Society News: August 2013

Another year has passed and it is AGM time again. This year our AGM is being held after the October concert. Notice papers are included in this mailout. As well as the usual reports and committee elections (please consider nominating) there are a number of motions to change the Society’s rules and one to increase membership subscription prices.

The committee is thrilled to announce that it has recently formed an Artistic Advisory Committee led by the renowned pianist and new Committee member Caroline Almonte and including long time ABC presenter and producer Stephen Snelleman.

Our September concert performers are three current ANAM students. The program includes Beethoven’s piano trio, the “Ghost”. Following the concert please join us as we celebrate a special birthday with long time committee member and vice president John Perry.

If your subscription was due in July you should receive either a receipt or a final notice with this newsletter. Queries to the Secretary.

September 1 Concert (2pm)

Musicians of ANAM – Nicholas Waters (violin) – Mee Na Lojewski (cello) – Aidan Boase (piano)


Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Britten: Elegia from Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 65
Rautaavara: Notturno e Danza (1995) violin & piano
Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 30
Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major Opus 70 No.1 “Ghost”

Nicholas Waters  began playing violin at the age of five and attended the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where he was awarded the Pioneer Outstanding Soloist Award and was a finalist in the annual VCASS Chamber Music Competition. Nicholas completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne, under the tuition of Monica Curro. In his first year Nicholas’s string quartet was awarded first prize at the annual University of Melbourne Chamber Music Competition. During his time at the University,

August 2013

Nicholas took the position of concertmaster of the university’s Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble. He also achieved a position in the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Sinfonia, allowing him to study and play alongside members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Nicholas currently plays casually in Orchestra Victoria.

Mee Na Lojewski studied cello with Susan Blake at Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduating in 2009 with First Class Honours (BMus). During her MMus studies Mee Na spent a year studying at the Royal Academy of Music, London under Mats Lidström with the support of a Sydney Conservatorium Faculty Scholarship and University Postgraduate Award.  In London she also played with the Faust Ensemble and received masterclasses from Colin Carr, Robert Cohen, Gregor Horsch and Truls Mørk.

Performing with the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2007, Mee Na was Principal Cello for its 2010 International Tour. She has played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as a guest musician and as a principal player with the Sydney Chamber Opera Company. Over the years Mee Na has received masterclasses from Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirschbaum, Peter Bruns, Natalie Clein, Eggner Trio and the Goldner, Elias and Borodin String Quartets. Her awards include the City of Sydney Cello or Viola Award, a BBM Award for UK cello study and the Peter Weiss AYO Cello Scholarship.

Aidan Boase (piano) Born in Western Australia, Aidan completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, receiving first class honours. He studied  under Anna Sleptsova. He is a three-time winner of WAAPA’s Warana Concerto Competition, performing on each occasion with the Faith Court Orchestra. He was also the recipient of the Cecelia Daff prize.

Last year, as a finalist in the ANAM concerto competition, Aidan performed Totentanz by Liszt with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He also played this work as a guest soloist with the Swan Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012. In 2010 Aidan was chosen to represent Australia at the Shanghai World Expo, performing regularly over a two-week period at the Australian Pavilion. In 2009 he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Western Australia. Aidan is currently studying at ANAM with Timothy Young.

October 6 Concert (2pm)

Zenith – Michael Lampard (baritone) – Rhodri Clarke (piano)


Finzi:  Earth and Air and Rain (Song Cycle) Schubert Impromptus No. 2 in E-flat Major & No. 3 in G-flat Major, Opus 90.

Schubert: Gesänge des Harfners Op.12 An die Entfernte
Der Tod und Das Mädchen
Die Forelle

Michael Lampard (baritone) is emerging as one of Australia’s most exciting young operatic baritones. He has performed in opera, oratorio, recital and musical theatre in Australia, Europe, UK, USA and Asia. He has a Masters degree from UTas, an ATCL from Trinity Guildhall in London and an LMus from the AMEB. Michael is also an experienced composer and conductor. His teachers have included Suzanne Ortuso, and eminent British baritones Konrad Jarnot and Stephen Varcoe. Competition success includes twice being an award-winning finalist in the Australian Singing Competition, being a Quarter Finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia in Paris 2007, winning the DJ Motors Operatic Aria and reaching final rounds in competitions such as the Herald Sun Aria, the German Australia Opera Grant, and the Victorian National Liederfest.

He has worked with many leading companies including the Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Rome Opera Festival, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, More Than Opera, Melbourne Opera, IHOS Opera and most of Tasmania’s orchestras, choirs and theatre companies. Of the almost 50 operas and oratorios in his repertoire, highlights include Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Die Zauberflöte, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini’s La Boheme, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Faure’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Requiem. His recital repertoire covers most of the standard works for the baritone voice including Schubert’s Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Shostakovich’s Michelangelo Suite and many world or Australian premieres including Matthew Dewey’s Il Tempo Passa and Lori Laitman’s The Seed of Dream. Michael has recently returned from the UK where he presented a recital at Gloucester cathedral for the Ivor Gurney Society. In August 2012, Michael and Rhodri Clarke presented a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise for the Lieder Society of Victoria. Michael has recorded a CD of the songs of Tasmanian composer Matthew Dewey and is scheduled to record and premiere a new song cycle by Douglas Knehans in Cincinnati, USA.

The Welsh UK pianist Rhodri Clarke performs internationally as a vocal accompanist, instrumental accompanist and chamber musician. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music London where he studied piano with Andrew Ball and piano accompaniment and chamber music with Nigel Clayton and Roger Vignoles. Rhodri has performed extensively in Europe, USA, South America and Asia. He has been fortunate to perform with artists of high international standing, including bass-baritone Bryn Terfel at a massed choral concert at Carnegie Hall and tenor Rolando with whom he recently released the Deutsche Grammophon CD “Mexico”, focussing on new arrangements of Mexican folk songs. In 2010 he toured Mexico and Europe as chamber musician and accompanist with Villazon and the Latin-American chamber ensemble Bolivar Soloists, including most notably a performance at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. He has performed in many of the major European concert halls, including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Theatre des Champs-Elysees and London Royal Festival Hall. Rhodri has collaborated with Berlin Philharmonic double-bass player Edicson Ruiz for successful performances at the Lucerne International Festival, Musica Atlantico Portugal, several recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie and a recital tour of Venezuela in 2010.

Since arriving in Melbourne last year, Rhodri has been in great demand as an accompanist and repetiteur and has performed with Opera Studio Melbourne, the Australian Boys Choir, Exaudi Youth Choir and the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir as guest accompanist. As an official accompanist he has been engaged by the Australian Double Reed Convention, where he performed with the oboist Celia Craig and in July of this year was the representative official accompanist for the states of Victoria, WA and ACT at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition in Queensland.
Rhodri recently was a double prize winner at Victoria’s National Liederfest, at which he was awarded both Best Accompanist and Best Collaboration with the soprano Ashlyn Tymms for their performances of Korngold, Strauss and Grieg.