Merlyn Quaife, Ken Murray and Laila Engle 

April 3rd, Sunday – Wyselaskie Auditorium


Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) – Pavane arr. Almedia

Albert Roussel (1869-1937) – Deux Poèms de Ronsard Op. 26

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) –Folksongs

John Corgiliano (b.1938) – Irish Folksong Settings

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) – Folksongs

Christopher Sainsbury (b 1963) –The Eye of my Desire 

Esther Rofe (1904-2000) – Two Songs of William Blake

Hector Villalobos (1887-1959) – Bachianas Brasilieras no 

A performer of great versatility, the distinguished soprano Merlyn Quaife was made a Member of the Order of Australia Award in the Queen’s Birthday 2013 Honours List for significant service to music. Merlyn has performed opera, oratorio, Lieder, chamber music and contemporary music to great acclaim throughout Australia and Europe. She has also performed as soloist with the Singapore Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Voronesz Philharmonic in Russia plus all the Symphony Australia orchestras. Known for her fearless and engaging performances, Merlyn has featured in repertoire of every conceivable style from Handel to Ligeti. 

Ken Murray has developed a singular path as a guitarist combining performance, composition, teaching and research. He has championed and recorded Spanish music from the early twentieth century, worked extensively with contemporary composers and has been active as a performer of Brazilian and South American musical styles. As a composer he has written a variety of works for guitar in solo and ensemble settings. 

Murray has a strong commitment to performing contemporary music and has performed in premiere performances of over 100 works. Murray graduated PhD from the University of Melbourne, where he is Associate Professor and Head of Guitar at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Laila Engle’s diverse work as a performer, educator, and producer is unified by a commitment to crafting performances that affect, compel and engage with Australia’s heritage. 

Her extensive performance experience includes over a decade of service with Royal Australian Air Force alongside a wide range of freelance engagements with orchestras and ensembles. She appears on the Move and Ars Publica record labels and her performances are regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM. 

As flautist, founding member and co-artistic director of the award-winning Syzygy Ensemble, Laila demonstrates a passion for contemporary classical music and has premiered over 60 new works by leading Australian composers.