|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.|
|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.|
|ANAM Strings | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter||ANAM strings2019 Easter Festival|
|Arcadia Winds | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter||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. Kate Proctor (flute), David Reichelt (oboe), Lloyd Van't Hoff (clarinet), Rachel Shaw (horn), Matthew Kneale (bassoon).|
|Jim Atkins (audio design) | Website||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 | Facebook||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.|
|Australian String Quartet | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube||Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian flavour, the Australian String Quartet (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 UKARIA. Dale Bartrop (violin 1), Franscesca Hiew (violin 2), Stephen King (viola), Blair Harris (guest cello).|
|Geoffrey Badger (composer/choral conductor)||Geoffrey Badger has been involved in choral music all his life through 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. An experienced teacher of music in both primary and secondary schools, privately and in other community-based music programs, he is the director and founder of the Heartsong sacred music choir, and conductor of the Bega Chamber Orchestra, the Friday Choir and Bega Valley Youth Choir.|
|Damian Barbeler (composer)||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.
|John Bell (actor/director/founder Bell Shakespeare)||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.|
|Kenny Broberg (piano) | Website | Facebook||Kenny Broberg is one of the top six prize winners of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition and most recent winner of the silver medal at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
The first musician in his family, Kenneth started piano lessons at age 6, when he was first fascinated by his mother's uprighta wedding gift from her parents. He studied for nine years with Dr. Joseph Zins before entering the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with Nancy Weems in 2016. He currently resides in Parkville, Missouri, under the guidance of Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University.
|Gerard Brophy (composer)||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.|
|José Carbó (musical artist) | Website | Youtube||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 (soprano) | Website | Facebook | Instagram||Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator has been a leader in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years.|
|Tamara-Anna Cislowska (piano) | Website||Tamara-Anna CislowskaTamara-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.|
|Cocos Lunch | Website| Facebook | Instagram||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.|
|Compass Quartet | Website||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.|
|Rohan Dasika (double bass)||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.|
|Djaadjawan Dancers | Website | Facebook | Youtube||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.|
|Enigma Quartet | Website | Facebook | Youtube||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.|
|Warren Foster||Warren Ngarrae Foster is a multi-faceted artist. He is a talented musician, actor, singer/songwriter and hip-hop performer. Performing on both the national and international stage, Warren has supported Uncle Archie Roach, Aunty Ruby Hunter, Mark Atkins, William Barton, David Leha, and Neil Murray in performance. Significantly, Warren Ngarrae Foster is a valued Yuin community leader, knowledge keeper and sharer. His extensive study, practice and exploration of Djiringanj culture has seen him engaged as a cultural advisor by the National Museum of Australia, Bangarra Dance Company and the National Library.|
|Timothy Geller (composer)||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.|
|Corinne Gibbons (vocal)||Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Corinne Gibbons has been singing all of her life. Her work is infused with a joyful energy borne from the ancient art of storytelling in song.
She has recorded an album, Melt', and has written three musicals that have been performed to over 100,000 people to date. Having worked across four continents and over 15 countries, engaging multicultural teams to come together and write songs and perform, Corinne is deeply committed to uniting more people of all walks of life in collaborative efforts through the creation of music.
In her work with Phil Collin's Charity Little Dreams Foundation, Corinne conducted the Global Social Responsibility team to record and perform a song written to support Phil's charity for children. The song was then performed by a 200-piece choir from over 20 different countries and included children from the charity at a performance in the main square of Montreux.
As an expansion of her vocal coaching Corinne developed Singing Immersions for participants to discover and deepen the freedom and joy of vocal expression.
|Alice Giles AM (harp) | Website||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)
|Goldner String Quartet | Website | Facebook | Instagram||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 at UNSW. All members have occupied principal positions in organisations such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.|
|Gulaga Dancers||The Gulaga Dancers established and led by Warren Ngarrae Foster are a nationally recognised dance troupe that have continued the strong Djiringanj tradition of honouring the land and nature through dance and artistic connection. The Gulaga Dancers have shared their culture at countless events over the past 20 years - celebrating and sustaining the practice of traditional dance across the generations.|
| Holly Harrison (composer) | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Soundcloud||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 | Website | Facebook||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.|
|Alex Henery||Alex Henery studied double bass at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (19851986) 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.|
|Jason Henery||Born in Sydney, Australia in 2000, Jason Henery 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/percussionist) | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube||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
|Eliza Hull (vocal) | Website | Facebook | Youtube||Eliza Hull is known for her stirring lyrics and haunting vocals, and after a recent shift to Castlemaine, her music has developed into a rich soundscape of indie and folk tinged tracks, which showcase her development as a songwriter. Previous releases, including Eliza's debut album The Bones Of Us', have been strongly supported by Australian radio stations such as triple j, triple j Unearthed, FBi, Double J, ABC, PBS and 3RRR. Eliza has a strong live following, selling out headline shows, and along the way sharing stages with Felix Riebl, SAFIA, Katie Noonan, Husky and Mia Dyson. Eliza has written for American TV, Australian feature film 'Swallow' and Theatre.|
|Elena Kats-Chernin (composer/piano) | Wiki||Elena Kats-CherninElena 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.|
|Scott Kinmont (trombone)||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.|
|Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano) | Website||Dame 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.|
|Genevieve Lacey (recorder) | Website | Youtube||Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international soloist.|
|Riley Lee (shakuhachi) | Website | Facebook | Youtube||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 K?ho, 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.|
|Radical Son (David Leha, vocalist/composer) | Website | Facebook | Youtube||Effortlessly crossing genres from soul to hip-hop and beyond, Radical Son, David Leha 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.|
|Christina Leonard (saxophone) | Website | Facebook||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.|
|Simon Lewis (piano)||Simon Lewis is the creative force behind Amanaska and Pravana and has released 9 albums between the projects since 2003. His music as been featured on numerous compilations around the globe and many soundtracks. For the last 30 years Simon has worked in the live music scene in Australia and internationally, with numerous bands, funky outfits, singers, cover bands, and the odd famous person.|
|Jack Liebeck (violin) | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Percius||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).|
|Jakob Lindberg (lute) | Website||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.|
|Luminescence Chamber Singers | Website | Facebook||The Luminescence Chamber Singers is a virtuosic vocal consort based in Canberra, Australia. Since the ensembles earliest iteration in 2013, Luminescence has earned a reputation for presenting exciting and excellent singing. The Chamber Singers perform a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and frequently premiere new music by Australian composers, including emerging composers from within their own ranks.|
|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.
|Anthony Marwood (violin)||Anthony Marwood is known worldwide as an artist of exceptional expressive force. His energetic and collaborative nature places him in great demand as soloist/director with orchestras worldwide. He is Principal Artistic Partner of the celebrated Canadian chamber orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, a post he took up in 2015. In the 16/17 season, he was Artist in Residence at the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. His eminence as a soloist has brought him to work with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Ilan Volkov, Jaime Martin, Bernard Labadie and Douglas Boyd. We are delighted to welcome Anthony to Four Winds.|
|Julieta Mateo (yoga teacher) | Website | Facebook||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.|
|Mission Songs Project | Website | Facebook | Soundcloud||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 (piano) | Website||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.
|Ruby Newell||Ruby Newell started learning violin at the age of 7, learning with local teacher Elizabeth Andalis as well as at her school. Five years ago Ruby found her passion for percussion, especially for Taiko, and now studies with David Hewitt and Stonewave Taiko. She is inspired by bands such as Queen and The Clash, Taiko groups Kodo, YuNiOn and TaikOz. Ruby is currently studying music for her HSC and will be performing Taiko for her major.|
|Guy Noble||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 (soprano)||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.|
|Lee Pemberton (choreographer)||Lee Pemberton's early career focused on teaching having studied under acclaimed dance educationalist Helen Cameron at the VCA. Lee has created and performed numerous independent dance-works in Melbourne, around the Bega Valley region, Canberra and Sydney. Lee has worked with De Quincey Co. (Bodyweather), Legs on the Wall (Physical Theatre) and Merrigong Theatre Company (Mixed Ability). In 2001 Lee founded fLiNG Physical Theatre in Bega and her choreographic explorations with youth, community, and school children have been well acclaimed locally and nationally. In 2016 Lee was awarded a Create NSW Regional Artists Fellowship for her research project Heritage, Lineage and Future'.|
|Maria Raspopova (piano)||Maria Raspopova is an acclaimed and virtuosic chamber musician and recitalist. She is the resident pianist with one of Australias foremost chamber groups, Omega Ensemble, and has performed with a number of acclaimed Australian and international musicians.|
|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. 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.|
|Jeremy Rose (saxophone) | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube||Jeremy Rose is a jazz saxophonist, composer, band leader, label director and academic, regularly performing throughout Australia, the UK and Europe at jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls. He is a tireless advocate for music through his label Earshift Music.
