From 25 September to 1 October 2017, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music welcomes the return of the biennial Melbourne Cello Festival.
The Melbourne Cello Festival returns
Founded in 2015 by Artistic Director Alvin Wong, the Melbourne Cello Festival brings together cellists from around the globe to celebrate the music written for this beautiful instrument. Its goal is to provide and promote cello at the highest level, to bring communities together through the love of cello and music, and to nurture younger generations through music and art. This trinity of values, artistry, community and engagement, are the core of the Festival.
Join us as distinguished cellists from around Australia and overseas present the highest calibre of classical music in a variety of concerts, including solo cello performances, duos, recitals, chamber music, new music and large ensemble concerts.Meet the artists
2017 Festival program
MondayMelbourne Cello Festival: Kids' Day
Monday 25 September: Kids' Day
- Edith Salzmann (Melba Hall)
- Inbal Megiddo (Tallis Wing)
2.15-3.30pm Junior Ensemble rehearsal
4-5pm Kids’ Day Concert
Please note: AMEB Grade 5 or above is required for participants who'd like to perform in the mini-masterclasses and ensembles.
TuesdayMelbourne Cello Festival Day 1
Tuesday 26 September: Opening Day
9-10:20am Masterclass: Inbal Megiddo
10:30-11:50am Masterclass: Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi
1-2pm Chat On Couch I
2.30-3:50pm Masterclass: Howard Penny
7pm Opening Concert: Duos
Sonata No. 10 in G Major (for 2 cellos), Jean-Baptiste Barrière (1707-1747),
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Edith Salzmann, cellos
Selections from "44 Duos for 2 Violins", Béla Bartók (1881-1945),
Inbal Megiddo, Howard Penny, cellos
Selections from "10 Duos for 2 Cellos, Op. 53", Reinhold Glière (1875-1956),
Howard Penny, Alvin Wong, cellos
Suite for 2 Cellos and Piano, Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007),
Edith Salzmann, Inbal Megiddo, cellos
Caroline Almonte, piano
Duetto for Cello and Double Bass, Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868),
Alvin Wong, cello
Rob Nairn, double bass
William Tell Overture, Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868),
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Edith Salzmann, Inbal Megiddo, Howard Penny, Alvin Wong, Molly Kadarauch, cellos
Rob Nairn, double bass
William Tell Overture, Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868),
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Edith Salzmann, Inbal Megiddo, Howard Penny, Alvin Wong, Molly Kadarauch, cellos
Rob Nairn, double bass
The Festival’s first evening concert features guest artists in pairs presenting duos by ROSSINI, MENOTTI, GLIÈRE, BARTÓK and BARRIÈRE.
- Sonata No. 10 in G Major (for 2 cellos), Jean-Baptiste Barrière (1707-1747),
WednesdayMelbourne Cello Festival Day 2
Wednesday 27 September
9-10:20am Masterclass: Inbal Megiddo
10:30-11:50am Masterclass: Edith Salzmann
1-2pm Lunch Hour Concert: Rising Stars I
2.30-3:50pm Masterclass: Brandon Vamos
7pm Concert 2: Kodály
Prayer (1995), Boris Pigovat (b. 1953),
Inbal Megiddo, cello
Seven Tunes Heard In China (1995), Bright Sheng (b. 1955),
- Guessing Song
- Little Cabbage
- Drunken Fisherman
- Diu Diu Dong
- Pastoral Ballad
- Tibetan Dance
Sonata No. 2, "Departure", GAO Ping (b. 1970),
Caroline Almonte, piano
3 Strophes Sur Le Nom De Sacher, Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013),
Molly Kadarauch, cello
Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8, Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967),
- Allegro maestoso ma appassionato
- Adagio (con grand' espressione)
- Allegro molto vivace
The second evening concert showcases Edith Salzmann and Alvin Wong performing two works by living Chinese composers Gao Ping and Bright Sheng. The concert closes with the monumental 20th century cello masterpiece Kodály Solo Sonata Op. 8, performed by Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. This work revives the solo cello repertoire since the Bach Cello Suites and continues to inspire many pieces for this genre.
