Friday Music
April 2015

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

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10 April


Mirabella Trio

Sayaka Eguchi (violin)
Hanae McLean (clarinet)
Kayoko Nishiwaki (piano)


Serenade for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1898) - Waldemar von Baussnern (1866-1931)
I. Ruhig, grazios (Quiet, graceful)
II. Möglichst schnell, ausglassen (As fast as possible, boisterous)
III. Sehr ruhig (Very calm)
IV. Mit Grazie und Humor (With grace and humour)   

Violin Sonata No.21 in E minor, K304 (1778) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
I. Allegro
II. Tempo di Menuetto

Three Folksongs from the country of Csik (1907) - Béla Bartók (1881-1945) 
Three songs played without breaks 

Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1996) - Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
I.   Capriccio
II.  Romanza
III. Envoi



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.  


Hanae McLean (clarinet) moved from Japan to Brisbane in 2000 to study with Floyd Williams at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2001 her clarinet quartet was invited to travel to China and Hong Kong with Floyd Williams for a series of concerts. In 2003, Hanae moved to Sydney to learn from Francesco Celata, Associate Principal Clarinettist with the Sydney Symphony. In 2004, Hanae completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, and in 2005, she finished Post Graduate Diploma in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Hanae was a member of Sydney Sinfonia, the Sydney Symphony Education Programme, in 2003 and 2004. She was a guest musician for Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program in 2005 and a member of Camerata programme for Australian Youth Orchestra in 2006. She was on contract as a clarinettist in My Fair Lady presented by Australian 10 and Ballet Orchestra in 2008. Hanae has performed with Sydney Philharmonic Choir Orchestra, Pacific Opera as well as Eminence Symphony Orchestra. She is engaged in several chamber music groups. Hanae also teaches clarinet and saxophone at various schools.


Kayoko Nishiwaki studied piano at Mukogawa Women's University Japan with Boris Bekhterev and Naoyuki Inoue. She holds a Master's degree from Moscow State Conservatoire named after P.I.Tchaikovsky, where she studied Mikhail Petukhov.

Kayoko participated in Master Classes by Pierre Reach and Vladimir Viardo at Academy Gyorgy Sebok, and performed in Festival Piano Pyrenees in France.

During her student days in Russia, Kayoko gave a solo recital, played on Heinrich Neuhaus's piano at Pasternak House Museum Peredelkino, in Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, and participated in Taneyev International Music Festival in Dyutkovo Zvenigorod.

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.

Kayoko now lives in Sydney Australia where she studies privately with Phillip Shovk, runs a home studio, and accompanies at Riverview College, Brigidine College, and Killara High School. She has played at Sydney Opera House, Sydney Conservatorium, St Stephen's and St Peter's Church. She has recorded for ABC Classics.




17 April


Mathisha Panagoda (cello) &

Ella Jamieson (cello/piano)


Opening from Glassworks (1981) - Philip Glass (1937 - )
(solo piano, Ella Jamieson)

Metamorphosis IV (1988) - Philip Glass Philip Glass (1937 - )
(solo piano, Ella Jamieson)

Elegie Op.24 (1880) - Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
(cello - Mathisha Panagoda, piano - Ella Jamieson)

Sonata in G Minor RV 42 (c1720) - Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
(Mathisha Panagoda, Ella Jamieson)
Largo - Andante - Largo - Allegro

Julie-O (arr. for two cellos) (1988) - Mark Summer (1958 - )
(Mathisha Panagoda, Ella Jamieson)



Ella Jamieson graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor in Music in Performance. Whilst primarily a classical musician, she performs regularly internationally in other genres including pop, jazz and original songs as both a cellist and pianist. Ella grew up in Bathurst where she attained her AMUS in piano and cello and Trinity Performance Certificate on trumpet. She has performed with orchestra both the Mozart and Shostakovich Piano Concerto's and Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, as a guest with the Ho Chi Minh Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Camerata, Salt String Quartet and with singer/songwriter Abby Smith. One of her main ensembles, Aston, has an international following on YouTube with over 7 million views and is touring worldwide. Her TV experience has become extensive not only with Aston, but as the house band on Channel 7's 'The Matty Johns Show' and most recently on Australia's 'The Voice' and X Factor.

