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2014 Concert Series

Australian Voices

Posted by on 30 Nov, 2014 in 2014 Concert Series, Past Concerts | Comments Off on Australian Voices

Australian Voices

The Australian Voices ensemble has a distinctive, fresh sound with a high artistic energy. The ensemble has been awarded some of the highest honours in choral music, including gold medals at the World Choir Games and first prizes at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Gordon Hamilton has been Artistic Director since 2009 and is considered one of Australia’s most exciting young conductors and composers. They tour internationally every year.

The Australian Voices: 18

“The most sublime performance I have ever heard anywhere in the world” Jonathon Welch, Choir of Hard Knocks

“..staggeringly beautiful harmonies – 5 STARS” Three Weeks, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

The Australian Voices is comprised of singers aged 17 to 35 from all over Australia and is acclaimed for its distinctively fresh choral sound and high artistic energy.  Their choral-theatre work, MOON, received 5-stars at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Toy Story 3 = Awesome! and 9 Cutest Things That Ever Happened are youtube hits. Other works like We Apologise and Tra$h Ma$h have forged new directions in choral music.

The Program features an eclectic selection of Australian and European choral works by Gordon Hamilton, Robert Davidson, Ruth McCall and James Morrison interspersed with classics from Bach, Palestrina and Hildegarde von Bingen.The Australian Voices have a 19-year history of creating exciting new Australian works and they take the audience on a journey of wonder and education.

Genevieve Lacey & James Crabb

Posted by on 7 Sep, 2014 in 2014 Concert Series, Past Concerts | Comments Off on Genevieve Lacey & James Crabb

Genevieve Lacey & James Crabb
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This new duo between James Crabb (classical accordion) and Genevieve Lacey (recorder) brings together two internationally acclaimed soloists with a passion for chamber music and imaginative collaboration. Their repertoire ranges from medieval and renaissance treasures, through Bach, Vivaldi and Sammartini, via Scottish folk tunes, to contemporary classics by Piazzolla and Reich, and evocative new Nordic and Australian works.

Biography

  • Genevieve Lacey, recorders
  • James Crabb, accordion

This new duo between James Crabb (classical accordion) and Genevieve Lacey (recorder) brings together two internationally acclaimed soloists with a passion for chamber music and imaginative collaboration. Their repertoire ranges from medieval and renaissance treasures, through Baroque masterworks from Bach, Vivaldi and Sammartini, via Scottish folk tunes, to contemporary classics by Piazzolla and Reich, and evocative new Nordic and Australian works. Pioneering this instrumental combination in Australia, Crabb and Lacey’s programmes show that the possibilities between these two musicians are vast and surprising.

Their 2014 programme includes:

  • Ortiz: Recercada Primera, Recercada Segunda
  • Locke: Consort Of Two Parts (For Several Friends)
  • J.S. Bach: Trio Sonata BWV 527 No. 3 in D minor
  • Trad/Crabb: Scottish folk tunes
  • Damian Barbeler: Shadow Box

Scottish born James Crabb is one of the world’s leading ambassadors of the classical accordion. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Mogens Ellegaard and was awarded the Carl Nielsen Music Prize, Denmark in 1991. Highlights of recent seasons include performances with the Camerata Salzburg at the Mozarteum, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Four Winds Festival in Bermagui, Goldner String Quartet and Australia Ensemble as well as his conducting debut. James’ great passion and acclaimed authority for the music of Astor Piazzolla has resulted in collaborations with the original members of Piazzolla’s own quintet along with two highly acclaimed recordings, with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and with Richard Tognetti and the Tango Jam quintet. James was professor of classical accordion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen from 1995 – 2010 and also held a long-standing guest professorship at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria.

“…Crabb was a magnificent soloist with outstanding tonal variety, rhythmical conviction and a superb sense of colour and projection” Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald

Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso and serial collaborator. She has an international career as a soloist, and a substantial recording catalogue with ABC Classics. Genevieve’s collaborators are as diverse as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, baroque orchestra Concerto Copenhagen, classical guitarist Karin Schaupp, and The Black Arm Band, who present music of the Australian indigenous experience. Passionate about contemporary music, Genevieve has commissioned, created, premiered and recorded scores of new works. Genevieve has won many awards including an ARIA, and Helpmann, as well as Australia Council, Freedman and Churchill Fellowships. She holds academic and performance degrees (including a doctorate) in music and English literature from universities in Melbourne, Switzerland and Denmark. Between 2008-2012 Genevieve was the Artistic Director for Four Winds Festival.

Genevieve’s performances have been described by The Guardian (London) as “combining sensuality, wit and mind boggling flamboyance” and by The Age (Australia) as “fluttering poetry.”

www.jamescrabb.com

www.genevievelacey.com

Sitkovetsky Trio

Posted by on 29 Mar, 2014 in 2014 Concert Series, Past Concerts | Comments Off on Sitkovetsky Trio

Sitkovetsky Trio

First prizewinners of the International Commerzbank Chamber Music Award 2008 and recipients of the NORDMETALL Chamber Music Award at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival 2009, the Sitkovetsky Trio is a collaboration between three young musicians who share a passion for Chamber Music. Having met and worked together at the Yehudi Menuhin School, they founded the ensemble in 2007 and have since emerged as one of the outstanding Trios of today, receiving numerous awards and critical acclaim.

Biography

  • Alexander Sitkovetsky violin
  • Wu Qian piano
  • Leonard Elschenbroich cello

“The Sitkovetsky Trio matches formidable technique with a mature understanding of the music played and
a complete lack of any self-indulgence” Classical Source

First prizewinners of the International Commerzbank Chamber Music Award 2008 and recipients of the
NORDMETALL Chamber Music Award at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival 2009, the Sitkovetsky
Trio is a collaboration between three young musicians who share a passion for Chamber Music. Having
met and worked together at the Yehudi Menuhin School, they founded the ensemble in 2007 and have
since emerged as one of the outstanding Trios of today, receiving numerous awards and critical acclaim.

As a Trio they have won the Philharmonia-Martin Chamber Music Award, the Kirckman Society Award, the
Tillett Trust Award and are supported by the Hattori Foundation, the Fidelio Trust, the Musicians
Benevolent Fund and the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation. They held a Junior Fellowship at the Royal
Academy of Music in 2007-2008 and 2008-2010, and were recipients of the Golubovich Fellowship and
the Richard Cairnes Junior Fellowship for Chamber Music at Trinity Laban College of Music, resulting in
many performances and educational worships at the College and across London. The Trio has most
recently been awarded a Fellowship at the Royal Northern College of Music for the 2012-13 season.

The Sitkovetsky Trio made its debut appearance at the Wigmore Hall in November 2008, resulting in reinvitations
in May 2009 and May 2012. The Trio made its highly successful Southbank debut playing a
recital in the Purcell Room and was subsequently invited to play in front of Her Majesty the Queen in
London. The Trio has already been invited to give recitals at various festivals throughout the UK and
abroad, in venues such as Kettle’s Yard, St. George’s Bristol, Wigmore Hall, Frankfurt Alte Oper, the
Chamber hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. The Trio has
on ongoing relationship with the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival and was resident at the Festival’s
2012 Chamber Music week, where they performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Berlin
Konzerthaus Orchester under Gabriel Feltz. In 2009 and 2010 the Trio also performed the Beethoven
Triple Concerto on tour with the Orchestra of the Swan and the Münchner Symphoniker. 2013 saw the
Trio undertake its highly successful debut tour of China, which featured concerts in Beijing, Shanghai
Tianjin and Guangzhou.

The 2013/14 season sees the Trio return to the Wigmore Hall for an evening recital, as well as making a
return to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in the autumn. The Trio will also make their debut at the
Vancouver Recital Society as well as giving recitals across in the UK and Europe including in Hamburg,
Bilbao, Rimini and St Andrews (BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime series). The spring will see the Trio undertake its
debut tour of Australia with Musica Viva, to include performances in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and
Canberra.

The Trio’s first recording for BIS Records of works by Smetana, Suk and Dvorak is scheduled for release in
2014.
www.sitkovetskytrio.com 2013/14