MVA ICS 2014 Sitkovetsky TrioSitkovetsky Piano Trio

Friday 28th March 2014, 8pm

Wu Qian – piano, Alexander Sitkovetsky – violin, Leonard Elschenbroich – cello

SMETANA Piano Trio in G min, Op 15 , VINE Piano Trio, TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio in A min, Op 50

This award-winning trio of acclaimed young soloists is conquering the globe with its unusual blend of dazzling virtuosity and heartfelt, thoughtful artistry. Their delight in playing together reaches out across the footlights to touch audiences in music by Smetana, Tchaikovsky, and a new work by Carl Vine.

“The Sitkovetsky Trio matches formidable technique with a mature understanding of the music played and a complete lack of any self-indulgence” Classical Source

IronwoodIronwood and Nicole Van Bruggen-Harris

Friday 30th May 2014, 8pm

Rachael Beesley – violin, Julia Fredersdorff – violin, Nicole Forsyth – viola, Daniel Yeadon – cello, Nicole van Bruggen-Harris – clarinet

POLZELLI Trio for clarinet, viola and cello in E flat, Op 4, HAYDN String Quartet Op 20, MOZART Clarinet Quintet

Ironwood is an innovative Australian ensemble, committed to exploring historically informed performance of repertoire from the baroque, classical and romantic eras on period instruments.
Nicole van Bruggen-Harris performs with numerous orchestras and chamber music ensembles in both Europe and Australia and is a highly respected exponent in historical clarinet, basset horn, basset clarinet and chalumeau.

…”What a sensuous and spiritual treat to be ensconced in the new Melbourne Recital Centre with its fine acoustics, listening to these young but virtuoso exponents of baroque music perform works… Australian Stage Review.

Konstantin ShamrayKonstantin Shamray

Friday 6th June 2014, 8pm

Konstantin Shamray – piano

BEETHOVEN Sonata No.11 in B flat Op 22, SCHUMANN Carnaval in A flat Op 9, Chopin Ballade No.1 in G min Op 23, Chopin Ballade No.3 in A flat Op 47, Ravel Miroirs: Noctuelles, Une barque sur l’ocean, Alborada del gracioso

Konstantin Shamray was born in Novosibirsk, Russia in 1985 and began studying piano at six years of age. His international music career began in August 2008 as the Winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition, distinguishing himself as the first competitor in the history of the competition to win First Prize and People’s Choice Prize, in addition to six other prizes.

…”Shamray’s dexterity never wavers at any dynamic level, nor is there ever a lapse in his concentration. These are carefully calibrated interpretations.” © Limelight Magazine.