We are pleased to announce that most of the artists whose concerts we had to cancel last year have made themselves available at similar dates this year.
MOST RECENT CONCERT:
June 14, 2021 - Josie and the Emeralds
Josie and the Emeralds comprise some of Sydney’s leading early music performers and specialize in performing works from the renaissance along with the occasional foray into contemporary music.
Their carefully designed programs include elaborate motets, dramatic madrigals, light-hearted capricious dances and instrumental consorts. Josie and the Emeralds include early music soprano Josie Ryan and some of Australia’s finest viola da gamba players: Laura Vaughan, Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex and Brooke Green (Artistic Dir.)
Note that this concert was held at the Turramurra Uniting Church. All the following concerts will be at Ravenswood.
NEXT CONCERT - regretfully cancelled due to the latest covid restrictions!
July 5, 2021 - Pianist Elina Yasumoto
Elina Yasumoto has been critically acclaimed for her “command and grace” and called “a magician of the piano” and “the female Horowitz” by the jury of the Australian National Piano Award. Her playing has been recognized for its freshness, spontaneity and architectural strength. Elina has held the positions of Faculty Accompanist and worked as a collaborative artist at University of Melbourne, Australian National Academy of Music and the Central Queensland University Conservatorium of Music where she was appointed the Senior Lecturer in Piano Accompaniment in 2012. Elina won the second prize at the 2010 Australian National Piano Award, and she is now a barrister-at-law.
August 30, 2021 - Piano Quartet
Piano Quartet - Vincent Lo, Paul Cheung, Ben Tjoa & Nathan Greentree
The piano quartet is made up of outstanding graduates of Sydney Conservatorium of Music led by cellist Vincent Lo who after winning the Sydney Eisteddfod Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship has been gaining valuable experience in Italy. One of the most sought-after ensemble pianists, Paul Cheung, highly experienced violinist Ben Tjoa and award winning violist Nathan Greentree make up the balance of this brilliant ensemble.
September 20, 2021 - Emma Sholl (flute), Roger Benedict (viola), Jane Rosenson (harp)
All three artists are faculty members of Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Emma Sholl is regarded as one of Australia's finest flautists. Her "gorgeous honeyed tone" has led to a successful and varied career as soloist, chamber and orchestra musician and teacher. She plays regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Roger Benedict's career has encompassed work as a conductor, viola soloist, orchestral player and teacher. He is currently Principal Viola in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and heads the viola dept. at the Conservatorium, where he also conducts their symphony orchestra. In addition, he gives masterclasses throughout Europe and Asia.
Jane Rosenson is principal harpist for the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and has performed and recorded with other orchestras and ensembles at home and abroad. She has delighted audiences with her engaging performances in the classical, popular and jazz arenas.
October 25, 2021 - Piano Trio
Piano Trio – Marina Marsden (violin), Grace Kim (piano) & Kristy Conrau (cello)
Three outstanding musicians have come together to perform the trios of Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn, works of great beauty. Marina Marsden has been the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s principal Second Violin since 2006 having joined the SSO in 1995 as Assistant Concertmaster. Concert pianist, artistic director and music educator - Grace Kim is one of the most respected musicians in Australia having gained an envious reputation in Europe before returning to Australia where she is establishing “Mountain” & “Sensory” concerts attracting interna- tionally recognized peers. Grace currently teaches in the “Rising Stars” program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Cellist Kristy Conrau graduated with honours from the Victorian College of the Arts and completed the Advanced Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music before joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2006.
November 22, Genevieve Lang (harp) and Rachel Scott (cello)
Genevieve Lang performs regularly with several of Australia's orchestras, especially the Sydney Symphony. She is a founding member of SHE (Seven Harp Ensemble), which commissions and performs new Australian music. Genevieve takes an active role in music education, presenting courses in chamber music appreciation and music journalism. She often delivers pre-concert talks for the SSO, and is a regular presenter on ABC Classic radio.
Rachel Scott has played as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK and Europe. Back in Sydney she is the founder and artistic director of the "Bach in the Dark" series of concerts, where she teams with a variety of musicians, singers, poets, actors and visual artists. Rachel is education manager for the Australian Children's Music Foundation, which gives underprivileged children ongoing access to quality music in the classroom.