycles by contemporary composers such as Harrison Birtwistle. The world premiere of Birtwistle’s cycle Songs from the Same Earth, at the Aldeburgh Festival, has been followed by further performances in Amsterdam, Cologne and London.

Recent recordings include Dancing Shadows and Timeless with Bridget Bolliger; Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with Robert Murray; and Romantic Masterpieces with Spanish clarinettist Cristo Barrios.

Andrew 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.

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.

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Piers Lane | piano

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. In great demand as a soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include performances of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto, Frank Bridge’s Phantasm and Ferdinand Ries’s eighth concerto at Carnegie Hall with the newly formed ‘Orchestra Now’; premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and several sold-out solo recitals at Wigmore Hall. He also gave over thirty performances in Australia, and performed throughout the UK, and in France and Belgium.

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds ninety works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He has recorded over sixty CDs on major labels, primarily with Hyperion Records. Awaiting release are another Piers Goes to Town recital disc, concertos by Ferdinand Ries, and a sonata disc with violinist Tasmin Little. Recent releases include concertos by the Australians Alfred Hill and George Boyle, a Franck, Fauré and Szymanowski disc with Tasmin Little and works by Borodin, the ninth disc he has recorded with the Goldner String Quartet.

Piers is the Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, and for ten years was also the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, finishing in 2017. In the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to music.

In the 2017/18 season Piers’ concerto appearances include Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 under Brett Dean at Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony, Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 with the Auckland Philharmonia, and the world premiere of a newly commissioned piano concerto by Carl Vine with Kathryn Stott, also in Australia.

Piers visits the USA on several occasions, gives a solo recital at Wigmore Hall in January, and plays throughout the UK as well as in Canada, Dubai, Portugal, Norway and Russia.

In the Queens Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).

www.pierslane.com

 


Bridget Bolliger | flute

Australian-Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger made her solo début with the Sydney Symphony performing Ibert’s Flute Concerto at the age of 15.

She relocated to Switzerland for her tertiary studies graduating with a Masters Degree in Performance from the Basel Music Academy under Professor Peter-Lukas Graf. Bridget then embarked upon a busy and varied career in Europe and South America appearing as soloist and chamber musician with many leading international orchestras and ensembles.

Her countless performances of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto have involved collaborations with some of the world’s most renowned harpists – including
Marielle Norman and Elena Zaniboni. She has held Principal Flute positions with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra and the Sao Paulo Symphony and has appeared as guest Principal Flute and soloist with the Basel Symphony, Philharmonia Zürich, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Upon her return to Sydney in 2004, Bridget became a passionate advocate of Australian music and performed frequently at the Huntington Estate Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. She was founding Director of the New Sydney Wind Quintet and Founding Artistic Director of the Sydney Chamber Music Festival – this Festival celebrates 11 years under her successful stewardship in 2018.

She has recently formed a key musical partnership with pianist Andrew West; in 2016, they gave their début recital in the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House and collaborated on Bridget’s latest album – entitled Timeless. Her earlier recordings of premiere Australian works have received unanimous acclaim from celebrated music journals such as Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and Limelight Magazine; these include Quintopia, The Laughing Moon (by Ross Edwards) and Dancing Shadows (the complete music for flute and piano by Miriam Hyde).

An esteemed teacher and chamber music coach, Bridget has tutored and given masterclasses worldwide – at the Jugend Musik Schule (Rorschach), Australian National Academy of Music and the Universities of New South Wales, New England and Sydney. She has also assisted Michel Debost at the Oficina de Música de Curitiba and features on playwithapro.com -the newest international online teaching podium.

Bridget Bolliger is a Powell Artist.

www.bridgetbolliger.com

 


PROGRAMME 2018

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2017 Our Artists


Amelia Farrugia | soprano

Amelia Farrugia is regarded as one of the brightest stars of opera in Australia. Amelia has had a highly successful and varied Australian & International career in Opera, Music Theatre, Symphony Concert, Recital, Corporate Events, Large-Scale Outdoor Events, Recording & Television.

Amelia Farrugia’s auspicious debut solo recording, Joie de vivre! was released by Universal Music Australia in December 2005 and released in the UK October 2006. Recorded in the UK with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Briger, Joie de vivre! was nominated for a Classical Aria Award (2006). The first Australian solo artist to record on the prestigious Decca label since Dame Joan Sutherland in 1959, Amelia was featured on national television’s ABC news, The Today Show, Good Morning Australia, Carols in the Domain and on radio as ABC Classic FM’s CD of the week and 2MBS FM’s CD of the month.

