Friday Music
March Recitals 2010

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

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5th March

Sayaka Eguchi (Violin)
Kayoko Nishiwaki (Piano)

Partita No. 3 in E major for Solo Violin BWV1006 (1720) - JS Bach (1685 - 1750)
I. Preludio
III. Gavotte en rondeau
VI. Gigue 

     Violin Sonata Op. 78 (1878-79) - Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
     1. Vivace non troppo
     2. Adagio
     3. Allegro molto moderato

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 -  Pablo de Sarasate (1844 - 1908)

Violin: Sayaka Eguchi
Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka began her violin studies at age of three, working with wonderful teachers such as Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Kazuhiko Osaka. She was a part of Suzuki Method Children's Orchestra tour to Germany at ten years old. She then pursued her studies with Donald Weilerstein and David Updegraff at The Cleveland Institute of Music in the US 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 Sarasota. 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 as well as a dedicated violin teacher. She is grateful to St Stephen’s Uniting Church for providing opportunities for musicians to perform at Friday Music Series.

Piano: Kayoko Nishiwaki
Kayoko studied at Mukogawa Women's University in Japan with Boris Bekhterev and with the late Naoyuki Inoue, himself a pupil of Rudolf Serkin. She also holds a Master's degree from Moscow State Conservatoire. 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. For several years she participated in the Kobe Memorial production of Verdi Requiem. She and her husband, a former pianist Dong-Jun Ha, were a Piano Duo. In 2005 they played in Kobe International Competition and received an award. Kayoko now lives in Sydney Australia where she studies privately with Phillip Shovk, runs a home studio, and prepares future performances. She has played at Sydney Opera House, Crows Nest Performing Arts Centre, and Lindfield Uniting Church. She has recorded for ABC Classics.

12th March

Volteggiando Piano Duo
Vicky Yang and Maggie Chen

Russian Imprints

Piano duets - Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943)

Selection from Sketches - Valery Gaverlin (1939 - 1999)
The dream
Coach man


Vicky Yang

An outstanding concert pianist with virtuosic brilliance, Vicky Yang is currently the founder and director of Volteggiando Music. As well as a performer, she also has been lecturing in universities. The school she has participated included: Indiana University, USA (Assistant professor); Lismore Conservatorium (guest artist), NSW; Tainan School of Music for Talents (guest professor), lecture for the University of Chia-Yi, Young Conservatorium, Griffith University and Music department in the Queensland University of Technology. She is also a judge for various piano competitions include Quota Beenleigh International, Brisbane Eisteddfod, Melbourne Fest & Society and more.

Her success in competitions include several major prizes and scholarships, including the Indiana University Music Scholarship for excellent performance, Cincinnati school of music piano performance scholarship, US pointed accompanist award, Verbiel Switzerland summer camp, Indiana Chamber Award, Talented Artists (USA), Juilliard (New York) Camp, Outstanding music performance award, Yamaha Australian Piano Competition (the prize being a grand piano), City of Sydney Challenge, Queensland Piano Competition (several times), Ruby C. Cooling Prize (2 times), the Margaret Ann Kerrison Scholarship, the International Scholarship for Music (3 times), the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence (2 times), and is also an Australian National Academy of Music Scholarship holder and member of the International Golden Key Academic Honors Society. In 2009, Vicky is also the holder of William Williams Award. 

The Taiwan-born pianist graduated as one of the youngest student at Queensland Conservatorium of Music at the age of 19 with Bachelor of Music Performance with Honors, studying double major in piano and percussion with formal London Philharmonic Orchestra percussionist Alan Cumberland, renowned Russian teachers and performers Oleg Stepanov and Natasha Vlassenko. She was then accepted to study Master of Music and Artistic Diploma/Doc in Indiana University in USA with full scholarship. In addition, she was invited to take part in music festivals and masterclasses with the renowned Russian concert pianist Bella Davidovich at Juilliard School of Music in New York. Since then she has completed three master degrees and has taken her study further to PhD/DMA. 

