Guest Artists for 2019

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Lisa-Maree Amos - flute

Lisa-Maree Amos was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and enjoyed a lively and varied international career before making the move to Melbourne, where she has been performing with Orchestra Victoria since 2007. She attended the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, as well as several summer programs, including two years as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Festival in Boston, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and the World Orchestra in Germany. While living in London, she played and toured with many of the city’s great orchestras. Highlights include playing with the BBC Symphony in the London Proms, recording with the Bournemouth Symphony, numerous ballet seasons at Covent Garden and touring with The Royal Ballet Sinfonia. She then moved to the USA, where she played with the Boston Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival and the Los Angeles Flute Quartet.

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Lisa-Maree Amos - flute

Lisa-Maree Amos was born in Brisbane, Queensland, and enjoyed a lively and varied international career before making the move to Melbourne, where she has been performing with Orchestra Victoria since 2007. She attended the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, as well as several summer programs, including two years as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Festival in Boston, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and the World Orchestra in Germany. While living in London, she played and toured with many of the city’s great orchestras. Highlights include playing with the BBC Symphony in the London Proms, recording with the Bournemouth Symphony, numerous ballet seasons at Covent Garden and touring with The Royal Ballet Sinfonia. She then moved to the USA, where she played with the Boston Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival and the Los Angeles Flute Quartet.

Justine Anderson - soprano

Justine Anderson

Justine Anderson completed her Masters degree in voice at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008 and has had wide performance experience as both a soloist and ensemble singer.

With a particular interest in contemporary music, Justine has worked with a variety of groups including Bang on a Can, Arcko, Icon Trio, Hutes, Astra, Melbourne University’s New Music Studio and as guest artist at the Australian National Academy of Music.In addition she is the artistic director of the new music ensemble Six Degrees. In 2008 she recorded for the ABC the Australian premiere of the Alberto Ginastera work Cantata for Magic America as part of the Simplot International Masterclass Series and she again performed this important work in 2011 in a concert at the A.N.U. to celebrate the Bicentenary of Argentina.

Her opera roles include Pamina in The Magic Flute, Michaela in Carmen,The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Tosca in Tosca and Violetta in La Traviata. In 2013 she played Brunhilda as part of Emotionworks comic take on the The Ring as part of Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Festival. In 2015 Justine will be playing the Mimi in Emotionworks opera’s cut down version of La Boheme.

Other highlights include a performance as a nightclub singer in the short film ‘The Black Pine Road’, and work as the soloist in various Oratorio performances and festivals including the Canberra Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Port Fairy Spring Festival, Darebin Music Feast and Melbourne Fringe Festival.” Justine has a fellowship with the Australian Academy of Music for 2015.

Svetlana Bogosavljevic - cello

Svetlana Bogosavljevic - cello
Svetlana Bogosavljevic - cello

Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Svetlana studied at the Special High School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium of Music, Moscow, and the Cologne Hochschule of Music, working with legendary cellists, Daniel Shafran, Boris Pergamenshikov and Andre Navara. As an orchestral musician she held the position of Associate Principal Cello with the Rheinische Philharmonie and has worked with the North German Radio Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and Singapore Symphony Orchestras. She is a founding member of the critically acclaimed trio, Ensemble Liaison. With Ensemble Liaison she directs and performs a 3-concert series at the Melbourne Recital Centre along with regular performances for Musica Viva, ABC Classic FM, and appearances at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville, the Port Fairy and Woodend Winter Arts festivals. She has collaborated with many wonderful Australian and International artists including Nemanja Radulović, Emma Matthews, Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright, Ray Chen, Wilma Smith, Henning Kraggerud, Paul Grabowsky, David Jones and Tony Gould.

Christopher Cartlidge - viola

Christopher Cartlidge

Sydney-born violist Christopher Cartlidge studied at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music. He has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2011, performing on numerous occasions as Principal Viola. He has appeared as a guest Principal with Orchestra Victoria and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and as Guest Associate Principal with both Victorian Opera and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. In 2015, Chris was a grand-finalist and multiple prize-winner in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers’ Award for his performance of the Australian premiere of Edmund Rubbra’s viola concerto, with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Aura Go - piano

Aura Go

Australian pianist Aura Go enjoys an active and multifaceted musical life, performing as a soloist, chamber musician, lied pianist and conductor. Recognized for her imaginative and compelling performances, Aura has been soloist in concertos ranging from Bach to Schnittke, and appeared at international music festivals including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and Edinburgh Festival. Marking the beginning of her ongoing interest in Finnish music, Aura gave the first Australian performances of Rautavaara’s first and second piano concertos with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in 2002 and 2003. Recent highlights include performing as soloist with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in Aarre Merikanto’s third piano concerto for the 2017 PianoEspoo Festival, solo and chamber performances at the Kuhmo and Kauniainen music festivals and recitals in Denmark, Poland, Italy, the USA and Australia. In 2018, Aura gave her recital debut at the Sydney Opera House, was guest artist at the Huntington Music Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and Rauma Festivo in Finland. In 2018-19, Aura is a Musica Viva FutureMakers artist.

