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Since his début in Seville at the age of nine, José María has achieved universal public and critical acclaim. As a mature artist with a profound affinity for all aspects of the guitar, he has become a leading authority on the instrument among conductors and players alike, and a soloist in great demand by orchestras throughout the world.
Continuum Sax, Australia's foremost Saxophone quartet, performs a unique repertoire that explores the intriguing, exciting and expressive world of the saxophone. Their concerts have been enjoyed by a wide range of audiences, including performances at the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days, the 2005 Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds, and the 2002 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference. Continuum Sax has often featured on ABC Classic FM.
Percussionist, composer, conductor and current artistic director of Speak Percussion, Eugene Ughetti instigates arts projects that impact on contemporary culture and presents work that stimulates our consciousness. His professional experience is diverse but his particular focus is new chamber music and hybrid-arts collaboration.
Born in Moscow and brought up in Australia, Andrey Lebedev is currently living in London and studying at the Royal Academy of Music. He gained his BMus degree with first class honours at the Australian National University in 2012, in which year he became the only Australian to win first prize in the Adelaide International Guitar Competition, the first classical guitarist to receive the Australian National Fine Music ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Award, and the only classical guitarist to gain a Sydney Eisteddfod Instrumental Scholarship.
Holder of Advanced Diplomas in Ondes Martenot and Musical Acoustics from the Paris Conservatoire, Nadia Ratsimandresy is dedicated to chamber music and the performing arts. In 2006 she co-founded the 3D Trio with soprano Virginie Colette and guitarist Sophie Marechal, with whom she has premièred numerous compositions. In 2008 she collaborated with the Italian pianist Matteo Ramon Arevalos on the program Messiaen around Messiaen, dedicated to Messiaen and his students. Since January 2015 Nadia has been Professor of Ondes & Synthesizers at the Conservatoire of Boulogne-Billancourt .
The Boccherini Trio – Suyeon Kang (violin), Florian Peelman (viola) and Paolo Bonomini (cello) – was formed as a result of various evening sight-reading sessions that are a feature of the Berlin music scene. The trio has received magnificent reviews of their performances throughout Europe – ‘A spectacular moment of chamber-music making…’ (LiveKritik, Berlin, 2014) – and in 2015 were named an official European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) ensemble. They have been invited to perform in Wigmore Hall in 2016.
With 20 years of international concerts and the recording of an original repertoire, Tambuco Percussion Ensemble has celebrated an acclaimed career, establishing itself among the finest percussion quartets today. Audiences throughout the world have enjoyed the musicianship of Tambuco in programs devoted exclusively to show a vast universe of percussion music.
Consisting of a core of musicians made up of brothers Pablo, Daniel and Aarón Zapico, and led by the latter, Forma Antiqva is a Baroque music ensemble with a variable line-up that brings together the most outstanding performers of its generation. The group is considered by critics to be one of the most important and promising classical music ensembles in Spain.
Helpmann Award-winning soprano Taryn Fiebig is one of Australia's most popular and versatile artists. As a soloist, she has performed the 15th Century Masterpiece El Cant de la Sibilla with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for their popular Noël Noël Christmas concerts. Internationally, Taryn has performed in Los Angeles and London. She joined Opera Australia in 2005, and has sung leading roles in operas from Handel to Sullivan to Mozart. in 2016 she will sing Pamina, Despina, and Gutrune in the Ring der Nibelungen.
Born in Dundee, Scotland, James Crabb started playing the accordion at the age of four. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and was awarded the Carl Nielsen Music Prize, Denmark in 1991. His acclaimed London debut in the Park Lane Group series at the Purcell Room in 1992 catapulted him on to the international concert platform and since then he has performed worldwide pioneering the classical accordion.
Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative”, and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” He has performed across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to festivals in Europe, China, India, the Philippines and Australia.
“Boyd’s playing is beautifully refined, with gorgeous tone… musically and technically flawless...”