- Prayer (1995), Boris Pigovat (b. 1953),
ThursdayMelbourne Cello Festival Day 3
Thursday 28 September
9-10:20am Masterclass: Alvin Wong
10:30-11:50am Masterclass: Meta Weiss
1-2pm Lunch Hour Concert: Yelian He and Yasmin Rowe
Australian Cello Award winner Yelian He will give a special recital with pianist Yasmine Rowe as their homecoming welcome performance, after spending over ten years in the UK.
2:30-3:50pm Movie and Chat: “Talent Has Hunger”, Brandon Vamos
This documentary follows six students of Professor Paul Katz over a ten-year period to trace their development as artists – a film that will win the hearts and tears of youngsters, parents and professionals alike.
FridayMelbourne Cello Festival Day 4
Friday 29 September
9-10:20am Masterclass: Edith Salzmann
10:30-11:50am Masterclass: Brandon Vamos
1-2pm Lunch Hour Concert: Rising Stars II
2:30-3:50pm Masterclass: Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi
4-4:45pm Chat On Couch II: Beyond the Concert Stage with Euan Murdoch
7pm Concert 3: Chamber Music of Schubert and Brahms
Duet mit zwei obligaten Augengläsern, WoO 32 ("Eyeglass Duo"): Allegro, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Caleb Wright, viola
Inbal Megiddo, cello
String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Franz Schubert
- Allegro ma non troppo
Caleb Wright, viola
Brandon Vamos, Edith Salzmann, cellos
String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897),
- Allegro non troppo
- Scherzo – Allegro non troppo – Presto giocoso
- Poco allegro
Caleb Wright, Gabrielle Halloran, violas
Meta Weiss, Alvin Wong, cellos
Chamber music masters and Viennese composers Schubert and Brahms loved the cello, and enjoyed using not one, but two, in their works. In this evening concert, audience members will enjoy the simple yet complex, and beautifully intimate atmosphere created in these famous and everlasting works.
- Duet mit zwei obligaten Augengläsern, WoO 32 ("Eyeglass Duo"): Allegro, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
SundayMelbourne Cello Festival CelloXtravaganza!
Sunday 1 October: CelloXtravaganza!
4pm Final Gala Concert: CelloXtravaganza!
Join us for our most popular event during the Melbourne Cello Festival: the CelloXtravaganza! This final concert of the Festival presents cello ensembles from around Australia and New Zealand. In the second half, cellists and double bassists of all ages and levels join together for a musical party: The Orchestra of 100 Cellos (and basses)! This year, in addition to some of our favourite arrangements, we will present selections from film music arranged specially for this occasion.
We invite all levels of cellists to join us in this orchestra, and all you cello fanatics and music lovers to come and share our love for this magical instrument. A concert not to be missed!
2017 festival artists
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, an artist who can “add something akin to a spiritual quality (The Herald Times)” to the music, is one of the most notable musicians of his generation and respected mentors of cello performance. Since the debut at the age of 12 with the Tokyo Philharmonic and winning the 1963 International Casals Competition in Budapest, Tsutsumi has performed with the renowned orchestras such as the ORTF, the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Concertgebouw, the Rotterdam, Munich and Warsaw philharmonics and the Chicago, Indianapolis and Vancouver symphonies. One of the most impressive appearances with many great conductors was a concert telecast worldwide at the United Nations with the Toho Gakuen Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa. He is also a champion of premiering new music by Japanese composers, such as Toru Takemitsu, Akira Miyoshi, Toshiro Mayuzumi, just naming a few. Touring the globe as soloist, he also busies himself as an educator, leading master classes in US, France, Netherlands, Canada, Taiwan and other Asian countries. After the almost 20 year tenure as Faculty of the Indiana University, he contributed to his Alma Mater, Toho Gakuen School of Music as President for nine years. He is now Music Director of Kirishima International Music Festival(2000-) and President of Suntory Hall(2007-). He is a recipient of National Academy of Arts Prize in music by the Emperor, Japan's Medal with Purple Ribbon, the highest honor in Japan and awarded Person of Cultural Merit in 2013. He has been a member of the Japan Art Academy since 2009.