Mathisha Panagoda was born in Sydney and began playing the cello at the age of four. He completed his tertiary studies at the Sydney Conservatorium graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) and a Juris Doctor in law from the University of Sydney. With the assistance of a BBM Award and Ars Musica Australis Fellowship he pursued further musical studies in the UK, Germany and Canada. In Australia he has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and toured with bands including the Hilltop Hoods, Tina Arena, Marcia Hines and Angus & Julia Stone. Mathisha has toured internationally with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, Britten-Pears Orchestra, YouTube Symphony Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra. He has performed at festivals throughout Asia, Europe and North America and has undertaken two solo residencies at The Banff Centre in Canada. Mathisha is the founder and Artistic Director of the Sydney Camerata and in 2014 he was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year award.

Ella and Mathisha have been collaborating since they first met in 1998 as choristers in Gondwana Voices, Australia's national children's choir.



24 April


Stephen Aveling-Rowe (organ)



Organ Symphony No. 3 opus 13, No. 3  Marcia - Charles-Marie Widor (1844–1937)

Giga - Enrico Bossi (April 25, 1861– February 20, 1925)

Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin JA 118 - Jehan Alain (1911–1940)
(from Suite No. 1 in F minor, opus 14, Trois Pièces pour Grand Orgue)

Cortège - Louis Vierne  (8 October 1870 – 2 June 1937)

Fantaisie No. 1 in E♭ major - Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)

Cappriccio - E. Lemaigre  (1849-1890)

Orgeltoccata - William Ralph Driffill (1875–1922)


Stephen Aveling-Rowe

Music has been an integral part of Stephen's life. A keen interest in nature, particularly birds and photography help provide balance.

Though 16, he is studying towards a Bachelor of Music degree through University of New England.

In 2012 Stephen toured Europe playing historic organs. Stephen appreciated many wonderful opportunities: playing Gothic music on David Rumsey's Gothic organ in Laufen, Switzerland as well as the organs in Muri Abbey, Switzerland; playing the organ in the largest church in Austria, the New Cathedral in Linz, before going to Germany to have a masterclass with Martin Böcker on the Schnitger at St. Cosmae, and the Bielfeldt organ at St. Wilhadi, in Stade, Germany;  playing in France, at St. Sulpice, Paris, for Titular organist Daniel Roth, and having a masterclass with Dr. Susan Landale at Les Invalides, Paris as well as on the magnificent organ in Westminster Abbey for Robert Quinney, were thrilling highlights, in addition to playing for the Royal College of Organists at St. Giles, London.

He felt wonderfully connected with history as he played those historic organs.

Stephen has played the magnificent Sydney Opera House organ for Sydney Opera House Open Day's, in addition to performing in Suzuki concerts there since he was nine years old.

He has played for several years at the Young Organist's Day Concerts at the Sydney Town Hall, in the Melbourne Town Hall, numerous times at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, and many other places around Australia. 

He went to India in 2007 and what he saw there changed his life forever.

Stephen says:

"I see my music as a channel that can supply funds to needy children in the world.

Had I not gone to India, I probably wouldn't have been so touched by the needs of others in our world. Wanting to do something to help in a practical way, when I was 10, sparked the idea of producing a Christmas cello and piano DVD.

Sales provide funds so that the blind children at the school where we stayed have the money to supply the kids with fruit to eat every day."


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Stephen achieved a goal last year in being awarded his AMusA diploma. Another of his goals in Stephen's words is "to inspire other young people that making music on the magnificent King of Instruments is not a dying art for the scholarly and elderly, but has relevance and vitality in this day and age."




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