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2022 festival artists
Please note: Artists, Composers and Ensembles are sorted by the initials of their first names.
Lisa Stewart – violin
Myee Clohessy – violin
Stefan Duwe – viola
Anna Martin-Scrase – cello
“Acacia Quartet performed so well that at times they seem like only one instrument, such is their clarity and unison.” (City News Canberra)
In eleven years Acacia Quartet have won great respect for their versatile and inventive program.
Acacia have recorded 12 albums, with ‘Blue Silence’ earning a nomination for an APRA-AMCOS Art Music ‘Award for Excellence’.
Acacia are passionate about supporting Australian composers, working with young musicians, and sharing their love of music with audiences of all ages.Their performances feature regularly on radio stations around the world. Acacia’s engagements in Australia include the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall Sydney, Melbourne Recital Hall, as well as extensive touring through regional NSW and Victoria.
Acacia had their international debut in Vancouver, Canada at the Roundhouse in June 2016. The following year, Acacia Quartet were invited by the Christine Raphael Foundation to give their European debut, where they performed concerts in Berlin, Germany and recorded a CD with three string quartets by Günter Raphael.
A new CD with quartets by Mozart, Chance and Dvorak will be released in March 2022 through Move Records.
Acacia Quartet is proud to be the Ensemble in Residence at the Orange Regional Conservatorium.
Adrian Wallis graduated from the NSW Conservatorium of Music in 1988, where he studied with Lois Simpson, Susan Blake and George Pedersen. He then undertook postgraduate studies in Europe and in the UK with Christopher Bunting before returning to Sydney where he worked for several years as a freelance cellist.
During this time he played regularly in all the major Sydney orchestras including the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra, as guest principal cello with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and as principal cello for the Bolshoi Ballet in Australia. Adrian Wallis joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1999.
In addition to his extensive experience in the commercial field, Adrian Wallis has played solo cello in various productions for the Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company and Belvoir Street Theatre.
A former member of the contemporary music ensemble Symeron as well as the Elektra String Quartet, Adrian Wallis has also performed with the Seymour Group, Ensemble 24 and at the Sydney Spring Festival.
Alexander Norton grew up on a farm near Orange in NSW and began learning the violin at the age of ten with John Gould at the Orange Regional Conservatorium. He holds a master’s degree from the Australian Institute of Music, where he studied with Peter Zhang and Alice Waten, and in 2005 he studied at the Australian National Academy of Music with Alice Waten and Mark Mogeilevski, also performing in masterclasses with Kolja Blacher, Oleh Krysa, Felix Andrievsky and Richard Tognetti.
Alex Norton has played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra, with whom he has toured internationally. He has also been concertmaster of the Orange Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. In addition, he has played on numerous movie soundtracks and appeared as a Ned Kelly fiddler in the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.
He has performed and toured with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2006, when he participated in the Orchestra’s Fellowship program, and joined the Orchestra as a full-time member in December 2011.
Amanda Chen started playing the violin at the age of seven. She completed her Bachelor of Music in 2019 and Master of Music Studies in 2021 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Associate Professor Alice Waten, who has been her main musical mentor since childhood.
Amanda was recently an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2020 and 2021, and since leaving formal studies she has played with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia. In 2017, she was a prize-winner at the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand. She has been selected to play in masterclasses for Mauricio Fuks and Maxim Vengerov.
Her string quartet has travelled to Europe to be involved in the ProQuartet program in Paris with Günter Pichler, and they have also had masterclasses with the Goldner String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, and Australian String Quartet. She has performed in the Crossroads Chamber Music Festival coordinated by Charmian Gadd.
Born in Vermont, USA, Anna moved to Salzburg, Austria at the age of 16, where she lived for the next 10 years. She completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at Mozarteum University Salzburg, studying cello under Professor Heidi Litschauer and chamber music with the Hagen Quartet. Whilst in Austria, Anna performed with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, the Salzburg Cathedral Ensemble and at the Salzburg Festival with her quartet.
Since moving to Sydney in 2008, Anna has played Principal Cello with the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra and Pacific Opera and recorded for Vexations840, AFTRS, Sonar Music and a solo CD of Moya Henderson’s Ecstatic Exercises for Solo Cello.
She has taught at various private Sydney schools as well as at her home studio and her students have performed with the Sydney Youth Orchestras, the Arts Unit Orchestras, Northern Beaches Orchestra and been accepted into Sydney and Melbourne Conservatoriums.
She now lives on the NSW Far South Coast and has founded the Bega Valley Youth Orchestra and the Wolumla School of Music with her husband. Anna also performs as a duo with husband Dean Gray.
Originally from Canberra, Blake completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2019 under the tutelage of Daryl Pratt and Mark Robinson and is currently completing a Master of Music under the guidance of Shaun Trubiano.
