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.
The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) 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.
Jim Atkins’ designs and mixes sound environments for a host of live and recorded situations nationally and internationally. Recent work includes Nixon in China (Auckland Festival), The Ring Cycle (Opera Australia), Sondheim Trilogy (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd), Banquet of Secrets, The Riders, The Flying Dutchman, Maria de Buenos Aires and The Black Rider for Victorian Opera. Other highlights include: Chroma (The Australian Ballet); Songs From the Middle (Eddie Perfect/ANAM); Acoustic Life of Sheds, Namatjira (Big hART); Genevieve Lacey’s En Masse and Pleasure Garden sound installation (Sydney Festival), Armand Van Helden (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) and Between 8&9 (Chamber Made).
Australian Brass Quintet
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.
Geoffrey Badger has been involved in choral music all his life: singing, conducting and composing for a variety of adult and children’s choirs. Geoffrey studied cello and piano and became interested in music pedagogy while working in the Kodaly-based Music Education Program at the Canberra School of Music. He is a widely experienced teacher of music in both primary and secondary schools, privately and in other community-based music programs and is the director and founder of the Heartsong sacred music choir, and conductor of the Bega Chamber Orchestra and Bega Valley Children’s Choir.
This commission was supported by Create NSW via their Regional Program, as part of Four Winds’ Bermagui Project
Damian Barbeler’s award-winning compositions have been performed and broadcast around the world, sung and played by leading Australian and international soloists and ensembles. He is widely recognised for his highly idiosyncratic compositional style and especially his lush, emotional sound worlds inspired by textures and patterns from nature. An enthusiastic collaborator, he often works with those working in architecture, software design, media arts and dance and his wide-ranging career has taken him to a diverse range of places from famous concert halls to biscuit factories, boardrooms and far-flung parts of regional Australia.
This commission has been supported by private donors who are interested in new music and the environment.
Gerard Brophy began his studies in the classical guitar at the age of 22 and in the late 1970s he worked with Brazilian guitarist Turibio Santos and the Argentine composer Mauricio Kagel before studying composition at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music. Over his long career, he has been commissioned and performed by some of the world’s leading ensembles and orchestras and has developed an express interest in collaborating with artists from other disciplines (dance and theatre) and other cultures, among them the great Senegalese master drummers, the N’Diaye Rose family, timbila virtuoso Venancio Mbande from Mozambique and Balinese gamelan players.
After graduating from Sydney University John Bell spent five years in England with the Royal Shakespeare Company where he became an Associate Artist. Returning to Australia, he worked with all the major State theatre companies and co-founded the Nimrod Theatre where he spent fourteen years. In 1990 he founded Bell Shakespeare and was celebrated as their artistic director for many years. He has played most of the major roles in Shakespeare’s plays and directed most of them as well. He has also directed productions for Opera Australia and Victoria Opera. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the Universities of Sydney, Newcastle and NSW. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia and the Order of the British Empire. In 1997 he was named by the National Trust as one of Australia’s National Living Treasures, and has won numerous awards as an actor and director.
Australia’s premier baritone José Carbó, born in Argentina of Spanish and Italian descent, moved with his family to Australia at an early age. He was the winner of the prestigious Australian Singing Competition Opera Award in 2005. José presented material from his highly passionate album of Latin-American repertoire “My Latin Heart” on Sunday 16 April 2017 at the Sound Shell.
Deborah Cheetham AO
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.
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. In 2015, as the recipient of an Australia Council ArtStart grant, Rohan undertook study residencies in Philadelphia and Vienna, taking lessons with Harold Robinson and Timothy Dunin.
Rohan has maintained a diverse freelance career in Australia, performing regularly with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, in chamber music festivals including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Four Winds Festival, Canberra International Music Festival and the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, as well as in musical theatre productions with Life Like Company and the Production Company.
International opportunities for Rohan have included performances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy (Germany), and with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (Japan). In September 2017, Rohan moves to Frankfurt to take a position in the Paul-Hindemith-Orchesterakademie of the Frankfurter Opern-und-Museumsorchester.
Yuin woman Sharon Mason founded the Djaadjawan Dancers after attending an Aboriginal women’s camp in Narooma NSW, sponsored by Katungal Aboriginal Medical Service and Wagonga Local Aboriginal Land Council. The aim of the camp was to have local Aboriginal women and children teach and share their traditional knowledge.
Alice Giles AM
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)
Timothy Geller was born in the USA and studied music (bassoon) at Colorado State and Canterbury Universities and composition at the Cleveland Institute and Southern Methodist University, prior to completing composition fellowships at Princeton University and Tanglewood Festival. Major works include Prayer for Mandela, performed for Nelson Mandela during his 1990 US tour, and To a Dancing God, which won the 1998 Alberto Ginastera International Composers Competition. Timothy’s other passion is creating sustainable and affordable housing communities in Western Massachusetts.
