Friday Music
July 2016

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


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1 July

Lillian Camphausen (pianoforte)

 

Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

Three Piano Pieces (Impromptus Op. posth.), D 946 - Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
           Allegro assai
           Allegretto
           Allegro

 

Malaysian born Lillian Camphausen migrated to Adelaide in 1969. She studied piano with Noreen Stokes and Clemens Leske, and then with Prof. Detlef Kraus in Germany. She later also studied Lied interpretation with Hartmut Höll, harpsichord, and chamber music, attending master-classes and courses with Edith Picht-Axenfeld, Paul Badura-Skoda, Joaquín Achúcarro, Norman Shetler, Geoffrey Parsons, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christiane Jaccottet and the Amadeus Quartet.
Since finishing her studies, Lillian has freelanced as a teacher, accompanist and chamber musician. She was an official pianist for numerous international master-classes and competitions. In 1988 she translated "Johannes Brahms - Klavierkomponist" ("Johannes Brahms – Composer for the Piano") by Detlef Kraus.
In January 2004, Lillian returned to Australia and lived in Brisbane for 5 years. She worked both in the Queensland Conservatorium and University of Queensland, as well as in private studios. Since the beginning of 2009, she has been living and working in Sydney. She belongs to the Accompanists Guild NSW and is member of the ensembles Trio Pollastri and Ceilidh.

 

8 July

Alastair Duff-Forbes & Tracy Wan (violin)

Ying Ho (pianoforte)

 

 

Duo Concertante No.1 for two violins, Op.57 - C. de Beriot (1802-1870)

Sonata for two violins in C, Op.56 - S. Prokofiev (1891-1953)

    I - Andante Cantabile
    II - Allegro
    III - Commodo (quasi Allegretto)
    IV - Allegro Con Brio

Concerto for two violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 - J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
  
    I - Vivace
    II - Largo ma non tanto
    III - Allegro

 

 

Alastair Duff-Forbes began playing the violin at the age of five and the piano at the age of seven. He attended the Conservatorium High School on scholarship. During that time, he studied the violin with Alice Waten and Goetz Richter, and the piano with Stephanie McCallum. 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 Competition 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, the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Tracy Wan and Orchestra 143, and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Balmain Sinfonia. 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 has been Concertmaster of the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Bourbaki Ensemble and Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. He is currently Concertmaster of Balmain Sinfonia. Alastair studied conducting with Henryk Pisarek in 2003 and 2004. He has performed as a conductor in various concerts including with Orchestra 143 in 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.  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. 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 in 2013.  She recently performed as a soloist in the opera by candlelight concerts in Canberra.

 

 

 

15 July

Monique Irik (violin) and Mathisha Panagoda (cello)

 


Duo for Violin and Viola No. 1, (transcribed for Cello) op. 28 - W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Duo for Violin and Violoncello in C Major - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Selection of duos for Violin and Violoncello, Op. 39 - Reinhold Glière (1875-1956)

 

Monique Irik completed her Bachelor of Music/Arts with 1st class honours at the University of New South Wales in 2008. During this time, she did part of her degree on an exchange scholarship to McGill University, Montreal. Since then, Monique has participated and given recitals overseas summer schools such as The International Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands and Cervo Summer Academy in Italy as well as working as a diverse freelancer in Sydney. In 2009 she was awarded the Sydney Symphony Fellowship position and is now currently on contract in the 2nd violins of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with many orchestras including the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. 

She has recently returned from a few months study with violin Professor, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, at Hannover Hochschüle for Music, Theatre and Drama. 

 

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 of Music graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) 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 numerous bands across a range of genres. In 2008 he founded the Sydney Camerata, recipients of the 2010 Musica Viva Award for Chamber Music and Musica Viva's 2012 Rising Stars. 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. He was nominated for the Young Australian of the Year in 2014. Passionate about teaching and not-for-profit organisations, Mathisha is a Board Director of The Song Company, Australia's leading professional vocal ensemble, and is qualified through the Australian Institute for Company Directors.

