Australian Cello Ensemble

1st July 2018, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium

Australian Cello Ensemble
Rohan de Korte
Kalina Krusteva
Josephine Vains
Alvin Wong

J. S. Bach – Prelude in D major from Suite VI BWV 1012
Reinhold Gliere – Cello Duos no. 6, 3, and 8
Wilfried Hiller – Tortoise Boogie
W. A. Mozart – Sonata in D major arr. Walter Desbalj
David Popper – Requiem
Saint-Saens – Cello Concerto in A minor, movements 1 and 2, arr. Richard Klemm
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody arr. Rohan de Korte

Meet the Artists
The Australian Cello Ensemble rose out of the 2nd Melbourne Cello Festival in 2017, with the aim to promote the cello as a source of musical fun with like-minded cello friends.

Rohan de Korte has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony for ten years. He is likely to be the tallest cellist you will ever see, which is often a problem for those behind him wanting to see the conductor. He studied with Nelson Cooke in Melbourne, Valter Despalj in Croatia and Claus Kanngiesser at the Cologne Hochschule fur Musik. Most recently he has played with the Australian World Orchestra, toured China and Indonesia as well as Europe with the MSO. He regularly performed sonata concerts with Darryl Coote, and in 2014 he performed the complete Beethoven cycle for the Team of Pianists. He has also begun arranging pieces for cello quartet, which you will hear today and he has been playing Jazz with the Roger Young Collective. For a number of years. As well as all of this he teaches and tutors at the Victorian college of the Arts and at Melbourne University. Rohan has three very loud and rowdy young boys and plays on a cello made in Germany in 1720.

Described by the legendary Janos Starker as “a cellist of the highest quality who will play an important part in musical life”, Kalina Krusteva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, into a family of cellists – learning from her father, Anatoli – and from an early age regularly performed as a soloist with all the Bulgarian Orchestras, and was a prize winner in numerous National and International competitions. Since moving to Melbourne in 2009, she has been in constant demand playing solo cello in the Melbourne seasons of My Fair Lady, Matilda, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Love Never Dies, and various shows for the Production Company. She has also performed as a Guest Principle with Orchestra Victoria, is a regular with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and teaches cello and Chamber Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Monash University. Highlights include playing “Send in the Clowns” with Kellie Dickerson, live for Mr. Sondheim at his “An Evening with Sondheim”, and touring with Hugh Jackman for his arena sell out national tour. She holds a PhD from Sofia National Academy of Music, was Principle Cello of the Orquestra do Algarve in Portugal from 2002-9 and after completing a Masters at the Royal Academy of London, worked with the Royal Philharmonic, the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and was Co-Principal Cello of Valery Gergiev’s “World Orchestra for Peace” at the Royal Albert Hall.

Josephine Vains is an Australian cellist, chamber musician and educator, and has performed on concert stages throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Caribbean. Currently performing on a mix of modern and baroque cello with Firebird Trio, Accademia Arcadia, Early Romantic Collective, Australia Octet and Kammermusik, she has performed with Trio 3.0.3, Freshwater Trio, Melba Quartet and on radio for ABC FM, 3MBS, DRS1 (Switzerland), NDR (Germany) and CBC (Canada). Her latest CD Il Diavolo with Accademia Arcadia is out now on Tall Poppies. Josephine’s love of music permeates her teaching at the VCA Secondary School, University of Melbourne and Monash University. Her musical life also extends to adjudicating, examining, reviewing, blogging, and curating concerts. She performs on a Thomas Kennedy Cello, London 1850 and a Thomas Dodd Cello, London 1800.

Lauded for his “remarkable technical skills,” “hall-filling tone” and “expressive poetry,” cellist Alvin Wong has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia. An advocate in new music, he has premiered concertos and cello works by Chinese, Australian and American composers. Currently Lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and a founding member of the resident Ormond String Quartet, Alvin founded the Melbourne Cello Festival as artistic director. Under the tutelage of legendary cellists Janós Starker and Aldo Parisot, he received the Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale University.