Dan Tepfer has made a name for himself as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive — “a remarkable musician” in the words of the Washington Post and one “who refuses to set himself limits” in those of France’s Télérama. The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed with some of the leading lights in jazz, including extensively with veteran saxophone luminary Lee Konitz. As a leader, Tepfer has crafted a discography already striking for its breadth and depth, ranging from probing solo improvisation and intimate duets to richly layered trio albums of original compositions. His Sunnyside/Naïve album Goldberg Variations / Variations saw the prize-winning pianist performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it to “build a bridge across centuries and genres” (Wall Street Journal) in “an impressive feat that keeps coming back to a hearty and abiding respect” (New York Times). As a composer, he is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for works including Concerto for Piano and Winds, premiered in the Prague Castle with himself on piano, and Solo Blues for Violin and Piano, premiered at Carnegie Hall. Bringing together his undergraduate studies in astrophysics with his passion for music, he is currently working on integrating computer-driven algorithms into his improvisational approach. Awards include first prize and audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, first prize at the East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association.
Melbourne-born Natalie Christie Peluso captivates audiences and critics alike with her dynamic, effervescent stage presence and an inviting lyric soprano voice that has been described by London critics as “full of youthful, delicious beauty” and “electrifying freshness.”
Recent opera appearances include Hanna The Merry Widow , Rose Maybud Ruddigore , Opera Queensland; Niece 2 Peter Grimes , Brisbane Festival; Ottavia/Drusilla Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea Pinchgut Opera; Adele Die Fledermaus Opera Queensland.
Recent concert appearances include Four Last Songs Strauss, Pieces of 9/11 Jake Heggy, Bach Cantata 32 Australian Festival of Chamber Music; Bach B Minor Mass , Mahler Symphony No. 4 , Handel Messiah , all with Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Previous opera performances include Sr Constance The Carmelites , Sophie Der Rosenkavalier , Gilda Rigoletto , Eurydice Orphée et Eurydice , Pamina Die Zauberflöte , Adina L’elisir d’amore , Susanna Le nozze di Figaro , Zerlina Don Giovanni , Despina Cosi Fan Tutte , Adele Die Fledermaus , and Marzelline Leonora , Welsh National Opera; Zerlina Don Giovanni Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Soprano Bach St. John Passion English National Opera; Susanna Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Opera Australia.
Kristian Winther, violin
Born in Canberra in 1984, Kristian Winther studied violin with Josette Esquedin-Morgan, and conducting with John Curro, with whom he performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto at the age of fifteen. In 2007 Kristian founded the Tinalley String Quartet, before proceeding to win the 2007 Banff International String Quartet Competition followed by a string of acclaimed performances overseas. By 2009 Kristian gave the Australian premieres of Brett Dean's violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing and of Andriessen's string quartet Facing Death. During 2013 to 14, Kristian led the Australian String Quartet and though he “captivated audiences with his virtuosic performances and his fresh and dynamic approach to string quartet repertoire”, artistic differences led to his departure, a sad undertone in Scott Hicks’ film ‘Highly Strung’. Kristian continues to perform chamber music and enjoys playing music from the 17th to the 21st centuries in the Play On series for sold out audiences under the age of 30 in an underground car park in Collingwood. For the 2019 Canberra International Music Festival, he presents the complete Bach solo works for the first time in public.
Since its formation in 2004, Quatuor Voce has established itself as one of the best quartets of its generation, receiving the highest awards at international competitions including those of Geneva, Cremona, Vienna, Bordeaux, Graz, London and Reggio Emilia. During 2013/14 the quartet was selected as ECHO Rising Stars performing in halls such as Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Auditori Barcelona, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Philharmonie Cologne, Palace of the Arts in Budapest, Barbican Centre London and Philharmonie Paris. Beside the core quartet repertoire, curiosity enables the group to diversify its activities, performing contemporary music by living composers as well as crossover programmes with renowned pop singers and choreographers such as Thomas Lebrun, Ibrahim Maalouf and Kyrie Kristmanson.
The Quartet records exclusively for the ALPHA Classics label. Their next release, ‘Itinéraire’, will be issued in late September 2018, and is inspired by the folklore traditions of Bartók and Kodály. This season, the quartet will undertake its debut tour of the US in addition to extensive tours of Japan, China and Australia.
Trio SR9 was created in 2010 at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon, France. In 2012, they won three prizes at the International Music Competition in Luxembourg: the First Prize, the Press Prize and the Public Prize.
Trio SR9 gave more than 150 concerts in Europe, Canada and USA. They released two CDs: Bach au marimba in 2015 and Alors, on danse? in March 2018 under the Naïve label.
This group promotes a creative vision of percussion with transcriptions for 3 marimbas of emblematic scores (Bach, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Stravinsky). They also participate actively in the evolution of the contemporary repertoire of percussion through commissioning of works to young composers such as François Tashdjian, Florent Caron-Darras and Balint Karosi.
