Madžar & Altstaedt

Nicolas Altstaedt – cello, Aleksandar Madžar – piano

Madžar & Altstaedt

Tuesday 12 September 2017, 8pm

DEBUSSY – Cello Sonata, BOULANGER – Three pieces for cello and piano, BRITTEN – Cello Sonata in C Major Op.65, JANKOWSKI – New work (2017), BRAHMS – Cello sonata No.2 Op.99.

German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is renowned worldwide for his creativity and versatility, in his captivating performances of repertoire on both modern and gut strings.

In 2012 pianist Aleksandar Madžar received one of the longest ovations ever heard at the Huntington Estate Music Festival, following a lauded recital tour for Musica Viva.

The real fireworks began with Nicolas Altstaedt.” The Boston Globe. “Madžar showed us his gift for making the piano sing.

See and Heard


Estivo Trio

Fox Chan – violinist, Jonathan Békés – cellist, Ying Ho – pianist

Estivo Trio

Friday 27 October 2017, 8pm

HAYDN – Gypsy Trio in G Major, MENDELSSOHN – Piano Trio No.2 in C Minor Op.66, DVORAK – Dumky Trio

Based in Sydney, the Estivo Trio brings together three outstanding young musicians of remarkable talent, passion and experience. Formed with the initiative of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s inaugural Estivo Summer Chamber Music Festival in Verona, Italy.

The Estivo Trio has a wonderfully balanced sound, and a connection with one another and the music that infuses their playing with deep emotional intensity. They play with great maturity and passion, as well as… technical proficiency.

Marguerite Foxon

Sitkovetsky Trio

Alexander Sitkovetsky – violin, Danjulo Ishizaka – cello, Wu Qian – piano

Sitkovetsky Trio

Saturday 22 July 2017, 8pm

RACHMANINOFF – Trio élégiaque No.1, SHOSTAKOVICH – Piano Trio No.2 Op.67, SKIPWORTH – Piano Trio, MENDELSSOHN – Piano Trio No.1 Op.49.

First prizewinners of the International Commerzbank Chamber Music Award 2008 and recipients of the NORDMETALL Chamber Music Award at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival 2009, the Sitkovetsky Trio was formed in 2007 and has since emerged as one of the outstanding Trios of today. Their dynamic, high-energy performances as well as their thoughtful and committed approach have brought the ensemble numerous awards and critical acclaim.

Compelling, with a palpable sense of elation

Gramophone


Andrey Gugnin - piano

Andrey Gugnin – piano

Andrey Gugnin

Friday 4 August 2017, 8pm

BACH – Adagio in G Major BWV 968, SCHUBERT – Piano Sonata No.17 in D Major D.850, SHOSTAKOVICH – Piano Sonata No.1 Op.12, DESYATNIKOV – Reminiscences of the Theatre, HARVEY – 48 Fugues for Frank Zappa No.6: G-Spot Tornado, STRAVINSKY – Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka

“The Russians have got it!” announced the Sydney International Piano Competition’s Artistic Director Piers Lane as he got down to the final two competitors. 29-year-old Andrey Gugnin was announced as the winner of the First Prize.

The 2016 Competition has proved a vintage year in many ways and in Andrey Gugnin we have found a glorious ambassador and star pianist

Piers Lane

Benjamin Beilman - violin, Andrew Tyson - piano

Benjamin Beilman – violin, Andrew Tyson – piano

Benjamin Beilman & Andrew Tyson

Friday 7th October 2016, 8pm

MOZART – Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K. 454; JANÁČEK – Violin Sonata (1914-15, rev. 1916-22); Jane STANLEY – New Work World Premiere; SAINT-SAËNS – Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op. 75

American violinist Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits in both North America and Europe for his passionate performances and deep rich tone, which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive” and the New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence”.

Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” American Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice. He is consistently recognized for his commanding and expressive performances, replete with imaginative interpretations and exceptional artistry.


Adam Herd - piano

Adam Herd – piano

Adam Herd

Friday 28th October 2016, 8pm

Sounds like Jazz – From Rags to Riches: DEBUSSY – Golliwog’s Cakewalk; STRAVINSKY – Piano Rag Music; WIENER – Sonatine No. 2; KAPUSTIN – Bagatelles Op. 59 (selection); BOLCOM – Hymn a l’amour; KAPUSTIN – Sonata No.14; GERSHWIN – Three Preludes

From sub-tropical Coffs Harbour to sub-zero Scandinavian winters, Adam has let music guide him to many corners of the globe including South America, Great Britain, and Europe

This performance is so full of enthusiasm, drive, delicacy, power and precision it is enough to just hear it. Herd’s playing sparkles clean and sharp, well clear of any shadows, as if he sees his music reflected in crystalline shards off the surface of the ocean he surfs in…Herd’s selections and his performance brings those five stars securely home.

