Friday Music
February 2014

St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)

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7 February

Lee Cheong (piano) and Monique Irik (violin)


Sonata No. 6 in A Major for Violin and Piano, Op 31, No. 1 - Ludwig v. Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

i) Allegro
ii) Adagio molto espressivo
iii) Allegretto con Variazioni; Allegro, ma non tanto

Sonata for Violin and Piano - Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)

i) Allegro vivo
ii) Intermède: Fantasque et léger
iii) Finale: Très animé



Monique Irik

Monique Irik was born in Armidale, where she began playing the violin at a young age. In 1994 she moved to Sydney, where she attended the Conservatorium High School, studying with Emma West, and was awarded the Estlaman Martin Harrison Scholarship. From 2004-2008 she held the Sony Youth Foundation Music Scholarship for the duration of her studies at the University of New South Wales. There she completed a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with first class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology.

In 2006 she received a UNSW Academic Scholarship to study on exchange at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she studied with Professor Andrew Dawes. Upon returning from overseas she commenced lessons with Marina Marsden.

In 2009, Monique held the prestigious Sydney Symphony Fellowship Violin position, where she regularly performed with the Symphony, as well as giving chamber music concerts with the Fellowship Ensemble throughout New South Wales.

Since then, Monique has travelled internationally partaking in Summer Schools in the Netherlands and Italy, and has also travelled to play with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Monique has been a guest soloist with the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra four times, having performed the Khatchaturian violin concerto, Sibelius violin concerto, Tchaikovsky violin concerto and most recently the Bruch violin concerto.

She currently studies with Professor Goetz Richter, performs as a regular casual with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, as well as being one of the violin teachers at St Catherine's School, Waverley.


Lee Cheong

Lee was born in Sydney and started the learning the piano at age five. At a young age Lee won many first prizes in local eisteddfods. She attended the Sydney Conservatorium High School and studied piano with Elizabeth Powell receiving her LMusA in 2003. Lee received a CHAOS grant with her trio to attend the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Lee went on to undertake her BMus with Honours in performance at the Sydney Conservatorium learning from Stephanie McCallum. She was awarded two merit scholarships in 2007 and again in 2008. Lee was a finalist in the Australian National Piano Award in 2008.

In the following year Lee travelled abroad to study in the UK at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Savage. Lee performed in many concerts at the RNCM including the Lunchtime Recital series, Chopin Festival and Open Day. During her studies she was a recipient of the Tait Memorial Trust Award and the Australian Bicentennial Award and also received an entrance scholarship from the RNCM.

After completing her MMus in performance in 2011 Lee performed in many solo and duo concerts around the UK. These concerts include performing in London at the Royal Over-Seas League, duo concert for Chorlton Arts Festival and lunchtime concerts at Lincoln Cathedral, Wakefield Cathedral and Doncaster Musuem and Art Gallery.

Lee returned to Sydney last year and is currently teaching piano at St Aloysius' College and the Conservatorium High School.




14 February

Alicia Crossley (recorder)


Tweede Lavignone - Jacob van Eyck (1590 - 1657)

Fantasia 2 - Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767)

Divertimenti I and II - Ernest Krahmer (1795 - 1837)

Ofrenda - Mario Lavista (1943 - )

Ulpirra - Ross Edwards (1943 - )

Swamp - Zana Clarke (1965 - )

Psychopomp - Paul Castles (1984 - )

Divertimenti III - Ernest Krahmer (1795 - 1837)




Alicia Crossley is one of Australia's leading recorder players. She performs a wide variety of repertoire from renaissance dance tunes to contemporary electro-acoustic works with a particular interest in bass recorder repertoire.

In 2010 Alicia completed her Masters of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the instruction of recorder virtuoso Hans-Dieter Michatz. She has won several competitions including the Under 18 years division of the Australian Moeck Recorder Competition (2005), the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Early Music Concerto Competition (2007) and the Don Cowell Memorial Trust Recorder Competition (2011). In 2013 Alicia was awarded the Australia Council's ArtStart Grant for emerging artists.

