St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)
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Sayaka Eguchi - violin
Kayoko Nishiwaki - piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916) - Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918)
Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka began her violin studies at age of three, working with Kazuhiko Osaka and Dr Suzuki. She was a part of Suzuki Method Children's Orchestra tour to Germany at ten years of age. She then pursued her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy and also at The Cleveland Institute of Music in the US with Donald Weilerstein and David Updegraff where she was awarded a special prize for "Distinguished Violinist" upon completion of Master's Degree in violin performance. She participated in major music festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood, and Pacific Music Festival. She is a prize winner of Fishoff National Chamber Music Competition (Indiana, USA) along with many other prizes. She served as the principal second violin of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the concertmaster of Cleveland Women's Orchestra with which she made numerous solo appearances. She is an active recitalist and chamber musician, performing as a part of Mirabella Trio as well as a dedicated violin teacher.
Kayoko studied at Mukogawa Women's University in Japan with Boris Bekhterev and with the late Naoyuki Inoue, himself a pupil of Rudolf Serkin. She also holds a Master's degree from Moscow State Conservatoire. Kayoko is an experienced Chamber Musician. In Japan, replacing Boris Bekhterev, she appeared a number of times in Russian Embassy, both as soloist and accompanist. For several years she participated in the Kobe Memorial production of Verdi Requiem. She and her husband, a former pianist Dong-Jun Ha, were a Piano Duo. In 2005 they played in Kobe International Competition and received an award. Kayoko now lives in Sydney Australia where she studies privately with Phillip Shovk, runs a home studio, and prepares future performances. She has played at Sydney Opera House, Crows Nest Performing Arts Centre, and Lindfield Uniting Church. She has recorded for ABC Classics.
Raisa Dobrinsky - piano
Gregory Elmaloglou - cello
Arioso - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
Cello sonata - Georg Telemann (1681-1767)
Sonatine - Ludwig v. Beethoven (1770-1827)
Song without words op.109 - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Nocturne - Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Gavotte no.2 op.23. - David Popper (1843-1913)
La cinqantaine - Jean Gabriel-Marie (1852-1928)
Sicilienne - Maria-Theresia Paradis (1759-1824)
Allegro-Appassionato - Camille Saint-Saëns(1835-1921)
Raisa Dobrinsky was an outstanding graduate of the Mussorgsky College of Music as well as the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, from which she graduated with honours in solo recital, chamber music, accompaniment and teaching.Immigrating to Australia in 1977, Raisa has been teaching part-time at the Conservatoriums of Sydney and Wollongong, allowing time to pursue her career as a concert performer. She has performed regularly with leading Australian music groups and given many solo recitals and radio broadcasts.
Gregory Elmaloglou is a graduate of Lyons Conservatorium, France, where he was born. As a member of the Austral String Quartet since 1959, he undertook two international tours, playing in 15 countries. Later he founded the Trio Australis, and in partnership with Raisa Dobrinksy, has given many concerts and broadcasts. Gergory has made solo appearances at the ABC Prom concerts and Gold Concerts, and has been soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for whom he was the Associate Principal Cellist from 1972 – 1992. He has made numerous television broadcast appearances for the ABC.
Saxophone - Carmen Nieves