As a member of the KIAZMA Piano Duo with Japanese pianist Tomoe Kawabata, Aura has released her first CD Five Rocks in a Japanese Garden, which features first recordings of works for two pianos and piano duet by five prolific Japanese composers. In 2019 the duo undertakes some of its most ambitious projects yet, including a new exploration of Bach’s ultimate masterpiece, the Art of Fugue.

A keen advocate of new music, Aura enjoys collaborating with composers and has presented numerous world premieres of works by Gordon Kerry, James Rushford, Garth Neustadter, Tiina Myllärinen and Kate Neal, among others. Her work as conductor/pianist for the premiere of Neal’s large-scale multidisciplinary work Semaphore was awarded Best Instrumental Performance at the 2016 Australian Art Music Awards. As an educator, Aura has taught chamber music at the University Of Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music, piano at Yale College and the Sibelius Academy, and has been a visiting artist at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, USA, the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, and the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Aura completed her early musical training in Australia at the Victorian College of the Arts, followed by performance studies at the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2011 she attained her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and is now a doctoral candidate at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her artistic research addresses the aspect of creativity in classical music performance, drawing on the psycho-physical approach of actor Michael Chekhov and exploring ways in which musicians can achieve a more open, spontaneous creative state when practicing and performing. Her principal teachers have included Max Cooke (Australia), Peter Frankl (USA) and Erik T. Tawaststjerna (Finland).

Lisa Grosman - viola

Lisa Grosman

Lisa Grosman recently returned to live in Australia after nearly 15 years as a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. During this time she toured extensively throughout Europe, America and Asia, and worked with directors such as Anthony Marwood, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Maxim Vengerov, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Jorg Widmann and Steven Isserlis. Lisa has now been appointed to the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University, as part of a new initiative by the String Faculty to nurture and encourage the study of viola.

Lisa began learning Suzuki Method violin at the age of five. She later studied with Alice Waten at both the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the Australian Institute of Music. Lisa was the Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra, but then while attending a programme at the Australian National Academy of Music, she met Esther van Stralen (Principal Viola, SSO) and Irina Morozova (Goldner Quartet), and became fascinated with the viola. This led to masterclasses at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Professor Bruno Giuranna, and after receiving a scholarship to join his class at the University of Limerick, Lisa travelled to Ireland, completing a Master of Arts in Classical String Performance. She continued her studies with Professor Giuranna for a further two years in the Corso di Perfezionamente in Cremona, Italy at the Accademia Walther Stauffer

For four years, Lisa was the Director of Strings for the Irish Chamber Orchestra's Education and Outreach Project, "Sing Out with Strings" in inner city Limerick, teaching over 300 children in an El Sistema inspired programme where music is used to promote social change in disadvantaged communities. She has also attended El Sistema Conferences in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, London and in Stirling (Scotland). Aside from her work with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Lisa was the solo violist in the contemporary music group "Crash Ensemble" for nine years, working with artists such as Arvo Part, Steve Reich and Gavin Bryars. She was also very involved with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, and was a guest examiner at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Since her return to Australia, Lisa has taught at the University of Queensland, covering for Professor Patricia Pollett. She has been Guest Principal Viola of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, and also performed with the Australian World Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. She has given masterclasses for the Australian World Orchestra, AUSTA Vic and the Jakarta International Summer Music Festival. Lisa teaches violin and viola at VCASS (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School) where she is also the Director of the Senior String Ensemble. She is also a regular guest teacher at Suzuki workshops in NSW and Victoria.

Future engagements include performing the complete Beethoven cycle with the Fidelio Quartet at the Melbourne Recital Centre, touring India with the Australian World Orchestra, and returning to Ireland later this year to teach at the Ceol na Mara summer school. Lisa has received numerous awards and scholarships including the major prize from the Australian Music Foundation in London. Lisa's viola was purchased with assistance from the E.V.Llewellyn Memorial Fund.

Vivien Hamilton - mezzo-soprano

Vivien Hamilton

Scottish born soprano Vivien Hamilton is one of Australia’s most versatile singers. She knew she wanted to be a professional singer from the age of 7 years and studied the piano to support her aspirations. Vivien completed a Bachelor of Music degree (Honours) at the University of Western Australia in musicology with Professor David Tunley, and singing with acclaimed Australian Soprano Molly McGurk, and postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne. Vivien regularly performs throughout Australia, in recital, on radio and television.

Vivien is known throughout Australia for her passion for early music. She has worked with early music groups such as e21, Ludovico’s Band, consort eclectus, Rosemary Hodgson (lute); the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Collegium Symphonic Chorus (WA). She sings as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, the role of ‘Clorinda’ in Monteverdi’s opera Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room Series), and many early music specialist projects covering Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque repertoire.