An experienced recorder player, Alicia regularly performs throughout Australia and has toured in the USA and New Zealand. She has had broadcast with ABC Classic FM, 2MBS, 2GB and Radio New Zealand. Alicia has also performed with notable artists and ensembles such as Neal Peres da Costa (Harpsichord), Daniel Yeadon (cello/viola da gamba), Jamie Hey (cello), Alice Evans (violin), Hans-Dieter Michatz (recorder), Ruth Wilkinson (recorder), Kamala Bain (recorder), ThoroughBass, Coro Innominata and Concertato.

Alicia is a passionate supporter of contemporary Australian recorder repertoire and has collaborated with a number of Australian composers, premiering works by Stephen Yates, Elias Constantopedos, Hayden Woolf, Tristan Coelho, Mark Oliveiro, Andrew Batt-Rawden, Chris Williams, Paul Castles and Alex Pozniak. In 2012 Alicia presented Mark Oliveiro's Calliphora for bass recorder and electronics at the Australasian Computer Music Conference (Brisbane) and the Electronic Music Midwest (Chicago), in addition to presenting workshops and lecture recitals at the University of North Texas.

In August 2011, Alicia released her debut solo cd Addicted to Bass featuring 7 newly commissioned Australian works for bass recorder.



21 February

Tracy Wan (violin)


Chaconne from Partita No.2 in D minor for solo violin BWV 1004 - J.S. Bach (1685-1750)


Sonata for two violins Op.56 - Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) with Alastair Duff-Forbes

1. Andante cantabile
2. Allegro
3. Commodo quasi Allegretto
4. Allegro con brio


Tracy Wan began her violin studies at the age of 5. At the age of 10, she made her solo debut with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Chamber Orchestra, performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No.5. She won numerous prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, such as 1st prize in the violin concerto competition. There she studied with Alice Waten and then Pavel Prantl. In 1993, she was awarded full scholarship from the Meadowmount School of Music. Tracy Wan won the 1st prize in the 1994 Kocian International Violin Competition in Prague and was invited to perform for the Hong Kong Governor, Chris Patten at the Hong Kong Governor's House.

Having awarded full scholarships from The Australian Institute of Music for the Young Musicians Program and SCECGS Redlands, Tracy Wan continued her violin studies with Alice Waten in Sydney in 1995. She won 1st prize in the 1998 Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition; as well as 1st prize in the 1999 Polish Concerto Competition and the Multiple Instruments Concerto Competition 2000. In 1998, she was awarded a full music scholarship from St. Andrew's Cathedral School. Her solo performances frequently broadcasted on the 2MBS-FM. In 1999, the Pan Pacific Music Camps awarded her a full scholarship to participate in the International Violin School.

In 2002, Tracy Wan was awarded the International String-Player Award and was placed second in the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand. Her live performance was selected for broadcast on Concert FM, Radio New Zealand. She also recorded for "Young Australia", ABC Classic FM. She was the associate concertmaster of the Bishop Symphony Orchestra at the Australian Youth Orchestra music camp 2002. She led the Viva String Quartet from 2001- 2003, which won the 1st prize in the Open Age String Quartet Competition at MacDonald's Performing Art's Challenge 2003. The quartet was invited to perform in the 4th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Tracy Wan held a full scholarship for her Bachelor of Music in performance at the Australian Institute of Music. There she was granted Advanced Diploma of Music in performance in 2003.

Tracy Wan relocated to Melbourne in 2004, to fulfil her commitments as an Academy Musician at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and was the concertmaster of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Symphony Orchestra. The Age noted,'"...played at a high level and precisely following the conductor's direction". She performed as a soloist with the ANAM Chamber Orchestra, playing the Bach Violin Concerto No.2 under the baton of John Harding and recorded for the "Hush Collection" CD vol.II which is now distributed around Australia. Tracy Wan graduated from the VCA – Melbourne University with Bachelor of Music in performance (Honours) 2004.

After studying with Zakhar Bron and Benedict Cruft, Dean of Music at HKAPA in 2005, Tracy Wan began her Master of Music in performance under Kathleen and Allison Short scholarships with the Chair of String Unit, Goetz Richter at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006. She performed in Julian Rachlin's masterclass and gave solo recitals in NSW, including Inverell and Dorrigo. In 2007, Tracy Wan performed live on 2MBS-FM as part of the "Emerging Young Artist Series".

