3rd November 2019, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium
Meet the Artists
Jack Schiller has been the Principal Bassoon of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2013. Born in Adelaide, Jack began playing the bassoon at the age of 12. From 2008 he spent four years under the tutelage of Mark Gaydon (Adelaide Symphony Orchestra), including two years of study at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. In 2012 he took up a scholarship position at the Australian National Academy of Music, studying with Elise Millman (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra). During his time at the academy Jack won the ANAM Concerto Competition, performing with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He also won the in-house chamber music competition and was awarded the Director’s Prize for outstanding achievement by a leaving student. After completing his studies at ANAM, Jack took up a contract with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Bassoon and a position in the orchestra’s Fellowship program.
Outside of the orchestra Jack regularly collaborates with colleagues and friends to play chamber music including being a founding member of the Melbourne Ensemble. He has performed at Musica Viva’s Huntington Estate Music Festival, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, and in 2018 toured for the ‘ANAM Artists’ program with Ensemble Peregrine. As soloist, Jack has performed with the MSO as well as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.
From Melbourne, Laurence Matheson was involved in the Young ANAM program from 2005 to 2008. He won the junior section of the Yamaha Piano Competition in 2007 before winning the Dorothy Glover Piano Award in 2010. In 2013, he began full-time studies at the Australian National Academy of Music with Timothy Young as one of their youngest ever students and was selected as a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music in 2016.
Laurence is regularly broadcast on ABC Classic and 3MBS, and has appeared as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Australian Ballet, as well as in recital at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Laurence has a particular passion for chamber music and has been involved in projects with the Aurora Ensemble, Anthony Marwood, Peter Hill and Kathy Stott, while his regular duo partners include Sophie Rowell and Timothy Young. He is also a mentor and pianist for many of Australia’s top young violinists, including Christian Li and Edward Walton.
New Zealand oboist Thomas Hutchinson was a winner of the 66th ARD competition in Munich in 2017, as well as the special prize for the best performance of the commissioned work by Thierry Escaish.
He has made numerous appearances as soloist, including with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchener Kammerorchester, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015 he was appointed to the position of associate principal oboe with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis. Since then he has been invited to play principal oboe with orchestras around the world, most notably the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
Thomas studied in Auckland and Melbourne before moving to Paris where he was unanimously admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris to study with Jacques Tys and David Walter, graduating in 2015 with highest honours. He also received invaluable advice and teaching from Maurice Bourgue, Gordon Hunt, Jonathan Kelly and Jeffrey Crellin.