St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)
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Carolina Estrada (piano)
"ENRIQUE GRANADOS (1867-1916): POET OF THE PIANO"
Valses Poéticos op.43
6 Escenas Románticas
Can't de les Estrelles
Spanish concert pianist Carolina Estrada, from Barcelona, is a visiting Doctor of Musical Arts candidate and Teaching Assistant for the Open Academy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, an external examiner at the University of New England, a founder and director of Iberia Classics, and is in demand in international festivals and conservatoires.
Estrada developed a particular passion for the music of her native land when she moved to live abroad after she graduated with the highest degree given in piano performance in Spain at the Conservatorium of Barcelona by the time she was 18 years old. Her endeavours on behalf of Spanish music have been acknowledged by several governmental institutions in different countries. The Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture, the Catalan Government and the University of Barcelona Foundation Agustí Pere i Pons have actively sponsored her Hispanic-themed investigations, gaining her Bachelor (2003) and Master of Music (2005) degrees cum laude at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2005. In Holland, Carolina Estrada received the Nuffic Scholarship from the Dutch Government for a year of specialization with legendary pianist Laszlo Simon (former student of Claudio Arrau) at the Universität der Künste Udk Berlin.
From 2005 to 2009, Carolina Estrada served as piano lecturer at Reus Conservatorium of Music in Spain and at the Sultan Qaboos University in Middle East. She is currently based in Sydney. Since 2012, the University of Sydney has honoured the pianist with two Faculty Merit Postgraduate Awards to support her doctoral research: the prestigious George Henderson Award and the Katheleen & Allison Short Scholarship. Carolina has also been awarded two Australian Postgraduate Research Grants to present conference papers at the University of Melbourne (2012) and at the 15th International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music in Almeria (2014). Her investigation of Enrique Granados' piano works supervised by Bernadette Harvey and Natalia Ricci at the University of Sydney, is a qualitative research project that involves interviews and masterclasses with the last living students of Frank Marshall (Enrique Granados' student) in Barcelona. Albert Attenelle and the Marshall Academy professors Maria Teresa Monteys and Carlota Garriga, have shared treasured knowledge passing on to her privileged insights to the musical legacy of the Catalan piano school.
A grant holder of numerous international awards and prizes, Carolina's career achieved major cultural acclaim across Europe with The Grand Cross of the Most Illustrious Order of Humanitarian Merit and The European Gold Cross bestowed by the Agrupación Española de Fomento Europeo – in recognition of her valuable promotion of Hispanic Arts and Culture. Carolina actively contributes to Australian cultural life and her activities to promote Spanish music in Australia are widely supported by the Spanish Embassy, the Consulate General of Spain and the Cervantes Institute.
Monique Irik (violin)
Lee Cheong (piano)
Hebrew Melody - Joseph Achron (1886-1943)
Sonata No. 7, C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2 - L. van Beethoven (1770-1827)
i) Allegro con brio
Monique Irik attended at the Conservatorium High School studying with Emma West where she 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. During this time she studied with Prof. Andrew Dawes. Upon returning from overseas she commenced lessons with Marina Marsden and then with Prof. Goetz Richter.
In 2009, Monique held the prestigious Sydney Symphony Fellowship Violin position, where she regularly performed with the Symphony and gave many chamber music concerts across 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. She is a regular casual with The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra as well as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, where she is currently on contract.
Monique has been a soloist many times performing the Khatchaturian, Bruch, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky Violin concertos.
Lee Cheong 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 in 2013 and alongside performing in solo and chamber music concerts she teaches piano at St Aloysius' College and the Conservatorium High School.
Ronald Woodcock (violin)
Lillian Camphausen (piano)