Tracy Wan founded the Sapphire String Quartet which was selected to perform for the APEC Summit at the Sydney Opera House on the 8th September 2007. The Quartet has played in masterclasses for the Borodin String Quartet and the Artemis String Quartet. In 2010, Tracy led the Sapphire Ensemble into the finals of the Musica Viva Chamber Music Competition.

Tracy Wan has been a member of the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra since 2007 and was invited to perform with the Macau Symphony Orchestra last year.


Alastair Duff-Forbes commenced playing the violin at the age of five and he attended the Conservatorium High School on scholarship. During that time, he studied with Alice Waten and Goetz Richter. Alastair obtained his A.Mus.A for violin in 1998 and for piano the following year. He was awarded the L.Mus.A for violin in 2002.

In 2001, Alastair began his studies for a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium, majoring in violin performance, continuing his studies under Goetz Richter. Since then, he has received a number of Scholarships including the Matteson and Nancy Roberts Scholarship, the Chapple Bremner Award and a Rotary Scholarship. Alastair graduated with honours at the end of 2004 and studied for a Master of Music in violin performance at the Sydney Conservatorium under Chris Kimber and Carl Pini.

Alastair has participated in masterclasses with artists of international renown, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dene Olding, Lara St. John, Walter Verdehr, Charles Castlemann, the Borodin Quartet, the Goldner String Quartet and the Belcea Quartet. Alastair reached the semi-finals of the Kendall National Violin Competetion in 2001.

As a soloist, Alastair has performed many concerti including the Barber Violin Concerto with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart A Major Violin Concerto with Orchestra 143, and the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Tracy Wan and Orchestra 143. In 2012, Alastair performed the world premiere of Chernobyl, violin concerto, by Aaron Kenny with the Bourbaki Ensemble – a work that was written especially for Alastair.

Alastair has been an active chamber musician for many years, and has been a member of many different ensembles including the Sapphire String Quartet, the Stables Quartet and the Stables Trio. He has performed in a wide variety of events including the 2006 Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, the 2007 APEC leaders' conference at the Sydney Opera House, and the world premiere of 'Dreams and Visions' by John Petersen, in 2011.

Alastair has been a member of many orchestras, including the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Sydney Youth Orchestra and Eminence Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, performing as Concertmaster on many occasions. Alastair was Associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra in 2009 and Concertmaster in 2010. He is currently Concertmaster of Bourbaki Ensemble and Balmain Sinfonia.

Alastair also has an interest in viola, singing and conducting. He conducted Orchestra 143 in concert in November 2010.




28 February

Marko Sever (organ)

Organ Scholar, St James', King Street


Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV 532 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

'Jesu, meine Freude' BWV 610 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

'Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten' BWV 642 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Scherzo Op.2 - Maurice Duruflé (1902 - 1986)

Feux Follets - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Carillon de Westminster - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)



Marko Sever began learning the piano at age 2 and by age 11 began playing for church services at his local Catholic parish church of St Raphael's, Queanbeyan. At age 12, Marko began organ lessons with Philip Swanton and Peter Guy through the ACT Organ School based at Wesley Music Centre.

In April 2009, Marko toured France and England with the Canberra Grammar School Chamber Choir where he played at Notre Dame de Paris, St Eustache Paris, St George's Chapel Windsor, Eton College Chapel, and finally Westminster Abbey for part of the ANZAC Day Service.

Until 2013 he was Organ Scholar at Wesley Uniting Church in Canberra, where he played for Sunday services on a weekly basis and during which he accompanied the choir, congregation, and soloists (both instrumental and vocal). Marko was awarded the AMusA in 2008, and in October of 2010 was awarded the coveted LMusA with Distinction. He has won the Junior and Intermediate sections of the Sydney Organ Competition on several occasions and intends to compete in the Open Section in 2014. In December of 2010, Marko gave his first full-length concert at the Llewellyn Hall, ANU, where he performed works by various composers such as J.S. Bach, Max Reger and Charles-Marie Widor. In December 2012, Marko gave another recital featuring the entire Orgelbüchlein by J.S. Bach – a collection of 46 chorale preludes for organ. In December of 2013, Marko played for the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service held in Canberra, amongst dignitaries from the diplomatic and political community.

After completing his first year of Music at ANU with Dr. Calvin Bowman in 2012, he moved to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to continue his performance degree, once again under Philip Swanton.

Marko hopes to make music his career.


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