Sergio Ercole, Shanthi Charrett, Charlotte Dennis


Sunday 6th April 2008 2 pm
GISBORNE STREET, EAST MELBOURNE (enter from Albert Street)
Melways 2F Kl

Meet the Artists

Sergio Ercole was born in Florence, Italy and began playing guitar after moving to Australia in 1980. He has Masters in guitar from Melbourne University and was taught by Jochen Schubert, Marion Schaap, and John Griffiths. He has also studied in Italy with Oscar Ghiglia, Alirio Diaz, Flavio Cucchi, and John Williams.

Sergio has been involved in the Melbourne music scene since the early 90s performing guitar, writing and arranging in a wide variety of musical ensembles and genres. These include the Latin/Funk Reg Cole Quartet, his Latin Italian duo Momento, his Pop acoustic project The Surge, and more recently, the Big Italian Night Band with Frank Lotito.

As a classical guitarist he has won numerous awards including a Melbourne Research Scholarship and Italian Government Grant to study in Sienna, He has undertaken solo tours around Australia and released a number of CDs which are available through his website

You might also have recently seen or heard Sergio performing with The Cat Empire on Rove Live, Sunrise, ABC Sideshow, 774, Nova FM, with the Australian Youth Orchestra or in front of a capacity crowd at the Myer Music bowl.

Sergio teaches guitar at Haileybury college, Mentone grammar, and Caufield Grammar.
Shanthi Charrett completed her Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance from the University of Melbourne. Since then she has been working as a freelance musician and is the Assistant Director of Music-Strings at Haileybury College.

Shanthi has played with orchestras such as the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mozart Orchestra and The Victorian Symphony Session Orchestra. Shanthi regularly works as a recording artist for film and T.V. Some of the artists she has worked with in this capacity include Paul Grabowsky, John Foreman and Michael Bubble.

When studying at Melbourne University, Shanthi participated in Masterclasses and lessons with numerous international artists such as Gunars Larzen (Switzerland) Sergi Kravchenco (Russia), Igor Frolov (Russia) and Stanley Richie (USA). She also toured Australia, Austria, The Netherlands, Croatia and Bosnia, performing with esteemed artists such as Melvin Tan, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich and Helen Donath.

Since participating in the Australian National Academy with her Piano Trio, Shanthi has devoted much of her time to Chamber Music playing both violin and viola for several Melbourne based String Quartets. Shanthi also works as a guest conductor and examiner for numerous schools and Music organizations.

Charlotte Dennis is a graduate of the Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University, where she studied with Nelson Cooke and Christian Wojtowicz. Whilst still at school, Charlotte performed as a soloist with orchestra on several occasions and participated in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Program. She has broadcast for the ABC’s Young Australia as a. concerto soloist with the MSO and has also been featured as a chamber musician.

Charlotte has participated in numerous chamber music and orchestral activities, including the Australian Youth Orchestra, National Summer Academy, Winter Strings Quartet program, Academy of Melbourne, Camerata Australia and Australian Pops Orchestra. She has also performed at the Port Fairy Festival and in a string quartet with William Hennessy for “Hennessy and Friends”.

Whilst at the conservatorium, Charlotte performed Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the orchestra, won the Peg Oldfield Prize for best results on a string instrument and was shortlisted for the Dorothy Fraser Scholarship. As member of the Linus String Quartet, she performed in the Melbourne International Festival’s Chamber Music Series twice and studied with William Hennessy, Australian String Quartet, Goldner Quartet, Emerson Quartet, Hatto Beyerle and Milan Skampa.

Charlotte currently teaches at Haileybury and Xavier colleges and works as a freelance musician.


Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Sonata in D minor LI08 (K213)
Sonata in A minor L429 (Kl 75)

Handel (1782-1829)
Variations on a Theme – Op. 107
(arr. Mauro Giuliani)

Carlo Domeniconi (1947- …)
i. Moderate ii. Mosso iii. Cantabile iv, Presto


Piccolo Paganini (1782-1840)
Terzetto No. 4 for guitar, violin, and ‘cello
i. Allegro con brio ii. Minuetto iii. Andante Larghetto iv. Rondo

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1841)
Concerto in D major RV93
(arr. by Sergio for guitar, violin and ‘cello)
i. Allegro Giusto ii. Largo iii. Allegro