Sat June 30
Students of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Koominka – Trumpet
Koominka hails from the small town of Grafton on the North Coast of NSW. It was here at the age of seven that he was inspired to take up the trumpet after hearing the local big band perform. After several years of lessons and participating in the bands at all the local schools, Koominka started travelling regionally and nationally to continue his music education. Throughout his high school years Koominka attended camps and workshops run by the NSW Departments of Education, Australian Youth Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra and Sydney Symphony. He also regularly travelled to Brisbane and Sydney to participate in ensembles and receive lessons. Principal among these was studying with Queensland Symphony Principal Trumpet Sarah Butler (2012), the trumpet section of the Sydney Symphony (2012-14) and playing in the Department of Education’s Arts Unit Ensembles and Schools Spectacular (2013-14).
In 2015 Koominka was awarded a full scholarship to study trumpet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Andrew Evans. Since relocating to Sydney, Koominka has played various positions in the Conservatorium’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Brass Ensemble and Trumpet Ensemble. He has also been as casual member of many ensembles in Sydney, including the Sydney Youth Orchestra and Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. In his spare time, Koominka enjoys reading, running, and eating meals he didn’t cook himself. He plans to continue pursuing trumpet until he is too old to keep blowing.
Charlie Bale – Trumpet
Charlie Bale started playing the trumpet at the age of 8 after being shown what music was all about after playing the piano for 3 years and wanting to play with larger ensembles. He went to primary school at Hurstville Public School and was an avid participant in the school band. Charlie attended high school at Trinity Grammar School where the music program was quite extensive, and he played with the Wind Band, Marching Band, Big Band as well as the Symphony Orchestra. While in high school, he has played with SWO, SYO Philharmonic, SYO for a couple of years and later on gone on music camps such as AYO young symphonists and AYO National Music Camp. In addition to completing up to AmusA with Distinction, he has won some competitions, notably the under 18 Solo ITG Competition and also the 2009 Sydney Eisteddfod and was awarded the ITG William Pfund Scholarship in the year of 2010. Charlie now studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and learns more about the trumpet from Andrew Evans. Some of his favourite composers are Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Mahler and Brahms is inspired by Sergei Nakariakov, Wynton Marsalis, Reinhold Friedrich, Giuliano Sommerhalder, Allen Vizzuti. Charlie also likes to keep fit by doing calisthenics and reads books in his spare time.
Eve McEwen – Horn
Eve McEwen has been interested in music since childhood. She sung in Sydney Children’s choir from a very early age, and took up the horn at age 9. In 2015, Eve was awarded the Greenburg Gurney Jensen scholarship to study horn at the Sydney Conservatorium. Through Sydney Conservatorium, Eve has not only been able to study with horn lecturer David Thompson, but many visiting international musicians. These include André Cazalet (Principal Horn, Orchestre de Paris), David Cooper (Principal Horn, Berliner Philharmoniker), Andrew Bain (Principal Horn, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Sarah Willis (Berliner Philharmoniker). During her time at Sydney Conservatorium, Eve has played Principal Horn in the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Modern Music Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble. She also enjoys playing in her wind quintet, Quintet Vivo, with which she has won a ‘Henderson Travellers’ scholarship to travel to Europe later this year. In 2016, Eve won the Richard Merewether Memorial Prize for highest mark in Horn at the Sydney Conservatorium. Outside of her study at the Conservatorium Eve has participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, completed an internship with the Opera Australia Orchestra, and performed as a guest musician with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She has been Principal Horn of the Sydney Youth Orchestra since 2016, and is receiving sponsorship for this position by Terry Arcus (Chair of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Board). Earlier this year, Eve performed Haydn’s Horn Concerto No. 2 with the Sydney Youth Orchestra at Bermagui’s Four Winds Festival.
Eve will complete her undergraduate degree at Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the end of 2018 and plans to continue her studies in Australia and abroad and pursue a career playing in professional orchestras.