Blake won the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Snare Drum Award in 2016 and has been part of numerous Australian Youth Orchestra programs from 2017 to 2019 including an international tour. More recently Blake has performed with Opera Australia.
Blake is looking forward to taking that next step in his training and returning to live performances as part of the Fellows program.
From the set of Play School to the mainstage at the Sydney Opera House, Claire Edwardes OAM is ‘the sorceress of percussion’ (City News, Canberra). The only Australian to win the ‘APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual’ three times, Claire leaps between her role as Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring (2019 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award winners) and concerto performances with all of the Australian and New Zealand orchestras plus numerous European orchestras.
Add her genre-spanning solo concerts, teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium, a broad spectrum of collaborations, premiering hundreds of new works by composers, to passionately advocating for equity in classical music through projects such as ‘Rhythms of Change’ and Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers and you begin to appreciate her astonishing energy.
Perhaps her most significant contribution, beyond her endless quest for excellence in performance, is in breaking down the barriers between art music and audiences, through her enthusiasm for bringing new music to unexpected places – including bowling clubs and old power stations. Recently described in The Age as a ‘prodigiously talented Australian…Edwardes’ is an invigorating musical life force’, Claire is a national treasure in the Australian art music scene.
Claudia completed her Bachelor of Music Performance with distinction at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (2019). She then attended the Australian National Academy of Music from 2020-21.
She has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Festival Philharmonic and The Australian International Opera Company. Claudia has also featured as a soloist in the Queensland Youth Orchestras’ recital series in 2018 and 2019.
Her dedication and passion have led her to relocate to Sydney to be part of the Fellowship program in 2022.
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, 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.
We were very excited to have David Hewitt 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.
Dean Gray is a multi-instrumentalist of the fretted string variety. He is a musical chameleon, and is constantly creating and searching for new sounds and textures. His interests include jazz guitar, pedal steel, celtic mandolin, classical ukulele and all points in-between.
Dean has been a member of Geoff Powers’ Great Gatsby Orchestra, has collaborated with composer/choir legend Sally Whitwell, and was a member of the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra.He currently performs regularly in a number of different groups, including hard folk outfit Whiskey Dram, Mike Martin and the Kameruka Bush Orchestra, as well as with his wife, cellist Anna Martin-Scrase, in their romantic jazz duo Double Standard.
Dean and Anna moved from Sydney to the far south coast in 2019, to open their own music school in Wolumla.
Rarely without an instrument in his hands, Dean can usually be found teaching, practicing or rounding his students up for weekly Sunday morning busking sessions outside his favourite cafe in Pambula.
DeanStevenson is a Tasmanian musician and composer coming from a strong performance background. Graduating with a Masters of Music from UTAS,Dean has performed and across Australia, UK, Asia and the USA including 2 weeks in the Lincoln Centre New York.He has released several solo projects (In Time, Arco Set, The London Suite) also composed for film (Sixteen Legs–Book End Trust), for theatre (You and Me and the Space Between–Terrapin Puppet Theatre) and live events featuring his own project orchestra,The Arco Set,Live projects involve many festivals including Mona Foma, Dark Mofo (Tim Passes), Ten Days on the Island, Imaginate (Edinburgh) and Melbourne Sydney Darwin and Brisbane festivals. He also performs in Tasmania with the popular band Les Coqs Incroyables and has recorded and performed with Strings from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra which included a collaboration with Kate Miller-Heidke.In 2016, he produced new music by Sting in collaboration with David Walsh of MONA.Also In 2016, Dean was commissioned by the Governor of Tasmania to write a new work to celebrate Her Majesty the Queens 90thbirthday.Dean is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship for a composition research project across eight countries. Dean is now a composer in residence at MONA called 4PM.
The Djinama Yilaga Choir is an intergenerational Yuin choir, establish in 2019 and led by renowned Walbunga/Ngarigo artist, Cheryl Davison. Djinama Yilaga perform songs in Dhurga language.
Yuin people were often multi-lingual, speaking and understanding languages of neighbouring and visiting groups. Dhurga was spoken and understood by many within the 13 tribes of the Yuin Nation. It was the dominant tongue of the Walbunga people of the Broulee region and the Brindja Yuin people of Moruya.
The choir emerged as a mechanism to revitalise language through song, following a unique pedagogy established by Westpac scholar, Dr Lou Bennett AM. The community led project, supported by Dr Lou Bennett was initially funded by the National Museum of Australia and Four Winds,Bermagui.
The choir has gone from strength to strength and is continually requested to perform at local and national events. In 2021 they performed at the Easter Four Winds Festival to great acclaim, and to a sold-out show at the National Museum of Australia. As COVID 19 restrictions lift, they are in demand.
