The Duo Arpeggione


Josephine Vains, violoncello
Owen Thomson, guitar

Sunday, 4th April, 2010 2 pm
Gisborne St, East Melbourne
Melways 2F Kl

Meet the Artists

Since winning the inaugural Australian Chamber Music Competition, Josephine Vains has established herself as a sought-after chamber music partner, and cellist. Her myriad musical interests include performing with artists in Australia and Europe on diverse projects notably piano trio, quartet, contemporary and electronic music, and argentine tango music, with a special interest in commissioning new work and working with composers. In Melbourne she is a regular guest with the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, ASTRA, Team of Pianists, Australia Pro Arte. As a chamber musician she has performed throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, China and Japan and competed in the Melbourne, Osaka and Trieste International Chamber Music Competitions. A regular performer at Australian festivals (Melbourne, Sydney, Port Fairy Canberra, Musica Viva, Townsville, Castlemaine) and on ABC FM, Josephine also enjoys teaching at Melbourne’s tertiary institutions. In 2010 she will tour Canada (Vancouver MusicFest) and United States with the Freshwater Trio, record a CD for ABC FM and tutor at the AYO Chamber Music Camp.
Today she is playing on a lovely 1850 Thomas Kennedy Violoncello (London).

Owen Thomson is a versatile performer and teacher whose repertoire ranges from the Baroque to contemporary Latin Jazz and much in between. He has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University and Melba Conservatorium.
Owen has received numerous awards, among them the Gwen Nisbet Memorial Award and the Murray Sharp chamber Music Prize; he was also a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award to complete his Masters Degree in Music Performance at the University of Melbourne. He studied with Peter Constant and Marion Schaap primarily, subsequently playing in masterclasses for many international artists such as John Williams, David Russell and Stepan Rak.
He was a finalist at the Darwin International Guitar Competition and First Prize Winner at the Adelaide Guitar Competition, and has premiered numerous new pieces by composers from Melbourne and around Australia.
As arranger and composer he has produced a large number of works, notably for the ‘Bach Project’ chamber ensemble, of which he was also a Director. He is also Artistic Director of the Melbourne Guitar Festival. He appears on seven albums, three of which are solo; his most recent recording was released in 2009.

Radames Gnattali – Sonata
I. Allegretto comodo
II. Adagio
III. Con spirito

J.S. Bach/Charles Gounod
Ave Maria


Franz Schubert – D821
Sonata “Arpeggione”
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto

J.S. Bach
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata 147
Atanas Ourkouzounov – Tanzologia
I. Contempotango
II. Valse – Slave
III. Bulgarian Rock