Jamie McCarthy – Trombone
Jamie McCarthy is a rising talent on the trombone, who at only 19 has already won many competitions, become the Principal Trombone of the 1/15 Royal New South Wales Lancers’ Band and been invited to play and audition for international orchestras. He has travelled to Hong Kong after being invited to audition for the Hong Kong Philharmonic and has performed with the Seocho Philharmonic on their Australian tour as well as the Korean Memorial Peace Orchestra. He was the winner of the Brian Shearman Memorial Scholarship and Finalist of the Fine Music 2MBS young virtuoso competition (he was the only brass player to place in the finals at both competitions). Jamie has performed across the country as the lead player in the 1/15 Royal NSW Lancers’ Band, both as section leader and as soloist. Jamie is also in frequent demand as a soloist and orchestral musician, being invited to perform with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. When not performing, Jamie studies trombone performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and manages the Inner West Brass studio: a music school for school aged students wishing to learn brass instruments who live in Western Sydney. Jamie is also in demand as a guest clinician, working part time with many schools across the greater Sydney region as a low brass specialist. In his spare time, Jamie enjoys being a member of the Australian Army Reserves holding the rank of Musician, training in Brazilian Jiujitsu and singing in the choir at St Paul’s Burwood, Sydney.
Andrew Jefferies – Tuba
Andrew Jefferies began his musical studies on flute in his primary school band. After minimal success he decided to try again on the instrument furthest away from the flute.
He began learning under Steve Rosse part way through high school and has continued to learn from him throughout his degree. He is currently finishing off a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
He has appeared in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Conservatorium Of Music Orchestra and Wind Band and Sydney Youth Orchestras.Click here to edit text
Alexander Young (tenor)
Alexander Young is an award-winning vocalist currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Performance) majoring in Classical Voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was the recipient of the 2017 Patricia Bell grant for best vocal audition and the 2017 Patim Fund for outstanding vocal performance. Alexander has performed as a soloist at showcase events at the Sydney Opera House, NSW Parliament House, and as a special guest vocalist at the 2017 Alf and Pearl Pollard Memorial Awards for Performance Excellence. His recent ensemble performances include; The Saint Matthew Passion (St. Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, Operantics Production, 2018) and La Calisto (Sydney Conservatorium Production, 2017). His television performances include being a featured artist at the 2015 Schools Spectacular at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Alexander has won numerous singing awards across various genres including; Musical Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary and even Country as well as Classical. In addition to his classical performances, Alexander has had roles in numerous Musical Theatre productions including; Lead Tenor in The Producers (Strathfield Musical Society), Feargal McFerrin III in Back to The 80’s (Packemin Productions), Chris in Miss Saigon (NBSC Manly) Levi and The Butler in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Packemin) and Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady (NBSC Manly). His performance journey started when he played the lead role of Oliver, in a school production at age 13.
Sat Aug 18 - Rachel Scott studied with David Pereira in Canberra and Robert Cohen in London. She has played as a soloist and chamber musician in the United Kingdom, Serbia, Albania, Finland, Hungary and Germany. Rachel is the founder of the highly successful and innovative ‘Bach in the Dark’ concert series, through which she presents regular concerts with some of Australia’s best chamber musicians, actors and visual artists.
Rachel’s role as education manager for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) means that she continues to provide underprivileged children with ongoing access to a quality music experience in the classroom, often training teachers as well. She also works closely with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), facilitating interactive concerts and workshops throughout Australia that bring together children and orchestral musicians. Rachel has also spent considerable time in East Timor as part of Mary McKillop International for whom she trained music teachers with the goal of independent delivery of music in primary schools in Dili and throughout Timor. Rachel is now resident in Sydney and is in constant demand as a chamber music coach.
In late 1997 David Pereira was awarded the Sounds Australian Award for the Best Performance of an ustralian Composition in the ACT (Carl Vine’s Inner World). In 1998 he was awarded the Sounds Australian National Award for the Best Performance of an Australian Composition for his recording of the Lumsdaine Garden of Earthly Delights (TP113). This recording also won him his second ABC Award for the Best Australian Recording (1998). In 2010 David received the CityNews Artist of the Year Award, having been selected by The Canberra Critics’ Circle – ‘for making his mark on music in Canberra and the immediate region with his cello-focused David Pereira Cello Series, which demonstrated his ability to interpret different compositional styles; and for his encouragement of young associate artists which stamps him as an outstanding figure in the Canberra arts scene.’