2022 will see Djinama Yilaga share their songs with other Yuin community members and schools, along the Yuin Coast. Again, supported by Dr Lou Bennett, Dhurga song writing workshops will be held in Ulladulla and Nowra. The hope is to expand the choir, to create a mass Yuin choir and individual self-directing choirs across Yuin Country.
This collaboration was born in the lead up to the 2021 Easter Festival with the development of the ‘Songs from Yuin Country’ show involving acclaimed choir, Djinama Yilaga, and the Mudji- a collective of local storytellers, songwriters and musicians.
The Djinama Yilaga is an intergenerational Yuin choir, established in 2019 and led by renowned Walbunga / Ngarigo artist, Cheryl Davison. Singing all original songs in Dhurga language, they include Cheryl Davison, Kobi Davison, Maria Walker, Michelle Davison, Requia Campbell, Shakeela Williams and Tamsin Davison.
They are joined by the Mudji, local artists who are all established in their own right, including David Ross Macdonald (drums / guitar), Gabadu (hip hop / RnB artist), Heath Cullen (guitar), Melanie Horsnell (guitar/banjo), Pete Wild (piano), Rae Kennedy (spoken word), Robyn Martin (double bass), Sam Martin (guitar / double bass), Tamlyn Magee AKA Anactoria (harp).
Together through story and song they unravel and navigate the territory of language, joy, genocide, healing, love, culture, colonisation and connection. They explore the common ground that weaves us together.
Dominic recently returned to Australia having moved to England in 2015 to study the trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he received a first-class honours degree in performance. He studied with Gareth Small and Murray Grieg, and his progress earned him opportunities to perform with the Hallé Orchestra, the Dutch National Opera and the Symphonic Brass of London.
In 2018, Dominic was recipient of one of the highest musical honours in the U.K as recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Award, for most distinguished student at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Since returning to Sydney in 2019, Dominic has enjoyed touring with Opera Australia, and performed with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony.
He is looking forward to performing once again with the Sydney Symphony as part of the Fellows program.
Born in Sydney, Emilia attended the Conservatorium High School before completing her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Royal Conservatoire in the Netherlands under the tutelage of Thies Roorda & Dorine Schade.
Whilst abroad Emilia performed throughout Europe as principal flute with the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, the Metropole Orchestra Academy, Orchestra Romana de Tineret in Romania and the Residentie Orchestra Christmas production with De Dutch Don’t Dance Division.
Since returning to Australia in 2018, Emilia has performed with the Ensemble Apex and Opera Australia Orchestra and is looking forward to performing alongside the musicians of the Sydney Symphony as part of her 2022 Fellowship activities.
Emma Hayes began playing the violin at the age of three with Hiroko Primrose. She received her AMusA in 1988, and commenced her Bachelor’s degree at the Canberra School of Music the following year. She studied with Miwako Abe and graduated with Distinction in 1992.
In 1991, Emma Hayes was a finalist in the Adelaide Violin Competition, and in 1992, was the ACT finalist in the Wendkart Competition. In the same year, she was awarded a Big Brother Scholarship, which she used to further her studies in London and Manchester.
Emma Hayes was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra between 1989 and 1992, and led the second violin section on numerous occasions, including tours to North and South America, and Indonesia. She joined the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in 1993 and was appointed to a position in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra the following year.
Erin Helyard has been acclaimed as an inspiring conductor, a virtuosic and expressive performer of the harpsichord and fortepiano, and as a lucid scholar who is passionate about promoting discourse between musicology and performance.
Erin graduated in harpsichord performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first-class honours and the University Medal. He completed his Masters in fortepiano performance and a PhD in musicology with Tom Beghin at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal. He was named the Westfield Concert Scholar (Cornell University) on fortepiano for 2009-2010 and from 2003 to 2012 Erin was a central member of the award-winning Ensemble Caprice (Montreal). As Artistic Director and co-founder of the celebrated Pinchgut Opera and the Orchestra of the Antipodes (Sydney) he has forged new standards of excellence in historically-informed performance in Australia.
As a conductor Erin has distinguished himself in dynamic performances with the Adelaide, Tasmanian, and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Haydn Ensemble. Helyard regularly collaborates with Richard Tognetti and Australian Chamber Orchestra and duets on historical pianos with Stephanie McCallum. In 2020 Richard Tognetti and Erin won Best Classical Album at the Australian Independent Record awards for their ABC Classic release of Mozart and Beethoven sonatas. In 2018 Erin was recognised with a Music and Opera Singers Trust Achievement Award (MAA) for contribution to the arts in Australia and is a part-time lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Gabadu is a Djirringanj man from the Yuin Nation, born and raised in Bermagui NSW. He has been creating hip hop, R & B and urban funk music for over ten years, and is known for producing soul– infused beats and clear, dynamic vocals.
