Streeton TrioStreeton Piano Trio

Friday 25th July 2014, 8pm

Benjamin Kopp – piano, Emma Jardine – violin, Martin Smith – cello

HAYDN Piano Trio in G Hob XV/25 “The Gypsy”, RACHMANINOV Piano Trio “Élégiaque” No.1, KATS-CHERNIN “Butterflying” for Piano Trio, DEBUSSY Piano Trio in G, BEETHOVEN Piano Trio Op 70 No.1 “The Ghost”
Described by Musica Viva as “Australia’s most internationally successful piano trio,” the Streeton Trio was formed in 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, from three of Australia’s leading young musicians. The trio is the first Australian ensemble to be selected for the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy, where it has been in residence since 2010.

“This is a young trio and their undoubted talent and enthusiasm are infectious… these are three musicians with strong pedigrees.” – Steve Moffatt, June 2012 (Limelight)

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Melbourne Piano TrioMelbourne Piano Trio

Friday 10th October 2014, 8pm

Rhodri Clarke – piano, Holly Piccoli – violin, Chris Howlett – cello

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in C min, Op 1 No.3, DEAN Fractured Moments, DVORAK Piano Trio No.2 in G min Op 26

The Melbourne Piano Trio has quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic and sought-after chamber music groups in Australia.
Chris Howlett is a cellist, festival director and producer. He has been a finalist and prize winner at a number of chamber music competitions including the prestigious Trio di Trieste International Competition.
Violinist, Holly Piccoli, is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, The Australian National Academy of Music, and most recently, of Yale University where she has also held a staff position teaching chamber music.
Pianist, Rhodri Clarke graduated with first class honours from the Royal College of Music, London in 2004 where he specialised in piano accompaniment. He performs internationally as an accompanist, chamber musician and occasionally as a soloist.

Ray and TimothyRay Chen and Timothy Young

Tuesday 18th November 2014, 8pm

Ray Chen – violin, Timothy Young – piano

MOZART Violin Sonata No.22 in A K305, PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No.2 in D Op 94, BACH Partita No.3 in E BWV1006, SARASATE Danzas españolas and Zigeunerweisen

Raised in Brisbane, jet-setting virtuoso Ray Chen is one of the brightest stars in the new generation of violinists. His first national recital tour (with the sensitive accompaniment of Timothy Young) has all the spectacular fireworks you could wish for, from the elegant finesse of Mozart and Prokofiev to the exuberant acrobatics of Sarasate.

“The tone he gets is almost human in its slight graininess and glow.” THE WASHINGTON POST

Timothy Young is one of Australia’s most prominent and versatile pianists and is currently the co-ordinator of Piano at the Australian Academy of Music. A founding member of Ensemble Liaison, he returns to close our program for a second consecutive year. He performs regularly in recital as a soloist and in partnership with leading Australian and international musicians and ensembles.

…”truly magnificent piano playing.” The Classical Review (US)

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.

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