Black Magic

1st March 2015, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium

Emma BlackZoe BlackCaroline Almonte

Emma Black (oboe) – Zoë Black (violin) – Caroline Almonte (piano)


Composer Item
George Frideric Handel Trio Sonata in D minor, HWV 381
Luciano Berio Sequenza VIIa for Oboe (1969)
Joe Chindamo Toccata for Violin
Francis Poulenc Oboe Sonata, FP 185
George Frideric Handel Trio Sonata in B flat major, HWV 380

Concert details are correct at the time of posting but may be subject to change.

Emma Black (Oboe)

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 Grammophone 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 (violin)

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.

Zoë was born in Melbourne, 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, Zoe led ACO2 in thieir April 2013 Tour. In addition, Zoe 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.

Caroline Almonte (piano)

Melbourne-born pianist Caroline Almonte Caroline Almonte 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 (piano performance) and Samuel Sanders (chamber music), having previously studied with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts. She also participated in masterclasses with Yvonne Loriod, Gyorgy Sebok (Banff Festival) Michele Campanella (Accademia di Chigiana), David Takeno and Ferenc Rados.

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 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in February and will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto No 20 K466 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in November. 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. In 2013, Caroline gave a Musica Viva recital tour with Pieter Wispelwey. She also appeared as a soloist with Bernadette Harvey and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a spectacular performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the animals, conducted by Benjamin Northey and narrated by Dame Edna Everage. She was delighted to support the Hush Music Foundation for their latest album The Magic Island, performing Nigel Westlake’s Diving with George with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

In previous chamber music performances, Caroline has collaborated with members of the Australia Ensemble, Escher Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet, Flinders Quartet, Yvonne Kenny, Ralph Kirschbaum, Ian Munro, Li-Wei Qin, Merlyn Quaife and Miki Tsunoda, her chamber music partner from Duo Sol.

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. She has been involved in several projects with the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and the Australian Music Examinations Board. As a laureate of competitions including the ABC Young Performers’ awards and Concorso Trio di Trieste, Caroline has been an invited member of the jury at the Singapore National Piano Competition, New Zealand Chamber Music Competition, Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Awards and at the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach competition. Recently Caroline was the producer of the new piano series 17 syllabus recordings for the AMEB as well as being one of the recording artists.