For Gabadu, music is a way to express his feelings about his life, family and experiences. Making music has helped Gabadu overcome some anxiety in the past, providing a creative outlet and a way to escape the challenges of everyday life.
A father of five, Gabadu loves spending time with his young family. Gabadu started listening to hip hop artist Easy E from N.W.A when he was a kid, and that inspired him to try making his own music. He loves the old school hip hop vibe and is also a reggae rapper/singer, inspired by his idol, Bob Marley.
Gabadu has been performing up and down the NSW east coast since 2016, and hopes to carve out a successful career as a performer, earn respect for making great music and make his family proud.
Originally from Melbourne, Hayley began playing the Double bass at the age of eleven.
She developed her skills as an orchestral player through her involvement in the Melbourne and Australian Youth Orchestra programs.
In 2021, she completed her Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she studied with Alex Henery and Kees Boersma. Since living in Sydney, Hayley has performed with the Sydney Symphony, Canberra Symphony and Sydney Scoring Orchestras.
Recently, she remotely participated in the Domaine Forget and Orford Musique Academies in Canada, allowing her to perform in masterclasses for Joel Quarrington, Paul Ellison, David Allen Moore, and Peter Lloyd.
Hayley looks forward to developing a greater appreciation for live artistry within her generation and is excited for the experience she will gain through the Fellowship in 2022.
Sandy Creek Bridge
Down By the Water is a screen performance that draws upon an Australian Gothic aesthetic to resurface loss and buried memories from the waters of Sandy Creek and the surrounding landscape.
Creative Director/Director: Dr Louise Morris
Site and Technical manager: Matthew Scott
Art Department- Costume and Props: Louise Morris and Matthew Scott
Hair and Make-up: Danya Thompson
Co-Director/Drone Pilot: Kyle Wilson
Producer: Hiromi Matsuoka
DOP: Andrew Robinson
Grip/Gaffer: Brent Occleshaw
Sound Recordist: Sam Seidel
Sound Design: Kyle Wilson
Editing: Kyle Wilson/Andrew Robinson/Louise Morris
Executive Producer: Gabrielle Waters, Creative Director: Lindy Hume, Production Manager: Marika Nordquist and Production Coordinator: Jeff Donovan.
Five musicians heralding from Candelo come together to perform Quiet Town, a song written by Melanie Horsnell. The song is a warm poem of love and appreciation to Melanie’s South Coast home, the lands and community of Candelo and its surrounding areas.
Artists – Mudji:
Melanie Horsnell – lead vocal & mandola
Tamlyn Magee – guitar & vocals
Heath Cullen – guitar & vocals
David Ross Macdonald – percussion & vocals
Pete Wild – piano accordion & vocals
Co-Director/Sound Recordist Samwise Seidel
Co-Director/DOP Andrew Robinson
Producer: Hiromi Matsuoka
1st AC/Drone Pilot Kyle Wilson
Sound Assistant: Lynden Willoughby
Sound Mix: Samwise Seidel
Editor: Samwise Seidel/Andrew Robinson
Executive Producer: Gabrielle Waters, Creative Director: Lindy Hume, Production Manager: Marika Nordquist and Production Coordinator: Jeff Donovan.
The Crossing brings into focus the experience of the bridge as a symbol on the landscape, marking time and place in memory; it crosses an ecosystem that is below our awareness.
Director: Lee Pemberton
DOP: Paul Hopper
Editor: Alan McKay
Sound: David Hewitt
Consultant: Hiromi Matsuoka
Executive Producer: Gabrielle Waters, Creative Director: Lindy Hume, Production Manager: Marika Nordquist and Production Coordinator: Jeff Donovan.
A mystical traveller discovers a unique instrument in the form of a bridge bringing to life the memory of the landscape through percussive energy.
Director/DOP: Andrew Robinson
Producer: Hiromi Matsuoka
1st AC/Drone Pilot: Kyle Wilson
2ndAC/ Cast: Wayne Carberry
Sound Recordist: Sam Seidel
Editor : Andrew Robinson
Executive Producer: Gabrielle Waters, Creative Director: Lindy Hume, Production Manager: Marika Nordquist, Production Coordinator: Jeff Donovan and Production Assistant: Justina Leggoe
Wallaga Lake Bridge
Wallaga Lake Bridge becomes a stage for the Djinama Yiliga Choir to sing a welcome to Country. Bird’s eye-view aerials capture the natural beauty and ecology of Wallaga Lake and intertwine with performance footage to provide a sense of place and Country.
