Friday Music
April 2017

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

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7 July


Vera Marcu (viola)

Tonya Lemoh (pianoforte)

Concert Piece (1906) - George Enescu (1881-1955)

Violin Sonata in A (arr. for viola) - César Franck (1880-1951)

i. Allegretto ben moderato
ii. Allegro molto
iii. Recitativo - Fantasia: ben moderato
iv. Allegretto poco mosso

Vera Marcu graduated from the Music University in Bucharest with a Masters Degree in violin performance. She joined the Romanian Opera Orchestra in 1997 and at the same time continued studying in masterclasses and summer academies with Alexandru Gavrilovici and Victor Pikaisen. Vera arrived in Australia in 2000 and started having viola lessons with Anne Louise Comerford and Roger Benedict. She is currently working as a freelance violist with the Sydney Symphony and the Opera and Ballet Orchestra as well as teaching violin and viola at Roseville College and from her private studio.


Tonya Lemoh has performed and recorded for ABC radio, Danish national radio and Danish television. She studied in Australia, USA, England and Denmark, and was faculty accompanist at The Boston Conservatory for two years, followed by an appointment as lecturer on the piano faculty at Copenhagen University. While based in Denmark, she gave master classes, adjudicated youth piano competitions, and performed regularly as soloist, chamber musician and lied accompanist in Northern Europe. She was concerto soloist with orchestras in Denmark and Bulgaria, and also performed in numerous international new music festivals in Australia, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

She has won several international prizes and awards, including first prize in Helsingor International Piano Competition and the Royal Academy of Aarhus Concerto Competition, and a Diplom d'Honneur in the International Grieg Piano Competition. She won the national Danish Radio Prize for best solo recording of the year in 2011.

She has released five CD's to date, for record companies Chandos, Danacord and Dacapo Records, to international critical acclaim. Her most recent solo recording, "Harmonies du Soir", was named CD of the Month by musicweb-international. Tonya is an AMEB examiner in piano, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies on the piano works of Australian composer Raymond Hanson.




14 July


Agus Sandjaya (pianoforte)


Abegg Variations Op.1 - Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Fairy Tales Op.26 no.3 and Op.34 No.2 - Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951)

Mazurka Op.59 No.1 and Nocturne Op 55 No.2 - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Étude Tableaux Op.33 No.3,6,7 and 8 - Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Italian Polka - Sergei Rachmaninoff (arr. Gryaznov)


Agus was born in Indonesia in 1987 and commenced his piano studies at age 6. Since then, he has participated in many piano competitions in Indonesia achieving excellent results and was the first-prize winner of the Yamaha Music Festival in Jakarta for the junior piano category in 2000.  Agus completed his University of Sydney Foundation Program in 2006 and in the following year was accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has actively performed in lunch break concerts, master classes, and open day recitals held by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as soloist and chamber musician. In May 2010, he premiered a short contemporary work by Australian composer Mark Isaacs in Momentary Pleasures, 2010 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days. He completed his Bachelor of Music Performance degree in 2010 with First Class Honours, undertaking study with Dr. Paul Rickard-Ford. In 2011, Agus was one of the semi finalists in Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition held in Brisbane, Australia. Agus is recently active in teaching and accompanying, and occasionally performing as a soloist.



21 July


Roman Rudnytsky [USA]


Sonata in D,  Hob. XVI:37 - Josef Haydn (1732-1809)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo e sostenuto
3. Presto ma non troppo

Two Pieces from "Iberia" - Saac Albeniz (1860-1909)

Reminiscences of "Robert le Diable" - Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Valse Infernale  (Meyerbeer)


Roman Rudnytsky is an American concert pianist of Ukrainian background whose performances take him all over the world.    A graduate of the famous Juilliard School in New York, he has as of 2017 played in about 100 countries.
Born in New York into a family of professional musicians, Roman Rudnytsky started the study of piano at age four and gave his first recital at age seven.  He is prizewinner of ten national and international piano competitions, including 2nd Prize in the International Leventritt Competition in New York-----at that time, the most prestigious international competition for piano and violin in the USA.     He has been soloist with many orchestras around the world, playing with them over 45 different works for piano and orchestra.  He has also played many concerts in over 35 countries since 1984 through the auspices of US Embassies and has also played recitals on 65 cruises of P&O and Cunard ships to and from the UK.
His most recent performances (early 2017) were in the UK, the island of Saipan, Alaska, and elsewhere in the USA.
Roman Rudnytsky has come to Australia for concert tours every two years since 1979 and has played about 600 concerts here in that time---more than in any other country he has traveled to.   These have ranged from the Sydney Opera House to many small country and Outback towns in every State and in the NT----for many local arts councils, at many regional performing arts centres, at universities, and as soloist with several orchestras.    Mr. Rudnytsky gave the Australian premiere performance in 1993 of the then-recently-discovered Liszt Concerto No.3 in E Flat for piano and orchestra as soloist with the SBS Youth Orchestra in the Sydney Town Hall.    The SBS broadcast this concert through its TV network as part of its documentary on this concerto, called   "Discovering Liszt".         He also served twice as Artist-in-Residence twice at the Univ. of Melbourne Faculty of Music and once at the Univ. of Wollongong School of Creative Arts.
Roman Rudnytsky is also currently  "Professor Emeritus" of the Dana School of Music of Youngstown (Ohio) State University, where he served on the piano and music faculty for 39 years. 
Following this year's Australian tour, Mr. Rudnytsky will be playing recitals between early October and early December on five cruises of Cunard ships (all three of them: the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria) and, in late December, will be performing on the island of Guam.
Mr. Rudnytsky last played recitals at St. Stephen's during his earliest Australian tours---back in the 1980's----when the Reverend Graham Hardy was in charge of the music series.


28 July


Daniel Dries (organ) and Peta Dries (violin)



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

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor ('Dorian'), BWV 538 - J S Bach (1685-1750)

'Chaconne' from Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - J S Bach (1685-1750)

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 - J S Bach (1685-1750)


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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