In 2017 Amelia appears in the world-premiere of DIVA! (City Recital Hall, Sydney). An uplifting celebration of great Australian Divas, June Bronhill & Dame Joan Sutherland with original music scored by Elena Kats-Chernin.

www.ameliafarrugia.com

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Meredith O’Reilly | actor, performer

Meredith has been an entertainer for over 30 years. Theatrical highlights include Starkers (playing feisty stripper Glenda, directed by Lex Marinos), Les Misérables (Swing, directed by Gale Edwards), Hello Dolly! (directed by Christopher Renshaw), Chess (understudy Florence, directed by Colin McColl), New Rocky Horror Show (Magenta/Usherette alternate, directed by Nigel Triffitt), Gypsy (stripper Tessie Tura, directed by Nancye Hayes), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (secretary Smitty, directed by Kris Stewart), The Producers (elderly Hold Me-Touch Me, nominated for both Green Room and Helpmann awards, directed by Susan Stroman), Karaoke the Musical (pushy stage mother Tammy, directed by Guy Noble), Rain (P.M. Julia Gillard, directed by Jonathan Mill/Teresa Borg), Love Never Dies (understudy Madame Giry, directed by Simon Phillips) and Grandma in The Addams Family (directed by Jerry Zaks).

Recently Meredith was in 3 new Australian musical projects: Life Force (five different roles in four accents, directed by Lisa Freshwater), mystery thriller Laura (directed by Arne Neeme) and the City Recital Hall concert of King Of The Air, playing Charles Kingsford Smith’s mother (directed by Tyran Parke). She played the role of theatrical agent Sylvia St. Croix in Ruthless! in 2014 (Glugs Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, directed by Lisa Freshwater). In 2015/16 Meredith toured Australia in The Sound Of Music (directed by Gavin Mitford) as Baroness Elberfeld, understudying Sr Berthe and Frau Schmidt, playing the latter role for six weeks in Sydney.

Her cabaret Curtains about showbiz disasters was a finalist in 2014 Short and Sweet and Cabaret and selected for Sydney’s inaugural Festival Fatale in 2016. Earlier cabarets include Only Just Begun, about singers who died suddenly and young. She has fronted big bands Tres Mambo, Horns Plus and her jazz quintet, The Mezzanines.

She writes lyrics for music theatre, jazz and popular songs and songs tailored to corporate events. Meredith has appeared in numerous TV dramas, commercials, corporate films and is a voiceover artist. She has hosted several radio shows and narrated audio books for Vision Australia for ten years. .

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Verna Lee | harp

Since 1990, Verna has won critical acclaim for her performances. Her playing was recently described as “all tears and goosebumps”.

With no less than 45 concerto performances to date, she has built a reputation as a versatile soloist with Australian premieres of concertos and many performances of the ever-popular Mozart and Handel harp concertos. One highlight was being featured as soloist with the Australian Youth Orchestra at the Adelaide Arts Festival in 1992. After making her solo debut at the age of 15, she has performed many recitals and has toured Australia as a soloist.

In 2012, Verna was awarded a grant for her sold-out multi-media performances The Harp In Nature which showcased stunning images of the Australian landscape set to harp works by Australian composers. This recital was also performed at the recent World Harp Congress in 2014.

She considers herself fortunate to have worked and recorded with various orchestras such as Singapore Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony and spent 10 years as principal harpist with Australian Youth Orchestra until the ripe old age of 27.

Verna has also performed with international artists such as Sumi Jo, Aled Jones, Il Divo, Tina Arena, the Kiev Ballet and the Deutche Kammerakademie Neuss.

Other harp activities include directing the Sydney Harp Eisteddfod, harp weekends and workshops, harp camps, lecturing at harp festivals and regularly accompanying soprano Amelia Farrugia.

www.vernalee.id.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.

 


Bridget Bolliger | flute

An accomplished concert soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and recording artist, Australian-Swiss flautist Bridget Bolliger has recently been hailed by Fanfare as “the very essence of what flute sound should be…”

Bridget first performed as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15 and studied at the Basel Music Academy completing her Masters degree in performance under Prof. Peter-Lukas Graf.

As a soloist, Bridget appeared with the St Gallen and Basel Symphony Orchestras, Orquestra del Teatro Massimo Palermo and the Sinfonica de São Paulo among others and she performs regularly for the ABC, Musica Viva, and is a regular guest at the Huntington Music Festival and Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville.

Bridget spent several years as Principal Flute with the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra, Switzerland, and then the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil. She was Guest Principal Flute with the Zurich Opera Orchestra , Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Basel Symphony Orchestra. Since returning to Australia, Bridget has played principal flute with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and has regularly played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Bridget studied voice at the Koln Music Hochschule and at the Bologna Music Academy . She performed the roles of Clorinda in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” at the Teatro di Sao Pedro in Sao Paulo and was the first soprano in “Drei arme adelige Waisen” from Richard Strauss’ opera Rosenkavalier , at the Teatro Massimo de Palermo in Sicily. Bridget studied art song and opera as part of her music education in Europe.

Bridget’s debut solo CD release in 2014, “Dancing Shadows”, has earned great international acclaim from Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and Limelight and she made her Sydney Opera House debut as solo artist in 2016.

Bridget is the founder and Artistic Director of the New Sydney Wind Quintet and the Sydney Chamber Music Festival. She is an Artistic Advisor for the Sydney Conservatorium High School Senior Chamber Music Program, was the 2016 Artist in Residence at Fine Music 102.5 FM, and is a flute teacher on the international faculty of playwithapro.com

www.bridgetbolliger.com

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Andrew Haveron | violin

Andrew has performed concertos with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis (LSO), Sir Roger Norrington, Jiří Bělohlávek (BBCSO), Stanislaw Skrowachewski (Halle) and John Wilson (CBSO), performing a broad range of well known and less familiar repertoire.

In 1999 Andrew was appointed first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet. A busy schedule saw the quartet perform and broadcast in their unique style all over the world collaborating with a varied selection of outstanding artists such as Anne-Sophie Von Otter, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Dmitri Ashkenasy and Alexander Baillie through to their iconic ‘cross-genre’ work with Elvis Costello, Björk, Paul McCartney and Sting. Andrew recorded more than fifteen albums with the quartet, many of which received industry awards such as “Diapason d’or” and “Choc du Monde”.

Andrew is also in great demand as on orchestral leader and enjoys frequent invitations to work with all the major symphony orchestras in the UK and many further afield. In July 2007 he became leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, broadcasting frequently on BBC Radio 3 and enjoying many appearances at the Proms including the famous “Last Night”. At the request of conductor Valery Gergiev he also led the ‘World Orchestra for Peace’. Andrew has also been the leader of ‘The John Wilson Orchestra’ since its inception. Most recently, Andrew has been appointed leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

In 2004 Andrew received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent for his services to music. He plays on a violin made in 1709, by Carlo Tononi. He became Joint Concert Master of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2012.

www.andrewhaveron.com

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Tobias Breider | viola

German born Tobias Breider is Principal Violist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Previous positions as Principal include the Rhine Opera Duesseldorf,the Konzerthaus Berlin and in the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg under Simone Young. He has also appeared as guest leader with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, both Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, the Radio Symphonies of Vienna and Cologne, the Qatar Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony a.o.

Having a busy International career as a chamber musician he has been invited to numerous Festivals in the US, Germany, the UK and South Africa.

As a Soloist he performed a.o. at City Recital Hall in Sydney and the Recital Center in Melbourne. He recently toured Queensland and has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles in Australia, like Wilma Smith & Friends, Kathryn Selby&Friends and the OMEGA ensemble Sydney. He was invited to the The Sanguine Estate and Pearl Beach Festivals, The Australian International Viola Conference, to Viola Week at ANAM and to the Schubert and Brahms-Marathons in Melbourne.

Tobias has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium and is guest teacher at ANAM (Melbourne). He coached at the Britten/Pears School in Aldebourgh (UK) and was invited for Masterclasses at Stellenbosch University (S.A.) and at the Shanghai Academy.

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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).

 


Jim Coyle | composer

Jim Coyle is a Sydney-based music educator and composer. As a composer, he has worked with some of Australia’s finest musicians including the Sydney Sinfonia and Sydney Brass, and has been commissioned to write works for musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has also written music for some of Australia’s least experienced musicians, notably his opera for primary school children, The Selfish Giant.

Jim Coyle is in demand as a leader of professional development for music teachers and of masterclasses for student composers, including conducting seminars for the SSO. He sometimes lectures in music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is also engaged in doctoral research.

www.jimcoylemusic.com

 

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 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