Artists – Djinama Yiliga:
“Walawaani” written by Shakeela Williams
Supported by William Barton
Arrangement by Dr Lou Bennett AM
Produced by Robyn Martin
Recorded and Mixed by Ted Howard
Assistant Engineer Ben Fowler
Additional Engineering Richard Cooke
Executive Producers Dr Lou Bennett AM, Cheryl Davison
Director/DOP: Andrew Robinson
Producer: Hiromi Matsuoka
1st AC/Drone Pilot: Kyle Wilson
Sound Recordist/Design: Sam Seidel
Editor: Andrew Robinson
Executive Producer: Gabrielle Waters, Creative Director: Lindy Hume, Producer Create & Inspire Education Program: Lara Crew, Production Manager: Marika Nordquist and Production Coordinator: Jeff Donovan.
Hunter Bailey-Watts (b. 2002) was born and raised in the town of Pambula on the NSW Far South Coast. Hunter received piano lessons fromthe age of 6 and soon became aware of an inherent desire to perform.Working alongside local groups from a young age such as Spectrum Theatre, Spirit Allegro Chamber Choir and The Sapphire Coast Jazz Bandwas pivotal to Hunter’s growth as a musician and performer. These experiences confirmed that alife dedicated to music was something of a necessity. Hunter has been involved with Four Winds since the InauguralYouth Festival of 2018 and holds deep gratitude and appreciation for the opportunities the organisation provides for young aspiring musicians. Now undertaking his second yearof study at theSydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Australian concert pianist Stephanie McCallum, Hunter has been granted access to world class training, facilities,and opportunities. For Hunter, the Conservatorium has ignited an interest in how one can justify the relevance of Western art music in modern times and has engaged him on somewhat of an artistic endeavour. Hunter is pursuing a career in performanceand hopes to continue with further study in Europe.
Jenny began learning the piano at age 10 and classical guitar at 14. She was accepted to the NSW Conservatorium high school for years 11 and 12.
At 18 she began double bass lessons and completed a Bachelor of music in performance, majoring in piano and double bass.
After touring Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra she worked with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra before obtaining a permanent position with Opera Australia Orchestra.
During that time she played on many recordings, worked with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and various ensembles including a tour of Italy and Paris with contemporary music group Alpha Centauri Ensemble led by Roger Woodward. She taught double bass and piano privately, arranged music and studied music composition at Wollongong University.
Jenny moved to the far south coast 10 years ago where she continues to teach piano, play with the Opera Australia orchestra and compose and arrange music.
Leonard’s Beautiful Pictures was first commissioned by and presented at Ten Days on the Island 2021. The world premiere season was at the Gaiety Theatre in Zeehan;Mechanics Institute in Scottsdale and the Theatre Royal Hobart.The 60 minute performance is a screening of selected films from the National Film and Sound Archive’s Corrick Collection presented with a live music and foley score by three musicians. This is a family friendly event.
Composer & Musical Director: Dean Stevenson
Musicians: Randal Muir & Ralph Forehead
Films Digitally Restored by National Film & Sound Archive
Originally Commissioned by Ten Days on the Island
PRINCE OF WALES VISITS LAUNCESTON
LeonardCorrick, Australia 1920
This film documents the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VIII) visit to Launceston in late July1920. This is one of the final films that Leonard Corrick shot.
Graduating with a Masters of Music from the University of Tasmania,local composer musician Dean Stevenson has performed,recorded and toured across the world. You may have seen him play in Ten Days on the Island or at Mona Foma or Dark Mofo among other Australian festivals. In 2018,he received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship for a composition research project that sent him to eight countries.Other highlights of his career include producing new music by Sting in collaboration with David Walsh and a commission from the Governor of Tasmania to write a new work celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Born in Sydney, Lisa began the violin with Suzuki teachers Hiroko Primrose, Yasuki Nakamura and violist William Primrose. At 11 she
was playing solos in Japan, the USA and New Zealand. With tutelage from Christopher Kimber, Lisa won multiple national competitions. Lisa worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra before going to Germany to study with Prof Igor Ozim and the Amadeus String Quartet.
Lisa performed worldwide as a soloist, duo, chamber music musician and concertmaster before returning to Australia in 2001. During Lisa’s time abroad she recorded solo and orchestral recordings for Capriccio, EMI, Naxos and Teldec with, amongst others, Concerto K ln, K lner Kammerorchester and as guest 3rd concertmaster with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Returning to Sydney in 2001, Lisa was inited to perform as Guest Concertmaster of the Opera Australia Orchestra, West Australian Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Lisa studied fine arts at the National Art School with residencies at Arthur Boyd’s Bunndanon in collaboration with Ironwood. Lisa is an established illustrator with numerous books published through Scholastic Press, Penguin Random House, Hachette and HarperCollins.
