Friday Music
April 2017

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


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1 September

Tracy Wan (violin)

Belinda McGlynn (pianoforte)

 

Sonata in G minor L140 for violin and piano - Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
First movement - Allegro vivo

Sonata No.2 for violin and piano - Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Second movement - Blues. Moderato

Meditation from Thaïs - Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)

Carmen Fantasy Op.25 - Pablo de Sarasate (1844 - 1908)
- Allegro moderato
- Moderato

Romanian Folk Dances - Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Allegro
3. Andante
4. Molto moderato
5. Allegro
6. Allegro

Schöne Rosmarin - Fritz Kreisler (1875 - 1962)


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.
 
 

 

Honours graduate and scholarship recipient of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Belinda McGlynn spent her post-graduate years in Melbourne as resident pianist for the Australian Ballet, and then as scholar at the Australian National Academy of Music. Belinda has enjoyed solo performances, playing concerti with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, but feels most at home in collaborative roles as a chamber and orchestral musician. She has given concerts extensively throughout Sydney, Melbourne and regional Australia, and has also been broadcast several times on ABC radio. Belinda lives in Sydney and performs regularly, alongside several teaching posts.

 

 

 

8 September

Nathan Henshaw (saxophone)

 

Battle Cry - Andrew Ball

Tango Etude No.4 - Astor Piazzolla

Coltrane - Dave Heath

Improvisation III - Ryo Noda

Human Error - Derek Brown

As the crowie flies - Nick Russeniello

 

Nathan Henshaw is an internationally renowned saxophonist recognised for his ability to excel in a great diversity of genres and styles. His commitment to promoting the musical multiplicity of the saxophone has resulted in the creation of numerous new works for saxophone, across a broad range of styles.

From solo classical performances to jazz gigs, Nathan's work as a freelance musician has seen him perform with a diverse range of outstanding performers, such as Tim Minchin, Ben Folds, Randy Newman, Richard Gill, Eddie Perfect, Christine Anu, Claude Delangle, Niels Bijl, Mario Mari, Arno Bornkamp, Andy Scott and more. He has also performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Victoria, NSW Police Band, Sydney Conservatorium, Compass, Continuum Sax, Chronology Arts, and SBS Television and Radio Orchestra, Heavy Metal Quartet, Sax Summit, Sydney Saxophone Collective and Rarefied Air.

Nathan has toured extensively within Australia and overseas playing at many prestigious concerts and festivals including; World Saxophone Congress (Scotland and France), European Saxophone Congress (Portugal), Australian Saxophone & Clarinet Conferences (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane), Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Australian Chamber Music Festival (QLD), Manly Jazz Festival, Sydney Festival to name a few. Nathan is also a member of the Nexas Quartet: one of Australia's leading Chamber Music Ensembles.

Nathan completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Master of Music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts. His research examines the interpretive challenges faced by classical musicians (particularly saxophonists) when required to perform works in a jazz style.

Nathan teaches and lectures in saxophone across the country. He has taught and presented various workshops, masterclasses as well as adjudicating at Queensland Conservatorium, Sydney Conservatorium, University of New South Wales, Australian Institute of Music, Barker College, Sydney Girls & Boys High Schools and various regional conservatoriums. He is currently saxophone teacher/conductor and Head of Schools Program at the Central Coast Conservatorium

Nathan is a Selmer Paris Artist and Silverstein Works Artist.

www.nathanhenshaw.com

 

 

 

 

Sunday 10 September 2.30pm

 

 

 

15 September

Alastair Duff-Forbes (violin)

Paul Cheung (pianoforte)

 

'Nigun' from Baal Shem - Ernest Bloch (1880 - 1959)

Solo Sonata No.1 in G Minor, BWV. 1001 - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
I. Adagio
II. Fuga: Allegro
III. Siciliana
IV. Presto

Praeludium and Allegro - Fritz Kreisler (1875 - 1962)


 

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.

 

Paul Cheung is one of Australia's most promising young accompanists.  He recently completed a postgraduate diploma at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was a recipient of both the prestigious Geoffrey Parsons Australian Scholarship and the Chapple Bremner Award.  He has studied piano with Tamara Anna Cislowska and accompaniment with David Miller AM. He is increasingly in demand as an accompanist for instrumentalists and singers across a wide range of situations, including concerts, competitions, recordings, and so on.

