2020 Easter Festival | 8 - 12 April | Live Music in Nature
Meet the Four Winds 2020 Easter Festival Artists
|Graham Abbott (MC) | Website||Sydney-born Graham Abbott has been Conductor-in-Residence at the Elder Conservatorium of Music Adelaide, Musical Director of Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus, Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Musical Director of Melbourne Chorale, and Guest Chorus Master for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
He is a frequent guest conductor with the major Australian orchestras and opera companies, leading choral societies and numerous new and early music ensembles.
Graham is also a respected speaker and broadcaster and was producer and presenter of the highly successful Keys To Music series on ABC Classic FM from 2003 - 2017.
|ANAM | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter||ANAM (Australian National Academy of Music) is dedicated to the artistic and professional development of the most exceptional young musicians from Australia and New Zealand. It is a place in which musicians fulfil their potential as music leaders, distinguished by their skill, imagination and courage, and by their determined contribution to a vibrant music culture.
ANAM musicians share the stage with their peers and the world's finest artists, performing in locations and venues across Australia.
Alumni regularly receive major national and international awards, and occupy leading positions in ensembles and orchestras nationally and internationally.
|Lina Andonovska (flute) | Website | Facebook | Instagram||Lina Andonovska is a rare breed in the flute world; a name that you'll discover on both the pages of Rolling Stone and the Australian Chamber Orchestra roster, she has not only cultivated partnerships with leading composers including Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy and Bryce Dessner (The National), but also deep community ties from Timor Leste to Tokyo's incubator Wonder Site.|
|Sally Beamish (composer/viola) | Website | Facebook | Twitter||Sally Beamish was born in London. Initially a viola player, she moved from London to Scotland in 1990 to develop her career as a composer.
Her music embraces many influences: particularly jazz and Scottish traditional music. The concerto form is a continuing inspiration, and she has written for many internationally renowned soloists, including Hakan Hardenberger, John Harle, Branford Marsalis, Tabea Zimmermann, James Crabb, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Colin Currie.
|Roger Benedict (viola/conductor) | Website||Roger Benedict is a British/Australian conductor who works with leading professional orchestras in Australasia. In addition he is highly regarded as an orchestral trainer, working regularly with national youth orchestras in the UK and Australia and the emerging professional musicians of the Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program, of which he is Artistic Director.
From January 2019 he will take up the post of Chief Conductor of the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.
|Stefan Cassomenos (piano) | Website | Facebook | Instagram||Melbourne pianist and composer Melbourne pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos is one of Australia's most vibrant and versatile musicians. As recipient of the Second Prize in the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn 2013, Cassomenos has performed throughout Europe and Asia, and has performed concertos with several Australian symphony orchestras, as well as orchestras overseas.
Cassomenos is a founding member of chamber ensemble PLEXUS, which has commissioned and premiered over 100 new works. Cassomenos' compositions are regularly performed throughout Australia. Cassomenos is joint Artistic Director of Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, with violinist Monica Curro. Cassomenos is generously supported by Kawai Australia.
|James Crabb (classical accordion) | Website | Facebook||Since his acclaimed London debut in 1992, Scottish-born James Crabb has been one of the world's leading ambassadors for the classical accordion. He performs regularly with major orchestras and ensembles as soloist and chamber-musician.
James is also a highly regarded teacher having held two professorships in Denmark and Austria from 1995-2010. The Edinburgh Festival and BBC Proms are among his many festival appearances and he has premiered works by renowned composers including Ades, Beamish, Berio, Dean and Kats-Chernin.
James is recognised internationally as a leading interpreter of the music of Piazzolla, and has played numerous concerts with original members of Piazzolla's legendary quintet.
|Ole Kristian Dahl (bassoon)||Ole Kristian Dahl (Trondheim,Norway) is currently professor at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst - Mannheim and solo bassoon in the WDR Symphony Orchestra - Cologne. He began playing bassoon at the age of twelve, and at sixteen began studying with Robert Ronnes at the University of Stavanger (Norway).|
|Rohan Dasika (double bass) | Limelight Magazine||Rohan Dasika is a double bassist with a diverse musical life in Australia and abroad. He has worked on contracts in the Frankfurter Opern-und-Museumsorchester and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as engagements at festivals including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Four Winds Festival, and the Canberra International Music Festival. Passionate about new music, Rohan has performed at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music and Lucerne Festival Academy, and was subsequently invited back to Lucerne as part of the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Alumni.