Goldner String Quartet
Celebrating their 23rd Season in 2018, the Goldner String Quartet has long-standing recognition, as not only Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet but as an ensemble of international significance, favourably compared with the best in the world. The Quartet is named after Richard Goldner, founder of Musica Viva Australia. Launched in 1995 and still retaining all founding members, the musicians are well known to Australian and international audiences through their performances and recordings and for their concurrent membership of the Australia Ensemble @UNSW. All members have occupied principal positions in organisations such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Holly Harrison is a young Australian composer from Western Sydney. Holly’s music is driven by the nonsense literature of Lewis Carroll, embracing stylistic juxtapositions, the visceral energy of rock, and whimsical humour.
Holly’s Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup featured on Eighth Blackbird’s (USA) Australian tour as part of Musica Viva’s 2017 International Concert Season. The tour included performances by the four-time Grammy award-winning group at Perth International Arts Festival and Adelaide Festival. She is currently working on a sextet for Sydney new music champions, Ensemble Offspring, a bassoon and string quartet work for Matthew Kneale and Omega Ensemble, and the required work for the string quartet division in the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
Heartsong is a community choir based in the Bega Valley dedicated to singing beautiful sacred choral music. Since their beginning in 2000, Heartsong has attracted an enthusiastic audience and has performed in churches and at music events on the Far South Coast of NSW and currently have over 40 members. 2018 is the latest in a long line of performances for Four Winds and the first with an especially commissioned work by their founder, Geoffrey Badger.
David Hewitt has been involved in new and highly original music and performance making in Australia for over 20 years, most notably as a founding member of Taikoz and founder of the Bega-based Stonewave Taiko, with Synergy Percussion and with his internationally acclaimed, category-defying outfit The Spaghetti Western Orchestra (SWO). As part of the SWO creative team he has developed and performed works such as The Session and Chamber Made Opera’s Phobia. As musical director of The Old Van Theatre Company David has worked with remote, regional and indigenous communities developing new site-specific theatre works including The Seal Wife and The Life and Deaths of Don Koyote.
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.
May 2018 | ONDES | The Ghosts Between Us
We were very excited to have David Hewitt, Percussionist/Composer, and Jed Silver, Sound Designer, here in residence in May 2018 to finalise the recording of their ONDES Project – The Ghosts Between Us – for a sound installation at the 2018 DARK MOFO | NIGHT MASS event.
This commission was supported by Create NSW via their Regional Program, as part of Four Winds’ Bermagui Project
Mission Songs Project
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.
Mission Songs Project performance is inspired by Indigenous singing and song traditions. The vocal quartet is made up of some of Australia’s finest Indigenous vocalists, presenting a rarely public performance styles and narratives found in Indigenous communities, such as family gatherings, social events and yarns over a cuppa. Story-telling is a major component of the performance as it gives historical context and moving personal experiences into the tunes sung from the mission days, making the show warm, humorous and heartfelt.
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. He has served as a jury member of international piano competitions in Sydney, Switzerland (Clara Haskil) and New Zealand, as well as the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
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.
Possessing flawless technical mastery and a “beguiling silvery tone” (BBC Music Magazine), violinist Jack Liebeck’s playing embraces the worlds of elegant chamber-chic Mozart through to the impassioned mastery required to frame Brett Dean The Lost Art of Letter Writing. Jack’s fascination with all things scientific has included performing the world premiere of Dario Marianelli Voyager Violin Concerto and collaborations with Professor Brian Cox; he programmes his own annual festival Oxford May Music around the themes of music, science and the arts. A professional photographer, he loves film and can be heard in the soundtracks of The Theory of Everything, Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina. Jack is a dedicated educator holding a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music – tips include “sing your way to string perfection” (The Strad). Jack is also a member of Trio Dali “virtuosic brio…this is a group to watch” (The Australian).
Scott Kinmont – a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the Australian National University in Canberra and Northwestern University in Chicago Scott is the associate principle trombone of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a Lecturer in Trombone Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Scott has appeared as a soloist with a variety of ensembles including brass bands, jazz ensembles and orchestras, and has also appeared as a guest artist at many leading musical institutions and at many of Australia’s most important brass symposiums.
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.
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. He is host and conductor for the Adelaide Symphony’s “Classics Unwrapped” series, host for the Queensland Symphony’s “Music on Sundays” and host and accompanist for Opera Australia’s “Great Opera Hits” at the Sydney Opera House. Recent concerts include The Music of John Williams (WASO), Movie Masterpieces (ASO and Margaret Pomeranz), a national tour with The Whitlams, and The Last Night at the Proms (Sydney Symphony).
Emma Pearson was principal artist at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden, in Germany from 2005 until 2014. During this time she performed over 30 roles for the company, including the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Woglinde, Gerhilde and Waldvogel in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Adele (Die Fledermaus) and Norina (Don Pasquale) to critical acclaim.
