6th May 2016, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium
Cesar Cui – Five Pieces Opus 56 for flute, violin and piano
Otar Taktakishvili – Sonata for flute and piano
Nino Rota – Trio for flute, violin and piano (1958)
Allegro ma non troppo
Allegro vivace con spirito
Rebecca is one of Australia’s leading freelance flautists. Originally from Adelaide, she has been a long term casual player with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 1999 and has worked with many distinguished conductors including Jeffrey Tate, Vladamir Ashkenazy and Arvo Volmer. She has recorded the complete Sibelius and Schumann Symphonies while on contract as second flute with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle recorded for DECCA in 2004. Rebecca is also a casual player with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonic, appearing in 2017 as Guest Principal Flute for a subscription series. Rebecca has been working on full time contract with Orchestra Victoria since 2014, in the roles of Associate Principal flute, Tutti flute and is currently Acting Principal Piccolo. She is also currently Principal flute of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Rebecca obtained her Master of Arts (Performance) from the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2013, studying with Professor Michael Cox, Karen Jones and Patricia Morris (Piccolo) and completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Adelaide with first class honours studying under Geoffrey Collins.
Yi is a prize winner in both Chinese National violin competition and Rudolf Lipizer International competition held in Italy.After completing his undergraduate study at the Beijing Central Conservatory with Prof. Zhi Long Wang. Yi traveled to London to continue his postgraduate course with the world renowned violinist and educator Yfrah Neaman.He was awarded the prestigious ‘concert recital Diploma-Premier Prix’ in 1994, and in 1995 was offered the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Welsh National Opera.
Yi came to Australia in 1997 to join the Australian Chamber Orchestra,from 2001-2007 he was Principal First Violin with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra,with whom he was also Acting Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster.Yi was director and leader of Virtuosi Tasmania chamber Orchestra and also led Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and orchestra Victoria on many occasions. In 2008 he moved to Melbourne to join Orchestra Victoria as Principal Violin, now he holds the acting deputy concertmaster position.
As a soloist Yi has performed with Tasmania Symphony Orchestra,Orchestra Victoria,Moldova Symphony and Chinese youth Orchestra,and given recitals in London,Beijing,Sydney,Melbourne Weimar, Hobart,Suffolk (UK) and Hangzhou (China).
In recent years Yi has been involved in developing music education in China ,including participating in Beijing Chamber Music Festival,giving masterclass in Central Conservatory Of Music (Beijing) and Macau Conservatory, leading and directing Chinese Youth Orchestra. He is also teaching violin in both Melbourne University and Monash University, tutoring Australian Youth Orchestra at the same time.
From Melbourne, Laurence Matheson was involved in the Young ANAM program from 2005 to 2008. He won the 10 to 12 year old section of the Yamaha Piano Competition in 2007 before winning the Dorothy Glover Piano Award in 2010. During full-time studies at the Australian National Academy of Music with Tim Young, he participated twice in the final of the ANAM Chamber Music Competition and won the prestigious ANAM Directors’ Prize. He is regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM and has played concertos with Orchestra Victoria, the ANAM Orchestra, the Preston Symphony and the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, with Opera Australia and as soloist with the Australian Ballet, as well as in chamber projects with Paavali Jumppanen, Michael Houstoun, the Aurora Ensemble, Peter Hill, Anthony Marwood, Kathy Stott and Lisa Moore. Laurence’s 2017 commitments included solo appearances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Youth Orchestra, performances in the 4MBS and Melbourne Festivals, with Wilma and Friends and in the Utzon Room series of the Sydney Opera House, as well as recitals with Sophie Rowell, Nick Deutsch and Tim Young.He is also an accomplished harpsichordist with festival and radio appearances across the country, has conducted the ANAM Orchestra and was commissioned to write for Victorian Opera’s 2012 production of Cinderella.