Fine Music Magazine


Benjamin Kopp - piano, Emma Jardine - violin, Umberto Clerici - cello

Benjamin Kopp – piano, Emma Jardine – violin, Umberto Clerici – cello

Streeton Trio

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 8pm

The Mozart of his time: MOZART – Piano Trio in G major K.496; SAINT-SAENS – Piano Trio No. 2; MENDELSSOHN – Piano Trio in C minor No. 2

Described by Musica Viva as ‘Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio’, the Streeton Trio formed in 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, from three of Australia’s leading young musicians.

The Streeton Trio provided a masterclass, with deeply expressive playing rich in elegance, intellect and vitality.

The Australian, Nov 9th 2015

They have been praised for their ‘still-youthful exuberance and razor-sharp technical and interpretive gifts.’; ‘the trio are a refreshing find for this reviewer…This is a young trio and their undoubted talent and enthusiasm are infectious.

Limelight Magazine

Benjamin Beilman - violin, Andrew Tyson - piano

Benjamin Beilman – violin, Andrew Tyson – piano

Benjamin Beilman & Andrew Tyson

Friday 7th October 2016, 8pm

MOZART – Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K. 454; JANÁČEK – Violin Sonata (1914-15, rev. 1916-22); Jane STANLEY – New Work World Premiere; SAINT-SAËNS – Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op. 75

American violinist Benjamin Beilman is winning plaudits in both North America and Europe for his passionate performances and deep rich tone, which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive” and the New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence”.

Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” American Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice. He is consistently recognized for his commanding and expressive performances, replete with imaginative interpretations and exceptional artistry.


Adam Herd - piano

Adam Herd – piano

Adam Herd

Friday 28th October 2016, 8pm

Sounds like Jazz – From Rags to Riches: DEBUSSY – Golliwog’s Cakewalk; STRAVINSKY – Piano Rag Music; WIENER – Sonatine No. 2; KAPUSTIN – Bagatelles Op. 59 (selection); BOLCOM – Hymn a l’amour; KAPUSTIN – Sonata No.14; GERSHWIN – Three Preludes

From sub-tropical Coffs Harbour to sub-zero Scandinavian winters, Adam has let music guide him to many corners of the globe including South America, Great Britain, and Europe

This performance is so full of enthusiasm, drive, delicacy, power and precision it is enough to just hear it. Herd’s playing sparkles clean and sharp, well clear of any shadows, as if he sees his music reflected in crystalline shards off the surface of the ocean he surfs in…Herd’s selections and his performance brings those five stars securely home.

Fine Music Magazine


Benjamin Kopp - piano, Emma Jardine - violin, Umberto Clerici - cello

Benjamin Kopp – piano, Emma Jardine – violin, Umberto Clerici – cello

Streeton Trio

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 8pm

The Mozart of his time: MOZART – Piano Trio in G major K.496; SAINT-SAENS – Piano Trio No. 2; MENDELSSOHN – Piano Trio in C minor No. 2

Described by Musica Viva as ‘Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio’, the Streeton Trio formed in 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, from three of Australia’s leading young musicians.

The Streeton Trio provided a masterclass, with deeply expressive playing rich in elegance, intellect and vitality.

The Australian, Nov 9th 2015

They have been praised for their ‘still-youthful exuberance and razor-sharp technical and interpretive gifts.’; ‘the trio are a refreshing find for this reviewer…This is a young trio and their undoubted talent and enthusiasm are infectious.

Limelight Magazine


Stephen Hough - piano

Stephen Hough – piano

Stephen Hough

Friday 6th May 2016, 8pm

SCHUBERT – Piano Sonata No. 14, D.784; FRANCK – Prelude, Chorale and Fugue; HOUGH – Piano Sonata III (Trinitas); LISZT – Valse Oubliées; LISZT – Transcendental Études

Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, British pianist Stephen Hough is a rare renaissance man of our time. Over the course of a long and distinguished career as one of the world’s leading concert pianists, he has also excelled as a writer and composer.

