Melissa Chominsky, Caroline Almonte

Melissa Chominsky,
Caroline Almonte,

Sunday 3ru May, 2009 2 pm
Gisborne St, East Melbourne
Melways 2F Kl

Meet the Artists

Melissa Chominsky began learning the cello at the age of eight after her older sister persuaded her not to learn the clarinet. When her family moved to Sydney a few years later, Melissa was fortunate to stumble across a wonderful teacher (Dorothy Sumner) at her new school. Not wanting to disappoint her teacher, Melissa worked hard and later decided that she wanted to become a cellist.

In 1998 Melissa completed a Bachelor of Music Degree (Hons.) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying cello with Susan Blake and Lois Simpson. It was during this time that she won several awards (including a Big Brother scholarship, a Queen’s Trust Young Achiever Award, and an Ian Potter Foundation ‘ Award) which enabled her to further her studies in England and Germany.

In 2000 Melissa commenced postgraduate studies with Prof. Martin Ostertag at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe (Germany). She completed her Diplom K.A in 2003, receiving First Class Honours for her cello and chamber music recitals. During this time Melissa worked with the Diisseldorfer Symphoniker, Badische Staatskapelle, Staatstheater Stuttgart and the SchleswigHolstein Festival Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Since returning to Australia in 2004, Melissa has established herself as a highly sought after freelance musician. She has performed as guest artist with the MSO Chamber Players, as finalist in the Australian National Chamber Music Competition, and as soloist with the Tasmanian Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. Melissa has also performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (formally Pro Arte), and regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
In May 2007, Melissa successfully auditioned for Orchestra Victoria as Principal Cello.

“Caroline Almonte showed flawless tast and expressive mastery. Technically faultless, she played everything with great spirit” – La Nacion, Buenos Aires,

Born in Melbourne, Caroline Almonte commenced her music studies at the age of four with the Yamaha Music Foundation

She studied with reknowned Australian Pianist Stephen Mclntyre whilst completing her education at University High School and the Victorian College of the Arts.
As both soloist and chamber musician, Caroline has been recipient of many awards in Australia and Overseas; 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 Concorso “Trio di Trieste” in Trieste for Piano and Strings.

In New York, Caroline continued her post graduate studies at the Juilliard School with Oxana Yablonskaya, (piano performance) and Samuel Sanders (chamber music). She is the only Australian and one of 100 Akimni across Music – Dance Drama to have her profile featured in the Juillard School Centenary Publication

Winner of the Keyboard Section of the ABC Young Performer’s Competition playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto no.2, Caroline has performed as soloist in Australia and internationally, performing concerti ranging from Mozart, Beethoven, to Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Bartok and Ginastera, working with conductors Oleg Caetani, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Marcus Stenz,.David Porcelijn, Nicholas Braithwaite, Vladimir Kamirski and Brian Stacey.

As a chamber musician, she has worked with many artists including the Fine Arts Quartet, Flinder’s Quartet, Prudence Davis, Alexander Ivashkin , Yvonne Kenny, Janis Laurs, Ralph Kirschbaum, Sue Ellen Paulsen, Liwei Qin, Elise Milman and Melbourne Symphony Chamber players.

Duo Sol, Caroline’s chamber music partnership with Miki Tsunoda has performed throughout Italy, UK, South America, China, Japan, and Canada.

In addition to her performing career Caroline is passionate about working with young people, and has been involved in several AMEB, MYO and AYO projects and regularly gives both piano and chamber music masterclasses.

Caroline teaches Piano at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, and she has also recorded and produced for the ABC.

In 2009, Caroline performs the Goldberg Variations at Melba Hall in June, Chamber music concerts with the Flinders Quartet, Duo Sol and Melbourne Symphony Chamber Players. Caroline also appears with Stephen Mclntyre performing the Mozart Double Piano Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony in November.

Order of Program

Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata Op.5 No.2

I Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo
II Allegro molto piu tosto presto
III Rondo – Allegro

Benjamin Britten – Sonata in C major Op.65

I Dialogo – Allegro
II Scherzo – Pizzicato Allegretto
III Elegia – Lento
IV Marcia – Energico
V Moto Perpetuo – Presto
Sergei Rachmaninov – Sonata Op. 19

I Lento – Allegro moderate
II Allegro scherzando
III Andante
IV Allegro mosso