Philip Arkinstall & Kristian Chong

2nd April 2017, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium


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Johannes Brahms
Sonata for clarinet and piano Op. 120 No. 2 in E-flat major

Jerry Wald & Candido Dimon
Rumba Fantasy for clarinet and piano

Fryderyk Chopin
Nocturne Op. 55 No. 1 in F minor


Philip Arkinstall – clarinet

Philip Arkinstall has been the associate principal clarinet of the MSO since 2009, and was principal with the Malaysian Philharmonic for 11 years before that. In 1997 he won the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award playing the Francaix Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Philip has been guest principal with the AOBO and has appeared both as soloist and as guest principal with the Sydney, West Australian, Queensland, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony orchestras and was a frequent soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic during his tenure there. His playing has been reviewed as ‘mellifluous, engaging and assured’.

Philip’s first love is chamber music and he has collaborated with some of the world’s finest musicians and ensembles in that realm. These include The Goldner Quartet, The Eggner Trio, The Auer quartet, Wilma and Friends, as well as The Australia Ensemble, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and many contemporary ensembles including The Arcko, Alpha Ensemble and Australysis groups. Since 2012 he has appeared regularly with and toured South America and Europe with the sensational Camerata Bern of Switzerland under the leadership of Antje Weithaas.

He is a founding member of the Melbourne Winds Ensemble, made up of a core group of MSO players, and is particularly proud to be a founding member of Plexus, a new group that has already commissioned and given world premieres to 22 new works largely by Australian composers.

Kristian Chong – piano
Kristian Chong is one of Australia’s leading pianists, having performed all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared as a soloist with all the major Australian symphony orchestras, as well as a number of orchestras in the UK, New Zealand and China. His competition successes include the 2001 Symphony Australia Young Performers Award (Keyboard) and the 2000 Australian National Piano Award.

Kristian has undertaken Australian and Asian tours with the Australian String Quartet, regular performances with violinists Natsuko Yoshimoto, Elizabeth Layton, Tinalley Quartet, cellist Li-Wei Qin and baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes. Kristian studied with Stephen McIntyre at the University of Melbourne and at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Piers Lane and Christopher Elton. He currently teaches piano and chamber music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Engagements for 2017 include concerts for Musica Viva, Saint Saëns’ 2nd piano concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninoff’s 3rd concerto in Sydney, his series Kristian Chong and Friends at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and piano trios with Li-Wei Qin and Natsuko Yoshimoto.