MSO Chamber Players Present Vaughan Williams & Schubert

2nd August 2015, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium

Isin Cakmakcioglu (violin)
Gabrielle Halloran (viola)
Rachael Tobin (cello)
Sylvia Hosking (double bass)
Caroline Almonte (piano)

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Piano Quintet in C minor
Allegro con fuoco
Fantasia, quasi variazioni: Moderato

Franz Schubert – Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 ‘Trout’
Selection of movements

Vaughan Williams’s richly expressive Piano Quintet, with its intensely melodic Andante and divine finale variations, will be followed by excerpts from Schubert’s beloved ‘Trout’ quintet.

Isin Cakmakcioglu (violin)
Isin Cakmakcioglu has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1993, having studied at the Istanbul University Conservatorium, the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and the Royal Academy in London. In 1989, Isin won second prize in the National Violin Competition in Turkey, and he has performed as a soloist around the world. His interest in contemporary music was recognised in 2003, when he received an Australia-Korea Foundation grant for a concert of contemporary Korean and Australian chamber music concert. Isin was the violinist of Trio Melbourne for seven years; their 1997 CD 20th Century Piano Trios has been critically acclaimed.656-fitandcrop-320x320Gabrielle Halloran (viola)
Gabrielle Halloran has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1993. She studied viola at the Victorian College of the Arts with Lawrie Jacks and at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Thomas Riebl. During her time in Salzburg, Gabrielle performed in various chamber ensembles, including concerts in Paris for the Mozart Bicentenary in 1991. In 1996, she returned to Europe on an MSO Friends study grant and attended summer schools in Salzburg and Siena (with Yuri Bashmet), followed by lessons with David Takeno in London.25436Rachael Tobin (cello)
Hailing from Adelaide, Rachael Tobin studied under Janis Laurs and Niall Brown at the Elder Conservatorium, and later completed studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a Master of Music in New York at the Mannes College of Music. She has been awarded The Macklin Bursary, a Centenary Medal for service to The Arts, as well as awards from the Australian Music Foundation and the Tait Memorial Trust. Rachael has been a member of the Estonian National Opera Orchestra and has also played with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Juilliard Opera Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Youth Orchestra.1889-fitandcrop-320x320

Sylvia Hosking (double bass)
Sylvia Hosking is currently Assistant Principal Double Bass with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She has performed on a number of occasions as Guest Principal Double Bass with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Soloists and Australia Pro Arte. She regularly appears in the MSO Chamber Series and has given solo recitals around Melbourne. Sylvia studied at the Victorian College of the Arts under Steve Reeves, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague under Quirijn van Regteren-Altena, and the Juilliard School in New York. Since her return to Melbourne in 1999 she has been heavily involved in the city’s chamber music scene while maintaining a significant teaching schedule.19454Caroline Almonte (piano)
Widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s foremost pianists, Melbourne-born Caroline Almonte has a reputation as a gifted, versatile and sensitive artist. She completed postgraduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York and has since developed a career as a soloist and chamber musician across Australia and around the world. As a chamber musician, Caroline has worked with many of the world’s top musicians and ensembles. As a soloist, she has performed under conductors Nicholas Braithwaite, Oleg Caetani, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Richard Mills, David Porcelijn, Brian Stacey and Marcus Stenz. She has won numerous awards including winner of the keyboard section of the ABC Young Performer’s Awards, the Frances Quinn Arts Encouragement Award, the Hepzibah Menuhin Award, and first prize at the international chamber music competition in Trieste, Italy.

Caroline Almonte(FS)