Society News: February 2015

Another Stunning Program

Writing Lyrebird News is usually very easy although sometimes it can be a challenge to make things new and exciting.  But just look at the artists in the program below!

Caroline Almonte and Stephen Snelleman have again organised an amazing program for the year ahead.  We owe a huge debt of gratitude to them as we  sit back and enjoy the magnificent artists.  I never cease to be amazed at the jewel that is the Lyrebird Music Society. Our program is simply superb.

I often wonder why more people are not involved, especially as a subscription means paying $10 or less per concert. Please take the opportunity to tell your friends and anyone you think might be interested what the Society has to offer. A number of flyers are included in this mailout for your convenience.  Contact the Secretary if you want more flyers or know of a good place to leave them..

2015         Concert Calendar

March 1 Emma Black (oboe) – Zoë Black (violin) – Caroline Almonte (piano)
April 12 Seraphim Trio
May 3 Monash Sinfonia
June 7 Ian Monro (piano) TBC
July 5 Stephen Grant Ensemble
August 2 MSO Chamber Players TBC
September 6 Wilma and Friends
October 4 Quartz String Quartet
November 1 Janine Sowdon (piano)
December 6 Joel Brennan (trumpet) – Ken Murray (guitar) – Don Immel (trombone)

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February 2015

March 1 Concert

Black Magic

Emma Black (oboe) – Zoë Black (violin)

Caroline Almonte (piano)

Handel Trio Sonata in D minor, HWV 381
Berio Sequenza VIIa for Oboe (1969)
Chindamo Toccata for Violin
Poulenc Oboe Sonata, FP 185
Handel Trio Sonata in B flat major, HWV 380

Australian born Emma Black is the principal oboist with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble (Dir: Thomas Hengelbrock) and principal and soloist with the Wiener Akademie (Martin Haselböck). With both of these orchestras she has performed in all the major European festivals and can be heard in numerous CD and radio recordings.

Emma Black also plays and records regularly with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie (Dir: Jeremie Rohrer), the Wiener Kammerorchester, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ensemble Prisma, Bach Consort Wien, Musica Aeterna (Dir: Teodor Currentzis) and Les Talens Lyriques. Recently she performed with Paris based Orfeo 55 (Dir: Nathalie Stutzman) and can be heard on this chamber group’s Deutsche Grammophon recording of “Une Cantate Immaginaire” and the more recent “Heroes in the Shadows”.

As a soloist, she has performs regularly with the Wiener Akademie (including concerts in the Vienna Musikverein), most recently in the Liszt Festival in Raiding, playing the seldom heard “Introduzione, Tema e Variazioni” by G.Verdi and Mori. Emma has also performed often with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and the Bach Consort Wien.

Zoë Black is a violinist’s violinist, known for her beauty of sound and natural virtuosity. She has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician and as a member of the celebrated Australian Chamber Orchestra, with whom she held the position of Assistant Leader for five years. During the past decade she has dedicated her energies to Chamber Music and was a founding member of Freshwater and Firebird Trios. She now devotes her considerable gifts to special projects, especially her duo with pianist/composer Joe Chindamo alongside her part-time role in the Australian Chamber Orchestra and ACO2 educational programme.

Born in Melbourne, Zoë has won numerous awards including the National Youth Concerto Competition in 1989 and the string section of the ABC Young Performers Awards in 1991. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992, Zoë was awarded grants from the Australia Council and Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Trust as well as the major performance award of the Australian Musical Foundation in London where she studied at the Guildhall School of Music under David Takeno and subsequently at the Vienna Hochschule. Zoë has also studied and performed in Moscow and at Tanglewood; with the Juilliard, Guarneri and Takács Quartets and in Israel with Shlomo Mintz.

She has appeared as soloist with with Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony orchestras. She has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Kammerorchester and ACO as Assistant Leader. She regularly appears at festivals around Australia and internationally, most notably at Huntington, Musica Viva and VancouverFest in Canada.

In 2011 she joined forces with Joe Chindamo to form a duo dedicated to presenting a creative mixture of new compositions and unique Reimaginings of classical works. Their acclaimed CD REIMAGININGS was released in 2012. In 2012 she was featured soloist with ACO in a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Further, Zoë led ACO2 in thieir April 2013 Tour. In addition, Zoë is also a key member of ACO 2’s educational programme, which incorporates touring, giving master classes, and performing in regional Australia. In 2014 her second release with Joe Chindamo, Dido’s Lament was nominated for an ARIA award for best classical album.

Melbourne-born pianist Caroline Almonte has a reputation as a gifted, versatile and sensitive artist who brings a wealth of experience to every performance. She has won numerous awards, has recorded and produced for the ABC and, alongside her solo and chamber performance commitments, teaches piano at the University of Melbourne.

Caroline completed her postgraduate studies in piano performance at the Juillard School in New York with Oxana Yablonskaya and Samuel Sanders having previously studied with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Caroline has performed in Europe, the United States, China, Japan, Canada and South America. Festival appearances include the Edinburgh International Festival, Teatro Colosseo series, the Perth International Festival, the Huntingdon Estate Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. Caroline has performed under conductors Nicholas Braithwaite, Oleg Caetani, Reinhard Goebel, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Richard Mills, Benjamin Northey, Tadaaki Otaka, David Porcelijn and Marcus Stenz.

In 2014, Caroline performed Serge Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No 3 with the MSO and Mozart’s Concerto No 20 K466 with the TSO. She collaborated with British violinist Daniel Hope for performances at the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Centre, and in April performed with the Australian String Quartet at the Dunkeld Festival of Music.

Alongside her various on-stage and studio performances, Caroline continues a prolific teaching career and is passionate about working with young musicians. As well as teaching piano at the University of Melbourne she regularly gives both piano and chamber music masterclasses.

April 12 Concert (note date)

Angels meet Ghost

Seraphim Trio

Anna Goldsworthy (piano) – Helen Ayres (violin) Tim Nankervis (cello)

Beethoven         Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3 Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 “Ghost”

Seraphim Trio was formed 21 years ago by three friends for the pure enjoyment of making music together. The group is now recognised as Australia’s pre-eminent piano trio. Over the last two decades, Helen Ayres, Anna Goldsworthy and Tim Nankervis have remained steadfastly committed to chamber music – from building the contemporary repertoire, to developing new audiences and teaching the next generation of performers. Inspiring others through intelligent programming and a deep knowledge and love of chamber music, Seraphim Trio never fails to delight audiences.

Winners of the Piano Trio Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Australian National Chamber Music Competition in 2001 (now the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition) Seraphim Trio has regularly performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Peninsular Summer Music Festival and in 2013, Opera Australia’s Ring Festival in Melbourne.

Alongside its acclaimed subscription series Seraphim Trio is frequently broadcast on ABC Classic FM and on the MBS network, and maintains a robust commissioning program. Seraphim frequently collaborates with Australia’s leading musicians: most recently with Diana Doherty, Paul Dean, Lisa Harper-Brown and David Elton. The group has studied in Germany with Hatto Beyerle, and in Australia with William Hennessy, Eleonora Sivan, Mark Mogilevski, Ronald Farren-Price and Lois Simpson.