St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)
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Andrew Smith (saxophone) &
Sneha Balakrishnan (clarinet)
Tableaux de Provence - Paule Maurice (1910 - 1967)
Pièce en forme de Habanera - Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Aria - Eugène Bozza (1905 - 1991)
Trio Movement - Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Andrew Smith is a Sydney based freelance saxophonist who is highly active in new music, having premiered and workshopped countless new works involving saxophone. Andrew has been awarded both a B.Mus (Hons) and M.Mus from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the study of the latter was undertaken with the assistance of the prestigious Henderson Postgraduate Award. Throughout his tertiary study Andrew won numerous competitions and received a number of scholarships as well as furthering his study at the European University for the Saxophone (Gap), with lessons from some of the worlds leading saxophone performers and pedagogues. Andrew has also embarked upon further saxophone study, with trips to the Netherlands, France, England and Portugal. Throughout his study Andrew has been fortunate enough to perform in masterclasses for Claude Delangle, Niels Bijl, Kenneth Tse, Otis Murphy and the Diastema Quartet.
Andrew is a highly active performer who can be frequently seen performing in chamber, orchestral and solo settings. Andrew is a member of the acclaimed Chronology Arts core ensemble, the Nexas Saxophone Quartet, the eXa Project, Duo Plunge and The Sax Summit. He has also recently played for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, Win Wollongong Symphony Orchestra and the Black and White Big Band. For more details on performances and his ensemble activities please go to www.asmithsax.com
Sneha Balakrishnan graduated from the University of NSW with an Arts/Law degree, obtaining her L.Mus.A in clarinet along the way. Sneha has performed with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, the Paris-Sorbonne Orchestra and in 2007 successfully auditioned to be on the casual list of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Sneha also has a strong interest in chamber music, performing regularly with her chamber group The Clock Ensemble. In her spare time, Sneha works as an Intellectual Property lawyer.
Cameron Khosravi - pianoforte
Sonata in F minor, Op.27 - Sergei Liapounov (1859 - 1924)
Premier Grand Caprice Op.5 - César Franck (1822 - 1890)
Cameron Khosravi is a Sydney pianist, who studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Lyall Duke. While at the Conservatorium High School, he was the recipient of several scholarships and won numerous competitions and prizes in performing and composing. He attended Masterclasses with the late Professor Lev Vlasenko, performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as part of the 1995 ABC Young Artists Program, played on ABC TV in a Masterclass with Michael Kieran Harvey and a concert performance as part of the 1996 Piano Showcase Program. He has also performed at Government House and at numerous music clubs. In recent years he has been practising as a solicitor but still manages to keep up with the hours of practising necessary for performance, and occasionally writing music in his spare time.
Alastair Duff-Forbes (violin)
Tracy Wan (violin)
Douze petits duos faciles pour 2 violons Op.87- Charles de Bériot (1802 - 1870)
39 Duos for 2 Violins Op. 85. - Jacques Féréol Mazas (1782 - 1849)
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.
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.
Elodie Sablier (piano)
All compositions by Elodie Sablier (unless otherwise indicated)
1 Black Flowers
Elodie Sablier studied at the Conservatoire of Lyon and Paris in France where she obtained the First Prizes in composition as well as in Piano Performances. Selected achievements while in France include numerous Piano Solo Recitals, Four Hands (Albeniz, Beethoven, Brubeck, Chopin, Lamb and Mozart), and composition for Silent Movies.
In 2008, Elodie left France for Australia. Here, she has found new inspiration for her music and spent more time composing. She has recently released an Album called Vertigo, which is a Piano Solo Album of her compositions - sitting somewhere between French Romanticism and a more modern Australian Attitude. Exploring the frontiers of Classical, her Album sits alongside the likes of Glass and Nyman in its minimalism and its repetition and looping. Neither too overly dramatic nor too languid, Elodie treads the middle ground of an engaging, pensive tastefulness that spins a gentle, hypnotic web of sure footed musical discipline.
Most of the compositions you will be hearing today will feature in Elodie's second Album, Silent Bridge, which will be released on December 5th 2014.
Mark Quarmby (organ)
Director of Music, St Stephen's
Today's program has been requested to highlight the recently added
Rigaudon - André Campra (1660 - 1744)
Pæan - Oliphant Chuckerbutty (1884 - 1960)
'Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is calling' - Dale Wood (1934 - 2003)
'Nun danket alle Gott' - arr. from Bach's Cantata by Virgil Fox (1912 - 1980)
'Adagio' from Concert in D minor for Oboe - Alessandro Marcello (1669 - 1747), arr. J.S. Bach
Postlude on Psalm Tune No. 2 'London New' - Harvey Grace (1874 - 1944)
Prelude for Organ 'Meditation' - Dorothy Young Riess (1932 - )
'Nun danket alle Gott' - Paul Manz (1919 - 2009)
Festival Toccata - Percy Fletcher (1879 - 1932)
Mark Quarmby graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium studying organ under Norman Johnston and piano under Marjorie Hesse. He has given recitals throughout Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand. For over 20 years he was associated with the music of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, playing the organ for national live broadcasts, visits of the Queen, funerals of State governors and national memorial services. In August 2009 he was appointed Director of Music at St Stephen's, Macquarie Street.
In Europe he has played in the Cathedrals of St Paul's, London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Oxford, Winchester, Lichfield, Westminster Abbey plus Notre-Dame, Paris, with recitals in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, and Holland. In 2009 he gave the opening recital of the American Guild of Organists Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, playing a whole program devoted to organ music written by Australian composers.
He has been the President of the Organ Music Society of Sydney, has served on the committee of the Royal School of Church Music (NSW) and is currently a National Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia and teaches piano, organ and musicianship at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, and privately.