Society News: February 2013

Welcome to the 2013 concert season. This year starts with two exciting concerts for violin and piano featuring the Corda Duo and the Duo Chamber Melange. Details of both concerts are  in the newsletter. Your committee looks forward to seeing you at these concerts and throughout the year.


With this newsletter you will find a brochure for the 2013 season. Please keep the brochure as a reminder of the concert season or give it to someone who might be interested in attending one or more concerts. If you would like more, there will be plenty of extra brochures available at the concerts. Alternatively, contact the Secretary (details at the bottom of the page). Attracting new members and concert attendees is vital to ensure the ongoing health of the Society and its ability to present a  program of the highest standard.

Society Mailouts

You will also find tickets for both the March and April concerts in this mailout. This year we are scheduling only four member mailouts, in February, April, June and August. For those who have given their email address to the society, we plan to send reminders before each concert.

Membership Renewal

If your membership is due for renewal on 1/1/2013 and it has not been paid, you will receive a renewal notice in this mailout. You can pay in person at the next concert; by cheque posted to the Secretary; or online at

Program Changes

Since the last newsletter a number of changes have been made  to the 2013 program. Part of the challenge of running the Society’s program of concerts is that from time to time performers become unavailable. Our March and July concert are such instances. Many thanks to the performers for providing replacement concert programs.

Another important announcement is that we have come to an arrangement with the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) to reserve our September concert for a group of players from this prestigious institution.


If you want the latest information about any of our planned concerts or the society in general, take a look at our website. Comments or suggestions about it or other aspects of the Society are always welcome either by email, post or in person.

March 3 Concert

Corda Duo      –     Richard Keuneman (violin) & Anna Carson (Piano)


Dvořák: Sonatina in G major for violin&piano Op 100
Sutherland: Nocturne for violin and piano (1944)
Prokofiev: Five Melodies for violin and piano Op 35b
Kats-Chernin: Excerpts from the Wild Swans Suite
Janáček: Sonata for violin and piano

Richard Keuneman is active in many forms of music. He has been Concertmaster of the Melbourne Sinfonia since 1998, a principal player with Camerata Melbourne, and plays in other freelance groups. Richard also performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals for local and regional organisations such as the Lyrebird Music Society and the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields festival. In the UK, he collaborated in recital with Slava Grigoryan (guitar) including at London’s Wigmore Hall, and toured with Britain’s Young Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra under the directorship of Yehudi Menuhin. As concerto soloist, Richard has appeared with orchestras including the Melbourne Musicians, Melbourne Sinfonia, Corpus Medicorum and Collegium Australis with whom he has performed violin concertos and solo works of Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Chausson, and the double concertos of Bach (with Mark Mogilevski, Richard’s principal teachers in Melbourne were Jean Lehmann, Fintan Murphy and Mark Mogilevski. Overseas he studied with Jean-Noêl Molard (Conservatoire de la Ville de Paris), Helfried Fister (Kärntner Landeskonservatorium, Austria) and David Takeno (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London). At the University of Melbourne, Richard was concertmaster and soloist with the Faculty of Music Orchestra and won the Mozart Concerto Competition.

He performs in varied styles and idioms, such as in his recent collaboration in Berlin with pianist Luke Howard in a Tango project featuring the music of Astor Piazzolla. His performances and live studio concerts have been broadcast on 3MBS-FM radio network.

Anna Carson (piano) has performed as a solo recitalist and chamber musician throughout Australia. Winner of the prestigious Australian National Piano Award, she was also twice a keyboard finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. Anna has appeared with The Queensland Orchestra, The Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. After graduating from the University of Queensland as a student of Max Olding, Anna continued studies at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne before pursuing an intensive course of study with Professor Lidia Baldecchi-Arcuri in Genova, Italy. Anna participated in the international summer courses of the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas, the Salzburg Festival and the Musici Artis Festival in Brussels. In these years she had lessons and masterclasses with artists including Boris Berman, Dominque Merlet, Ruvim Ostrovski, Nikolai

Demidenko, Barry Douglas, Alexander Satz and Mikhail Voskressensky. Alongside her solo performances, Anna has a passionate interest in chamber music and collaborates with a variety of musicians in concerts throughout Australia. Recently she has appeared at the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, the Brunswick Beethoven Festival, and as a soloist for the Mornington Peninsula Music Society. Anna regularly performs in partnership with pianist Timothy Young, recently at the South Coast Music Society and at the Melbourne Recital Centre with The Consort of Melbourne. Anna has been a sessional staff member at Monash University since 2006 and teaches piano at St Michael’s Grammar School.

April 7 Concert

Duo Chamber Melange – Ivana Tomášková (violin) – Tamara Smolyar (piano)


Mozart: Sonata in E minor for violin and piano K304
Rachmaninov/Wilde: “Do Not Grieve” for solo piano
Grieg: Sonata no.2 op.13 in G Major for violin& piano
Dreyfus: “Standing Behind Giants” for violin & piano
de Falla: Suite of Spanish folk songs (violin & piano)
Gershwin: Selections from Porgy and Bess

Born in Czechoslovakia Ivana Tomášková (violin) is a graduate of the Conservatorium in Brno, the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium in Moscow and, in 1992, she completed a Master of Music degree at the Prague Music Academy. With a wide repertoire as a soloist and as member of a number of chamber music ensembles, Ivana has given concerts in many European countries, in USA, South Africa and Australia. She is actively interested in the dissemination of music by Australian and Czech composers in Australia and Europe. Ivana’s wide repertoire comprises pieces of all styles. Reviews emphasize the beauty and expressiveness of her tone, technical brilliance, and sense of style and remarkable poetic and singing features of her performances. Ivana has made a numerous of radio recordings for Czech Radio and the ABC and commercial CDs on Panton, Multisonic, Arcodiva and Move labels. Ivana plays a violin made in 1770 by Sebastianus Wuzelhofer.

Tamara Smolyar (piano) was born to a family of four generations of musicians, Tamara represents the finest traditions of the Russian piano school. She graduated from the Kiev State Conservatorium of Music (Ukraine) and the University of Melbourne (Master Degree). She was the winner of the First Chamber Music Competition (Ukraine) and was also awarded the special Prizes of Best Accompanist and Chamber Musician of Ukraine and USSR. Tamara has been in constant demand as a teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and performer. She has produced numerous recordings for national and international broadcasters, commercial CDs on Move, Vox Australis, Cantor Productions and performed in many prominent venues across three continents. A number of composers have written music for her as a soloist and a chamber musician. Tamara  is Senior Lecturer in Music Performance and Coordinator of Piano, School of Music, Conservatorium, Monash University.