In 2019 Rohan was announced as the winner of the prestigious Freedman Classical Fellowship.
|Cheryl Davison||Cheryl Davison is a leading artist from the South Coast. Her mother's family are Walbanga people from Eurobodalla and the Ngarigo people in the Snowy Mountains region. Her family is also connected to the Wallaga Lake Aboriginal community.
Davison has inherited deep cultural knowledge from her family and is a recognised artist and cultural leader for the South Coast region, exhibiting nationally and internationally.
|Doonooch Dancers | Facebook | Instagram||Based on the South East Coast of Australia and founded by Bobby McLeod in the early nineties, the Doonooch Dancers are an exciting Dance group promoting traditional Aboriginal culture through song and dance.|
|Nicolas Fleury||Nicolas Fleury began his studies of The French horn at the age of eight. Upon completing his studies in his native country France then continued his education at the Royal College of Music under guidance of professors Tim Brown Tim Jones. He graduated in 2009 with distinction and The Tagore Gold Medal. Nico has been recently appointed Principal Horn of the MSO.
Prior to that Nico was Principal Horn the Royal Philharmonic orchestra and in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra where he performed Mozarts concerti for horn and Brittens' serenade for horn tenor and strings broadcast live on the BBC.
|Emily Granger (harp) | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube||"Emily Granger is Chicago's great loss and our great gain, since coming here (she) has firmly established herself as an outstanding addition to the Australian concert scene." - Sydney Arts Guide Harpist Emily Granger has performed across the world as Guest Principal Harp with the Chicago, Sydney, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Orchestra Victoria, and Opera Australia Orchestra.
She has recently joined the Omgea Ensemble and will feature in recitals at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room and Melbourne Recital Centre. Emily continues to tour around the USA as a funding member of the Chicago Harp Quartet.
|Gordon Hamilton (conductor) | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube||Gordon Hamilton (born 1982) is an Australian composer and conductor. Since 2009, he has been the Artistic Director of The Australian Voices. He was born in Newcastle, lived and worked in Bremen, Germany for five years as a conductor and composer and he now lives in Brisbane.|
|Sarah Henderson (trumpet)||Sarah Henderson is a Melbourne-based freelance trumpet player, originally from New Zealand. As a freelancer in Melbourne, Sarah regularly performs with a number of orchestras across Australia and New Zealand, as well as opera companies, chamber music groups and Musical productions in Melbourne, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.|
|William Huxtable (violin) | Website | Facebook||William Huxtable, born in Perth Western Australia William Huxtable is a violinist passionate chamber musician and founder of the award-winning Partridge String Quartet (PSQ). He has graduated from the Australian National Academy of Music having studied under Dr Robin Wilson and in 2019 was selected as an ACO 'Emerging Artist' where he toured with ACO musicians several times throughout the year.
The PSQ were joint winners of the Queensland International Chamber Music Competition and have performed at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and the inaugural Bendigo Chamber Music Festival.
|Elizabeth Jones||Elizabeth Jones was awarded a QEII Silver Jubilee Trust scholarship to study with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra from 1993-2005.
From 2005-2010 she was a member of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Guest 2nd Concertmaster of Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra in Sweden.
Since 2010 she has been on contract with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and guests occasionally with ACO. She has also been guest concertmaster of Victorian Opera. A passionate educator she has been invited to teach at the AYO's chamber and national music camps.
|Koori Choir||Koori Choir, local Aboriginal people forming a choir to showcase Koori culture through music and song.|
|Malumba | Website | Facebook | Instagram||Virtuosic, original and exciting, Malumba's genre-defying music will take you on a sonic journey while making your toes tap and your heart soar. With hints of Klezmer melodies, gypsy jazz harmonies, Celtic instruments and African rhythms, Malumba's sound is unique and hugely versatile. Blending together the sounds of Australia's top folk and jazz musicians ensures performances are exciting and full of improvisation.