In addition to his experience as an accompanist, Paul has also achieved considerable success as a solo pianist.  In 2009, he was the winner of both the UMT Roger Woodward Scholarship and the MTA Junior Pianoforte Scholarship, and as a result of the latter he was chosen to perform in Adelaide in the Yamaha Recitals Australia Showcase concert as the NSW representative.  In 2010, he was runner-up in the prestigious Kawai Piano Award at the Sydney Eisteddfod.  Later in the year, he entered the semi-finals of the 2MBS-FM young performers award, and was subsequently runner-up in the state finals.  In late 2011, he was awarded his LMusA with distinction, and was invited to be one of the five performers at the graduation ceremony in early 2012.  More recently, Paul was the winner of the Recital Award section of the Sydney Eisteddfod, and runner-up in the Russian Piano section.

Aside from piano-playing, Paul is also interested in mathematics.  In 2008, he was a silver medallist at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Madrid (one of six Australian representatives that year).  At the age of 19 (in 2012), Paul commenced his PhD in mathematics at the University of Sydney after being awarded a Bachelor of Science (advanced mathematics), with first class honours and the university medal.

 

 

 

 

 

22 September

The Mirabella Trio

Minah Choe (violoncello)
Hanae McLean (clarinet)
Kayoko Nishiwaki (pianoforte)

 

Grand Duo Concertant for Clarinet and Piano Op.48 - Carl Maria von Weber (1786 - 1826)
1 Allegro con fuoco
2 Andante con moto
3 Rondo: allegro

 

Trio in B flat Major for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano Op.11- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

1 Allegro con brio
2 Adagio
3 Tema con variazioni

 

 

Violoncello: Minah Choe

Born in Seoul, Korea, Minah began her studies at the age of 8. She graduated with Bachelor of Music with First Class of Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium where she was admitted whilst at high school and received scholarships throughout her studies. She was a full scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music under the guidance of Prof. Janos Starker and continued with doctoral degree as his teaching assistant at IU. Last year Minah graduated with Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Sydney Conservatorium. Cureently she works as a freelance cellist in major orchestras and performing widely in various chamber music concerts and recitals.

Minah has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras including Sydney Symphony, Christchurch Symphony, Nizhny-Novgrod Philharmonic, Indiana University Philharmonic, Bloomington Camerata, and so on. Minah has won numerous awards including 'Most Promising Performer' in 4th Adam International Cello Competition, Australian Postgraduate Award, inaugural Janos Starker Scholarship, Dorothy Fraser Scholarship and Australian University of Women Federation Commemorative Fellowship.

Minah is passionate about teaching cello. Currently, she teaches at Abbotsleigh school for girls, Cranbrook school and the King's school. She was a tutor at AYO Young Symphonists in 2010 and tutor at the RiverinaSummer School for Strings in 2013 and 2015. Minah worked as a Music Co-ordinator of the Australian Korean Classical Association.

Minah plays a cello by Joseph Hel (18690).

 

Pianoforte: 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 at Russian Embassy, both as a soloist and an accompanist. For several years she participated in the Kobe Memorial production of Verdi Requiem.

She and her husband, a former pianist Dong-Jun Ha, established a duo called 'Piano Duo'. In 2005 they played in Kobe International Competition and received an award. Kayoko now lives in Sydney where she studies privately with Phillip Shovk and runs a home studio. She has recorded for ABC Classics.

 

Clarinet: Hanae McLean

Hanae moved from Japan to Brisbane in 2000 to study with Floyd Williams at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2003, she moved to Sydney to study with Francesco Celata, Associate Principal Clarinettist with the Sydney Symphony. In 2004, Hanae completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, and in 2005 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 has performed with Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonic Choir Orchestra, Pacific Opera as well as Eminence Symphony Orchestra. Hanae teaches clarinet and saxophone at various schools.

 

 

29 September

Gareth Baard (organ)

Organ Works by J.S Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude and Fugue in C Major BWV 547 

  Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter BWV 650

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 654

Passacaglia in C Minor BWV 582

 

 

Gareth Baard was born in South Africa in 1987 and completed his Undergraduate music studies at the University of Cape Town in 2011, majoring in clarinet and organ performance. He holds two organ licentiates, one through the University of South Africa (UNISA) and the other from Trinity College London.

He has taught clarinet, piano and music theory at primary and high schools, and organ on a part-time basis. His performing experience includes solo organ recitals and clarinet chamber works.

His church music experience includes a number of years as organ scholar and assistant organist at St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church in Cape Town, accompanying choral and orchestral masses.

Gareth and his wife moved to Sydney at the end of 2014, where he holds the post as Director of Music at St Luke's Anglican Church, Mosman. He is currently studying towards a Masters in Music Performance, majoring in Organ, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

 

 

 

 

 



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