German cellist Edith Salzmann studied in Detmold with Irene Guedel and Andre Navarra and in Bloomington (USA) with Janos Starker. As a soloist and chamber musician she has toured Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, large parts of Asia and New Zealand, and frequently performs at festivals such as the Festival D’Ile de France, the Prussia Cove Festival, the Orlando Festival and the Festival Moulin d’Ande. She performed as a soloist in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Opera Frankfurt, the Lincoln Center and other important venues. She has recorded several CDs for the Italian label Stradivarius and recorded extensively for radio. Edith is the artistic Director of the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music, a NZ nationwide scholarship program for highly talented young musicians. She was also the Artistic Director of the International Akaroa Music Festival since 2004. In 2001 she was appointed Senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury, and since 2014 she is Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. Her students have won prizes in national and international competitions such as the Padova Competition, the Viotti Competition, the Int. Brahms Competition, and the Seoul National Competition, and her former students enjoy successful careers in chamber music ensembles and orchestras in Germany, the UK, Holland and New Zealand.
Brandon Vamos has performed solo and chamber music recitals both in the U.S. and abroad to critical acclaim. Called a "first-rate cellist" by the Chicago Reader and praised for his "gutsy bravura" by the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Vamos has appeared as soloist with orchestras worldwide, including performances with the Taipei City Symphony, the Suwon Symphony in Seoul, the Samara Symphony in Russia, and the New Philharmonia Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Mr. Vamos has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including Paul Katz, Michael Tree, Yo-Yo Ma, Menahem Pressler, and the Emerson Quartet, and has recorded for Cedille, Naxos, and Cacophony Records. Awarded a Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music Degree as a student of Paul Katz, Mr. Vamos has also studied with distinguished artists such as Tanya Carey in Macomb, Illinois, and Aldo Parisot at Yale University, where he earned a Master of Music Degree. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, with whom he performs over 90 concerts a year, he won a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance and the Cleveland Quartet Award, in addition to being named Musical America’s 2009 Ensemble of the Year.
Cellist Alvin Wong has performed across Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Americas in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and Hong Kong Cultural Center. He appeared as a concerto soloist in Australia, Italy, Thailand and USA, toured in recitals across China, southern Europe and America, and performed as a chamber musician in festivals such as Atlantic (Maine), Ipalpiti (California), Carvalho (Brazil) and Great Mountains (Korea. An advocate in new music, Alvin premiered concertos written for him by Barry Conyngham (ANZAC), James Ogburn (Cello Concerto: Singularity) and Angel Lam (Disappearing Garden, Capital Dream), and solo cello works by Chen Yi, Norbert Palej and Stuart Greenbaum, among others. He has also collaborated closely with composers Aaron Jay Kernis, Narong Prangchareon, Bright Sheng, Augusta Read Thomas and Zhou Long. He was a featured artist at the Thailand International Composition Festival and Intimacy of Creativity (Hong Kong), and presented all-Chinese contemporary works recitals across China and USA. Alvin joined the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM) at the University of Melbourne (Australia) in January 2014. He has previously taught at Connecticut College (USA), and was the principal cellist of Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Alvin holds music degrees from Eastman, Indiana and Yale, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma. His major teachers were Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot. In September 2015, he founded and directed the inaugural Melbourne Cello Festival to great acclaim. Alvin plays a 2003 William Whedbee cello from Chicago.
Cellist Inbal Megiddo brings to her performances years of experience, the influence of master teachers, and praise from influential musicians. Maestro Zubin Mehta describes her as “an extremely talented, very musical musician.” At her New York debut at the Lincoln Center her playing was hailed by the press as having “magical expression and technical expertise.” She has a “warm lustrous communicative way... the performance was sincerity personified!”.