The most perfect piano playing conceivable

The Guardian

A virtuoso who begins where others leave off

Washington Post


Umberto Clerici - cello, Andrew Haveron - violin

Umberto Clerici – cello, Andrew Haveron – violin

Umberto Clerici & Andrew Haveron

Friday 20th May 2016, 8pm

JS BACH – Few Inventions for Two Voices; ROLLA – Duetto in B flat major; SCHULHOFF – Duo for violin and cello; RAVEL – Sonata for violin and cello; HANDEL-HALVORSEN: Passacaglia

Umberto debuted at the age of 17, playing Haydn’s D Major cello concerto in Japan, and from 2002 began a fully-fledged solo career. Playing with an array of orchestras he won many accolades and awards. In 2014 Umberto was appointed Principal Cello with the SSO.

Andrew Haveron joined the SSO as Co-Concertmaster in 2013, arriving in Sydney with a reputation as one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation. With his unrivalled versatility, he is highly respected as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster.


Anna Goldsworthy - piano, Helen Ayres - violin, Timothy Nankervis - cello, David Elton - trumpet

Anna Goldsworthy – piano, Helen Ayres – violin, Timothy Nankervis – cello, David Elton – trumpet

Seraphim Trio with David Elton

Friday 16th September 2016, 8pm

HUMMEL – Trumpet Concerto; SAMPSON – Memories to Keep Awhile; WEILL arr. J LEDGER – Threepenny Opera Suite; MANUEL de FALLA arr. J LEDGER – Canciones Populares Espagnoles

Over the last two decades, Helen, Anna and Tim have remained steadfastly committed to chamber music. Inspiring others through a deep knowledge and love of chamber music, Seraphim Trio never fails to delight audiences.

In collaboration with brilliant trumpeter David Elton they showcase this unusual combination of instruments with a surprising program—a dazzling trumpet concerto by Hummel and Australian composer James Ledger’s arrangements of Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera Suite and four of Manuel de Falla’s Canciones Populares Españolas.

Stephen Hough - piano

Stephen Hough – piano

Stephen Hough

Friday 6th May 2016, 8pm

SCHUBERT – Piano Sonata No. 14, D.784; FRANCK – Prelude, Chorale and Fugue; HOUGH – Piano Sonata III (Trinitas); LISZT – Valse Oubliées; LISZT – Transcendental Études

Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, British pianist Stephen Hough is a rare renaissance man of our time. Over the course of a long and distinguished career as one of the world’s leading concert pianists, he has also excelled as a writer and composer.

The most perfect piano playing conceivable

The Guardian

A virtuoso who begins where others leave off

Washington Post


Umberto Clerici - cello, Andrew Haveron - violin

Umberto Clerici – cello, Andrew Haveron – violin

Umberto Clerici & Andrew Haveron

Friday 20th May 2016, 8pm

JS BACH – Few Inventions for Two Voices; ROLLA – Duetto in B flat major; SCHULHOFF – Duo for violin and cello; RAVEL – Sonata for violin and cello; HANDEL-HALVORSEN: Passacaglia

Umberto debuted at the age of 17, playing Haydn’s D Major cello concerto in Japan, and from 2002 began a fully-fledged solo career. Playing with an array of orchestras he won many accolades and awards. In 2014 Umberto was appointed Principal Cello with the SSO.

Andrew Haveron joined the SSO as Co-Concertmaster in 2013, arriving in Sydney with a reputation as one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation. With his unrivalled versatility, he is highly respected as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster.


Anna Goldsworthy - piano, Helen Ayres - violin, Timothy Nankervis - cello, David Elton - trumpet

Anna Goldsworthy – piano, Helen Ayres – violin, Timothy Nankervis – cello, David Elton – trumpet

Seraphim Trio with David Elton

Friday 16th September 2016, 8pm

HUMMEL – Trumpet Concerto; SAMPSON – Memories to Keep Awhile; WEILL arr. J LEDGER – Threepenny Opera Suite; MANUEL de FALLA arr. J LEDGER – Canciones Populares Espagnoles

Over the last two decades, Helen, Anna and Tim have remained steadfastly committed to chamber music. Inspiring others through a deep knowledge and love of chamber music, Seraphim Trio never fails to delight audiences.

In collaboration with brilliant trumpeter David Elton they showcase this unusual combination of instruments with a surprising program—a dazzling trumpet concerto by Hummel and Australian composer James Ledger’s arrangements of Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera Suite and four of Manuel de Falla’s Canciones Populares Españolas.

Philippe Bernhard & Loïc Rio - violin, Laurent Marfaing - viola, François Kieffer - cello

Philippe Bernhard & Loïc Rio – violin, Laurent Marfaing – viola, François Kieffer – cello

Modigliani String Quartet

Thursday 22nd October 2015, 8pm

Haydn – op 50, no 1, Sc hubert – no 10, op 125, Westlake – String Quartet no 2, Beethoven – Serioso

Since their first Australian tour the Modigliani Quartet have gone from strength to strength, and now look well-placed to assume the mantle of the top French quartet of their generation. Elegant but masculine, the crisp articulation and rich timbres of this acclaimed ensemble are a perfect match for masterpieces which demand both strength and clarity.