Since forming in 1997, Malumba have released 6 albums, toured the UK and performed at most of the major folk festivals throughout Australia. A world music ensemble based on the far south coast of NSW, Malumba performs original folk inspired instrumental music, full of intricate melodies and improvisations.
|Julieta Mateo (yoga teacher) | Website | Facebook | Instagram||Julieta Mateo, from Argentina, is a qualified Yoga Teacher with more than 18 years of experience in teaching Yoga around the world. She has a background in Improv Theatre and different styles of Physical Theatre. Based in Barcelona in 2005 Julieta created her first company called Improduccion and began performing around Spain and England.
In 2009 she became a mother and decided to open her own Yoga studio in Barcelona, called "EL Galpon" where theatre sports, physical theatre and Hatha yoga are still practised. Julieta has trained in Iyengar, Classical Yoga, Kundalini and VinyasaYoga. She is now based in Australia, studying the Feldenkrais Method and leading workshops that combine Yoga vivo with theatre.
|Catriona McKay (scottish harp) | Website | Facebook | Instagram||Catriona McKay is Scottish harpist and composer. She is a contemporary explorer on the Scottish harp (Clàrsach), having collaborated with folk and experimental musicians, as well as co-designing the Starfish McKay harp.|
|Liisa Pallandi||The Liisa Pallandi has been a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 2014. Her first experience with the ACO was as an ACO Emerging Artist in 2012 performing at the Four Winds Festival and she is very happy to be back in 2020. Liisa has enjoyed working with a wide variety of artists, from symphony orchestras to dance companies to singer-songwriters, in places ranging from Mount Isa (QLD) to the Banff Centre (Canada). She plays on a 2019 violin by Finnish luthier Elina Kaljunen.|
|Luke Plumb (mandolin) | Website | Soundcloud||Luke Plumb has established a reputation as a driving force in acoustic music on the global stage, through his work with Shooglenifty, Andy Irvine and his many collaborations in Australia.|
|Qian Wu (piano) | Website | Facebook | Instagram||Wu Qian was born in Shanghai, where she received her early training before being invited to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. At fifteen she performed Mozarts E flat Major concerto (K449) in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and again at the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland.
She also played the Saint-Saens Concerto No.2 with the Philharmonia Orchestra in St. John's Smith Square. She made her debut recital at the South Bank Purcell Room in 2000 and has since played there again on several occasions, including a recital broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
|Matthew Robertson||Matthew Robertson, drawing on the arts of Scottish country dancing and teaching, ceilidh dance calling and Scottish fiddling, Matt Robertson leads dance and music everywhere from town halls to community gatherings for Scottish dancing and cultural groups, and at weddings, parties and corporate events.
One of Australia's most experienced ceilidh callers, he has a passion for helping people at all experience levels engage with great Scottish traditional dance and music in his home town of Melbourne and further afield. Let's get 'ceilidh-fied'!
|Mark Robinson||Mark Robinson joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Timpanist in 2010. Born in Sydney, Mark obtained a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium and furthered his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he graduated with a Post-Graduate Diploma.
He moved to Belfast in 2006 after being appointed Section Leader of Percussion with the Ulster Orchestra, a position that he held until his return to Sydney in 2010.
|Thea Rossen (percussion)||The Thea Rossen is a dynamic percussionist composer and educator based in Melbourne. She is celebrated for her solo and chamber recitals and has attracted worldwide attention for her Music for our Changing Climate, a powerful performance exploring issues surrounding climate change developed with her ensemble the Ad Lib Collective throughout a residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Thea was a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival and a finalist for the Freedman Classical Music Fellowship in 2018.
|Rachel Shaw | Website||Rachel Shaw is a true musical chameleon, who enjoys a prolific career across several ensembles and genres.
Born on Queensland's Gold Coast in 1990, Rachel Shaw began her musical journey on violin. Allocated the French Horn in high school, Rachel was initially so averse to it that she ran home in tears. Her trumpet-playing brother talked her into giving it a go - and she never looked back
|Greg Sheehan (percussion) | Youtube | TEDx Sydney||In Greg Sheehan is one of the leading figures in Australian Percussion. As a performer, teacher and recording artist, he is significantly represented in Australian music over nearly 50 years.
He has been a major influence on generations of musicians and has literally reshaped the map of RHYTHM. A passionate visionary who has created a unique system of mathsmusic called 'Rhythm Diamonds' which is now being taught in Music Colleges around the country.
