St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
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Tracy Wan - violin
Alastair Duff-Forbes - violin
Duo Concertante in G minor for two violins Op.57 No.1
Duos for two violins Sz 98 BB 104 - Bela Bartok (1881-1945)
Etudes-Caprices Op.18, No.1 and No.4 - Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
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.
Alicia Crossley & Jo Arnott - recorders
Sonata I - Jean Baptiste Loeillet (Loeillet of Ghent) (1688-1720)
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.
One of Australia's leading recorder professionals, Joanne Arnott recently completed a Masters of Music (performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, receiving an Australian Post-Graduate Award. She was awarded first class honours, as well as the Sydney University prize for the highest performing student in the faculty in 2010. Between her undergraduate and post-graduate studies Joanne travelled to Europe and received tutoring from world renowned recorder professionals including Paul Leenhouts (Netherlands), Han Tol (Netherlands), Erik Bosgraaf (Netherlands), Karel van Steenhoven (Germany), Daniel Bruggen (Germany), and David Bellugi (Italy).
Joanne was a member of the Australian advanced youth recorder ensemble, Batalla Famossa, touring New Zealand and releasing the album: The Great Emu War. As part of recorder quartet Bellatrix, Joanne toured New Zealand and appeared on Radio NZ in 2007. In March of 2014 Joanne recorded the first of two CDs in an exciting project involving the works of Ann-Carr Boyd, the second CD will be recorded in October of this year.
Along with solo performances throughout Australia, Joanne has performed with ensembles Bel A Capella, Innominata, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's early music ensemble, and Thoroughbass early and modern music ensemble. Joanne has over 13 years teaching experience and has tutored on both recorder and clarinet at orchestral and early music workshops. Joanne also performs on recorders, clarinet, and percussion as a member of progressive jazz band Baby Lips & the Silhouettes. Babylips play regular shows at the Lazy Bones Lounge in Marrickville, and other venues in Sydney and Melbourne. Other engagements in 2014 include duet concerts with Alana Blackburn, and with Alicia Crossley, and concerts with Thoroughbass.
As founding members of The Australian Recorder Project, Alana and Joanne have designed and run workshops for recorder players, teachers, and other instrumentalists.
Miranda Arrighi (violin) and
Callum Close (piano)
Miranda Arrighi, Violin
Born in Sydney in 1992, Miranda is currently completing her Honours degree at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium, researching composers who have been influenced and inspired by folk music. Miranda started violin lessons at a young age and has studied with Suzanne Borrett, Susan Collins and Petra Chaplin, and is currently studying with Maria Lindsay.
She frequently appears with various community orchestras around Newcastle and the Central Coast, including the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Macquarie Philharmonic. She is Principal Second Violin of the Newcastle Youth Orchestra (NYO), and in 2012 attended the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp in Canberra.
Miranda is sought after as a musician for musical theatre productions in Gosford and more recently around Newcastle. She is also a regular performer with Central-Coast-based band The New Empire Ragtime Ballroom Dance Orchestra, which performs music from the 1920s and which frequently appears at various Jazz festivals, including Newcastle and Manly.
Callum Close, Piano
Callum Close (b. 1991) began musical studies at a young age. Upon completing the HSC in 2009, Callum gained the highest mark for the Music 1 course in the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese. He studied Music at the University of Newcastle, majoring in Pipe Organ performance with Dr. Philip Matthias and graduated in 2013.
His musical interests lay in Church Music and Choral Conducting. As an Organist, Callum has held the positions of Organ Scholar at Adamstown Uniting Church (2007 – 2010) and Assistant Organist at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church (2009 – 2011), along with his current position as Organ Scholar of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle (2011 – present).
As a Chorister, he has travelled internationally with the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir on three occasions: China (2010), UK (2013) and Italy (2013). In 2012, he was a member of Brisbane-based ensemble The Australian Voices, of whom he was the ensembles Conductor-in-Training. He has studied conducting with Dr. David Banney, and in January 2013, attended the inaugural Gondwana National Conducting Academy studying Choral conducting intensively with Graeme Morton.
Nico Tjoelker - organ
Tiento de Batalla - De Heredia (1561 - 1627)
Passacaglia in D minor BuxWV 161 - Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)
Trio Sonata No 3 in Dm, 1st movt (BWV 527) - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
Suite Gothique, Op. 25 - Léon Boëllmann (1862 - 1897)
Nico Tjoelker, a student of organ and piano, attends Penrith High School, where he enjoys playing jazz piano in the stage band. Nico studies organ under Philip Swanton, coordinator of organ studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Hailing from Texas, his love of the organ was first inspired by Jane Van Valkenburg at First Presbyterian Church, Bryan. He completed three summer courses at Baylor University with renowned organist, Dr. Joyce Jones. In summer 2011 he was awarded a scholarship to the Interlochen Music and Arts Camp in Michigan, where he studied under Dr. Thomas Bara.
His recent recitals include St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney Town Hall for Young Organist's Day (2012, 2013) the Organ Music Society of Sydney recital 2013 at Christ Church St. Laurence, Sydney. He was awarded first place in the 2012 junior division organ competition in the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod in Sydney and first prize in the 2013 Sydney Organ Competition – Intermediate Section.
Nico studies classical piano with Julie Adam of Sydney and jazz with noted Australian musician Gary Daley. In 2012, he was accepted into the Juilliard Winter Jazz School held in Melbourne. Nico lives with his family in the Blue Mountains, where he serves as part time organist at St. Andrew's Uniting Church.