One of today’s best quartets in the world…Balance, transparency, symphonic comprehension, confident style, their performance reached a very high and inspiring level.

Harald Eggbrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung


David Griffiths - clarinet, Svetlana Bogosavljevic - cello, Timothy Young - piano, Elizabeth Sellars -violin, Emma Matthews - soprano

David Griffiths – clarinet, Svetlana Bogosavljevic – cello, Timothy Young – piano, Elizabeth Sellars -violin, Emma Matthews – soprano

Ensemble Liaison with Emma Matthews & Elizabeth Sellars

Friday 6th November 2015, 8pm

Sc humann – Fantasiestücke op 73 for clarinet and piano, Mary Finsterer – New Work for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Bellini – O rendetemi la speme, Bellini – Casta Diva, Piazzolla – Four Seasons, Bellini – Eccomi in lieta vesta, Bellini – Ah non credea

Ensemble Liaison presented its first concert series at The Edge, Melbourne, in 2007 and has gone on to become known as a tour de force renowned for imaginative and innovative programming and setting the trend for brilliant collaborations with leading artists.

an impassioned and committed performance … not just technically superb but spiritually intense too.

The Classical Review 2014 on Ensemble Liaison


Jayson Gillham - piano

Jayson Gillham – piano

Jayson Gillham

Friday 13th November 2015, 8pm

Handel – Suite in E major HWV 430 “Harmonious Blacksmith”, Brahms – Variations on a theme by Handel, op 24, Bartok – Suite op 14, Liszt – Funerailles, Wagner/Liszt – Isolde’s Liebestod, Verdi/Liszt – Rigoletto Paraphrase

Australian-British pianist Jayson Gillham has emerged as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Internationally regarded for his compelling performances, Jayson has received numerous awards and prizes reaching the finals of some of the world’s leading piano competitions including Leeds, Van Cliburn, and the Chopin Competition.

He plays Beethoven with a sort of ‘glow’…always a lovely sound – gorgeous!

Sir Mark Elder

Philippe Bernhard & Loïc Rio - violin, Laurent Marfaing - viola, François Kieffer - cello

Philippe Bernhard & Loïc Rio – violin, Laurent Marfaing – viola, François Kieffer – cello

Modigliani String Quartet

Thursday 22nd October 2015, 8pm

Haydn – op 50, no 1, Sc hubert – no 10, op 125, Westlake – String Quartet no 2, Beethoven – Serioso

Since their first Australian tour the Modigliani Quartet have gone from strength to strength, and now look well-placed to assume the mantle of the top French quartet of their generation. Elegant but masculine, the crisp articulation and rich timbres of this acclaimed ensemble are a perfect match for masterpieces which demand both strength and clarity.

One of today’s best quartets in the world…Balance, transparency, symphonic comprehension, confident style, their performance reached a very high and inspiring level.

Harald Eggbrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung


David Griffiths - clarinet, Svetlana Bogosavljevic - cello, Timothy Young - piano, Elizabeth Sellars -violin, Emma Matthews - soprano

David Griffiths – clarinet, Svetlana Bogosavljevic – cello, Timothy Young – piano, Elizabeth Sellars -violin, Emma Matthews – soprano

Ensemble Liaison with Emma Matthews & Elizabeth Sellars

Friday 6th November 2015, 8pm

Sc humann – Fantasiestücke op 73 for clarinet and piano, Mary Finsterer – New Work for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Bellini – O rendetemi la speme, Bellini – Casta Diva, Piazzolla – Four Seasons, Bellini – Eccomi in lieta vesta, Bellini – Ah non credea

Ensemble Liaison presented its first concert series at The Edge, Melbourne, in 2007 and has gone on to become known as a tour de force renowned for imaginative and innovative programming and setting the trend for brilliant collaborations with leading artists.

an impassioned and committed performance … not just technically superb but spiritually intense too.

The Classical Review 2014 on Ensemble Liaison


Jayson Gillham - piano

Jayson Gillham – piano

Jayson Gillham

Friday 13th November 2015, 8pm

Handel – Suite in E major HWV 430 “Harmonious Blacksmith”, Brahms – Variations on a theme by Handel, op 24, Bartok – Suite op 14, Liszt – Funerailles, Wagner/Liszt – Isolde’s Liebestod, Verdi/Liszt – Rigoletto Paraphrase

Australian-British pianist Jayson Gillham has emerged as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Internationally regarded for his compelling performances, Jayson has received numerous awards and prizes reaching the finals of some of the world’s leading piano competitions including Leeds, Van Cliburn, and the Chopin Competition.

