Ensemble 3

December Concert

Ensemble 3

Masahide Kurita (flute)
Jamie Hey (cello)
Sonoka Miyake (piano)

Sunday 1 December 2013, 2pm Wyselaskie Auditorium

29 College Crescent, Parkville

Meet the Artists

Australian-based flautist, Masahide Kurita, was born in Utsunomiya, Japan. He started his musical education at the age of five and won first prize in the Tochigi Prefecture Music competition at the age of 14. In 1992 he won first prize in the prestigious “All Japan Student Music Competition” and went on to study at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He also studied for two years at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has studied under Sir James Galway in Japan, the United States, and Switzerland.

Masahide regularly gives recitals in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, USA and Japan to sell-out audiences in major concert halls and performance venues. He has performed to critical and popular acclaim as soloist with the Tochigi Symphony Orchestra, the Hikarigaoka Chamber Orchestra and the Tokyo

Chamber Orchestra. Masahide is currently working as a casual with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and since 2013 as principal flautist of the MCF Orchestra in Tochigi, Japan.

Jamie Hey studied cello at the University of Queensland, the University of Newcastle, in Japan and the USA. Principal cellist of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra since 2002 he is also currently cellist of the MCF Orchestra in Tochigi, Japan. Jamie has appeared as principal cellist with Il Complesso Barocco, Sinfonia Australis and Ludivico’s Band as well as with Pinchgut Baroque Opera Company and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

His broadcast solo performances include recitals for the Melbourne Autumn Music Festival, the Pearl Beach Chamber Music Festival and concerto performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. A popular solo recitalist, Jamie is also in great demand as a continuo player and has accompanied many leading exponents of early music including Andreas Scholl and Emma Kirkby.

Sonoka Miyake was born in Chiba, Japan. She completed her Bachelor and Graduate Diploma of Music at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music under the direction of Beryl Sedivka. Sonoka has appeared at many concert venues in Tasmania and in Victoria. Her performances include Mozart’s piano concerto No.11 with the Tasmanian Chamber Players, Beethoven’s piano concerto No.4 with Derwent Symphony Orcheastra and Rachmaninov’s piano concerto No.2 with the Tasmanian Conservatorium Orchestra.

Her performance of Five Preludes by Saburo Takata, a Japanese composer, was recorded by ABC Classic FM and broadcast as part of the Young Australia program in 1997. Currently she is teaching piano at St.Michael’s Grammar School and Geelong Grammar School.

Program

Hajime Okumura (1925-91) Early Spring in Japan (1969) flute, cello & piano
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Vocalise Op. 34
Robert Schumann (1810-56) Träumerei (Kinderszenen Op.15 No. 7)
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Piano Sonata in F major Hob. XVI:23
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)INTERVAL Sonata for flute and piano (1957)
Takatsugu Muramatsu (1978-) Earth for flute and piano
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) Oblivion (1982)
Yoko Nakamura Morning Prayer to the Gods of the Mountains from Suite No. 1 for Violoncello Solo (1997)