French Favourites for Cello, Bass & Piano

13th July 2014, Sunday 2pm

Michael DahlenbergEmma SullivanLeigh Harrold

Michael Dahlenberg (cello)
Emma Sullivan (bass)
Leigh Harrold (piano)


Composer Item
Serge Lancen
Croquis (1978) double bass and piano
Claude Debussy
La plus que lente (1910) double bass and piano
Gabriel Fauré
Élégie for cello and piano (1880) Opus 24
Claude Debussy
Preludes for piano Book 2,  nos. 8-12
Gioachino Rossini
Duetto in D major for double bass & cello (1824)

Concert details are correct at the time of posting but may be subject to change.

Michael Dahlenberg (cello)

Esteemed cellist and conductor Michael Dahlenburg completed a Bachelors of Music Performance in cello studying with Molly Kadarauch at the University of Melbourne- Conservatorium of Music, and has studied conducting with Sir John Hopkins OBE. He received a full scholarship, and later a fellowship, at the Australian National Academy of Music, studying cello under the tutelage of Howard Penny and Timo-Veikko Valve.

Michael was the founding member of the acclaimed Hamer Quartet who won First prize, The Audience Prize, and The Musica Viva Grand Prize for Best Ensemble at the Asia-Pacific Chamber competition in 2009. They performed and studied across Australia and Europe, including performances at the Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Festival (UK) and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove- UK, run by Steven Isserlis and ProQuartet in Paris. In 2010, as a member of the Hamer Quartet, Michael was nominated as one of the Top 100 most influential people by THE AGE magazine, and voted ‘Best Newcomer’ by the ABC Limelight awards.

He has been guest associate principal cellist with Orchestra Victoria, and was the ACO’s Emerging Artist in 2008. He has since worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, ACO2, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and he is currently a core cellist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

Michael has conducted the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and has been involved with the Symphony Services International Program (under the guidance of Christopher Seamen) since 2011; which allowed him the privilege to conduct both the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 and 2012. As part of the Conductor Training program for 2013, Michael returned to the APO, as well as Sydney Symphonia and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Michael has conducted MCO on several occasions during season concerts and regional tours; he has performed the world premiere of the Weiland Violin Concerto with soloist William Hennessy and Trinitas with composer and pianist Benjamin Martin. He has also conducted orchestral performances at ANAM, for Education and Community Outreach programs and Open Day, also numerous ensembles for Melbourne Youth Music, Youth Philharmonic Melbourne and community orchestras and ensembles.

Emma Sullivan (double bass)

Emma has performed in orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States of America. Particularly notable experiences have included playing at the 2008 Olympic Arts Festival with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, China, taking part in the 25th Anniversary Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and touring the east coast of Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s regional touring subsidiary, ACO2. Emma has had the privilege of studying with Michael Morgan at the Queensland Conservatorium, Jeff Bradetich at University of North Texas and Steve Reeves at Australian National Academy of Music. During her studies, Emma received a number of awards, including Griffith University and Queensland Conservatorium medals, first prize in the University of North Texas Concerto Competition and joint first prize in the Australian National Academy of Music Concerto Competition.

Emma is currently based in Melbourne, where she enjoys being a core member of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, playing regularly with Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria and Tasmania Symphony and sharing her love of the double bass with her students. In 2012, Emma was awarded the Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to undertake a two-month period of intensive study and mentoring under renowned French double bass performer and pedagogue Thierry Barbe in Paris.

Leigh Harrold (piano)

Leigh Harrold enjoys a reputation as a “musician of rare talent and intelligence”, and is one of Australia’s busiest and most sought-after pianists since being named The Advertiser ‘2008 Musician of the Year’.

Born in Whyalla, South Australia, Leigh completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at The University of Adelaide with concert pianist Gil Sullivan. During this time he had many successes, including being a National Finalist in the Young Performer Awards and a recipient of the prestigious Beta Sigma Phi Classical Music Award – the conservatorium’s highest honour. He moved to Melbourne in 2003 to take up a full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the mentorship of Geoffrey Tozer and in 2004 was made the Academy Fellow – the first person in the institution’s history to be chosen as such after just one year of study.

Leigh has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Australia as both soloist and chamber musician, including concerts at Australia House in London, the Royal Academy of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Harare International Festival of Arts, and concerto engagements with many Australian orchestras. In 2007 he undertook an extensive tour of the United States and Canada where he gave lectures on and performed the solo piano music of the American composer Robert Muczynski.

His international reputation as an associate artist has led to collaborations with such luminaries as Thomas Reibl, lecturer in viola at the Salzburg Mozarteum; Michael Cox, principal flautist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Gaede, ex-concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; London flautist Wissam Boustany; New York violinist Charles Castleman; Swedish cellist Mats Lidstrom; and British pianist Mark Gasser, to name just a few. Other significant international collaborations have included performance and studies with Andrew Ball at the London Royal College of Music; Sophie Cherrier at the Paris Conservatoire; New York-based pianist Lisa Moore and English composer Peter Maxwell Davies. In June 2002, Leigh traveled to the Orkney Islands to perform a concert of Maxwell Davies’ works in the presence of the composer.

Leigh is a founding member of the Kegelstatt Ensemble and the Helpmann Award-nominated Syzygy Ensemble – both winners of major national prizes – and has an internationally acclaimed piano duo with London-based pianist Coady Green with whom he regularly tours through Europe, Australia and Africa. He is a recording artist for ABC Classics and in 2010 released his debut recording for Sony with soprano Greta Bradman.

An enthusiastic and committed teacher and speaker, Leigh is regularly invited to tutor and lecture at many institutions and has given many masterclasses around Australia, Africa and the USA. He is currently on the Associate Faculty at ANAM, and performs regularly as orchestral pianist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. When not seated in front of a piano, Leigh finds time to go on long walks, practise yoga, read voraciously, write musical articles and programme notes, and drink lots of coffee.

In April 2012 Leigh was awarded a PhD for his research into the music of Robert Muczynski for which he received a Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence. Additionally, he holds two University medals – one for Music and one for Applied Science.