Howard Penny was born in Canberra and after studies with Nelson Cooke moved to Vienna. His concerto performances have included concerts at the Sydney Opera House, Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Berlin Schauspielhaus, Suntory Hall Tokyo and Casals Festival Parades. A regular Principal Cello with Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Vienna Radio Orchestra and Australian World Orchestra, he is a long-standing member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, working with the world’s leading conductors and soloists, participating in over 100 CD and DVD recordings. As a chamber musician he has appeared in Wigmore Hall, Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Beethoven Festival Bonn and KREMERata Lockenhaus. Since 2007 Howard has been a member of the Resident Faculty of the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, where he is now Head of Strings.
Molly Kadarauch is well known as one of Australia’s pre-eminent and versatile cellists, and has performed at leading venues all over the world as well as within Australia as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. She is a founding member of the Sutherland Trio with Caroline Almonte (piano) and Elizabeth Sellars (violin) and was an associate principal cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) between 1996-2003. She has also appeared as guest principal with the Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Orchestra Victoria and Melbourne Chamber Orchestras. In 2016 she toured Australia with the new Musica Viva/ Victorian Opera production of the pastiche opera “Voyage to the Moon”, and has participated in numerous chamber music festivals, including Huntington, Port Fairy, and Peninsula with artists such as Steven Isserlis, Pieter Wispelway, Melvin Tan, and Richard Tognetti. After moving to Melbourne in 2004, Molly made her Melbourne recital debut with Ben Martin at Federation Square at the BMW Edge series, and since then has performed on several occasions as a soloist in the Bach cello suites series at St Mark’s church and at the Twilight Chamber Music series at Rippon Lea Estate. Recently she has soloed with the Melbourne Musicians, Orchestra 21, and the Melbourne Bach Choir. Other international recital appearances have included Chateau d’Orion (France), Gualala Arts (California), and Burg Guttenburg (Germany). As a teacher, mentor and director, she enjoys working at the MCM, ANAM, Monash University and with the Australian Youth Orchestra. She received her Bachelor’s of Music with Honours at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston under Prof. Laurence Lesser (1987-91), after which she received a Diploma of Performance on a 2 year Fulbright Scholarship under the tutorship of Prof.Wolfgang Boettcher at the Universitat der Kunste Berlin. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, her earliest studies were with Irene Sharp, and at the Purcell School of Music (London) under Joan Dickson.
San Francisco native Meta Weiss made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. Her performances have taken her to venues throughout the US and internationally, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, The Kimmel Center, Royal Albert Hall, and Teatro Britanico (Peru). As a member of the cello-rock group Break of Reality, she was selected by the US Department of State as a “musical ambassador” for the American Music Abroad Program. With Break of Reality, she has toured across America, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Brazil. The debut album of duoW, her violin-cello duo with violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan, entitled Entendre, was released in August 2013 on the Grammy award-winning label Sono Luminus. Entendre is the winner of the Violoncello Foundation 2nd Annual Listener’s Choice Award. A Dué Celli, her most recent release (December 2015), was recorded in San Francisco at Studio Trilogy with cellist David Requiro as the Weiss-Requiro Duo. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Weiss completed her Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at The Juilliard School as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow and a SYLFF Fellow. She was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Cello at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2015. Weiss performs on a Gioffredo Cappa cello, c. 1690, generously provided for her by an anonymous supporter.
Hailed as a “consummate master of the bow” by The Strad magazine, Chinese-Australian cellist Yelian He is the winner of the 2009 Royal Over-Seas League String Competition in London and the Grand Prize and Audience Prize winner of the 2014 Australian Cello Awards competition in Sydney (now amalgamated with the Young Performer’s Awards). He has appeared in concert at many venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Concert Hall, City Recital Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Hamer Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Brighton Festival, Deal Festival, Adelaide International Cello Festival and Woodend Winter Arts Festival. In 2017, Yelian and pianist Yasmin Rowe will release their debut CD comprising of an eclectic selection of composers such as Mendelssohn, Kapustin, Schumann-Liszt, Henryson and Piazzolla; the CD includes some of their favourite works both large and small, on and off the stage. They have also released their first and second music videos of Chopin’s Cello Sonata 3rd movement and Nikolai Kapustin’s Burlesque for piano and cello. Commissioned by the City Music Foundation in London and shot inside a Chapel in Peckham, the videos subsequently premiered in the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in central London in October 2016.