 

 

 

 

22 July

Blake Fischer (tenor) and Martyn Parkes (piano)

 

Songs by Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)

Oh fair to see Op. 13
I say I'll seek her (Thomas Hardy)
Oh fair to see (Christina Rossetti)
As I lay in the early sun (Edward Shanks)
Only the wanderer (Ivor Gurney)
To Joy (Edmund Blunden)
Harvest (Edmund Blunden)
Since we loved (Robert Bridges)

4 Lieder Op.27- Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Ruhe, meine Seele
Cäcilie
Heimliche Aufforderung
Morgen

Dichterliebe Op.48 - Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Selected songs (to be announced)


Blake Fischer & Martyn Parkes

Blake & Martyn have appeared in recital together throughout the world. These have included numerous recitals in the UK between 2000- 2011 including St Martin in the Fields in London as well as in Australia, New Zealand and Iceland.

Blake established himself as a recitalist in 1998 winning the prestigious 'Mietta's City of Melbourne Song Recital Award.' This enabled him to perform recitals all over Australia including the 1998 Melbourne International Festival,broadcast on ABC FM, the Mildura & Castlemaine festivals, the 1999 Brisbane International Festival and Sydney 'ABC Studio' Lunchtime recital recording, and recording on Move Records.

A multiple prize winner he won the Geelong, Mordialloc, Booroondara, Cowra, City of Shoalhaven, and Ballarat Star for Opera aria competitions. As well, he was a finalist and multiple prize winner in the Australian Singing Competition Mathy Awards in 1998 & 1999, and a finalist in the International Young Singer of the year award in Llangollen (UK) in 2000.

Whilst overseas Blake sang with Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne, Salzburg Festival, Cape Town Opera, Opera North, Garsington Opera, English Touring Opera as well as in Concert with the London Sinfonia and Northern Sinfonia. He has been performing with Opera Australia since his return to Australia in 2011.

Martyn has accompanied a extraordinary number of singers and instrumentalists, including performances at Wigmore Hall and working with the with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, English National Ballet, National Youth Music Theatre, Manchester Contact Theatre and BBC Young Musicians. He is currently employed on the staff at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, England, a position which he has now held for 10 years.

 

 

 

29 July

Daniel and Peta Dries (organ and violin)

 

 

Commemorating the anniversary of Bach's death – 28th July 1750


Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major ('St Anne'), BWV 552 - J S Bach (1685-1750)

Sonata No. 2 in A minor for solo violin, BWV 1003 - J S Bach (1685-1750)

I. Grave
II. Fuga
III. Andante
IV. Allegro

Prelude and Fugue on BACH - Franz Liszt (1811-86)

 

 

Daniel Dries was born in Sydney in 1971. He completed a Master of Music degree at the University of Newcastle in 1995, majoring in organ performance. His teachers included Professor Michael Dudman and Anthony Jennings. Daniel has given many recitals at venues in Australia and overseas including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall. From 2000 to 2005 Daniel was Organist and Director of Music at St. Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie Street, Sydney. In July 2005 Daniel was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts degree from the University of Wollongong. This research project focussed on the French Symphonic organ tradition, with a particular emphasis on the life and work of Marcel Dupré.

In 2006 Daniel completed a Bachelor of Theology degree at Charles Sturt University. He was ordained a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, where he served in a number of parishes before being inducted as Rector of Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney in January 2013.

 

Peta Dries began her violin studies at the age of seven. She gained her A.Mus.A. and L.Mus.A. diplomas whilst studying with Errol Collins. Peta graduated from the Newcastle University Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree, having studied with Elizabeth Holowell. Peta also studied at the Bloomington School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Henryk Kowaslki. This study was made possible through a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Since returning to Australia, Peta has performed extensively both as a soloist and an orchestral musician. Peta was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and she has performed frequently with the Sydney Symphony and the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Orchestras. Peta has given numerous recitals in Sydney and Newcastle, as well as concerts in the USA and Japan.

From 2009 to 2012 Peta taught violin at the Newcastle University Conservatorium of Music. She was also a founding member and the Concertmaster of the Christ Church Cathedral Camerata. Peta is a featured soloist in a number of CD recordings and has performed in ABC Classic FM Sunday Live programmes. Peta now lives in Sydney, where she maintains a career as a teacher and violin soloist.

 

 



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