Vivien’s career, however, covers a wide portfolio of musical styles and genres, which includes:- 20th-century vocal ensemble work, e.g. Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians (MSO Metropolis Festival with Blackbird Ensemble from Chicago 2012), Brian Eno’s Music for Airports with Bang on a Can, Barry Kosky’s Voice, Jam and Videotape for 4 singers (Adelaide International Festival), Steve Reich’s Tehillim (Melbourne International Festival); theatre, e.g. A Little Night Music with Melbourne Theatre Company, Michael Hurd’s The Aspern Papers for the Collins Street Promenade; opera, e.g. ‘Papagena’ in Mozart’s The Magic Flute for Kent Opera (UK), New Sadlers Wells Opera, Gilbert and Sullivan the London Savoyards, and in artsong recital with pianist Len Vorster and Glenn Riddle, e.g. Gallic Muse (Faure, Debussy etc), Music of Andre Previn, Scotch Strathspey and Reel (Grainger, Grieg, Delius), Six Degrees of Separation (Poulenc, Tailleferre, Durey, Honegger, Auric, Piaf, Weill, Stravinsky etc)

Vivien has recorded for ECM with The Hilliard Ensemble (Passio by Estonian composer Arvo Part); TER Classics with New Sadler’s Wells Opera (Léhar’s The Merry Widow); ABC Classics with Rosalind Halton (Olimpia: Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti) and for Move Records (Tyrannic Love: Choice Songs and Ayres of the Restoration Stage)

“Vivien Hamilton is the star of the show. Words are subtly coloured .. an approach which is in sympathy with the music.”

Vivien’s most recent CD Burns and Beyond: Songs of Robert Burns pays tribute to Scottish poetry and was released in the Scottish Year of Homecoming, 2009. Currently Vivien can be seen on the Classical Destinations TV show with Glenn Riddle (hosted by Aled Jones) on a 1 hour special on musical destinations in Australia.

Vivien is on staff The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where she directs the historically informed performance projects for the Early Voices Vocal Ensemble (Early Music Studio). Her next oratorio performance will be as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah in the Perth Concert Hall, December 15, 2012 with Collegium Symphonic Chorus (Director – Dr Margaret Pride, Orchestra Leader – Paul Wright).

Rohan de Korte - cello

Rohan De Korte

Rohan chose to play the cello at the age of five simply because it was bigger than a violin. He was lucky to have teachers like Henry Wenig and Nelson Cooke to teach him how to play it and now he has a position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

After studying in Melbourne Rohan would actually have preferred to play Basketball for Australia, or at least the Chicago Bulls, but decided instead to pursue the cello to Croatia for lessons with Valter Despalj. This was followed by five years of study at the Cologne Hochschule for Music with Claus Kanngeisser, including chamber music lessons with the Alban Berg Quartett. He completed his performance diploma in 2000 with distinction and returned to Australia spending the next three years freelancing with the Sydney Symphony before being appointed as the Associate Principal cellist with Orchestra Victoria.

Aside from now playing with the MSO, Rohan teaches at Melbourne University and has tutored at the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp. He plays a lot of chamber music with friends and has even tried composing. His debut piece ‘The Haunted House’ is extremely popular with younger audiences. He has been a regular guest artist at chamber music festivals and plays in a crossover jazz/classical group called ‘Shakin’ not stirred’.

Rohan’s favourite composer is Beethoven, although Mahler’s ninth Symphony wins as his favourite piece. His cello is a beautiful German instrument from 1720. He has three very rowdy sons who think that playing the cello is very funny yet interesting and, after suffering a broken neck, Rohan has vowed never to try surfing again.

Jennifer Jiaqi Li - pIano, Guest Teacher at Spring Piano School 2019

Jennifer Jiaqi Li - Guest Teacher Spring Piano School 2017
Jennifer Jiaqi Li - Guest Teacher Spring Piano School 2017

Currently the pianist-in-resident at the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Li is also the founder and Managing Director of Shenzhen Jiaqi Education Consultancy Ltd.

As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in countries across the world such as Australia, China, South Korea, United States, United Kingdom and Colombia. She earned her Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music (USA) and her Bachelor’s at the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) with first-class honours.

In 2011, Jennifer completed her Certificate of Teaching course and obtained the DipABRSM in Teaching. After years of studies abroad, Jennifer returned to China in 2013 and has been very active in both performing and teaching areas. She has been representing the ABRSM China southern regional office to give seminars to teachers at various cities and her students have won numerous awards. She was a teacher at the Shenzhen Arts School between 2013 and 2016.