High praise has been awarded to David’s recordings. The Wild Russians, with Lisa Moore, piano, on Tall Poppies (TP018), received the inaugural ABC Award for the Best Australian Recording in 1993. His first CD of solo Australian cello music was released in July 1996 Cello Dreaming (TP075). In October 1996 his recording of Carl Vine’s Inner World for Cello and Sampled Cello was released as the first Australian art music CD single (TP101). In 2001 two further CDs of Australian cello music were released by Tall Poppies: the Complete Works for Cello by Peter Sculthorpe (TP136) and a collection of solo works in Uluru (TP096). His recording with Ian Munro of the Complete Works for Cello by the Finnish composer Rautavaara (TP156) was released in 2002. In early 2000 Tall Poppies released his recording of the complete Bach Solo Suites (TP144). In 2005 Electric Cello (TP180) was released, containing Australian works for cello with tape or delay, and in 2012 Blue Silence (TP222) with Timothy Young on piano.
Early in 2016 David’s playing in Rachel Scott’s Bach in the Dark concert series resulted in the stunning Dreaming with Daisy CD of two cello pieces including two of David's own composition. David’s activity as composer and improviser has been intensifying steadily over the last decade – built on decades of private practice. Now there is available sheet music for a selection of works for one or more cellos, for cello and piano, for cello with string or symphony orchestra, and for cello in various chamber ensembles. Live performance and studio recordings of performances for all of these works are gradually being made available online.
David has published three books on cello playing and pedagogy and a volume of original cello studies. The latest (2008) is The Larrikin Cellist – 68 ideas on freedom and control for the extraordinary cello student. These all are out-of-print.
Philip Arkinstall - Clarinet
Philip has been Associate Principal Clarinet of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2009, and was principal with the Malaysian Philharmonic for 11 years before that. After completing his Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium under Peter Jenkin, he went on to win the ABC Young Performers Award in 1997 playing the Françaix Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and was the 2MBS radio performer of the year in 1996. Philip has been guest principal with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and has appeared both as soloist and as guest principal with the Sydney, West Australian, Queensland, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony orchestras. He has appeared regularly as a soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Henze, Copland, Weber, Strauss, Bruch, Stamitz, Bernstein and Stravinsky amongst others. His playing has been reviewed as “mellifluous, engaging and assured”.
Philip's first love however is chamber music, and he has collaborated with some of the worlds finest musicians and ensembles in that realm. These include the Goldner Quartet, Eggner Trio, Auer Quartet, Wilma and Friends, Australia Ensemble, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, as well as 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, with whom he toured China in 2014.
Philip has given masterclasses throughout Asia and South America, and teaches clarinet through Melbourne University. He has tutored at the AYO National Music Camp and Chamber Players, the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and has conducted various small ensembles at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur and across Malaysia.
Stefan Cassomenos - Piano
Melbourne pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos is one of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians. He has been performing internationally since the age of 10, and is now established as one of Australia’s leading pianists.
Cassomenos gave the world premiere of his own Piano Concerto No 1 with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2001 at the age of 16. His concerto repertoire now exceeds thirty works, and has led to engagements with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. In 2013, Cassomenos was a grand finalist and recipient of both the Second Grand Prize and the Chamber Music Prize in the prestigious International Telekom Beethoven Piano Competition Bonn (Germany), and he has been a grand finalist and prize winner in various other competitions, including the 2012 Rhodes International Piano Competition, the 2013 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards, the 2009 Melbourne Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition, and the 2009 Trieste International Chamber Music Competition.
Cassomenos has given solo recitals at many international venues and festivals, including Tonhalle Zurich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Beethoven Festival Bonn, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Bunkamura Orchard Hall Tokyo, and Junge Stars der Klassik Kirchheimbolanden. Cassomenos now performs regularly in Australia, Germany and the UK.
Cassomenos began composing at age seven, and as a teenager had his music performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1999) and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (2001), with whom he performed his Piano Concerto No 1 at the age of 16. Awards and accolades for composition include Composer in Residence for three years at the Creative Innovation Conference 2010–12, the 2012 Lyrebird Music Society commission, the 2012 Young Achievement Award from the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and various awards through the Yamaha Music Foundation. His Piano Concerto No 3 was premiered in 2010 at the Melbourne Recital Centre. His critically acclaimed Double Violin Concerto (2012) has been performed around Australia by three different ensembles, with violin soloists Monica Curro and Sarah Curro. In 2014, Cassomenos was invited as the first Australian composer to be commissioned as part of “250 Piano Pieces for Beethoven”, an international composition project initiated by German pianist Susanne Kessel marking Beethoven’s 250th anniversary in 2020. In 2015, his Requiem for the End of Time was premiered at Federation Square in Melbourne by the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and PLEXUS.