Yelian was presented to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 at a reception for outstanding Australians in the UK and again in 2013 in a private performance for the Queen and her Commonwealth guests at Buckingham Palace. Yelian currently plays on a cello that is 140 years old – crafted by Hungarian luthier Adolphus Monnig in 1877. To learn more about Yelian, to watch music videos, or to get updates for the release date of his debut CD, please type “heplayscello” into the search bar in Google or YouTube.
Yasmin Rowe is a renowned international concert pianist; she performs as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many countries and is highly sought after for her chamber music skills. As a UK-born pianist, she recently relocated to Melbourne, Australia to continue her successful young career on the other side of the world, having made the difficult, but rewarding decision of leaving the country where she spent all of her life. Her first commercial CD was released in 2016 and was quickly picked up by British Airways for their on board entertainment system. The CD received high praises by several world-renowned pianists. Yasmin was exposed to music by her mum at a very early age. Even at the age of 4, where she performed her first work in public, Yasmin discovered her love of performing. Luckily, her parents were both nurturing in her passion for the arts, and worked hard to send her to prestigious schools such as Chethams school of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Yasmin graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK with an M.Mus (Dist) in 2013. She qualified to undertake the prestigious International Artist Diploma in 2014, where she enjoyed her piano studies with Stephen Savage and was delighted to take part in masterclasses with Andrei Gavrilov, Noriko Ogawa and Artur Pizarro. Upon her graduation from the RNCM, Yasmin performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto K271 with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra at Chester Cathedral. She frequently performs with her cellist Yelian He; they formed the successful piano/cello duo “Y-Squared” after meeting at a masterclass in 2008. Together they’ve won competitions such as the Royal Over-Seas League String Competition and the Australian Cello Awards (now amalgamated with the Young Performer’s Awards). Yasmin has released her first and second music videos with Yelian in 2016, shot in London in conjunction with the City Music Foundation.
Melbourne-born pianist Caroline Almonte has performed in Europe, the US, China, Japan, Canada and South America, and at the Edinburgh Festival, Teatro Colosseo series, and major festivals in Australia. Her engagements have included performing Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Piano Concerti with Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, performances with violinist Daniel Hope in Sydney and Melbourne, and the Dunkeld Festival of Music with the Australian String Quartet. Caroline also was involved in the recording and production of the recent AMEB piano series. Caroline Almonte studied with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts before completing postgraduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York.
Stephen De Pledge
New Zealand pianist Stephen De studied at the University of Auckland, and then with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His career was launched after winning the Gold Medal from the Guildhall, and the NFMS Young Concert Artists’ Award, and he has since maintained a diverse and wide-ranging performing schedule, as soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist, including travel’s throughout the UK, including five solo recitals in the Wigmore Hall in London, where he made his acclaimed debut in 1999, and around the world. Concerto appearances include the Philharmonia (London) and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, and performances in the Barbican and Fairfield Halls. He has recorded solo works of Bliss, Messiaen and Arvo Pärt. In 2001 he performed the complete chamber works of Arvo Pärt during the Edinburgh Festival, under the guidance of the composer, and he has become particularly associated with the music of Messiaen, which he studied in Paris with the composer’s widow, Yvonne Loriod. In 2008 he gave the first performance of the ‘Landscape Preludes’, twelve new works by New Zealand composers, at the International Festival in Wellington. In addition to his solo recordings, Stephen’s recordings for Sanctuary Classics, ASV, Quartz and Landor labels include song cycles by Ned Rorem and Samuel Barber, and chamber music of Messiaen, Shostakovich, Schnittke and Pärt.
Stewart Kelly is one of Australia’s most eclectic pianists and is also a pedagogue, piano importer and broadcaster. In 2017 he joins the faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, curates his sixth season as artistic director of the Con Brio concert series at the Arts Centre Gold Coast and launches the new chamber music festival, Music by the Springs in Hepburn Springs. In addition, he maintains a career as a freelance pianist including as a sessional staff member at the Melbourne Conservatorium at the University of Melbourne, where he is the regular staff pianist for the string school. Stewart is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Australian National Academy of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction and a Master of Music Studies, obtained while studying under the principal guidance of Gillian Wills, Diane Selmon, Stephen Emmerson and Timothy Young.