Jeannie Marsh - alto

Jeannie Marsh

Australian mezzo-soprano Jeannie Marsh enjoys a varied musical career as singer, community choir leader, and music educator (secondary and tertiary). Her achievements were recognised in 2004 when she was the recipient of a Sounds Australia/APRA award for Long-term Contribution to the Advancement of Australian Music. She studied music at University of Melbourne (B.Mus.Ed. with Honours in Singing 1981), and continued her studies at Victorian College of the Arts (Diploma, and Postgraduate Diploma, in Opera and Music Theatre). Jeannie has won a number of competitions and awards, including a major travelling scholarship from University of Melbourne, and grants from the Music Board of the Australia Council, enabling her to continue her singing studies in Italy and England in 1987, and 1990-91. Jeannie has performed around Australia and internationally for over 25 years, with organisations including Victoria State Opera (roles included Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin; member of Young Artist program), Chamber Made Opera, Seymour Group, Melbourne Theatre Company (in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music), Musica Viva, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and the international festivals of Melbourne, Sydney, Berlin, Adelaide and Brisbane. Jeannie has performed major works by composers ranging from Mozart and Beethoven, to Boulez, Schoenberg, Ravel, Berio, Sculthorpe, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Britten. She has performed in Asia, Europe and the UK, and has been heard regularly on ABC Radio (including her series The Twentieth-Century Voice), singing contemporary classics, cabaret, and many premieres of Australian works. She produced her acclaimed CD Madrugada (Australian and Latin American music for voice and guitar, with Ken Murray) in 1999, and sings in Latin jazz duo Dry Martinis. Since 2011 she has sung with Icon Trio, singing Medieval and contemporary vocal music.

From 2002 – 2011 Jeannie taught senior music at Distance Education Centre Victoria (a Victorian government P – 12 school). This involved researching, writing, producing, and teaching a range of music courses (years 9 – 12) based on listening, analysis and composition. These courses have been widely acclaimed for their clarity and accessibility (essential in distance learning). She initiated and organised annual concerts of student compositions at DECV (80 new works performed since 2006), and was a regular presenter at music teachers’ conferences, encouraging teachers to include more creative work in senior music classes. For Opera Australia, Jeannie has written resource kits introducing opera to secondary school students. In 2012-2013 she has been assistant to the Curriculum Manager Performing Arts at the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority, working with singing teachers and top young composers.

Community arts work is an important part of Jeannie’s career, with Dandenong Ranges Music Council from 1998 – 2001 (Emerging Composers; Ballad of Birdsland; Centenary of Australian Federation), and Canto Coro choir from 1993 – 2003 (Canto General; Little City; Teatro; 1975). In these organisations she worked collaboratively with teams of creators and performers to bring large music-theatre projects from research stage to successful performance seasons. This work involved many roles, including arts administrator, creative assistant to composers, choral conductor, publicist, performer. As one of the music staff in Canto Coro (an open-access choir presenting major choral repertoire from Greece, Chile, Australia), she devised and applied strategies for teaching complex music by ear, to people who cannot read music. Movement, games, creative exercises, were successfully used to achieve this goal. This approach continues to be at the core of Jeannie’s choral leadership in the community choirs she currently directs in suburban Melbourne. Jeannie has also been a guest workshop leader for many choirs.

As a singer, Jeannie has worked extensively in the development and performance of new music-theatre, including in England: two seasons of new operas in the Garden Venture at Covent Garden; at Dartington International Summer School; and at the Royal National Theatre. As an artist-in-residence and ensemble leader at music faculties in Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney, and Melbourne, she has worked with tertiary students in the creation, development, rehearsal and performance of hundreds of new compositions. At Melbourne University Faculty of Music she worked with Merlyn Quaife as a leader of the ground-breaking Opera Project for ten years, assisting in the birth of student operas (including directing Beijing Spring – the story of the Tiananmen Square massacre – in 2000). Since 2012 she has taught at Deakin University.

In 2003, Jeannie performed in the sell-out premiere season of the new Matthew Hindson/Brian Lipson opera Love, Death, Music and Plants – a musical infringement on the life of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller (the extraordinary story of the first Director of Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens). This was a project which she initiated, produced, funded (via Federal, State, and local government grants), and brought to successful fruition after seven years of development. She has also directed new music theatre for the National Music Camp (2005), and Australian Contemporary Chorale (Broadstock’s Stations of the Cross, 2006-7). In 2011 Jeannie produced and sang in Vox Pix, which combined visual arts and vocal music.

Lara Mladjen - violin

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Lara began learning the violin through the Suzuki method at age 5. She was a member of the Melbourne String Ensemble from 2012-2015, playing on two international tours as Principal 2nd, making her solo debut with them in 2014. Later that year, she toured with the New Goldberg Orchestra to China playing viola. She has enjoyed participating in numerous Australian Chamber Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Secondary school projects, also partaking in Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camps since 2015, and Seasons last year.

Over 2016 and 2017 she received numerous Boroondara, Manningham and Waverley eisteddfod awards, and won all divisions of the La Trobe Valley Eisteddfod, subsequently being awarded the Open Teychenne Memorial Scholarship. In 2017 she received second Prize at the Australian Vocal and concerto competition (Youth division) and was invited to perform in the VCE Top Class Series at Melbourne Recital Centre following her Music Performance result in 2016. In 2017 she also attained her Licentiate Diploma in Music, and was last year the inaugural recipient of the David Li Music scholarship upon entering Monash University. She has been particularly thrilled to have repeatedly been invited to play at the Kingston City Council for Human Rights Annual Conferences. Lara has just completed her first year of Bachelor of Music degree, under the tutelage of Dr Elizabeth Sellars and Sophie Rowell.

