Festival Artists A – Z
Thursday 18th April to Easter Sunday 21st April 2019
Four Winds would like to acknowledge the contribution our artists make to bring music to the Far South Coast community throughout the Four Winds Easter Festival week and throughout the year.
A pivotal part of the Four Winds Create and Inspire Program.
Awarded a fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) upon their formation in late 2013, Arcadia Winds became Musica Viva Australia’s inaugural FutureMakers musicians from 2015–17. They have brought their brand of energetic, joyful and spontaneous performance to festival stages in almost every state and territory in the country, to concert halls across mainland China and to listeners around the world through broadcasts of the BBC Proms Australia chamber music series. They have revelled in musical partnerships with internationally renowned performers including the Australian String Quartet, piano virtuosi Lambert Orkis, Paavali Jumppanen and Anna Goldsworthy and woodwind masters Ole Kristian Dahl and Thorsten Johanns. Kiran Phatak (flute), David Reichelt (oboe), Lloyd Van’t Hoff (clarinet), Rachel Shaw (horn), Matthew Kneale (bassoon).
Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)
ANAM is dedicated to the artistic and professional development of the most exceptional young musicians in Australia and New Zealand. It is a place in which musicians fulfil their potential as music leaders, recognised for 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.
Australian String Quartet (ASQ)
Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian flavour, the ASQ creates unforgettable experiences for audiences worldwide. From its home base at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music, the Quartet reaches out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, commissions and education programs. The ASQ is privileged to perform on a matched set of Guadagnini instruments. Hand crafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 – 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy, these exquisite instruments were brought together through the vision of Ulrike Klein AO. The instruments are on loan to the ASQ for their exclusive use through the generosity of Adelaide based UKARIA. Dale Bartrop (violin), Franscesca Hiew (violin), Stephen King (viola), Blair Harris (cello).
Renowned for their extraordinary song-writing, skin-tight vocal harmonies and stunning live performances, Coco’s Lunch have long been recognised as award-winning pioneers in the composition of innovative Australian vocal music. Coco’s Lunch features Melbourne singers and percussionists Gabrielle MacGregor, Lisa Young, Nicola Eveleigh, Jacqueline Gawler and Emma Gilmartin. The group has spent over 20 years winning the hearts of audiences across Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Laos, Taiwan, Germany, Austria, France, New Zealand, Canada and India.
Combining the diverse paths of two pairs of saxophone players, Compass Quartet – Christina Leonard, Jeremy Rose, Matthew Ottignon, Luke Gilmour – forms one of the most interesting and dynamic groups to emerge in Australia’s music scene. Inspired by the idea of breaking down barriers between classical music and improvised jazz, Compass Quartet takes an innovative and flexible approach to concert programming, combining influences as that are distinct, new and unusual. Their three released albums include Abrazo Tango, Ode to an Auto Rickshaw and Oneirology.
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. They continue to garner acclaim and win over audiences with their vibrant style and eclectic programming. Holding coveted positions in a number of Australia’s leading orchestras, 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.
James Crabb, Artistic Director
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.
Alex Henery studied double bass at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (1985–1986) before moving to the US. In 1989, he returned to the UK where he began his professional career, working initially with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He was offered the position of Co-Principal Bass in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1990 and in 1992 took up the Co-Principal position with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. On his return to Australia in 1998, he was appointed Principal Double Bass with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO). He performs regularly at various music festivals and has been featured as a soloist with the SSO several times, performing works such as Bottesini’s Concerto for two double basses, Bottesini’s Concerto No.2 and Tan Dun’s Wolf Totem concerto. He has also been a featured soloist with the Shanghai and Tasmanian symphony orchestras.
Born in Sydney, Australia in 2000, Jason commenced his musical education on the violin at age five, moving to a study of the double bass with his father in late 2010. Now at age eighteen, Jason has been principal double bass of the Australian Youth Orchestras (AYO) for several years. Additionally, he has played alongside other principal members in the AYO, performing such chamber works as “Mendelssohn Octet op. 20” and “Beethoven Septet op. 20”. As a soloist, Jason has recently been featured with Ensemble Nouveau, performing Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor. He has also been a finalist in the Alf and Pearl Pollard Award Competition.