Matthew is a Melbourne-based cellist practicing in a diverse range of contexts – his accomplishments distinguished by acclaimed work that transforms the listener experience. He has recently been appointed Four Winds Artistic Director while continuing in an advisory capacity with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has also held programming roles with ANAM and Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Matthew strives to develop and realise innovative music-based experiences conceived to connect people, space and place. This has resulted in Helpmann nominated and ARIA awarded endeavours involving artists such as American contemporary super-group Eighth Blackbird, Australian music icon Paul Kelly, and the U.K’s Brodsky Quartet alongside Eddie Perfect. He also co-created Quartetthaus – a custom-built, portable space for string quartet performance envisioned and engineered to dissolve the performer-audience divide.
Matthew is an alumnus Sydney Conservatorium, Manhattan School of Music and has been a member of the Australian World Orchestra and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He has been privileged to collaborate with people from all corners of the globe and walks of life – be it on Country with elders of the Spinifex Lands, mentoring El Sistema youth in Venezuela, working with Big hART, or appearing at Radial system Berlin, London’s National Theatre, BAM, Carnegie Hall, and Kennedy Center.
Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen:
Mikelangelo – Vocals, Guitar
T.G. Muldavio – Vocals, Clarinet, Harmonica, Trombone & Percussion
Rufino – Vocals, Violin & Percussion
Little Ivan – Vocals, Double bass
Guido – Vocals, Accordion & Saxophone
Early-mid 20th century Europe was a hotbed of musical styles and modernity, with the old world of waltzes, polkas and mazurkas crashing headlong into the new world of swing, rhythm’n’blues and rock’n’roll. Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen take this musical landscape as their jumping off point. Over their 15 years touring together, the group has developed their own distinctive Euro-Roots sound and a high calibre live show that has seen them play to huge audiences from the Sydney Opera House to Budapest to London’s West End, winning multiple awards and critical acclaim and developing a die-hard national and international fanbase.
Myee Clohessy grew up in the Southern Highlands of NSW and was lucky to begin violin lessons with Ernest Llewellyn when she was ten. By the age of eighteen Myee had won several competitions including the QYO National Youth Concerto Competition. She furthered her violin studies in Hong Kong with Alice Waten at the Academy of Performing Arts before moving to London to study with Prof. David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. During these years Myee was joint 1st Prize Winner of the Royal Overseas League Competition and performed in many of the world’s great concerts halls as Concertmaster of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra.
In 1994 Myee moved to Norway where she played with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, as both Principal 2nd Violin and Assistant Concertmaster. She became Artistic Leader of the Arctimus Piano Quintet and as a member of the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, played at festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, Lucerne, Frankfurt, Oslo and Bergen.
Since returning to Australia in 2003, Myee toured and recorded with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Pinchgut Opera. In 2010 she became a founding member of Acacia Quartet and recorded for Vexations840, ABC Classics and Fine Music 102.5 FM. More recently, Myee became Artistic Director of the Bowral Autumn Music Festival in 2015 and formed the Highlands Music Collective and The Roma Strings for young musicians in 2019.
Noah Oshiro began playing the cello when he was 3 years old. He is currently completing his final year of his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Julian Smiles.
In 2019/2020, Noah performed in Europe with his string quartet as a recipient of the Henderson Travelers scholarship and Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship. He has also recently performed at the Sydney Festival and Sydney Jazz Festival.
Noah is looking forward to the performance opportunities from the Fellows program, as he completes his studies.
Olivia started to learn the clarinet at the age of 8. Having been brought up in a musical family, she was inspired to pursue music as a career from an early age. Olivia studied clarinet under the Sydney Symphony’s Associate Principal for Clarinet, Francesco Celata from 2015-2021. At the age of 16, she had won the Sydney Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition which led to her travelling around Europe to obtain lessons from Andrew Marriner, Olli Leppäniemi and Harri Mäki.
In 2019, Olivia won the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Woodwind Concerto Competition. She is a keen orchestral musician and is a casual clarinetist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Olivia is looking forward to playing alongside the musicians of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as their clarinet fellow in 2022.
Paolo Campanari Brancondi is an Italian born musician, composer, teacher and actor. He is a highly accomplished piano accordionist, having begun studies at the age of 8, with his first composition at 11. Able to play a huge variety of musical styles from Klezmer to funk, on both accordian and piano, specialising in French-themed entertainment which has made him a favourite at Bastille Day celebrations nationally. Beside his activity as an on-stage musician, Paolo is also deeply engaged as a teacher, providing tuitions for Piano and Piano Accordion, for kids, teenagers and adults.
Pinchgut Opera is Australia’s only company dedicated to Baroque opera and vocal music, with a global reputation as one of the world’s finest companies specialising in historically informed performance. Pinchgut takes rare and often undiscovered masterpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries and re-creates them in the modern frame, giving contemporary relevance to this exquisite music of the past for today’s audiences to enjoy.