Vicky has performed piano solo with orchestra and ensembles in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Germany, France, Vienna, Italy, Switzerland, London, Canada and the United States, including New York, Baltimore, New Jersey, Indiana, Cincinnati and others. As well as adjudicating competitions and audition, Vicky is also an active chamber musician where she has appeared to TV shows and completed recordings for 4MBS, ABC radio and other radio stations in both USA and Taiwan.


Maggie Chen

The Australian pianist and flutist, Maggie Ya Chu Chen, is a master graduate of Griffith University (Australian) and a Meisterklassendiplom für Querflöte holder in Austria.  Maggie has performed extensively as a concert pianist/ flutist/ chamber musician/ orchestral player and piano accompanist in concerts including regular performances in Australia and around the globe. 

Born in 1985, Maggie Chen began to study the piano and flute at the age of five and ten. During her studies in Taiwan, she won many competitions including the Kao-shung City Piano Competition, the Taiwan National Piano and Chinese Flute Competition, the Richard Clayderman’s First Piano Competition, fourth place in the First Taipei Flute Duet Competition in 2001, and was selected as a finalist in the Yamaha Piano competition. 

At a young age of 16, she gained acceptance with outstanding results at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Her teachers include Oleg Stepanov, Gerhard Mallon and Prof. Michael M. Kofler. Since then, Maggie has won many competitions, awards and scholarship including the Basil Jones Sonata Prize, the Margaret Nickson Prize, the Hilda Woolmer Prize, the Merit Scholarship and many first prices in the Queensland Flute Guild Competitions and was invited to perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on several occasions. This year, she was selected as one of Australia’s top 20 pianists to compete in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition.

Maggie is also bright in the academic filed where she received Griffith Academic Excellences Awards several times and was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society. 



19th March

Cameron Burnes (Bassoon)
Donn Mendoza (Organ)
Pattrick Keith (Piano)

Sonata in e minor - George Philipp Telemann (1681-1757)

Bassoon concerto in B flat major RV 502 - Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Recit, Sicilienne et Rondo - Eugene Bozza (1905-1991)

Sonata in F major - William Hurlstone (1876-1906)

Cameron Burnes
Cameron grew up in the small town Timbumburi (with a population of about 300). He started learning the bassoon at age 15, taking lessons from local priest Glen Hughs. In 2005 He won a scholarship offered by the Tamworth Conservatorium of Music, this gave the him the opportunity to travel to newcastle every second week to receive lessons from Sydney Bassoonist Pattrick Brennan. Cameron now presently studies with Andrew Barnes at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He enjoys orchestral playing and regularly performs with the Conservatorium's Symphony Orchestra and volunteers his time to play in many of the conservatorium's opera productions. Cameron is also a member or the Australian Youth Orchestra program, Sydney Youth Orchestra and in October he will be touring to Poland, Austria and Vienna with the SBS Television Youth Orchestra. Cameron also has a great love for the contrabassoon, an instrument often look down upon for its difficulty and vulgar sound.

Donn Mendoza
Born in Sydney, Donn Alfred Mendoza started the piano at the age of four with Ronald Barcenilla, giving his first solo performance at five. Donn maintains his interest in choral music through the university, performing with the Sydney Conservatorium Choir and Chamber Choir. In 2008, he accept the position of Organist at the Church of Christ in Minchinbury and is currently its Organist at its Richmond congregation. In 2008, he began studies in Organ Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium with Philip Swanton and Continuo with Neal Peres da Costa. Donn has given many demonstrations at the various conferences of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia and has also performed for the Glebe Music Festival. As well as these performances, Donn has given many performances around the country and throughout Asia

Pattrick Keith
Pattrick Studied piano with Ann Hoy of the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music, achieved his A.Mus.A with Distinction in 2007 and worked with Cameron in the Tamworth Regional Orchestra for 5 years. He Presently Studies with Philip Shovk. Patrick has given a number of recitals in and out of Sydney and has accompanied for a vast majority and instruments for recitals, concerts and exams. He achieved his L.Mus.A Last October.