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
In Greg’s Sheehan 47 – year career as a percussionist, musician and teacher, he has worked with children in schools, pre-schools, communities and festivals both in Australia and Overseas. The children find Greg very engaging, inspirational and humorous!
Over the last 15 years Greg has been working in remote communities with the Music Outback Foundation, in Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales. Greg has also appeared on the popular television show Playschool in what has become one of the most requested episodes ever!
Short Black Opera
Deborah Cheetham AO, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator has been a leader in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years.
In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Deborah was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for distinguished service to the performing arts as an opera singer, composer and artistic director, to the development of Indigenous artists, and to innovation in performance.
In 2009, Deborah established Short Black Opera as a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the development of Indigenous opera singers. The following year she produced the premier of her first opera Pecan Summer. This landmark work is Australia’s first Indigenous opera and has been a vehicle for the development on a new generation of Indigenous opera singers.
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.
Acclaimed by respected critics and peers as “True greatness” (Sydney Morning Herald), Simon Tedeschi performed his first Mozart piano concerto in the Sydney Opera House at age nine. A student of Neta Maughan, Noretta Conci and Peter Serkin, he has since been awarded numerous prizes, such as the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award, Queen’s Trust Overseas Study Award, and first prize in the Keyboard division of London’s Royal Overseas League Music Competition (2002). He is also recipient of the prestigious Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation (USA), and a Centenary of Federation Medal from the Prime Minister of Australia.
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.
“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 a Japanese drumming group, practicing and performing the dynamic art form of wadaiko.
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.
The Australian Voices
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 TAV has recorded new works intended for “performance” on YouTube. Hamilton’s composition The 9 Cutest Things That Ever Happened (2013) has been viewed over one million times. In 2014 they made international headlines with a video of Rob Davidson’s Not Now, Not Ever! (2014), a musicalisation of Julia Gillard’s ‘misogyny’ speech.
Their album for Warner Classics (2012) was observed by Gramophone Magazine to “boast a crisp, resonant delivery of the sonic goods under Hamilton’s confident direction.” In 2013 they released an songbook with Edition Peters and in 2016 an album for ABC Classics.
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.
The Song Company
The Song Company has defined the sound of 21st century the song company of australia comprises the continent’s leading vocal ensemble, singing music of all times and places.
The String Contingent
Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent have toured extensively in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Scandinavia, with their unique sound that confidently walks the line between folk, classical, jazz and bluegrass. Australians, Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) share a musical ethos that showcases the individuality of each musician and eclipses genre.
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. Based in Australia, he regularly gives concerts and lectures internationally, is exploring the 19th century guitar, and continuing his lifelong passion for the works of JS Bach through a series of filmed performances of the Cello Suite arrangements.
Eugene Ughetti is the founding artistic director of Speak Percussion and is known for tackling complex and ambitious art music projects whether as director, composer, performer or conductor. His artistic output is an exploration of the materiality of percussion and engages with ideas like drum aged rum, supersonic performance and the percussive military. Eugene won the inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship (2012), MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music (2011), an Australia Council Creative Music Fellowship has given solo performances at MaerzMusik (Berlin), Roulette (New York), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), SIPFest (Jakarta), National Museum (Singapore) among others.
Lloyd Van't Hoff
Born in Darwin Australia, Lloyd Van’t Hoff boasts a career as a vibrant, young clarinettist, chamber musician, collaborator and educator. Based in Melbourne, Lloyd has shared, created and performed music all throughout the world. Performances at the Beijing International Festival of Modern Music (Beijing, China), Menhuin Festival (Gstaad, Switzerland), Young Euro Classic (Berlin, Germany), Grafenegg Summer Music Festival (Grafenegg, Austria) and the Banff Centre (Banff, Canada) have all showcased Lloyd’s versatility as a musician on a global scale.
Western Sydney Youth Orchestra
The Western Sydney Youth Orchestra is a thriving youth orchestra based in Parramatta, NSW. In addition to having weekly rehearsals and instrumental tutorials each term, WSYO frequently collaborates with dance companies and cultural groups, makes festival appearances, tours and takes the stage at special events around Western Sydney. Under the leadership of respected music educator and conductor, James Pensini, Western Sydney musicians focus on the essentials of orchestral playing and performance, tackling repertoire ranging from the Baroque to Romantic periods.
Tristram Williams – winner of a 2007 Symphony Australia Young Performer Award, 2008 Churchill Fellow, founding member of the Australian Brass Quintet and member of ELISION, Tristram maintains a busy international career as a leading soloist, ensemble musician, improvisor and educator. With a particular interest in new music and has worked with composers including Karlheinz Stockhausen, James Dillon, Richard Barrett, Liza Lim, James McMillan, Matthias Pinscher, Chris Dench, and John Rogers. He has had solo works composed for him by Liza Lim, James Dillon, Aaron Cassidy, David Chisholm, Evan Johnson and others.
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.nting Sydney University, NSW state team as well as the Scotland Masters National team.