Society News: June 2015

July 2015 Concert
Winter Ghost

Trio Bonnensis

Sarah Kim – Cello
Niklas Liepe – Violin
Fabian Müller – Piano

5 July 2015
Wyselaskie Auditorium, Parkville


Composer Item
Beethoven Piano Trio in D Major, Op.70 No.1 ‘Ghost’
Allegro vivace e con brio
Largo assai e espressivo
Haydn Piano Trio in C Major, Hob XV: 27
Mendelssohn Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 66
Allegro energico e con fuoco
Andante espressivo
Scherzo: Molto allegro quasi presto
Finale: Allegro appassionato

Sarah Kim – Cello

Born in Melbourne, Kim commenced learning cello at the age of eight. In 2009, she was accepted into the Advanced Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music, studying under Howard Penny. Kim has since performed chamber music with an array of eminent artists, including Claudio Bohorquez, Pekka Kuusisto and Dmitry Sitkovesky, and has played principal cello under conductors such as Brett Dean, Daniel Harding and Simone Young.

Kim has participated extensively in music festivals and master classes throughout Europe and Australia. In 2012, she won the Carl Seemann Prize from the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and in 2013 she graduated with a Master of Music. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart.

Niklas Liepe – Violin

Born in 1990 in Göttingen, Liepe has been described as a ‘soloist in a class of his own who seems to meld with his violin and captivates the audience with breath-takingly brisk, spirited but also dreamy and romantic passages’ and whose ‘purity and clarity of his playing, “sweetness” of the violin, and its soft and emotive tones have an enchanting effect’.

Having studied at the Musical College of Hanover, Liepe is now undertaking a Master of Music in International Violin Solo Performance at the Kronberg Academy. He is the recipient of numerous performance prizes and scholarships, performs regularly as a chamber musician and soloist with a number of leading orchestras, and has worked with esteemed conductors such as Hartmut Haenchen, John Holloway and Heribert Beisel. In 2012, Liepe toured with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Hessen.

Fabian Müller – Piano

Müller was born in Bonn in 1990 and received his first piano lessons at the age of four. In 2005, he became a student of Professor P. L. Aimard in the project Pre-College-Cologne to promote extraordinary music talents. Müller has performed extensively throughout Europe, including the Netherlands, Spain, France, England and Switzerland. In 2011, he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn.

Since 2007, Müller has been a regular performer at the Klavierfestival Ruhr. In 2012 he was engaged by the conductor H. Beissel to perform with the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn throughout Germany. In 2013, Müller became a laureate of the Busoni Competition in Bozen, where he won the jury prize, the prize for the best performance of a piece by Busoni and the prize for the best interpretation of modern music.

Robert Salzer Foundation supports Lyrebird Commission

The Society is delighted to announce that the Robert Salzer Foundation has generously undertaken to support the Lyrebird Commission for 2015, 2016 and 2017. The Lyrebird Commission provides an annual award for a new musical composition by an Australian composer, and, in recent years, has been made possible through the financial support of the Robert Salzer Foundation.

The Foundation’s continuing financial support will be used with Society funds to ensure the continuation of the Lyrebird Commission as one of only a few such awards in Australia. The Society remains indebted to the Foundation.

Ticketless entry to Society concerts

The Society wishes to reduce its paper use and to reinvest increasing printing costs in attracting and supporting artists and securing the future of the important and unique Lyrebird Commission.

To this end, members are reminded that the Society will no longer issue individual member concert tickets for its annual concert series. Instead, members and their guests will be invited to identify themselves upon entry and attendance will be recorded on a membership door list. As always, visitors are welcome to purchase concert entry on the day.

Celebrating 95 years

2016 will mark the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Lyrebird Music Society (as the British Music Society of Victoria) by arts patron Louise Hanson-Dyer.

To celebrate and honour Louise Hanson-Dyer’s great legacy and the Society’s ongoing contribution to music in Australia, the Society’s management committee is planning a calendar of special events to take place throughout 2016. Details will be announced late in 2015.