Wilma and Friends

6th September 2015, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium

Wilma Smith (violin)
Zoë Black (violin)
Chris Cartlidge (viola)
Rosanne Hunt (cello)
Joe Chindamo (piano)

Gershwin arr. Joe Chindamo – Rhapsody on a Theme from Rhapsody

Joe Chindamo – Broadway Enigma – An Americana Suite (world premiere)

Charles Ives – String Quartet No. 1 ‘From the Salvation Army’
Andante con moto
Adagio cantabile
Allegro marziale

Joe Chindamo – Anatomy of Melancholy (world premiere)

Joe Chindamo’s commissioned works were generously funded by Julian Burnside, Michael Aquilina, Ken Bullen and Australian Cultural Fund.

WilmaWilma Smith (violin) has been Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2003. She combines her love of the symphonic repertoire with a busy chamber music life both in her adopted home of Melbourne and in New Zealand, where she was raised. Aside from the MSO, orchestral engagements have included guest concertmaster appearances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and concerts in Melbourne and Sydney with the Australian World Orchestra. She has enjoyed a longstanding duo partnership with pianist Michael Houstoun, and has toured in Australia and New Zealand with the Munro/Smith/Berlin Trio and Ensemble Liaison. She curates her own chamber music series, Wilma & Friends, based at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Zoe blackZoë Black (violin) has performed around the world as soloist and chamber musician. In 2011 she co-founded the innovative duo with pianist/composer Joe Chindamo, with whom she has recorded two acclaimed CDs, Reimaginings and Dido’s Lament. The duo has garnered a reputation for introducing an urbane and unique voice to the world of chamber music. Black has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Kammerorchester. She regularly appears at festivals, most notably Huntington, Musica Viva and VancouverFest in Canada. In the past year Black appeared as Guest Concertmaster for the MSO.

Chris CartlidgeChris Cartlidge (viola) has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra viola section since 2011. Originally from Sydney, in 2008 Cartlidge was awarded a scholarship to study at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart with Josephine St Leon where he was placed on the Dean’s Roll of Excellence and was awarded the University of Tasmania Directors Prize. In 2010, Cartlidge was the violist in the Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artists program, a full scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music and joined the Australian Youth Orchestra as Principal Viola for their European tour. In addition to his commitments at the MSO, Cartlidge works regularly with the ACO and Orchestra Victoria.

Rosanne HuntRosanne Hunt (cello) has established herself as a Melbourne-based freelance cellist and teacher, on both modern and period cello. She has played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (of which she was Principal Cello for some years), the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. She was the founding cellist of the Elision contemporary music ensemble, touring and recording extensively for more than a decade. Recent highlights include the Melbourne Ring Orchestra; performing Beethoven on period instruments with Julie Haskell (fortepiano) and Elizabeth Wallfisch (classical violin); and premiering Out of the Depths for cello and piano by Adam Yee (with Eidit Golder, piano).

Joe ChindamoJoe Chindamo (piano) is a musical polyglot in the tradition of Bernstein and Previn. Although routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world, his art transcends jazz and he has composed concertos, chamber music and film music. He has made numerous recordings and won a plethora of awards. As a composer, Chindamo is quickly establishing himself as a new and unique voice in Australian music. In 2014 his first string quartet was commissioned and performed by Sydney-based Acacia Quartet. In the same year, two of his ‘Baroque’ re-imaginings were performed by ACO2. In 2011 he co-founded the innovative duo with violin virtuoso Zoë Black, with whom he has recorded two acclaimed CDs, Reimaginings and Dido’s Lament.

Wilma and Friends gratefully acknowledges its Donors, Sara & Gray Nicol, David & Gai Taylor, Maria Sola, Michael Aquilina, Philippa & Rob Springall, Don & Susan Fry, Meg Hansen & Garry Kindley, Stephen Shanasy.