Navarra String Quartet
Since its formation in 2002, the Navarra Quartet has built an international
reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today.
Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) from 2006 to 2010, they have been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour and prizes at the Banff, Melbourne and Florence International String Quartet Competitions. The Navarra Quartet has appeared at major venues throughout the world including the Wigmore Hall, and and international festivals such as Bath, Aix- en-Provence, and the BBC Proms.
Born in London in 1980, Jack Liebeck is established as one of the most compelling young 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.
“Mr. Qin has a great deal going for him, including a meltingly beautiful tone, flawlessly centered intonation and an ironclad technique”
– New York Times
Li-Wei Qin has appeared all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with leading orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, BBC Symphony, Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies. Li-Wei has also appeared with chamber orchestras including Kremerata Baltika, the Munich, Zurich, and Australian chamber orchestras.
Effortlessly crossing genres from soul to hip-hop and beyond, Radical Son is a standout vocalist and songwriter. His music and stories are always guided by his Indigenous heritage from the Kamilaroi nation of Australia and Tonga. He is a unique and powerful Indigenous soul singer, rapper, and spoken word artist supported by a band of high-quality musicians in their own rights. Radical Son and his band supported Archie Roach during his 2014 tour, was awarded a 2012 Breakthrough grant, and has performed at many festivals and venues around the country.
fLiNG Physical Theatre
fLiNG Physical Theatre is a professionally supported youth dance company based in Bega, Australia. Since its founding in 2001, fLiNG has created many original performances and toured broadly to local venues, schools, as well as to theatres in Wollongong and Parramatta, and in 2012 to Singapore International Youth Festival. Our programs support the healthy development of regional young people, building confidence and the skill of storytelling through performance. fLiNG Physical Theatre offers a number of classes in dance and opportunities for the local community.
Sculthorpe Wind Quintet
The Sculthorpe Wind Quintet is the bringing together of some of Australia’s most eminent wind musicians. Comprised of Emma Sholl, Shefali Pryor, Lyndon Watts, Ben Jacks, and Paul Dean, the group’s members have performed in some of the most prestigious venues around the world and collaborated with some of the globe’s most talented musicians. The Four Winds Festival 2016 will be one of their debut performances as a group.
Zubin has collaborated with many of the world’s leading composers including Thomas Adés, Michael Finnissy and George Benjamin. He has won many prizes, including the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year (NSW)’, the Limelight Award for Best Newcomer and his CD Piano Inside Out was nominated for an Independent Music Award in 2014. He is a member of Ensemble Offspring, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Nice and IRCAM (Paris) and a Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Warren Foster started the Gulaga Dancers troupe over 20 years ago, specialising in traditional ceremonial dances. He is also a musician specialising in Aboriginal Hip Hop music.
Between 1987 and 2000, Paul Dean was principal clarinet with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and appeared as soloist with them on over thirty occasions. Throughout the years, Paul has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet, the Goldner Quartet, the Flinders Quartet, the Tin Alley Quartet, the Seraphim Trio and many major orchestras in Australia and New Zealand. Paul is the founder and Artistic Laureate of the Southern Cross Soloists, the Bangalow Music Festival, the SunWater and Stanwell Winter Music School in Rockhampton, the Tutti International World Youth Music Festival in Beijing.
James Ledger’s orchestral music is well known to Australian concertgoers.
Ledger has been resident with many orchestras and institutions including the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand), and the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. He has received commissions from Australia’s leading ensembles including the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian String Quartet.
2016 sees the premiere of a new work for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
“Ledger has established an impressive reputation as a symphonic composer” – The Australian
For more information please visit jamesledger.com
With a reputation for original and unique programming at the highest standard of performance, Ensemble Offspring pursues an agenda of directly shaping the music of our future. The ensemble is based on the philosophy of promoting artistic integrity, open mindedness and challenging the way musicians and audiences think about music. Embracing an eclectic and progressive repertoire, the ensemble can be found presenting spectral, minimalist and complexist classics one week to free improvisation, multimedia and cross-genre events the next.
Since 1997, Taikoz has established a unique performance aesthetic that reflects the group’s passionate dedication to the forms of wadaiko and a desire to create new music for today’s audiences. The group undertakes a year-round schedule of workshops, teaching and performances that have seen them appear on the stages Australia’s finest concert halls, as well as internationally. Taikoz have collaborated with artists and companies as diverse as John Bell and the Shakespeare Company, as well as taiko greats such as Kenny Endo, Eitetsu Hayashi, and Eitetsu Fuun no Kai. The group has also appeared in concerto works with Sydney, Melbourne, WA, and QLD Symphony Orchestras.
Lloyd Van’t Hoff
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). During that time they developed a belief that, as wind musicians instinctively breathe together and are capable of creating an enormous variety of sound worlds, the wind quintet is an outstanding chamber medium that can rival the very best string quartets. They are excited about sharing this with their audiences.