Bree van Reyk, Composer-in-Residence
Chin Cheng Lin, marimba
Taiwanese marimbist Chin Cheng Lin is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability and as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews he has received for both his live performances and recordings, as a result of Lin’s succession in marimba, he received a “ European Soloist Champion Award” in 2007, “Culture Outstanding Award” by the Taipei Representative Office in Belgium and Europe for promoting the Taiwanese arts and invited to perform for the Belgian Royal Family. Frequently praised for his musical and technical mastery, Lin is also lauded for his imaginative and illuminating interpretations of the marimba repertoire.
As a young composer, Lin enjoys to explore the musical language of tonal, film, musical style and some of his works have been played by Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra, Romania Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra as well as many other ensembles. In addition, Lin has won the 1st prize of Classical Marimba League International Composition Competition.
Nowadays, Lin is an endorser of Adams marimba and his signature mallets is produced by Resta mallets and is a faculty member at the Leuven University College of Arts where Lin found the percussion music theater department and the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, MUDA art high school and Music Academy in Bornem.
Photo Aliona Bolkvadze
Vyacheslav Gryaznov, piano
Vyacheslav Gryaznov graduated with honors both from the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory, and the Moscow Conservatory. He continued at the Moscow Conservatory as a post-graduate, and is on its teaching faculty. He later completed Yale University School of Music’s Artist Diploma program under Professor Boris Berman.
Vyacheslav Gryaznov is an Artist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and is an Artist-in-Residence with The Drozdoff Society in the U.S.
Solo recitals at Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, National Center for the Arts, Mexico City; soloist with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dnipro Philharmonic. 2019 performances in China, Australia, U.S., Ukraine, Belgium, France, Austria, and Colombia.
Vyacheslav Gryaznov has authored more than 30 concert arrangements and in 2014 signed a publishing contract with Schott Music (Germany). In 2018, he released a CD of his Russian Transcriptions on the Steinway & Sons label.
Sally Walker, flute
Flautist Sally Walker is Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University and resident Flautist with the Omega Ensemble. She was grand-finalist in Italy’s Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition, second prize winner in Germany’s Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition and has won awards from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen’s Trust. She has toured with the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and has performed as Guest Principal with the Deutsche Kammmerakademie Neuss, Kammerakademie Potsdam, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Her chamber music collaborations range from Early Music to eclectic multi-disciplinary and World music, often commissioning and premiering new works. Sally is a graduate of the University of Sydney, Hannover Hochschule für Music und Medien and Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater.
Photo Keith Saunders
sonic.art saxophone quartet
The sonic.art saxophone quartet is a chamber music ensemble with an international flair with current members hailing from Belarus, Australia and Germany. Sonic.art was founded in 2005 and has since made a name for itself in various line-ups thanks to prestigious prizes and awards at national and international competitions in Poland, Germany and Switzerland. Performances at renowned festivals have included Warsaw Autumn, Mosel Musikfestival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Festival of Mexico and the Festival Symphonique Algiers. Among recent highlights are the performances of William Bolcom’s ‘Concerto grosso’ for saxophone quartet and orchestra with the Nürnberger Symphoniker and the Sinfonieorchester Aachen.
The latest of their 3 CDs ‘Transformation’ includes works by Glazunov, Shostakovich, a debut recording of Gubaidulina and collaborations with Swedish trombonist Christian Lindberg and soprano Evelina Dobračeva.
Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 2000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 50 recordings. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and ensures them a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation.
Los Pitutos is a Chilean-Colombian band, founded in Berlin in 2015, which specialises in adaptations of popular Boleros, Cumbias, Joropos and valses and which mixes them with own compositions – leading to a unique mixture which captivates its audience and brings it to Latin America on a one way ticket. Founded by four classically trained young Chilean musicians and one Colombian musician, who all came to Germany to study and to work, Los Pitutos manages to resurrect a bygone world, a world full of longing, warm Latin - American nights and charm of the slower century.
After very successful concerts at Sinnesfreude (Berlin), Not Only Jazz Café (Berlin), Oui, Madame (Berlin) and at the Secrets Festival 2015, Los Pitutos could be heard in February 2016 in the foyer and on the main stage of the Berlin Philharmonic, where they played as the supporting act to Munich based band Blechschaden.
The same constellation could be experienced in April 2016 at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, accomapanied by the band ́s appearance at the Bavarian National Radio station (Bayerischer Rundfunk) for the show Z ́am rocken. In May 2016 the band gave two exciting concerts at the Kunstfabrik Schlot, one of Berlin ́s leading Jazz places, where they were part of a festival called Lieben Sie Tango ? (Do you love Tango ?).
In November 2016, Los Pitutos will give their debut at the Theater im Fraunhofer in Munich, alongside the wind section of the Munich Philharmonic. In 2017, Los Pitutos can be heard at Kunstfabrik Schlot once again, at the Welthaus Bielefeld and giving their debut with two concerts at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival.