Tin Alley String Quartet, Amir Farid

Members of the
Tin Alley String Quartet
Amir Farid, piano

Sunday JUNE 3rd 2007 2.00pm
Cnr. Punt & Moubray St (enter from Moubray St)
Melway Ref: 2L D10

Meet the Artists

Leridd Delbridse (violin) has appeared as a principal player with the Tasmanian
Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and Geminiani Orchestra and as soloist with Australia Pro Arte, Soirees Musicales Orchestra, Stonnington Symphony and the Melbourne University Chamber Orchestra. A recipient of numerous awards, inlcuding an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship and the A.E. Floyd Scholarship, Lerida was a major prize winner in the
2000 Gisborne International Music Competition, New Zealand and runner-up in the 2nd Melbourne National Chamber Music Competition with the Florizel Piano Trio. Lerida has undertaken study at the International Holland Music Sessions and the
International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2005. Lerida performs regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and she is currently a member of the string teaching faculty of the University of Melbourne.

Justin Williams (viola) completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours in 2002
and a Master of Music Performance Degree in 2005 whilst studying with Caroline Henbest and Brett Dean, Justin has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Australia Pro Arte; Melbourne University Faculty of Music Orchestra; Geminiani Orchestra and the Melbourne University Chamber Orchestra. Justin was the recipient of the 2001 Bertha Jorgensen Exhibition.

Having completed a Masters of Music Performance at the University of Melbourne studying with Christian Wojtowicz, Michelle Wood (cello) has performed with
ensembles such as Australia ProArte, Orchestra of Victoria, Melbourne University
Orchestra; Melbourne University Chamber Orchestra; Melbourne Youth Orchestra; Australian Classical Players; Australian Youth Orchestra and Australian Pops’ Orchestra. An experienced chamber musician, Michelle toured Asia and Australia with the Young Piano Trio of Melbourne in 2002 and in 2003 she appeared in the closing recital of the Melbourne Autumn Music Festival. In 2004, Michelle was one of only four Postgraduate Music students who received an Australian Postgraduate Award as well as the Gwen Prokter Violoncello Prize in 2003 for the best final year cello graduate during her Bachelor degree.

Lerida, Justin and Michelle are members of the TinAlley String Quartet. The quartet was awarded the grand prize at the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition and shortly after competed as one of 13 quartets in the 10th London International String Quartet Competition, The quartet has studied at the International Musicians Seminar, .Prussia Cove, U.K.; Yale Summer School of Music; St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University and at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. In 2006 the quartet were ‘Visiting Young Artists’ at the Australian National Academy of Music and in 2007 the quartet will be in residence at Trinity College in Parkville. TASQ has worked closely with the Tokyo, St. Lawrence and Keller String Quartets and is tutored principally by Caroline Henbest. In July of this year the TinAUey String Quartet will compete as the sole Australian ensemble in the
5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Lerida, Justin and Michelle are thrilled to be joined today by their friend and
colleague, pianist Amir Farid.

Order of Program

Beethoven – String Trio in G major, Opus 9,
No.1 Adagio-Allegro con brio Adagio ma non tanto e cantabile
Scherzo-Allegro Presto

DohlUinyi – Serenade in C major for String Trio, Opus 10
Marcia: Allegro
Romanza: Adagio non troppo
Scherzo: Vivace
Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto Finale: Rondo


Brahms – Piano Quartet in g minor, Opus 25
Allegro Intermezzo: Allegro (ma non troppo)
Andante con moto Rondo alia Zingrese-Presto

Winner of the prestigious 2006 Australian National Piano Award, Amir Farid is a Melbourne based solo pianist, associate artist and chamber musician. He has been described as ‘a highly creative musician – a pianist of great intelligence and integrity. He brings strong musical substance to all that he does, imbuing it with his own particular experience and understanding”.

Amir commenced studies in 1995 under the guidance of Prof. Ronald Farren-Price, and completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Melbourne with Honours in 2004. From 2003 to 2005 he was a full scholarship student at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) where he worked with Rita Reichman, Timothy Young and Geoffrey Tozer. In 2003 Amir won the Dandenong Eisteddfod’s three major piano sections and the Gold Medallion for the most outstanding pianist in the competition. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2003 Lev Vlassenko National Piano Competition, grand finalist and special prize winner in the 2004 Australian National Piano Award and winner of the 2005 Hephzibah Menuhin and 3MBS Performer of the Year awards.

Amir is also an accomplished concerto soloist. His performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 at the 2005 ANAM Concerto Competition prizewinners’ concert received a standing ovation and he recently performed Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra. He has also appeared on Australian television as a soloist on ABC TV’s Sunday Arts Program, Network Ten’s ‘Totally Wild’ and has recently been the subject of ABC Classic FM’s Rising Star program, hosted by Graham Abbott As an accompanist, Amir recently won the $5000 Hugh D T Williamson Accompanists Award at the 2006 Mietta Song Recital Award for his performances with mezzo-soprano Alexandra Sherman.