Marco Beasley was born in Portici, near Naples, in 1957. During his musical studies at the University of Bologna, he deepened his knowledge of the two stylistic pivots of the late Renaissance – recitar cantando and sacred and secular polyphony. He thus began an active concert career which quickly took him to some of the most prestigious venues, from the Mozarteum in Salzburg to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome to Lincoln Center in New York.
The Song Company is an a cappella ensemble of six professional singers. From its beginnings in 1984, the ensemble has grown to exemplify its aim of providing for Australia a group capable of international standard performances in the field of vocal chamber music. Over 30 years, the ensemble’s schedule has grown to include a mix of national and international touring, a subscription series in cities across Australia, recording and broadcast projects, education activities, and special collaborative projects.
At just 32 years of age, Joseph Tawadros has established himself as one of the world’s leading oud performers and composers. A virtuoso of amazing diversity and sensitivity, Joseph continues to dazzle audiences worldwide with his brilliant technique, passionate musicianship and his joyous style of performance.
Recently described by the New York Times as ‘virtuosic & adventurous’, Speak Percussion’s ambitious projects have defined the sound of 21stcentury Australian percussion music. Internationally recognised as a leader in the fields of experimental, interdisciplinary and contemporary classical music, Speak Percussion creates ambitious self-developed projects, commissions new works from remarkable contemporary composers and interprets masterworks of the genre.
Baritone David Greco has established himself as a fine interpreter of Art Song, Oratorio and Opera throughout Europe and Australia. He has featured a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, and Australian Haydn Ensemble. In the UK for the last two years, David appeared at Glyndebourne in Purcell's Fairy Queen, and toured the UK and France in Messiah with The Academy of Ancient Music. 2016 sees David’s debut as a principle artist with Opera Australia in The Love of Three Oranges.
Composer and guitarist Gerard Brophy has been commissioned and performed by some of the world’s leading ensembles. In recent years he has developed a keen interest in collaborating with artists from other disciplines, and he is particularly active in the areas of ballet, dance and electronica. Recent performances include the sell-out season of his ballet Yo Yai Pakebi, Man Mai Yapobi, the premiere seasons of the ballets Semele and Halcyon, and the Song Company's tour of his contemporary passion play Gethsemane.
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.
The brilliant Argentinian-born pianist, Marcela Fiorillo, now resident in Canberra, has a deep understanding of the expressive idioms and distinctive rhythmic shadings of the piano music of Latin America and Spain. Marcela was Professor at the National Conservatory in Buenos Aires and Chair of Piano Department at the Superior Conservatory in Bs.As. Currently, she is part of the Performing Teaching Fellows program at the ANU School of Music. (Photo by Soledad Ianni.)
Soprano Louise Page is one of Australia’s most highly regarded singers, appearing in opera, operetta, oratorio, cabaret, recital and broadcasts. Her vocal talent and gift for interpretation has been widely acclaimed, as winner of the inaugural Mietta’s Song Recital Competition, the vocal grand final of the ABC Young Performer of the Year Award, the Robert Stolz/Apex scholarship to Vienna, and the Belgian Radio and Television Opera en Bel Canto Prize. Louise has performed throughout Europe, including roles at the Vienna State Opera as a member of the young artist program. Now based in Canberra, Louise performs regularly in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and regional areas.
Australian-born violinist Anna McMichael returned to live in Australia in 2010 after 17 years performing in many of the major ensembles and orchestras in Europe. Anna has toured extensively with groups such as the London Sinfonietta and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and has recorded for several European labels. In Australia, Anna has performed at 4 Canberra International Music Festivals, and has served as concertmaster in orchestras across Australia and New Zealand. Anna is Co-Director of the Tyalgum Music Festival.
Christina is one of Australia's leading Saxophonists. She performs with key Australian chamber music ensembles, as well as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra, and is a featured soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. She has made numerous recordings and live radio broadcasts, notably with ABC Classic FM. She regularly commissions and performs contemporary music and is the first Australian to be endorsed as an International Artist with Japanese instrument maker Yanagisawa.
One of Australia's leading counter-tenors, Tobias Cole, winner of the Green Room Award and the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award, has performed throughout Australia, the UK and USA, as well as serving as Artistic Director of Canberra Choral Society, and Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the Australian National University's School of Music.
Robert Macfarlane studied at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and the Hochschule für Musik, Leipzig ‘Felix Mendelssohn-Bartoldy’, undertaking extensive study of the Baroque repertoire. Robert Macfarlane was the winner of the Adelaide Critic’s Circle award for best individual performance in 2012 (Bach: St. John Passion), a finalist in the Lortzing Competition in Germany in 2013, and winner of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria competition in 2009.
Alice Giles is celebrated as one of the world’s leading harpists. Regarded by Luciano Berio as the foremost interpreter of his Sequenza II, solo recitals include London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street 'Y' and Frankfurt Alte Oper. She is a frequent guest at international music festivals. As recipient of an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship she performed at Mawson Station in 2011 to commemorate the Centenary of the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition.
Lyn Fuller is Lead Carillonist at the National Carillon Canberra and has played the instrument since 1995. Lyn presents regular recitals, is currently the president of the Carillon Society of Australia and also editor of the society’s magazine Dulci Tomes. Along with teaching the instrument, Lyn has a particular interest in music written for the carillon by Australian composers, student composers and women. Lyn enjoys working with Australian composers and ensuring that their music is played.
A graduate of the University of Sydney, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), the City University (London) and the University of Leeds (UK), Neal Peres Da Costa has forged a highly successful career as a performing scholar, music educator and researcher, specialising in historically informed performance. Currently, he is Associate Professor and Chair of the Historical Performance Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney).
Katie Noonan’s technical mastery and pure voice makes her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, this 4 x ARIA Award winning and 7 x platinum selling songstress first received widespread praise as the angel-voiced songstress of indie-pop band George and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through Jazz, Pop and Classical music.
Anna has gained an enviable reputation as a versatile soprano specialising predominantly in the interpretation of early and contemporary repertoire. Anna has been singing as a permanent member of the Song Company since 2007. She has also performed extensively with a number of Sydney's professional ensembles: most recently with Sydney Chamber Opera in their production of Dusapin’s Passion at the 2016 Sydney Festival, Pinchgut Opera with notable roles in L'Orfeo, Dardanus, L’Ormindo and Castor et Pollux, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Synergy Percussion, Ensemble Offspring, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Cantillation, Ironwood, Halcyon, The Acacia Quartet, Salut! Baroque and Sydney Consort. Internationally she has performed alongside ensembles such as The Wallfisch Band (UK) and the New Zealand String Quartet.
Jacob Abela is a pianist, composer, and ondist based in Melbourne. He is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician around Australia. Jacob has appeared in festivals including the 2014/15 Metropolis New Music Festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and Sydney Festival. He is also a casual musician with the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
Born in Asturias, Spain, in 1978, Aarón Zapico is one of the leading musicians in the field of historical interpretation, performing frequently both as harpsichordist and conductor at the most prestigious music festivals and auditoriums.
In 1999 Zapico founded the Baroque music ensemble Forma Antiqva, to which he devotes most of his time and energy. In just a few years his ensemble has become one of the elite protagonists of the historical interpretation of early music.
Clive has been a singer all his life but started singing in earnest whilst studying for a music degree at Huddersfield Polytechnic after which he concentrated on pure singing at the Guildhall School of Music in London where he won the Gold Medal in 1977.
He has worked in the fields of opera and oratorio and since moving to Australia in 1987 he was a member of the Song Company until his retirement in 2014. Since then he has worked as writer and speaker for the Moorambilla Festival and with the renowned sculptor and artist Ken Unsworth.
Rohan Dasika is a double bassist emerging as a valued contributor to Australian music. He has appeared as a chamber musician in festivals including the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (2014), Australian Festival of Chamber Music (2015), and the 2016 Four Winds Festival. He also regularly performs in the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as with the Camerata of St. Johns.