David Hewitt, composer and percussionist, has been involved in new music and performance making for over 20 years. A founding member of Taikoz, a member of Synergy Percussion and part of the internationally acclaimed outfit The Spaghetti Western Orchestra (SWO). As a musical director, David has worked with many remote, regional and indigenous communities developing new site-specific theatre works such as The Old Van Theatre Company, Musica Viva Australia fLinG Physical Theatre, big hART and most recently with Lee Pemberton and the Bedrock Collective. David is the founder of Stonewave Taiko, based in Bega, which has performed at the National Folk Festival and created the productions Thunder and Waves and Bega Big Groove. Previous Four Winds performances have included- Four Winds Cinematic Orchestra, A Song About Fish, Windsong Community Event, Bermagui Powertool Orchestra, The Resonant Village, Coming Home Olga Masters Festival and the 2018 Welcome to Country with Stonewave Taiko and Djaadjawan Dancers.
Elena Kats-Chernin is an Australian composer, resident in Sydney. Her vibrant and uplifting music has been performed and recorded by several symphony, opera and ballet companies and featured at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games (Deep Sea Dreaming) and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Eliza’s Aria from Meryl Tankard’s ballet Wild Swans and the Russian Rag, have become Elena’s most recognisable pieces. She has received many prestigious prizes such as the Helpmann, Limelight, Sounds Australian, Sydney Theatre Award and the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award. In 2017 ABC Classics released a comprehensive 10 CD Boxset Collection of her music. Her Piano Concerto no. 3 “Lebewohl”, premiered at QPAC in September 2018 by Tamara-Anna Cislowska and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), received a rapturous reception.
Dame Emma Kirkby
Emma Kirkby’s singing career came as a surprise. As a student of Classics at Oxford, she seized any chance to sing, especially Renaissance polyphony. Briefly a teacher of Classics, she was fortunate to meet pioneer groups with expressive voices and period instruments – lutes, baroque wind and strings – that she has loved over the decades. She also had the opportunity to sing in beautiful acoustics. In 2018 she worked in five summer schools in four countries, seeing again these magical inspirations at work with the singers and players who will be tomorrow’s masters. These days, teaching nearly as much as she performs, Emma still enjoys the occasional recital with special colleagues. Four Winds warmly welcomes the return of Dame Emma and Lutenist Jakob Lindberg to Bermagui.
Riley Lee began playing the shakuhachi in 1971. He is the recipient of two of the most venerated lineages of traditional shakuhachi, which can be traced back to the Zen Buddhist komusô, or “priests of nothingness” of the Edo Japan. In 1980, he became the first non-Japanese person to attain the rank of dai shihan (Grand Master). He was given the professional name Kōho, which is translated as “Perpetuating the Sublime”. He has a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Sydney University, and teaches regularly at Princeton (USA) and other universities. Each year, he performs and teaches in Europe, USA and Australia.
Christina Leonard is one of Australia’s leading Saxophonists, performing both nationally and internationally. Touring with the SSO to Europe in 2018, she has been a featured player with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra (OAO), Australia Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Christina is Artistic Director of the Australian World Orchestra’s Chamber Music Festival in the Southern Highlands. She has made many recordings and live broadcasts and has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at many national music festivals. Christina is the first Australian to be endorsed as an International Artist with Japanese instrument maker Yanagisawa.
Jakob Lindberg, from Djursholm in Sweden, was inspired first by the Beatles. After studying music at Stockholm University he went to London where he worked on lute repertoire with Diana Poulton at the Royal College of Music and succeeding her as Professor of Lute. Jakob has made numerous solo recordings but is also an active continuo player on the theorbo and arch lute, having worked with many well-known English soloists and ensembles. It is particularly through his live solo performances that he has become known as one of the finest lutenists in the world today, with concerts from Tokyo and Beijing in the East to San Francisco and Mexico City in the West.
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. He has appeared as Guest Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonic. He also appears regularly with the Australian World Orchestra and is a regular guest with Synergy Percussion. Mark has been heavily involved in education and outreach programs in Sydney, London and throughout Northern Ireland, and was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2012.
Tabla player Bobby Singh is one of the most sought-after musicians on the Australian world music circuit. He is the first choice for musicians from India touring Australia and New Zealand. Bobby has played with such luminaries as Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Purbayan Chatterjee, Shashank Subramanium and Guru Karaikudimani, amongst many others. Outside the milieu of Indian classical music, Bobby has also formed many partnerships with some of Australia’s best-known musicians. Crossing many styles of music from drum and bass with The Bird, to Western Classical with Slava Grigoryan to blues and roots with John Butler and Jeff Lang.
Born in Vienna, Stefan Vladar is one of Austria’s most remarkable musical personalities. He performs regularly as a conductor and pianist in music centres throughout Europe, America and Asia. Stefan was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in 2008. In the 2018/2019 season he works together with orchestras such as de Chambre de Lausanne, Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Neuen Philharmonie Westfalen, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Moreover he will conduct several shows of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute“ at the Theater Lübeck. More concerts will take place in Japan, Taiwan and China.