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 around the country 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 musician and coach. For more information about Rachel, recordings, concerts and other things go to www.bachinthedark.com.

During the last forty years, Australian cellist David Pereira has established himself as an outstandingly versatile leading cellist. He has been the cellist of the Australia Ensemble, Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Principal Cello with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

He has also played with Flederman, The Seymour Group, the String Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Australian String Quartet and the Goldner Quartet among others. For many years, David taught at the Australian National Academy of Music and the ANU School of Music. David studied with John Painter in Sydney and Fritz Magg at Indiana University.

As concerto soloist David has appeared with the major orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, and has made countless recordings of solo and chamber music, many of which have won awards. David has published three books on cello playing and pedagogy and a volume of original cello studies. He is also a qualified yoga instructor. For reviews, recordings and videos featuring David, go to www.davidpereira.com.au

Sat Sep 15 - NEW DATE - Dimitri Ashkenazy, clarinet with Thomas Azoury, clarinet and Leigh Harrold, piano
Dimitri Ashkenazy - Clarinet
Born in 1969 in New York, Dimitri Ashkenazy began playing the piano at the age of six and then switched to the clarinet under the tuition of Giambattista Sisini, with whom he continued studying when he entered the Conservatory of Lucerne in 1989. Since completing his studies, he has gone on to perform widely, both as soloist and chamber musician. On tour, he has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Hollywood Bowl with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony and SBS Youth Orchestras, at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and in Japan with the Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Mito Chamber Orchestras. In addition to the major concertos for the clarinet, his repertoire extends to include contemporary works such as Peter Maxwell Davies' Strathclyde Concerto No.4, which he has performed with the composer himself conducting at venues around Europe (and at the composer's 80th Birthday Prom with Ben Gernon conducting), and Krzysztof Penderecki's own transcription of his Viola Concerto with the composer himself conducting both in Poland and on tour in Spain. He also gave the world premiere performances of concertos by Marco Tutino (with the Filarmonici della Scala, Milan) and Filippo del Corno (with the orchestra «I Pomeriggi Musicali»), and of Peter Maxwell Davies' Clarinet Quintet «Hymn to ArtemisLocheia» (with the Brodsky Quartet at the Lucerne Festival). An active chamber musician, he has performed with the Kodály, Endellion, Heath, Brodsky and Faust Quartets and with partners such as Barbara Bonney, Helmut Deutsch, Bernd Glemser, David Golub, Edita Gruberova, Ariane Haering, Antonio Meneses, Cristina Ortiz, Maria João Pires, and of course his brother Vovka, his father Vladimir Ashkenazy, and violist Ada Meinich, with whom he shares his life. In addition to his concert activity, Dimitri Ashkenazy has made numerous CD (paladino, Orlando, Pan Classics, Decca, DUX, Ondine), radio (Radio Nacional de España, France Musiques, Radio della Svizzera Italiana, DeutschlandRadio) and television recordings, and been invited to give master classes in Australia, Spain, Romania, New Zealand, Singapore, Iceland, Switzerland and the U.S.
Leigh Harrold enjoys a reputation as a “musician of rare talent and intelligence”, and is one of Australia’s busiest and most sought-after pianists since being named The Advertiser ‘2008 Musician of the Year’.Born in Whyalla, South Australia, Leigh completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at The University of Adelaide with concert pianist Gil Sullivan. During this time he had many successes, including being a National Finalist in the Young Performer Awards and a recipient of the prestigious Beta Sigma Phi Classical Music Award – the conservatorium’s highest honour. He moved to Melbourne in 2003 to take up a full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the mentorship of Geoffrey Tozer and in 2004 was made the Academy Fellow - the first person in the institution's history to be chosen as such after just one year of study.Leigh has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Australia as both soloist and chamber musician, including concerts at Australia House in London, the Royal Academy of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Harare International Festival of Arts, and concerto engagements with many Australian orchestras. In 2007 he undertook an extensive tour of the United States and Canada where he gave lectures on and performed the solo piano music of the American composer Robert Muczynski. In 2015 he gave a lecture-tour of England, promoting and performing Australian piano music at Trinity College and the University of London.His international reputation as an associate artist has led to collaborations with such luminaries as Thomas Reibl, lecturer in viola at the Salzburg Mozarteum; Michael Cox, principal flautist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Gaede, ex-concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; London flautist Wissam Boustany; New York violinist Charles Castleman; Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling; and British pianist Mark Gasser, to name just a few. Other significant international collaborations have included performance and studies with Andrew Ball at the London Royal College of Music; Sophie Cherrier at the Paris Conservatoire; New York-based pianist Lisa Moore and English composer Peter Maxwell Davies. He has twice been awarded the Geoffrey Parsons Award for Associate Artists, and in 2014 was the recipient of the pianist’s prize in the Mietta Song Competition.Leigh is a founding member of the Kegelstatt Ensemble and the Helpmann Award-nominated Syzygy Ensemble. Both ensembles are winners of major national prizes, with Syzygy releasing its independent debut CD ‘Making Signs’ in 2015. Additionally, Leigh has recorded and released CDs for Sony, ABC Classics, and Move Records. An enthusiastic and committed teacher, speaker, and writer, Leigh is regularly invited to tutor and lecture at many institutions, adjudicate competitions, and has given several masterclasses around Australia, Africa, the USA and the UK, as well as regular pre- and post-concert talks for the Melbourne Recital Centre. In April 2012 Leigh was awarded a PhD for his research into the music of Robert Muczynski for which he received a Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence, and in 2015 he was published internationally in the Liszt Society of London Journal. He holds two University medals - one for Music and one for Applied Science.Currently Leigh holds positions on the Faculties of ANAM and the University of Melbourne, and is pianist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. When not seated in front of a piano, he finds time to go on long walks, read extensively, and drink lots of coffee and tea. He lives in Brunswick with Craig and Bart.
Thomas Azoury  - Clarinet

