Dan Tepfer, piano
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.
photo © Josh Goleman '17
Natalie Christie Peluso, soprano
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.
Daniel Rowland & Ian Belton, violin
Paul Cassidy, viola - Jacqueline Thomas, cello
Since forming in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet have performed over 3,000 concerts on the major stages of the world and have released more than 60 recordings. A natural curiosity and an insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in a number of artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a prominent presence on the international chamber music scene, but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while their ongoing educational work provides a vehicle to pass on experience and stay in touch with the next generation.
Throughout their career of over 45 years, the Brodsky Quartet have enjoyed a busy international performing schedule, and have extensively toured the major festivals and venues throughout Australasia, North and South America, Asia, South Africa and Europe, as well as in the UK, where the quartet is based. The quartet are also regularly recorded for television and radio with their performances broadcast worldwide.
Over the years, the Brodsky Quartet have undertaken numerous performances of the complete cycles of quartets by Schubert, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Britten, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Webern and Bartok. It is, however, the complete Shostakovich cycle that has now become synonymous with their name: their 2012 London performance of the cycle resulted in their taking the prestigious title ‘Artistic Associate’ at London’s Kings Place and, in October 2016, releasing their second recording of the cycle, this time live from the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam.
The Brodsky Quartet have always had a busy recording career and currently enjoy an exclusive and fruitful relationship with Chandos Records. Releases on the label include ‘Petits Fours’, a celebratory album of ‘Encore’ pieces arranged exclusively by the quartet for their 40th anniversary; a Debussy compilation; ‘In the South’, featuring works by Verdi, Paganini, Wolf and Puccini; ‘New World Quartets’, comprising works by Dvorak, Copland, Gershwin and Brubeck; the quartets of Zemlinsky, including the world premiere recording of his unpublished early quartet; two Brahms discs, featuring the iconic Piano and Clarinet Quintets; the Shostakovich Complete Quartets.
As well as partnering many top classical artists for their performances and recordings, the quartet have made musical history with ground-breaking collaborations with some of the world’s leading artists across many genres and have commissioned and championed many of the world’s most respected composers.
Awards for recordings include the Diapason D'Or and the CHOC du Monde de la Musique and the Brodsky Quartet have received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for their outstanding contribution to innovation in programming.
The quartet have taught at many international chamber music courses and have held residencies in several music institutes including, at the start of their career, the first such post at the University of Cambridge and latterly at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where they are visiting International Fellows in Chamber Music. They were awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Kent and an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Teesside, where they were founded.
The quartet took their name from the great Russian violinist Adolf Brodsky, the dedicatee of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto and a passionate chamber musician. Daniel Rowland plays a violin made by Lorenzo Storioni of Cremona in 1793; Ian Belton’s violin is by Giovanni Paolo Maggini, c.1615.Paul Cassidy plays on La Delfina viola, c.1720, courtesy of Sra. Delfina Entrecanales and Jacqueline Thomas’s cello is by Thomas Perry of Dublin, 1785.
Photo credit Martina Simkovicova
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.
Eve Egoyan, piano