Aequales Ensemble


Edwina Kayser, violin
Daniel Neumann, viola
Sarah Cuming, violoncello
Robin Baker, pianoforte

Sunday 7th September 2008• 2 pm
Gisborne St, East Melbourne
Melways 2F Kl

Meet the Artists

Aequales was formed in 1996. We chose the name “Aequales” to portray an essential ingredient of chamber music: we all play an equal part, both on stage and off. We have played duo, trio and quartet concerts and now devote ourselves to the piano quartet repertoire.

Edwina Kayser – violin: After studying with Christopher Martin and Carl Pini at the University of Melbourne, Edwina continued her education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with John Glickman. She has worked with orchestras in the U.K., Portugal and Australia, and she has received tuition from the Takacs, Chilingirian, Melba and Australian String Quartets and Ensemble I. In 1999 she completed a Masters degree from the University of Melbourne, studying with Nathan Gutman and William Hennessy. She has an active musical life playing regularly with Orchestra Victoria, leading Kooyong Chamber Players and Stonnington Symphony.

Danny Neumann – viola: Danny Neumann began learning the violin in Canberra with Josette Esquedin, a graduate of the Brussels Conservatoire. On changing to the viola he studied in Sydney with John Gould (formerly principal viola with the LSO, and violist of the Carl Pini Quartet), and later in Melbourne with Marco van Pagee and Christopher Martin. He recently retired after 30 years as a full-time member of Orchestra Victoria and stll works with OV on a casual basis. He also plays baroque viola with the Australian Baroque Ensemble, and has been a regular viola tutor for Melbourne Youth Music. He now combines his musical activities with work as a psychologist.

Sarah Cuming – violonc.ello: After studying with Henry Wenig at The Victorian College of the Arts, Sarah completed her Diploma of Arts in 1981. She continued her cello studies in Melbourne with Janis Laurs, Philip Green and Nelson Cooke, in Croatia with Walter Despalj, and in Canadia with Tania Prochazka. Since then she has been extensively involved in teaching, chamber-music and orchestral work, and joined the State Orchestra of Victoria (now Orchestra Victoria) in 1992.

Robin Baker – Piano: Commencing piano at an early age in Melbourne, Robin represents the fourth generation of a musical family. She studied solo piano and piano accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music in England and gained postgraduate Professional Performing Diplomas from both the RNCM and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Robin performed in many concerts in Britain and Europe as chamber musician and piano accompanist. She has recorded for the ABC and BBC. After returning to Australia, she continued a busy freelance career and has been a staff pianist and repetiteur at the University of Melbourne and Victorian College of the Arts. Robin tutors chamber music at the University of Melbourne. She has toured Asia in the Szigeti Trio, giving master classes and concerts and is a founding member of Aequales.

Order of Program

Gustav Mahler: Quartet for Piano & Strings in A minor (1876)

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 No. 3
1 Allegro con spirito
2 Adagio con espressione
3 Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace
4 Finale: Presto


Gabriel Faure: Quartet for Piano & Strings in C minor, Op. 15
1 Allegro molto moderate
2 Scherzo: Allegro vivo
3 Adagio
4 Allegro molto