Sally-Anne Russell - mezzo-soprano

Sally-Anne Russell - mezzo soprano
Sally-Anne Russell - mezzo soprano

Australian Mezzo Soprano Sally-Anne Russell has performed in over twenty countries and has over 40 CD’s /DVD's to her credit with ABC Classics, CHANDOS, NAXOS and DECCA labels. Amongst her many awards she has won an ARIA people’s choice award and nominations for Young Australian of the Year (Arts), Young Achiever of the Year, Green Room and Helpmann Awards.

She has performed over 70 operatic roles and is a regular guest with all of the Australian Opera companies. Her vast repertoire extends from the virtuosic roles of Handel to Rossini Heroines and new music. She can be regularly heard on the concert platforms with all the Australian Symphony Orchestras and at all major festivals and with major choral organisations. Sally-Anne has sung with Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bryn Terfel, Sir Andrew Davis, Bramwell Tovey, Simone Young, Sir Richard Bonygne, Nicholas McGegan, Bruno Weill, and most recently Sumi Jo.

International highlights include Xerses at the Oper der Stadt Köln, Beatrice and Benedict for Washington Opera (DC) at the Kennedy Centre, a 10 year association with the Carmel Bach Festival in California, Die Tote Stadt for Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi (Italy), Seoul National Symphony, St Martin in the Fields London, Bruckner Te Deum at the Musikverein in Vienna and also concerts in Canada, Japan and most recently in Austria.

Sally-Anne graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and has plethora of awards to her credit from The Australian Singing Competition, Herald Sun Aria, Covent Garden Scholarship, Adelaide and Canberra Arias, The National Liederfest, The Royal Overseas League in London and the Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna. She was a member of The Victoria State Opera Young Artist Program and is now regularly invited to give tertiary Masterclasses and adjudicate at both a national and international level including Canada, Singapore, Vienna and the USA. Sally-Anne is a regular featured guest with ABC classic FM and appeared recently on the Music Makers Hour with Mairi Nicholson and also with Graham Abbott on Keys to Music speaking about the Mezzo and Contralto voices.

Musical Theatre productions include My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun and the original Australian cast of The Phantom of the Opera.

2015/2016 projects include multiple international concerts and recitals in Scotland, UK, Malaysia, Steiermark and Salzburg in Austria, Da Fallas el Amor Brujo and Mozart Requiem for Whitley Festival, Mozart C Minor Mass in Queensland and in Melbourne, Rosina in Barber of Seville for Melbourne Opera, Recitals with Tony Legge in Sydney, Art Gallery of NSW, Lanier and Johnson with Ludovicos Band, Mass in B Minor and an Opera Gala with The Art of Sound Orchestra at the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields, Messiah with Collegium Perth, Messiah with both Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras with Nicholas McGegan and Bramwell Tovey, Mozart Arias and Requiem with Tasmania Symphony, St John Passion with West Australian Symphony with Asher Fisch, Mozart Missa Brevis K275 with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Nancy Tang in Nixon In China In Auckland, Voyage To the Moon (national tour) with Victorian Opera and Musica Viva, Michael Lampards world premiere of ‘The Souls Expression’ at the inaugural Albury Festival with Quartz String Quartet and Opera in the Arboretum in Canberra with Sumi Jo.

In 2017 Sally-Anne has performed an operatic Gala of Handel and Baroque works for The 10th Anniversary of the Peninsula Summer Festival in Mornington, a recital of Purcell for the St Johns Feast Festival with harpist Marshall Maguire in Adelaide, Resphigi’s Il Tramonto with Quartz String Quartet at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Opera in the Arboretum in Pearl Beach with David Hobson in NSW and most recently Handels Messiah at St Andrews Cathedral, Bach’s B Minor Mass at Christchurch St Laurence, St John’s Passion Angel Place and St Matthew Passion at the Sydney Opera House.

Up coming projects include an inaugural operatic Gala for Lyric Opera Central Coast, Carmen with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven 9 with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Belshazzar with Graham Abbott in Adelaide, Brahms Alto Rhapsody at St Paul’s Cathedral and recitals in Adelaide, Devonport, Canberra and Melbourne.

Sally-Anne has also been recently invited to become a member of the Kathaumixw Festival International Artistic Council in Canada and is thrilled to be singing with The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic again where she has had an association as both adjudicator and performer over many years.

Robert Schubert - clarinet

Robert Schubert - clarinet
Robert Schubert - clarinet

Robert Schubert graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1979, having studied with Isobel Carter-Stockigt and then returned to work with Phillip Miechel, completing a Graduate Diploma of Music in 1981. From 1983 to 1984, he studied clarinet with James Campbell at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada and with James Morton of the National Arts Orchestra of Canada in Ottawa. He then went on to study with Larry Combs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He is a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique which he has practiced for over thirty years and shares with his students at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and in workshops and seminars in educational institutions around Australia.

