James Crabb was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1967 and started playing the accordion at the age of four. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with classical accordion pioneer Mogens Ellegaard from 1985-92. He was 2nd Prize Winner of the Gaudeamus Interpreters competition, 1989 in Holland, and was awarded the Carl Nielsen Music Prize, Denmark in 1991.
The Australian Brass Quintet is comprised of some of Australia’s foremost brass musicians who have been playing together in different ensembles for over 15 years. The Australian Brass Quintet is a new ensemble that gave its’ first performance at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass 2008 to great acclaim.
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. Soloist, recitalist and chamber music specialist, she performs in Australia and worldwide in repertoire spanning four centuries, to critical and public acclaim, with a passion for bringing Australian music to the world. Tamara has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro, and in Australia, awards such as ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship from the Music Council of Australia, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and the 2015 ARIA for ‘Best Classical Album’ with her landmark recording of the complete piano works of Peter Sculthorpe.
Rohan Dasika Born in 1992 in Vancouver and raised in Melbourne, Rohan Dasika began playing the double bass aged 12, the culmination of a slow descent through piano, trombone and tuba. After lessons in Melbourne with Duncan Allen and Sylvia Hosking, Rohan completed a Bachelor of Music at the Australian National University School of Music in Canberra, studying with Max McBride, before moving back to Melbourne to spend two years at the Australian National Academy of Music, where he learnt from Damien Eckersley.
Yuin woman, Sharon Mason founded the Djaadjawan Dancers after attending an Aboriginal women’s camp in Narooma NSW. After speaking to women in the community to gauge if they were interested in practicing traditional dance, Sharon established the Djaadjawan Dancers in late 2013, involving Yuin women and children from ages six to sixty.
Timothy Geller was born and raised in the Rocky Mountain west of the United States and now lives in Stockbridge Massachusetts, summer home of the Boston Symphony. He has degrees in Music Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Southern Methodist University and Princeton University. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenhim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a first prize in the Alberto Ginastera International Composers Competition for his orchestral piece, To A Dancing God.
Alice Giles AM is unquestionably one of the world’s great harpists, a rare combination of musical understanding, intellectual curiosity and technical brilliance. Performing from London’s Wigmore Hall to Mawson Station, Antarctica, this will be her first appearance at the Four Winds Festival.”an exciting solo concert. Miss Giles has a fluent technique, a prismatic sense of tonal color and shows a keen awareness of musical structure” (New York Times).
Launched in 1995 and still retaining all founding members, the Goldner String Quartet has performed throughout Australia, UK, Europe, USA, the Asia-Pacific, and NZ. Named after Richard Goldner, founder of Musica Viva, they regularly appear at major festivals and are Quartet in Residence at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
Holly Harrison is a young Australian composer from Western Sydney. Her music is driven by the nonsense literature of Lewis Carroll, embracing stylistic juxtapositions, the visceral energy of rock, and whimsical humour. Holly’s work has been performed by ensembles across Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA, including four-time Grammy award-winner, Eighth Blackbird.
David Leha is from the Kamilaroi nation of Australia and the South Pacific nation of Tonga. Best known as Radical Son David has been making music for 10 years and has recently released his highly acclaimed debut album Cause ‘N Affect.
Born in London in 1980, Jack Liebeck is established as one of the most compelling violinists on the concert platform. He has appeared with all the major British orchestras and several international orchestras. He is a committed chamber musician and has performed with a host of eminent performers. Jack is Professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music and is the Artistic Director of Oxford May Music Festival, a festival of Music, Science and the Arts.
Mission Songs Project faithfully explores the musical journey of Indigenous Australian music as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century.
Ian Munro has emerged over recent years as one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded musicians, with a career that has taken him to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. His award in 2003 of Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition for composers (Belgium) is a unique achievement for an Australian and follows on from multiple prizes in international piano competitions in Spain (Maria Canals), Italy (Busoni), Portugal (Vianna da Motta) and the UK, where his second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1987 established his international profile.
Guy Noble is one of Australia’s most popular conductors and music presenters. He regularly conducts all the major Australian symphony orchestras, as well as the Auckland Philharmonic, the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Soprano Emma Pearson studied classical voice at the University of Western Australia, and at the Australian Opera Studio. In 2004 Emma won the Australian Singing Competition and More Than Opera German-Australian Opera Grant, which led to her engagement at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Germany from 2005-2014.
Maria Raspopova is an acclaimed and virtuosic chamber musician and recitalist. She is the resident pianist with one of Australia’s foremost chamber groups, Omega Ensemble, and has performed with a number of acclaimed Australian and international musicians.
David Rowden was born in Sydney and studied clarinet from a young age. He was later awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he won the Geoffrey Hawkes Prize for clarinet performance in 2004. Whilst overseas, David studied in Italy with Anthony Pay at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, in France at the Academie de Villecroze with French clarinetist Paul Meyer, and also at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
Julian Smiles has occupied many of the most prestigious positions in the Australian classical music scene. He was for several years principal cellist with the ACO and has performed frequently as guest principal cello with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
“virtuosic and adventurous” NY Times Speak Percussion has defined the sound of 21st century Australian percussion music through the creation and presentation of ambitious arts projects. Internationally recognised as a leader in the fields of experimental and contemporary classical music, Speak are constantly seeking to redefine the potential of percussion.
Stonewave Taiko is based in Bega on the wilderness coast of southeast NSW. It is the only taiko ensemble based in remote, regional Australia. Stonewave Taiko performs the beautiful and dynamic form of drumming performing arts originating in Japan that is known as wadaiko, or more commonly –taiko.
Aleksandr Tsiboulski’s guitar playing has been praised for its ‘responsive virtuosity’ (The Age) and ‘sensuous intensity’ (Classical Guitar, UK). A former Fulbright Scholar, Tsiboulski is also first-prize winner in twelve international competitions, including the 2000 Australian Guitar Competition and the 2006 Tokyo International Guitar Competition. His 2010 Naxos release, Australian Guitar Music, was nominated for a ‘Best Classical Album’ ARIA.
The Arcadia Quintet was formed in 2013 by five like-minded young Australian musicians who shared a love of playing together and a passion for wind chamber music. Kiran Phatak, David Reichelt, Lloyd Van’t Hoff, Matthew Kneale and Rachel Shaw played together in various combinations for a number of years as members of the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and as students at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Ariel Zuckermann has been Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra since the 2015/16 season and is one of the most sought-after conductors of the younger generation. He studied conducting with the legendary Jorma Panula at the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm and later with Bruno Weil at Munich’s Musikhochschule, where he graduated in May 2004. In January 2007 he has held the position of Music Director for the renowned Georgian Chamber Orchestra.