1st September 2019, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium
Meet the Artists
Francesca began to learn the violin at aged four at the Stoliarsky School of Music in Brisbane with Mark Lakirovich and, later, Emin Tagiev. At the age of nine, she travelled as a soloist and orchestral member to the USA, performing for Paul Kantor, Kurt Sassmanshaus and the late Dorothy DeLay of the Juilliard School in New York. Having completed a Bachelor of Music with Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium, Francesca continued her studies with William Hennessy at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). During her studies at both institutions Francesca won every chamber music competition available twice, all with different ensembles. In 2012 she completed an ANAM Fellowship focussing on chamber music for various string ensembles. The same year she co-founded the Auric Quartet – who have since been selected as finalists for the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition and Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and performed at Perth International Arts Festival, Melbourne Festival, Four Winds Festival and Dunkeld Festival.Francesca has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Doctors Orchestra and as part of a solo quartet with Orchestra Victoria in the Australian Ballet’s production of Brett Dean’s “Fire Music”. After winning a full-time position in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2014, Francesca joined the Australian String Quartet as second violinist in 2016. She plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini violin belonging to the Australian String Quartet.
Stewart Kelly has emerged in recent years as a pianist of great versatility and a sought-after teacher, broadcaster, producer and artistic director. Based in Melbourne, he is on the staff of the Melbourne Conservatorium at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. He is artistic director of the Music by the Springs festival and director of the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song.
As a performer, he works as a soloist and collaborator with many of Australia’s leading instrumentalists and singers at major concert venues and festivals around the country. He has particularly frequent partnerships with violinist Glenn Christensen, pianist Laurence Matheson and soprano Greta Bradman. In addition, his collaborators in recent years have included William Hennessy, Wilma Smith, Phoebe Russell, Stefanie Farrands, Timothy Young, Paul Dean, Sara Macliver and Patrick Murphy to mention only a few. He has performed in many leading Australian venues, at Festivals in Tasmania, Hepburn Springs, Mackay, Townsville, Brisbane and Coramba and internationally in New Zealand, China, Italy and the USA.
His playing has also been broadcast widely, recording for the ABC with Stefanie Farrands, and numerous concert broadcasts (including live-to-air recitals) for 4MBS, ABC Classic and 3MBS. He features on a Melba records world premiere recording of an arrangement of Mahler’s second symphony for two pianos eight hands. This release was critically acclaimed worldwide and was named a ‘Hidden gem’ by the Guardian in London.
Stewart is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Australian National Academy of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction and a Master of Music Studies, obtained while studying under the principal guidance of Gillian Wills, Diane Selmon, Stephen Emmerson and Timothy Young. In 2014 he was a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music, Australia’s most prestigious music training institution.