In 1988 he was appointed Principal Clarinet with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Japan, by Hiroyuki Iwaki, a position he held until his return to Australia in 1996. He recorded both standard and contemporary orchestral repertoire with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa on the Deutsche Grammophon, Victor and Sony labels. He also performed with the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo and the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. In 1991, he was a finalist in the Tokyo International Clarinet Competition. He appeared frequently as soloist with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and in chamber music performances with the Ebony Ensemble, which he formed in 1993. In 1995 he appeared at the Affinis Music Festival Japan, which brings together professionals from around the world.

In Australia Robert performs with the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in the Melbourne International Festival, the International Chinese Arts Festival, the Australian International Clarinet & Saxophone Festival and the MISA music festival, Shanghai, China as soloist, recitalist and with various chamber ensembles including his clarinet quartet Clarion214, and in live broadcasts for the ABC. Mark Pollard, Julian Yu, Tetsuya Nishibe, David Canfield and Dindy Vaghan have all composed clarinet quintets for Robert and he recorded Julian Yu's chamber music in 2000/2001 with assistance from the Australia Council. In June 2003 Robert performed contemporary Korean & Australian works with Melbourne's Trio Erytheia with assistance from the Australia-Korea Foundation. In 2002 Julian Yu wrote the Concerto on Chinese Themes for clarinet & string orchestra for Robert, who made the premier recording for the ABC in March 2004. He has also collaborated with Australian composer Peter Tahourdin (1928-2009). Tahourdin’s Clarinet Sonata (1962) and the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (2005) were both recorded by Robert for the ABC. The composer’s delight with the recordings was expressed by his writing two more clarinet works for Robert: Music for Solo Clarinet (2006), (which Robert premiered in December 2012) and the Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra (2007). In September 2012 Robert's CD of Julian Yu's clarinet music entitled China Wind was released on Move Records and has received critical acclaim. In September 2012 he gave the world premiere of Julian Yu's The Little Gecko for chamber ensemble, narrator and animation and in 2013 the Chinese premiere of Yu’s Concerto on Chinese Themes at the Shanghai International Music Festival (MISA). He is currently recording a second album of the music of Julian Yu to be released in 2017.

Robert was Lecturer in Woodwind (since 1996) and Alexander Technique (since 2008) at the Victorian College of the Arts, and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music until July 2017. Robert is recognised as one of the leading clarinet pedagogs in Australia with the principal clarinettists of two of Australia’s eight symphony orchestras having studied with him, along with many students performing in service bands and contemporary ensembles worldwide.

Elizabeth Sellars - violin

Elizabeth Sellars

Australian born Elizabeth Sellars has enjoyed a distinguished career as both performer and teacher in Australia and abroad with a reputation as “dynamically exciting” (the Australian) and “one of the few violinists…who can handle works that move in new directions – intellectually difficult material…with level headed assurance’ (the Age). She is a prize-winning graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied with David Takeno (violin) and the Takacs and Gabrieli String Quartets (chamber music). Further significant influences included Sandor Vegh and Yehudi Menuhin with whom Elizabeth worked at the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall and at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. During her time in London, Elizabeth was a winner of the inaugural John Tunnell Trust and the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize and Miller Trophy. As soloist and chamber musician, she toured extensively in the UK, broadcast for the BBC, and performed throughout Europe with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Now resident in Melbourne, Elizabeth is a member of the Sutherland Trio with pianist Caroline Almonte and cellist Molly Kadarauch. As a member of Temenos Trio, which presented its inaugural series in 2001, she was a prize-winner in the 9th Concorso Musicale Internazionale “Riviera del Conero” in Italy. Elizabeth has also performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Elision, the Tin Alley String Quartet and Ensemble Liaison. She has appeared in festivals worldwide including Chichester, Cheltenham, Roaring Hoofs, Port Fairy, Huntingdon, Mornington Peninsula, Dunkeld, Bangalow, Castlemaine and the Blackwood River Chamber Festival.

Elizabeth is strongly committed to the performance of new work and with the support of the Australia Council has performed world premieres dedicated to her by Julian Yu, Dominik Karski, Calvin Bowman, Thomas Reiner and Philip Czaplowski. She has recorded for Naxos, Move and ABC Classics, and her live concerts and recordings are regularly heard on ABC Classic FM. Her recent world premiere recording of the George Benjamin Sonata with Kenji Fujimura was the winner of the 2014 Limelight Chamber Music Recording of Year.

Educating the next generation of students is a passion for Elizabeth. She has presented workshops for the Australian String Teachers Association, the University of Auckland, the International Akaroa Music Festival and the Pettman Junior Academy and as juror, she has served on panels for the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the Dorcas McClean Scholarship. Elizabeth is currently Co-ordinator of strings at Monash University where she directs the Monash University String Sinfonia and enjoys teaching her many students.