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

Sat Apr 14 - NEW DATE - Strelitzia is a young Sydney based ensemble, originally formed as a Trio by founding members Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich (Violin) and Eleanor Betts (Cello) in 2008, which went on to win the prestigious Musica Viva Chamber Music Award the following year.

Strelitzia is also passionate about bringing their music to as wide an audience as possible through regional touring and performing for local festivals, and has given performances for the Bellingen, Woollahra, Glebe, Camden Haven, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields and Brunswick Beethoven and Noosa Long Weekend Festivals, and for various groups including the Blue Mountains Concert Society, Hornsby Festival of the Arts, South Coast Music Society, Sapphire Coast Music Society (Wolumla), Montague Choristers Visiting Artists Series (Narooma), Arts Shoalhaven, and the Macarthur, Robertson, Noosa, Yass, Roseville, Byron Bay and Bay & Basin Music Associations.

Strelitzia made their Opera House debut with a sold out performance for Musica Viva in the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room Series in 2011, and performed frequently that year for Musica Viva’s Chamber Music Essentials program in conjunction with Sydney University. During 2011, Strelitzia recorded their first CD comprising trios by Arno Babajanian and Matthew Hindson, and their Sydney and Newcastle based Concert Series was supported by a grant from the Australia Council.

From 2012 to 2014, Strelitzia presented their five program Subscription Series at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney and Adamstown Uniting Church in Newcastle with an expanded ensemble featuring the musicians of the 2011 and 2012 Sydney Symphony Fellowship.

The Strelitzia Ensemble continues to be a regular fixture of the lunchtime concert program of St James Church King St in the Sydney CBD as well as performing selected programs for Lutanda Manor in Pennant Hills and the Nolan on Lovel Gallery Series in Katoomba. Strelitzia currently presents an annual concert series at the Glebe Justice Centre in Sydney, featuring varied programs of chamber music for strings, piano and wind instruments in an intimate setting. 

Sat June 30 

Students of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Brass Five

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.

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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 Jun 30 - David Miller is widely recognized as one of Australia's leading pianists, chamber musicians and vocal accompanists. He is also highly regarded as a mentor for young ensemble pianists and repetiteurs. He has been appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his service to music.

David’s distinguished career has included partnerships with many internationally renowned singers and instrumentalists, and he has been a member of a number of Australian chamber music ensembles. He is a founding member of the acclaimed Grevillea Ensemble and pianist in the innovative Charisma Trio. He also performed with the legendary contemporary music group Flederman and the Huntington Piano Trio, and has toured and recorded regularly for the ABC and 2MBS-FM and also served for several years on the Artistic Review Panel for Musica Viva Australia, touring for them with the original Song Company.

In his role as chair of the Piano Accompaniment Unit, David introduced a uniquely innovative and comprehensive program of study at both graduate and undergraduate levels. David’s studio has produced many of Australia¹s finest young piano accompanists, and he was instrumental in setting up the Geoffrey Parsons Australian Scholarship and other awards to assist young accompanists and repetiteurs.

David has conducted masterclasses and lectures for schools, universities, conservatoriums, music organizations and music conferences in many parts of Australia and Asia. In 2006 he was the artist-in-residence at a highly successful Festival of Accompanists in Adelaide. On several occasions, he has been a panel member for the Mietta Song Recital Awards and a guest artist on the staff of the Australian National Academy of Music. He has also been the official pianist for the finals of the prestigious McDonald’s Operatic Aria and early in 2009 coordinated an innovative and highly successful Collaborative Pianist Program at the prestigious Australian String Academy’s Summer School in Sydney. He has given a number of illustrated lectures on the art of accompaniment to organizations such at the Music Teachers’ Association and the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.

David is currently the president of the Accompanists' Guild of NSW and very active in the promotion of piano accompaniment as an independent art form worthy of professional recognition and academic research.