We began in 2002 with Handel’s Semele, followed by Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (2003), Monteverdi’s Orfeo (2004), Rameau’s Dardanus (2005), Mozart’s Idomeneo (2006), Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans (2007), Charpentier’s David et Jonathas (2008), Cavalli’s Ormindo (2009), Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo (2010), Vivaldi’s Griselda (2011), Rameau’s Castor et Pollux (2012), Cavalli’s Giasone (2013), Salieri’s The Chimney Sweep and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (2014), Vivaldi’s Bajazet and Grétry’s L’Amant jaloux (2015), Haydn’s Armida and Handel’s Theodora (2016), Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea and a Triple Bill of Rameau’s Anacréon and Pigmalion with Vinci’s Erighetta & Don Chilone (2017) and Handel’s Athalia and Hasse’s Artaserse (2018). We’ve also done four wonderful works as fundraisers – Vivaldi’s La Ninfa, Purcell’s Incidental music to Dioclesian, Mozart’s The Impresario and John Lampe’s Pyramus and Thisbe.
Rae Kennedy is a story-collector, a poet, and a visual artist. She is drawn to the tales that get shoved in coat pockets; thrive in the wild edges; and that shape the landscapes we call home. Her work is both a bird in flight and a fine-toothed comb. Raised on Anishinaabeg land, some 9000 miles and a hemisphere away, Rae now lives and works here on beautiful Yuin Country, in the ever-surprising small village of Candelo.
With over 40 years as a CEO, Rainer Jozeps has successfully lead many of Australia’s major cultural institutions including the Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the National Trust and Australian Dance Theatre. Combining strong people management skills with creativity and entrepreneurship, Rainer is credited with improving the fortunes of all the agencies he has lead. He has held positions on Government and non-Government Boards, consulted to a variety of agencies, and lectured in Management at the University of South Australia.
Today, after 17 years of Buddhist practice, Rainer is an experienced meditator and meditation guide. He is an accredited Lifeline Crisis Supporter and has provided workplace meditation services for such agencies as BAE Systems, AGL, University of Tasmania and the Royal Commission into Aged Care.
Rainer Jozeps’ Silence-meditation concerts have been presented with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and at the WOMAD festival, and with Tamara Anna-Cislowska and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at Dark Mofo, and at Ukaria Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills.
Rebecca Gill began learning violin through the Suzuki method at the age of four before studying in her teenage years with Elizabeth Holowell at the Newcastle Conservatorium. In 2006 she began a Bachelor of Music degree at the Sydney Conservatorium, studying with Janet Davies and graduating with First Class Honours. An Australian Postgraduate Award supported her subsequent Master of Music Performance research degree.
Rebecca Gill was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra from 2008 to 2012 and was principal second violin for four seasons. She was also the concertmaster of SBS Youth Orchestra (2007–2009) and continues to work with several community orchestras as a tutor. In addition, she has performed as a guest leader with ensembles including the Sydney Chamber Opera, Sydney Camerata and the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the Britten Pears Orchestra (UK).
From 2009 to 2012 Rebecca Gill was a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Sinfonia training orchestra and in 2013 she participated in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program. She joined the second violin section of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2016.
Roger Benedict has enjoyed a close relationship with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for some twenty years, first as principal viola and artistic director of the orchestra’s acclaimed fellowship program, and more recently as a regular guest conductor. Roger has conducted the orchestra in subscription concerts at the Sydney Opera House, at City Recital Hall and in regional centres.
Roger has been invited to appear as a conductor with other orchestras in the Australia including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and in the UK with the Southbank Sinfonia. A devoted orchestral trainer, he has coached the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2000, and is a frequent conductor of Australian Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra (UK) programs. He is currently chief conductor at the Sydney Conservatorium, where he is an Associate Professor.
Before his move to Australia, Roger was principal viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra (London) for nine years and a regular guest principal with every other major UK orchestra. As a viola soloist he has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Ulster Orchestra in the UK as well as the Sydney Symphony, Canberra Symphony, New Zealand Symphony and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan). Roger has released several highly acclaimed solo recordings on the Melba and ABC Classics/Universal label. A new album of music by Debussy and Ravel with pianist Simon Tedeschi will be released later this year by ABC Classics.
Rosemary Curtin is a violist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and currently President of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Musicians Association. With over 25 years’ experience working as an orchestral musician, Rosemary’s professional career commenced in Europe working with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields following graduate studies in Munich.
Rosemary has been a regular participant in the Australian World Orchestra’s seasons and in 2017 was invited to perform with the New York Philharmonic as a participant in their Global Orchestral Project.
Rosemary also possesses a strong interest in orchestral management. She has a Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She currently sits on the Classical Music, Opera and Choral Artform Advisory Board for Create NSW. Rosemary plays on an A.E. Smith viola made in Sydney in 1930.