Kevin Kanisius Suherman - piano

Kevin Kanisius Suherman (2019)

Indonesian-born pianist Kevin Suherman has appeared nationally and internationally since the age of 10, after being awarded the Indonesian National Records Award (MURI) for performing 50 classical, pop and jazz pieces, in a concert for 3 hours non-stop and all music memorised

Kevin started learning the piano at age 6 with Stephen Sulungan in Bandung, and he also studied jazz with Mr. Bambang Nugroho. At the age of 10, Kevin performed his first concert in Singapore at the Esplanade Recital Studio, and was awarded in honour by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Singapore. A year later, Kevin held a charity concert for the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake victims, which was featured on Indonesian national TV. At the age of 12, Kevin moved to Australia and was accepted into Melbourne Grammar School with a full scholarship. He also played the violin and was the concertmaster of the school orchestra. Kevin graduated as the music captain and was awarded with the Sir Brian Hone honorary medal for his service to music.

In 2017, Kevin was accepted into the Royal Academy of Music in London and was awarded with the Pisani Piano Scholarship for his studies. He is currently completing his Master of Arts degree, studying with renowned pianist Professor Joanna MacGregor OBE. Kevin was also recently offered a scholarship to continue studying at the Royal Academy, and he will commence his Professional Diploma degree in September 2019. Kevin is also the winner of Royal Academy of Music’s 2017 Wilfrid Parry Prize, 2018 Delius Prize, the Else Cross Contemporary Piano Prize, and the Isaacs & Pirani Piano Trio Prize.

On the competition platform, Kevin has won national first prizes from the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, Royal South Street Chopin Competition, Vera Bradford Concerto Competition, and the Melbourne Recital Centre Great Romantics Competition. Kevin competed in the 60th Int. Busoni Piano Competition in Italy, and was a semi-finalist in the 14th Int. Ettlingen Youth Piano Competition in Germany. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and he graduated as the Valedictorian of the Year 2016. Throughout his time as a student in Australia, Kevin studied with Professor Max Cooke OAM.

Kevin performed his first piano concerto with orchestra at the age of 12 with the Yogyakarta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by André de Quadros. He performs regularly with the Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra with conductor Dr. Stephen Tong, and recent highlight was the acclaimed-performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in 2015. Kevin has performed recitals in Jakarta, Bandung, Bali, Medan, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Melbourne, Paris, Cambridge and London. As an artist of Germany’s Schimmel Pianos Kevin has made 3 solo albums, with his third highlighting Chopin’s 24 Preludes.

Kevin has worked with distinguished world-class musicians such as Menahem Pressler, Paul Badura-Skoda, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Andrea Bonatta, Christoph Richter and Adrian Brendel. In addition to pursuing a career as a concert pianist, Kevin is also very passionate in conducting, chamber music, jazz and teaching.

Kathryn Taylor - violin

Kathryn Taylor

Born in Tasmania, Kathryn studied for many years with former ABC Concerto Competition winner Alison Lazaroff and gave her first solo performance with orchestra at the age of eleven.After moving to Brisbane, her violin studies continued with Spiros Rantos and Michelle Walsh, with whom she completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance.

In 1999, Kathryn was a recitalist in the National Youth Concerto Competition and after winning the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Young Instrumentalist Competition’, performed the Bruch violin concerto with the QSO.Over the years, Kathryn has performed numerous solos and concertos with orchestras throughout Australia.

Kathryn has toured extensively overseas with the Australian Youth Orchestra, ‘Camerata Australia’ and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and has been Concertmaster of several youth orchestras including the Queensland Youth Symphony.

In 2003, Kathryn attended the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne followed by further studies in Dublin with Eyal Kless.Kathryn has had lessons and performed in master classes with Maxim Vengerov, Salvatore Accardo, Takacs Quartet and many other notable international teachers.

Kathryn has worked regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. In 2005, Kathryn was appointed to a permanent position in the first violin section of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, often acting as principle first violin.Kathryn is the first violinist in the Melbourne based string quartet ‘Quartz’ and performs regularly as guest first violinist with numerous other chamber groups throughout Melbourne.

Icon Trio - vocal-ensemble

icon trio

Icon Trio is a new vocal ensemble formed by three highly-experienced and respected classical singers from Melbourne, Australia. The trio was formed in 2011 for the VoxPix “voices and images” project, in which they collaborated with instrumentalists, choir, visual artist and animator to provide a live soundtrack to a film of glowing, icon-inspired artworks. VoxPix inspired the trio to continue creating and commissioning multidisciplinary performance projects, exploring vocal music from the Medieval era to today.

Justine, Vivien, and Jeannie each bring decades of performance experience to Icon Trio. Their experiences cover a diverse range of vocal genres, such as: contemporary chamber ensemble, cabaret, historically-informed early music performance practice, contemporary opera and music-theatre, and standard classical repertoire (oratorio, opera, recital). Their combination of specialist expertise enables them to explore a broad range of repertoire, integrating new and old music.