Born in 1985 in Melbourne, Stefan studied with Margarita Krupina, Stephen McIntyre, Ian Munro and Michael Kieran Harvey. He is generously supported by Kawai Australia.
Sat Feb 17 - Alice Giles
"The most intelligent, sensitive and technically accomplished harpist I have ever met." Luciano Berio
Alice Giles has been celebrated as one of the world’s leading harp soloists. The Australian-born musician first attracted international notice when she won First Prize in the 8th Israel International Harp Contest at the age of 21. Since then she has performed extensively internationally both in recital and with orchestra. She presented her first solo recital at the age of 13 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, was awarded the coveted Churchill International Fellowship and an Australia Council Grant to study in the USA and made her New York debut recital at Merkin Hall in 1983.
Regarded by Luciano Berio as the foremost interpreter of his Sequenza II, she has taken part in tributes to Berio at the Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Salzburg Mozarteum, and at the 92nd Street Y in New York to honour his 70th birthday. She has given many premiere performances for her instrument, has commissioned a complete program of works for the electro-acoustic harp, and is Director of the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE), which has commissioned many new works by Australian composers.
As a recipient of an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, she performed a solo concert at Mawson Station in 2011 commemorating the Centenary of the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition.
She was invited by Rudolf Serkin to participate for three summers in the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, USA, and has been a guest artist at numerous festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein and Insel Hombroich Festivals in Germany, Bath Mozartfest, Scotia Festival, Salzedo Centennial in Austin Texas, World Harp Congresses in Copenhagen and Vancouver, World Harp Festival Cardiff, Edinburgh Harp Festival, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Barossa, Coriole, Huntington and UKARIA Festivals.
Concert highlights include solo recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y, Merkin Hall NY, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, and concertos with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Zürich, Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, English Symphony Orchestra, Mainzer Kammerorchester, Danish Radio Concert Orchestra, Hamburg Mozart Orchestra, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra and regularly with all the major Australian Symphony and Chamber orchestras. She continues to tour annually in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Alice Giles has an impressive international reputation as a teacher, having given master classes in the Salzburg Mozarteum, The Hague Conservatorium, Royal Academy London, Cleveland Institute, Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, San Francisco Conservatory, Conservatorio G. Verdi Milano, Parma Conservatorio, Glenn Gould School Toronto, Detmold Hochschule, R. Schumann Hochschule, Norwegian Academy of Music, the International Youth Festival in Bayreuth, an annual Summer Course in Alf/Mosel, Germany 1989-1998, and currently teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her annual Summer Course is held in Kioloa on the NSW South Coast.
She was the Chair and the Artistic Director of the 2014 World Harp Congress in Sydney in July 2014 and is founder and director of the Harp Centre Australia, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the harp in Australia. She was on the jury for both the 1998 and 2009 International Harp Contests in Israel, the 2004 USA International Harp Competition, 2007 V. Salvi European Harp Competition Cardiff and the IX Concourso Nationale d’Arpa ‘Victor Salvi’. Her two main teachers were June Loney (Sydney Symphony Orchestra) and Alice Chalifoux (Cleveland Orchestra), also studying with Lydia Shaxson and Judith Liber.
Her discography includes several solo harp discs, a concerto disc with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conductor David Porcelijn, and many chamber music discs including with Duo Corda (Arnan Wiesel, piano), the Budapest Brass Quintet, Seven Harp Ensemble and Geoffrey Collins (flute), for the Tall Poppies, Musikado (Germany), ABC Classics, CDI (Israel), and Marlboro Recording Society labels.
She was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours for “significant service to the performing arts as a harpist, mentor and educator, and through contributions to Australia’s musical landscape.”
Alice lives on a rural property near Yass NSW, with her pianist husband Arnan Wiesel and their two daughters Lara and Selena. Here she seeks a balanced life and enjoys the peace, beauty and space nature provides. www.alicegiles.com