26th March

Elke Völker
(German concert organist, Speyer)

Festmusik aus den Meistersingern (Einzug) -  Richard Wagner (1813-1883)  (transcribed by S. Karg-Elert)

Choral „O Mensch bewein’ dein’ Sünde groß“, BWV 622
- J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

Präludium und Fuge Nr.3 d-moll, op.37/3 - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Adagio (Air célèbre) aus der Orchestersuite D-Dur, BWV 1068 - J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
(transcription for organ by Sigfrid Karg-Elert)

Romanze (from: 9.Orgelsonate b-moll, II. movement) - G. Rheinberger (1839-1901)   

Carillon - Léonce de Saint-Martin (1886-1954)

The audience has credited her with Standing Ovations and Bravos at her debut at the prestigious Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival. German newspaper „Die Zeit“ testifies: „Elke Voelker plays with such an extemporizing directness and burning, highly virtuos energy that you feel imposed to go down on your knees before her (the organ).“ Her Karg-Elert recordings are described as „Highly recommended“ by the English magazin „The Organ“...

Ms. Voelker has been a prizewinner in several international competitions including the Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the prestigious “Internationalen Orgelwettbewerb Dom zu Speyer” in 1995. In 1999 she was finalist of the „Concours International d’Orgue de la Ville de Paris and obtained the „Medaille de la Ville de Paris“. 2002 she won the 3rd Prize of the „International Organ Competition of Erfurt“. 1994 she got scholar of the Robert-Bosch-Foundation, 2001 of Rotary International.

Since then her international success has – last but not least – established her excellent reputation as one of the most demanded organists of the younger generation, which led to an extensive international concert and teaching career (lectures/masterclasss).

As recording artist she has published 8 CDs and is featured exclusively by the German Organ Music Label AEOLUS. Her specialization in the organ works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert has resulted in the world premiere recording of his complete organ works (Label AEOLUS, Karg-Elert Edition). In this ongoing project, the first five CDs are available for sale. The project earns high praise from critics and public alike: In 2003 and 2004 her Vol.2 and 3 were rewarded „5 Diapason“ by the french magazine, in 2007 Vol.5 obtains the mention „Repertoire 9“ by Classica.

Her concert activity includes participation in the most prestigious international festivals in Europe, Australasia and Canada. Ms. Voelker was recently a featured performer of the RCCO (2006) and of the FFAO Congrès (2007). In June 2008 she was invited to perform at the AGO National Convention in Minneapolis. She has guest appearances with international orchestras as soloist and continuo player. Numerous international broadcastings and television recordings testify to her extensive activities. She is member of the English Karg-Elert Archive, of the German Gesellschaft der Orgelfreunde (GdO), the American Guild of Organist and Honorary Member of the Associazione Organistica Siciliana.

Ms. Voelker has worked as Choir Organist and Cathedral Music Associate at the UNESCO Heritage St. Marys Imperial Cathedral of Speyer where she is well–known also as conductor and composer for organ and choir music. March-September 2009 she was nomminated interims Music Director (choir, organ) at Speyer Cathedral.

Ms. Voelker received her broad musical education in Germany, France, and USA. She studied organ, piano, harpsichord, conducting and church music at the Musikhochschulen in Mannheim (Concert Diploma „with distinction“) and Mainz. Her teachers include Prof. Leo Krämer (organ), Hans-Jürgen Kaiser (improvisation) and Mathias Breitschaft /Michael Hofstetter (conducting). A scholarship allowed her to study abroad with Wolfgang Rübsam (University of Chicago) and Michelle Leclerc (Schola Cantorum, Paris), where she obtained a «Premier Prix» with distinction „très bien a l’unanimité” (organ/improvisation). She has attended master classes and private studies with Jean Guillou and Daniel Roth (Paris), Nicholas Kynaston (London), Jon Laukvik (Stuttgart) and Piet Kee (Haarlem).

Besides this, she has received degrees in Musicology and Roman/German Studies at the University of Heidelberg. Journalistic activity as music critic has been added to various musicological publications, including articles in encyclopedias like the new edition of Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Bärenreiter), in the review «ORGAN – Journal fur die Orgel» (Schott) and in The Sydney Organ Journal.

Ms. Voelker is Founder and Artistic Director of the international concert serie “Deidesheimer Orgelherbst” and of the Russian "International Organ-Festival Philharmony Perm" (since 2006). As Rotarian, she was awarded with the Paul Harris Fellow Medal in 2007.

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