7th December 2014, Sunday 2pm
CAROLINE ALMONTE (PIANO) AND FRIENDS
JACK CROSS, BEN SPIERS, TOM PEPRELL, WON HEE LEE (VIOLINS)
JOSHUA DEMA AND LULU KWOK (CELLOS)
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466
(arranged for quartet)
|Ludwig van Beethoven||Piano Sonata No.30 in E Major, Op.109|
Concert details are correct at the time of posting but may be subject to change.
Caroline Almonte has a reputation as a gifted, versatile and sensitive artist who brings a wealth of experience to every performance. Her studies began at the age of four with the Yamaha Music Foundation in Melbourne and continued with Stephen McIntyre. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York and since then, Caroline has developed a wide-ranging career of solo and chamber music performances that has taken her across Australia and around the world.
In 2014, Caroline has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, as well as chamber music collaborations with British violinist Daniel Hope, an exciting season of trio concerts with the Sutherland Trio, performances with the Australian String Quartet at the Dunkeld Festival of Music and a solo recital at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Last year Caroline and cellist Pieter Wispelwey strengthened their musical relationship with a recital tour for Musica Viva throughout NSW. In June 2013, she performed as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a spectacular performance of the Carnival of the Animals, conducted by Benjamin Northey and narrated by Dame Edna Everage.
Along with violinist Elizabeth Sellars and cellist Molly Kadarauch, Caroline is a founding member of the Sutherland Trio. Since its inception in 2010, the trio has showcased the most exciting new directions in composition worldwide as well as the classics of the chamber repertoire.
Alongside her various performances on stage, Caroline continues a prolific teaching career and is passionate about working with young people. She teaches piano at the University of Melbourne and has been involved in several projects with the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and the Australian Music Examinations Board and regularly gives both piano and chamber music masterclasses. Caroline appeared as a member of the jury at the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Bach competition and was on the panel of ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award.
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 1st prize at the international chamber music competition in Trieste, Italy “Trio di Trieste”.
Caroline’s recording career for ABC Classics include the Peggy Glanville Hicks “Etruscan” Piano Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and a recording of English Songs with Yvonne Kenny. In December 2013, she gave a live performance of ‘Blue Moon’ for ABC Classic FM’s ‘Sunday Live’ programme, featuring pieces with nocturnal or moonlit connections