Sophie Rowell & Kristian Chong



7th August 2016, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata for piano and violin K454 in B-flat major

Serge Rachmaninoff
Preludes for solo piano Op. 32
No. 10 in B minor
No. 11 in B major
No. 12 in G-sharp minor

Richard Strauss
Sonata for violin and piano Op. 18 in E-flat major


Kristian Chong – piano
One of Australia’s leading pianists, Kristian Chong has 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, and regular performances with violinists Natsuko Yoshimoto, Elizabeth Layton, Tinalley Quartet, cellist Li-Wei Qin and baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes. Other collaborations have included performances with violinists Ilya Konovalov, (concertmaster Israel Philharmonic), Vadim Gluzman, Dale Barltrop, Jack Liebeck and Frank Huang (concertmaster New York Philharmonic), clarinetist Michael Collins, and cellist Guy Johnston. Kristian has also performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Huntington Estate Music Festival for Musica Viva, the Adelaide Festival, the Adelaide International Cello Festival, the Xing Hai Festival in Guangzhou, Australian Music Week on Gulangyu Island (Xiamen) with the Melbourne Symphony, and the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.

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.

Sophie Rowell – violin
Recently appointed Associate Concertmaster with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, violinist Sophie Rowell has had an extensive performing career as a soloist, chamber musician and principal orchestral violinist both in Australia and abroad. After winning the ABC Young Performer’s Award in 2000 which resulted in solo performances with all major Australian symphony orchestras, Sophie founded the Tankstream Quartet which won string quartet competitions in Cremona and Osaka. Having studied in Germany with the Alban Berg Quartet, Tankstream moved back to Australia in 2006 when they were appointed to the Australian String Quartet, and Sophie spent six years touring, recording and performing with the ensemble.

Since 2012, Sophie has travelled the world playing in principal violin positions with orchestras including the Scottish & Mahler Chamber Orchestras and the Vancouver, Sydney & Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as participating in many chamber music festivals in Australia.

Sophie studied with Alice Waten in Sydney and now teaches at the Australian National Academy of Music, having previously taught at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney.