Aequales Ensemble

AEQUALES ENSEMBLE

PETER EXTON, VIOLIN
DANIEL NEUMANN, VIOLA
SARAH CUMING, VIOLONCELLO
ROBIN BAKER, PIANOFORTE

Sunday September 21 2007 2.00pm
THE CHAPEL COPPIN COMMUNITY CENTRE
ROYAL FREEMASONS’ HOMES
Cnr. Punt & Moubray St (enter from Moubray St)
Melway Ref: 2L D10

Meet the Artists

Peter Exton: completed postgraduate studies with Jan Sedivka at the Tasmanian Conservatorium, and then attended classes with Max Rostal, Sandor Vegh, Josef Gingold, Thomas Brandis, and Pinchas Zukerman. Peter has performed as concerto soloist with major Australian orchestras, was a member of the West Australian and Petra String Quartets, and in 1996 founded the Australian Piano Quartet. Peter has performed nationally in concert for Musica Viva and for broadcasts on ABC radio.
Peter worked with the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestras, and was Co-Principal second violin of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Since returning to Australia Peter has been Associate Concertmaster of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and guest concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He is currently involved with research at Marshall Day Acoustics. Peter has been Co-Concertmaster of Orchestra Victoria since 2005.

Daniel 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. Until recently he was a regular viola tutor for Melbourne Youth Music. He joined the Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra (now Orchestra Victoria) in 1975, and retired at the end of 2005. He now combines his orchestral and chamber-music activities with work as a psychologist.

Sarah Cuming: 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: represents the fourth generation of a musical family, commencing piano at an early age in Melbourne. She was selected by the Royal Northern College of Music in England for her tertiary studies and also gained postgraduate Professional Performing Diplomas form both the RNCM and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Robin performed in many concerts in Britain and Europe as piano accompanist, chamber musician and soloist. After returning to Australia, she continued a busy freelance career and is accompanist at the University of Melbourne. She has toured Asia as pianist in the Szigeti Trio, giving master classes and concerts.

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

PROGRAM

W. A. Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, KV 478
Allegro Andante Rondeau

Bela Bartok: A selection from 40 Duos for Two Violins, arranged for viola and ‘cello
• Dance from Maramaros, Play, Hay-Harvesting Song, Mosquito Dance, Teasing Song (Andante)
• Wedding Song, Ruthenian Kolomejka, Cushion Dance, Limping Dance
• Ruthenian Song, Sorrow, Dance, Teasing Song (Scherzando)

INTERVAL

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 26
Allegro non troppo Poco Adagio Scherzo and Trio Finale: Allegro