His recent projects include the ARIA nominated and Australian Music Prize short-listed album The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke, a European tour with his quartet Within and Without' featuring US guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, and his award winning Earshift Orchestra album Iron in the Blood'. Rose also co-leads numerous projects including The Strides, Compass Sax Quartet and many others. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and a PhD in composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he currently teaches.
|David Rowden (clarinet) | Youtube||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|
|Greg Sheehan||In Greg Sheehan's 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 | Website | Facebook | Instagram||Short Black OperaDeborah 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.
|Bobby Singh (tabla) | Website||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.|
|Julian Smiles||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.|
|Speak Percussion | Website | Facebook||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.|
|Sarangan Sriranganathan (sitar) | Website||Sarangan Sriranganathan, Sydney's leading Indian vocalist and sitar master.
|Stonewave Taiko | Website | Facebook||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.
|Simon Tedeschi (piano) | Website | Facebook |||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.|
|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 | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube | Soundcloud|
Videography by Rafael Schneider Mediadesign.
|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.|
|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.|
|Aleksandr Tsiboulski (guitar)||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 (percussion)||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 (clarinet)||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.|
|Stefan Vladar (piano) | Website | Facebook | Instagram||Born in Vienna, Stefan Vladar is one of Austria's most remarkable musical personalities. Stefan Vladar was a student of Hans Petermandl at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 1985 he won the 1st prize of the prestigious International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna. He now regularly performs as a conductor and pianist in music centres throughout Europe, America and Asia. Stefan Vladar has been guest artist at numerous festivals including the Salzburg Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Piano Festival Ruhr and the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Bergen, Bogotá and Edinburgh.
Stefan was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in 2008. In the 2015/16 season, the Vienna Concert House celebrated his 50th birthday with a series of 13 concerts in which he displayed his diverse artistic scope as a soloist, conductor, accompanist and chamber musician. In the 2018/2019 season he works together with orchestras such as de Chambre de Lausanne, Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Vladar's discography includes more than 30 releases for labels such as harmonia mundi and Sony Classical, documenting his work as a pianist and as a conductor with works by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Prokofiev and Scriabin.
|VOX Youth Choir of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs | Website | Facebook||Vocal ensemble for skilled young singers (18-30 years old). VOX is one of the four main ensembles of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.We perform diverse repertoire under the music direction of Elizabeth Scott.|
|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 (trumpet)||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.|
|Lisa Young (composer) | Website | Facebook||Lisa Young is well known to choral, jazz and world music listeners as a creative vocal stylist, composer and improviser, incorporating Indian and African elements in her work. Her album Grace' with her Quartet, won the 2007 BELL Award for Best Australian Vocal Album. She is a founding member of all female vocal group Coco's Lunch who has recorded 7 CDs of original music receiving 2 ARIA nominations, and toured extensively, performing to packed houses throughout the world. Renowned as a passionate and engaging workshop leader, her compositions have been performed by choirs worldwide. In 2015 she was awarded her PhD in Music Performance from Monash University.|
|Ariel Zuckermann (flute)||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.|
Australian Brass Quintet
Australian String Quartet
Warren Ngarrae Foster
Goldner String Quartet
Luminescence Chamber Singers
Mission Songs Project
Short Black Opera
The Australian Voices
The Song Company
The String Contingent
Lloyd Van’t Hoff
Western Sydney Youth Orchestra