Add to this Greg's own Body Percussion style and reinvention of Tambourine technique! 'Astounding Musicianship!'; Jonh Shand. SMH.
|Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin/director) | Website | Facebook | Instagram||Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow into a family with a well-established musical tradition.
His concerto debut came at the age of eight, and in the same year he moved to the UK to study at the Menuhin School. Lord Menuhin was his inspiration throughout his school years and they performed together on several occasions.
|Chris Stout (violin/shetland fiddle) | Website | Facebook||Chris Stout is a Scottish fiddle/violin player from Shetland, now based in Glasgow. Stout grew up in Fair Isle and lived there until 8 years of age before moving to Sandwick on the Shetland Mainland, then on to Glasgow in the 1990s.|
|Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows (orchestra) | Website | Facebook | Instagram||The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows is committed to the future of live symphonic music -nurturing audiences, engaging the participation of young people, and developing emerging artists.
The Fellowship, which in 2021 will celebrate its 20th year, is an acclaimed orchestral training program and creative development opportunity for exceptional young musicians to make the transition from education to professional practice.
Each year, exceptional musicians between 18 and 30 years of age are selected through a national audition process to participate in the intensive, year-long program which sees them immersed in the world of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
|The Australian Voices | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube||It is with high artistic energy that The Australian Voices (TAV) commission and perform the work of Australian composers. 2018 commissions include Lachlan Skipworth, Lisa Young, Alice Chance, Joe Twist, Sean O'Boyle and Gordon Hamilton.
Recently the group has brought their distinctly Australian sound to audiences in Guatemala, Mexico, China, the UK, Germany, New Caledonia, USA, Palestine, Woodford Folk Festival and Hobart Festival of Voices.
|Sam Thomas (performer/director)||Sam Thomas grew up in England and started performing at festivals with his father's theatre troupe 'The Fabulous Salami Brothers'. He formed his own group 'The Chipolatas' in 1992 and since then has travelled the world entertaining audiences of all ages.
He moved to Australia in 2012 and has developed his career to include directing stage performances, producing large scale events involving the community and to devising youth workshops that are highly physical, engaging, inspiring and culturally rich.
|Peter Thomson (actor/director)||Peter Thomson is a writer, director and actor. After graduating from Oxford, he began his career as an actor, and played lead roles in numerous West End, repertory and fringe productions.
During his time as an actor, Peter gained extensive experience in both directing and writing. This led to a decision to focus more on the latter two disciplines.
To date he has had over thirty plays produced on BBC radio, and fifteen stage plays in theatres around the UK. He has also written numerous plays for children, and a picture book The Palace of Cards. He has recently published a book about a return to his home town in Iran - The Gulf: A Journey Back to Iran. This is written under a pseudonym.
|Tom Thum (beatboxer) | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | TED Talk||It was in 2015 that this rather unusual musical collaboration was born, when world renowned beat box artist Tom Thum and acclaimed composer Gordon Hamilton, along with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra embarked on creating the world's first "Beat Box Concerto". Simply titled, 'Thum Prints' this boundary pushing symphony comprises mainly of original compositions, wholly written by Tom and Gordon.
Having the ability to be programmed as a full 60 minute show, or as a 20 minute concerto in a longer symphonic program, the show is bridged by comedic interludes, short bursts of pastiche and reinterpretations of symphonic classics.
|Timo-Veikko Valve | Website||The Timo-Veikko "Tipi" Valve is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation performing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader on both modern and period instruments. In 2006, Valve was appointed Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra with whom he frequently appears as a soloist.
Tipi works closely with composers of our time and has premiered a handful of new cello concertos. Valve is a founding member of Jousia Ensemble and Jousia Quartet. Tipi plays a Brothers Amati cello from 1616, kindly on loan from the ACO Instrument Fund.
|Shakeela Williams||Shakeela Williams is a proud, Yuin woman from Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community located on the South Coast of NSW. She first started learning her traditional Dhurga language in school, performing the Welcome to Country at assemblies.
Since then, she has collaborated with William Barton to create a Welcome Song in Dhurga, which she has performed at several events. Shakeela is excited love to learn more about her culture, the dreaming stories and how to compose songs in Dhurga language.
Ole Kristian Dahl
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows
The Australian Voices