Alto Maartje Sevenster studied in the Netherlands and has sung with such renowned conductors as Roy Goodman, Jaap van Zweden, Nicholas Smith and Reinbert de Leeuw. Recently, Maartje was alto soloist in Copland's In the beginning, Janáček's Dairy of One Who Vanished, J.S.Bach's Easter Oratorio and Magnificat and Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus, in the Canberra region Maartje was narrator in Glenda Cloughley's Passion for Peace in 2015, and sings as a member of Coro Canberra.
Javier Vilariño is one of Australia’s most eclectic and engaging performers whose repertoire spans the work Bach to Piazzolla. As a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Opera Studio, Javier has studied and performed many operatic roles. His musical studies took him overseas to Italy and Spain where he performed at the “Instituto Michelangelo di Lingua e Cultura” and the Barcelona Conservatoiro.
International highlights include a private performance for the Malaysian Prime Minister, a recital with renowned accompanist Professor Dalton Baldwin in Barcelona and locally performing Bizet’s “Carmen” on Sydney Harbour with Opera Australia. Javier has appeared as a guest artist for local companies such as Pacific Opera, Newcastle Festival Opera, Opera Prometheus and The Itty Bitty Opera Company.
Javier has rediscovered his passion for the music of his latin background and has teamed up with local guitarists to perform repertoire by Spanish and Argentinean composers.
Described as “akin to a religious experience” (The Australian), and “Canberra’s premier chamber ensemble” (CityNews), The Griffyn Ensemble are a theatrical chamber ensemble, who break down the barriers of genre and recontextualise music from around the world – from Mexican avant-gardist Silvestre Revueltas, legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, folk hero Mikis Theodorakis, and from other living composers across Australia and around the world.
Daniel Zapico was born in 1983 in Asturias (Spain). Since his early youth he has studied the field of Early Music, specializing in the theorbo in 1999. In 2012 he earned a Masters degree in Musicology, Musical Education and Interpretation of Early Music from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) receiving unanimous praise for his degree project about Robert de Visée.
Pablo Zapico was born in 1983 in Asturias in Spain. in 2012, earned the degree of Master of Musicology with a specialization in musical training and ancient music from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. He has also participated in master classes offered by prestigious performers including Laura M. Pustilnik, Rolf Lislevand, Eduardo Egüez, John Griffiths, Juan Carlos Rivera Pecellin, Juan Carlos de Mulder, Luca Pianca, Toyohiko Satoh, and Hopkinson Smith.
Lana Kains has been involved with music and choirs from four years of age. Currently 18, she is studying a Bachelor of Music at the Hobart Conservatorium with Jane Edwards as her performance lecturer and teacher. Lana is a recipient of the Elizabeth Wade University of Tasmania Scholarship in Music and the 2015 Jessie Wakefield-Luckman prize for voice. She has recently received her Associate Diploma of Music through the Australian Music Education Board. A previous member of Gondwana Voices and current member of Gondwana Chorale she has been involved with Gondwana Choirs for eight years and sung solos on some of their overseas tours. Also an active soloist around Hobart she has done performances with the Hobart Orpheus Choir, The Loose Canon Chamber Ensemble and the Meli-Melo Swiss choir as well as various commissioned performances.
Kim Falconer is a currently undertaking her second year at the Australian National Academy of Music, studying with Virginia Taylor. In 2015, Kim won First Prize in the Australian Flute Festival Open Flute Competition, and also won the Prize for the Best Performance of the Set Work. In this same year, Kim was a semi-finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition.
In 2014, Kim completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the University of Melbourne, studying with Derek Jones. During her studies Kim was Principal Flute of the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and won the prestigious Lionel Gell Scholarship and A G Macmillan Arts Trust Scholarship.
In 2013, Kim attained her Licentiate Diploma with Distinction and was awarded the Leslie Barklamb Flute Award from the AMEB for her outstanding performance in this exam. Kim is also a previous winner of the Victorian Flute Guild’s Leslie Barklamb Scholarship.