Born in Oldenburg, Germany, Stefan studied viola with Marcel Charpentier, Konrad Grahe and Emile Cantor at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and attended masterclasses with Thomas Brandis and Serge Collot.
From 1992 he worked with a number of orchestras including K lner Kammerorchester, Theater Nordhausen, Folkwang Kammerorchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, Philharmonie Essen, Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
After immigrating to Australia in 2001, Stefan has worked and recorded amongst others with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Pinchgut Opera and Sinfonia Australis.
Since the formation of Acacia Quartet, Stefan has turned his focus to chamber music and teaching.
Stuart Johnson completed undergraduate studies on violin before discovering the allure of playing the viola. After further study and freelancing overseas on both instruments Stuart returned to Australia to join the Sydney Symphony Fellowship program as a violist and was offered a place at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.
Stuart relocated to Sydney in 2009 when he joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as a permanent member. He has also been Guest Principal Viola with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, held a permanent position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in the section of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Stuart is currently teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney Conservatorium High School, Sydney Conservatorium Rising Stars program, as well as at the Australian National University.
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most renowned pianists, performing and recording in Australia and internationally to critical and public acclaim. Earning international prizes in London, Italy and Greece and touring Japan and the USA as cultural ambassador for Australia, Tamara’s accolades include ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship, an Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’(ACT) and the 2015 ARIA award for ‘Best Classical Album’.
Tamara has performed recitals at London’s Purcell Room, the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and New York’s Frick Collection, and as soloist with the London Philharmonic, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, and all major Australasian symphony orchestras. Recent engagements include concerti by Gorecki, Liszt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich and Kats-Chernin’s Piano Concerto no.3, Lebewohl, commissioned for Cislowska and performed in the LPO’s 20/20 season. Tamara performed in the world premiere of Human Waves with music by Elena Kats-Chernin and libretto by Cislowska for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Centenary Celebrations in 2020. She has toured to the USA with CIRCA for the Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and given solo and chamber recitals in almost all the major venues, and arts and classical music festivals in Australia with concerts this year including Four Winds Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, UKARIA Cultural Centre, the Art Gallery of NSW and regional touring for Musica Viva.
With seven ARIA no.1 albums including One Summer’s Day, Into Silence with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Unsent Love Letters (also available on Deutsche Grammophon), Tamara also presents weekly program ‘Duet’ for ABC Classic FM, with a first collection of the show’s duets now available, from ABC Classics.
Véronique Serret is a super versatile violinist, vocalist and composer effortlessly bridging the divide between classical and contemporary art forms.
Véronique’s strong classical background has seen her work extensively with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Dance Company (with whom she toured JS Bach’s Partita N.2 in Dminor internationally as her debut album release) and most recently as Associate Music Director for Bangarra Dance Theatre’s new work WUDJANG. She is a long term member of Ensemble Offspring and was for many years a member of American folk harpist Joanna Newsom’s touring band. Véronique has led orchestras for many contemporary artists including Jonsi, Fleet Foxes, Neil Finn, Tim Minchin, and Sarah Blasko and features on many Australian albums, films and TV series.
Current engagements include touring festivals nationally as Concertmaster for Gurrumul’s Bunggul, guest appearances with Kate Miller-Heidke’s band and composing for her own duo project with didgeridoo master William Barton.Together they have been commissioned to write several works including Kalkani, Bushfire Requiem and most recently Songlines of our Universe, whilst in residence at the Sydney Observatory. Véronique continues to develop her own work on 6 string violin blended with vocals and electronics with the generous assistance of a mid career grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. Keep an ear out for upcoming releases. Creating living, breathing music. NOW!
For two decades, William Barton has forged a peerless profile as a performer and composer in the classical musical world, from the Philharmonic Orchestras of London and Berlin to historic events at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day 2019, Anzac Cove and the Beijing Olympics. His awards include Winner of Best Original Score for a Mainstage Production at the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards and Winner of Best Classical Album with ARIA for Birdsong At Dusk in 2012. With his prodigious musicality and the quiet conviction of his Kalkadunga heritage, he has vastly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo — and the culture and landscape that it represents.
Today he holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Universities of Griffith and Sydney, has had released five albums on the ABC Classics label and is an Artist in Residence at Melbourne Recital Centre. His most recent album, Kalkadungu: music for didjeridu and orchestra, features predominantly his own compositions, alongside those of Delmae and Peter Sculthorpe.
“I’m doing what I love. I want to take the oldest culture in the world and blend it with Europe’s rich musical legacy. I guess what I’m doing is giving back: giving back to my culture and my people because I was given something when I was very young and like the old fellas who taught me years ago, I’m just passing it on.”