Icon Trio aims to re-discover and re-invent the rich possibilities for female vocal trio, thus creating a rare body of work. The trio have a shared passion for new vocal music, and they feel energised by working with composers and other artists. In all their project they bring a commitment to exquisite poetry, theatricality, vigorous performance, and musical excellence.

Josephine Vains - cello

Josephine Vains

Josephine is an Australian cellist, chamber musician and educator. A multi-faceted career has taken her to concert stages throughout Europe, North America, Asia, the Caribbean and Australia and includes performances with a number of award-winning chamber ensembles and orchestras. She has performed regularly for the Melbourne, Sydney, Castlemaine, Port Fairy and Ballarat Goldfields Festivals and Musica Viva. Currently performing Australia-wide with Firebird Trio, she was a founding member of Trio 3.0.3, Freshwater Trio and the Pacific Clarinet Trio. Since returning to Australia after 5 years in Europe, Josephine has explored many facets of musical endeavour, including a love of baroque cello with Accademia Arcadia and the Bach Cello Series and Argentine tango music. Described as “an expressive soloist and fabulous communicator” (The Age), Josephine’s debut CD Song of the Birds was released in 2014. She features on regular radio broadcasts including for ABC FM, 3MBS, DRS1 (Switzerland), NDR (Germany) and CBC (Canada).

Josephine's love of music permeates her teaching, and she is currently on the staff at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Her students are active in the scene both in Australia and overseas, with many pursuing further tertiary studies at universities in the UK, USA and Europe. Her busy musical life also extends to adjudicating, examining, blogging, curating concerts and radio programs. She performs on a lovely old Thomas Kennedy Cello, London 1850.

Betty Vergara-Pink - piano, Guest Teacher - Spring Piano School 2019

Betty Vergara Pink

Betty Vergara-Pink was born in Sydney but spent her early years in country Queensland, where she learnt both piano and violin. Piano however, was to become her instrument and she excelled early by winning local eisteddfods, acquiring an LMusA and performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, all before the end of her high school years in Toowoomba. She studied subsequently with Professor Max Cooke at the Melbourne University Conservatorium, where she completed a Master of Music in Performance. Betty was twice Victorian State winner and Commonwealth Finalist in the ABC’s Concerto Competition and had established herself as a soloist and chamber music player.

Then followed a period of study in piano and piano chamber music in Germany, at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, which led to a teaching position at the Musikhochschule. Returning to Australia in 1975, Betty was appointed Lecturer in Music at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and during her time there, she spent six months researching piano teaching methods in the USA and Canada and had a five-month overseas appointment teaching in Japan. In 1993 Betty returned to Germany to take up a professorship in piano and piano pedagogy at the Freiburg Musikhochschule. In 2008 she taught for a semester on exchange at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Since her return to Melbourne in 2012, Betty has been on the panel of adjudicators for the National Piano Award in Shepparton, adjudicated at the Australian National Eisteddfod in Canberra, in Perth and at the Sydney Eisteddfod. In a vibrant and active interaction in her lessons, Betty aims to help young people develop independence, through an emphasis on aural memory and expressive understanding.

Upcoming Events

Glenfern 1

The Cusp of Romanticism and a Breath of Spring

Lisa-Maree Amos (flute) and Darryl Coote (piano) perform the two sonatas for flute and piano by Martinu and Poulenc whilst Darryl Coote presents Schubert's Piano Sonata in A major K 959.

Date and Time

Sunday September 1, 2019 at 3.00pm
Glenfern, 417 Inkerman St, East St Kilda, VIC

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Twilight Chamber Music at Rippon Lea

Concert 6 - And Five Makes One

Elizabeth Sellars (violin), Lara Mladjen (violin), Lisa Grosman (viola), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello), Rohan Murray (piano) perform a program of piano quintets by Schumann, Howell and Dvorak. .

Date and Time

Sunday September 15, 2019 at 6.30pm
Rippon Lea Ballroom, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick (Melway 67 E2)

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Spring Piano School 2019

for school-aged pianists at Glenfern

Piano students currently at Primary or Secondary school and aged 8 to 18 years take part in a 3-day program of piano classes, workshops and individual lessons at the National Trust historic house Glenfern, in East St Kilda. Teaching staff include experienced pianists and teachers from the Team Darryl Coote and Robert Chamberlain, plus special guest teachers Jennifer Jiaqi Li (Shenzhen, China) and Betty Vergara-Pink (formerly Musikhochschule, Freiburn, Germany) both formerly students of Max Cooke who may make a special teaching appearance. Read more... or view the flyer. Daily Observer Places for piano teacher professional development or for parents are also available.

Date and Time

Wednesday Oct 2, Thursday Oct 3 and Friday Oct 4, 9.30am - 5.00pm each day (Students attend all three days)
417 Inkerman Street (SE corner of Inkerman and Hothams Sts, East St Kilda

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