Jennen Ngiau-Keng studied at the Australian National Academy of Music from 2002 to 2005 and completed a Master of Music Performance Degree at the University of Tasmanian in 2008. Since leading the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2007, Jennen has performed as Guest Concertmaster of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Vic Opera Orchestra. He has performed as a principal player with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and lectured at The University of Melbourne and Monash University. Jennen currently performs as a casual violinist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and is also the Company Director of JENNEN Shoes and String Musicians Australia.
Violinist Curt Thompson serves as Associate Professor and Head of Strings at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where he is a founding member of the Ormond Quartet. He is Founder and Executive Director of the Fort Worth, Texas-based Mimir Chamber Music Festival, which will present its 19th season in Fort Worth and 4th season in Melbourne this year. Thompson performs throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia as concerto soloist, recitalist, concertmaster, and chamber musician in such prestigious venues as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Salle Gaveau (Paris), Teatro Naçional de Costa Rica (San José) and the Shanghai Concert Hall. His debut recording of the violin sonatas by Charles Ives (Naxos) is regularly broadcast worldwide and has received outstanding reviews. Concerto appearances include the Qingdao Symphony (China), Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra (Colombia), the symphonies of Corpus Christi, San Angelo, Las Colinas, Irving, Arlington, Garland, and the Texas Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Thompson has been a featured artist in the Copland/Shostakovich Festival (Rio de Janeiro), the Festival de Primavera (Oaxaca, Mexico), the Seventh Centennial Festival of Villarobledo (Spain), and Inter-Harmony International Music Festival (Hinterzarten, Germany). As Concertmaster, Curt has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra (Italy), and the Corpus Christi, Las Colinas, and San Angelo symphonies.
Ji Won Kim
Ji Won Kim has established a solid career as a soloist in Australia. Winner of ABC young performer of the year in 2009 and Brahms international violin competition in 2005, Ji Won performs regularly with major symphony orchestras. She is part of Trio Bresciani and also has been guest concertmaster of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra as well as Melbourne, West Australian and Adelaide symphony orchestras.
Violist Caleb Wright graduated the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide before studying at the Australian National Academy of Music. Caleb since then has performed in many orchestras both nationally and internationally. He was the runner up for the position in Berlin Philharmonic in 2010. He won the principal position in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in 2015 and also played as guest principal in Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.
Gabby Halloran studied viola at the Victorian College of the Arts with Lawrie Jacks and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Thomas Riebl. During her time in Salzburg, Gabby performed in various chamber ensembles, including concerts in Paris for the Mozart Bicentenary in 1991. In 1996, Gabby returned to Europe on an Melbourne Symphony Orchestrac (MSO) Friends study grant and attended summer schools in Salzburg and Siena (with Yuri Bashmet), followed by lessons with David Takeno in London. She has been a member of MSO since 1993, and performs regularly with MSO Chamber Players.
Rob Nairn is a newly appointed Associate Professor of Double Bass at Melbourne University, having previously taught on the faculty of the Juilliard School, Penn State University, and as a Kulas Visiting Artist at Case Western Reserve University. Rob received his Bachelor of Music with distinction from the Canberra School of Music and a post-graduate diploma from the Berlin Musikhochschule by courtesy of a two-year DAAD German Government Scholarship. He has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Melbourne Symphony, the Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players, the Australia Ensemble, The Australian World Orchestra and the Australian String Quartet. He has acted as guest Principle Bassist with the Halle Orchestra, the London Mozart players, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and held the position of Principle bass with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist he has performed concerti with the Australian Chamber, Adelaide and Darwin symphony orchestras and Handel and Haydn Society Rob is also active in commissioning new works and has premiered more than forty compositions for both solo bass and chamber music featuring the bass, championing in particular the music of Australian composers.
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