He plays Beethoven with a sort of ‘glow’…always a lovely sound – gorgeous!

Sir Mark Elder

Johannes Möller - classical guitar

Johannes Möller – classical guitar

Johannes Möller

Saturday 6th June 2015, 8pm

Giuliani – Sonatine op 71, no 3, Tarrega – Capricho Arabe, Turina – Homenaje a Tarrega, Hill – There and Gone, Möller – Preludes, op 12, Barrios-Mangoré – Un Sueño en la Floresta, Möller – several compositions

The European guitarist and composer Johannes Möller has captivated audiences throughout the world with charismatic and soulful performances. In 2010 he was awarded first prize in the GFA Concert Artist Competition, considered by many to be the most prestigious guitar competition in the world.

Johannes Möller achieved miracles with his lucid, spacious playing.

London Evening Standard


Endeavour Trio: Paul Dean - clarinet, Stephen Emmerson - piano, Trish O’Brien - cello

Paul Dean – clarinet, Stephen Emmerson – piano, Trish O’Brien – cello

Endeavour Trio

Friday 26th June 2015, 8pm

Beethoven – Trio in B flat major, op 11 for clarinet, cello and piano, Brahms – Songs (arranged), Brahms – Clarinet Trio in A minor, op 114

THE ENDEAVOUR TRIO were formed in 2005. The trio has toured through Queensland and have performed at the Bangalow and Camden Haven Music Festivals, Brisbane Powerhouse and for ABC Classic FM.

Known for their artistic excellence and adventurous programming, the Endeavour Trio’s combined soloists are celebrated Australia-wide for their exuberance and musicality in performance

My Sunshine Coast


Paul Lewis, piano

Paul Lewis, piano

Paul Lewis

Tuesday 25th August 2015, 8pm

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata no 30 in E major, op 109, BRAHMS 4 Ballades (op 10), BRAHMS 3 Intermezzi, op 117, BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata no 32 in C minor, op 111

A great piano recital is chamber music in its purest form, intimate but universal. In the hands of a master such as Paul Lewis, it can be a transcendent experience, a personal sharing of ideas and emotions.

Here is fresh, intelligent yet daring Beethoven playing, alert to the flights of wildness in the music

The New York Times

Johannes Möller - classical guitar

Johannes Möller – classical guitar

Johannes Möller

Saturday 6th June 2015, 8pm

Giuliani – Sonatine op 71, no 3, Tarrega – Capricho Arabe, Turina – Homenaje a Tarrega, Hill – There and Gone, Möller – Preludes, op 12, Barrios-Mangoré – Un Sueño en la Floresta, Möller – several compositions

The European guitarist and composer Johannes Möller has captivated audiences throughout the world with charismatic and soulful performances. In 2010 he was awarded first prize in the GFA Concert Artist Competition, considered by many to be the most prestigious guitar competition in the world.

Johannes Möller achieved miracles with his lucid, spacious playing.

London Evening Standard


Endeavour Trio: Paul Dean - clarinet, Stephen Emmerson - piano, Trish O’Brien - cello

Paul Dean – clarinet, Stephen Emmerson – piano, Trish O’Brien – cello

Endeavour Trio

Friday 26th June 2015, 8pm

Beethoven – Trio in B flat major, op 11 for clarinet, cello and piano, Brahms – Songs (arranged), Brahms – Clarinet Trio in A minor, op 114

THE ENDEAVOUR TRIO were formed in 2005. The trio has toured through Queensland and have performed at the Bangalow and Camden Haven Music Festivals, Brisbane Powerhouse and for ABC Classic FM.

Known for their artistic excellence and adventurous programming, the Endeavour Trio’s combined soloists are celebrated Australia-wide for their exuberance and musicality in performance

My Sunshine Coast


Paul Lewis, piano

Paul Lewis, piano

Paul Lewis

Tuesday 25th August 2015, 8pm

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata no 30 in E major, op 109, BRAHMS 4 Ballades (op 10), BRAHMS 3 Intermezzi, op 117, BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata no 32 in C minor, op 111

A great piano recital is chamber music in its purest form, intimate but universal. In the hands of a master such as Paul Lewis, it can be a transcendent experience, a personal sharing of ideas and emotions.

Here is fresh, intelligent yet daring Beethoven playing, alert to the flights of wildness in the music

The New York Times