Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg

Praised for their "lyric sensitivity, extraordinary inner perception and overwhelming technical mastery" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo enjoys a flourishing international career, performing in more than fifty countries on five continents.

Their many concerts have taken them to prestigious venues including Vienna Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Sydney Opera House and others.

The duo performs with numerous orchestras: The Israel Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Melbourne Symphony, Berlin Symphony, NDR Radiophilharmonie, WDR Rundfunk Orchestra, Frankfurter Museum Orchestra and Munich Chamber among many others. They perform regularly with all the major orchestras in Israel.

They perform at festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Kremlin Festival, Israel Festival, Niedersächsische Musiktage, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Passau European Music-Weeks, Audi’s Sommerkonzerte, International Keyboard Institute Festival in New York and many others. They were Artists in Residence at the Canberra Chamber Music Festival and Gil is the artistic director of the Braunlager Maikonzerte in Germany.

Sivan and Gil studied with Prof. Arie Vardi at the Rubin Music Academy of Tel-Aviv University and later made their “Solo Exam” at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Hanover, Germany. They have won first prize in more than a dozen national and international competitions, both as soloists and as a duo.

Silver and Garburg gave master-classes at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Sibelius Music Academy in Helsinki, Beijing Central Conservatory and the Tel-Hai International Piano Master-Classes in Israel. This year they are artists in residence at the Australian National Academy of Music. Since October 2001 they have been teaching a class for piano duo at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hanover.

Sivan Silver & Gil Garburg record for Oehms classics. They collaborated with the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie and Maestro Christopher Hogwood to record their first CD, Mendelssohn’s concerti for two pianos, which was released in 2009. A year later the duo released a solo CD, presenting works for piano, four hands by Mendelssohn, including his original version for four hands of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Next year, the duo will record the Poulenc Concerto with the WDR Rundfunk Orchestra, followed by a CD of Schubert’s last works for piano, four hands.

Coming engagements include tours with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Alexander Liebreich culminating in Vienna’s Musikverein, with the Deutsche Kammerpilharmonie and with the Concertverein and Vladimir Fedoseyev, Orchestral Debut in New Zealand and Italy (Mantua Chamber Orchestra) as well as reengagement with the Israel Philharmonic. They are repeatedly invited to perform with major orchestras in Australia. Their concerts will take them to the US and Canada, South America, Australia, Japan and the Far East. In September this year they will play at a concert moderated by Alfred Brendel who will read about Schubert’s last works.

Sivan & Gil live in Berlin with their son, Itamar.

Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg

Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg

Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg have collaborated as duo pianists for over a decade in festivals, radio broadcasts and concert series in Australia, the United States and Israel. After forming their musical partnership at Yale University, they spent a decade in the United States before becoming Ensemble in Residence at the University of Queensland in 2009. Described in 2012 by The Australian as "barnstorming,' their 2011 recital at "Piano Spheres", Los Angeles, was described by Los Angeles Times critic Rick Schultz as "sure to be on the Best of 2011 list.'. Anna and Liam have appeared together as soloists with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, were featured pianists at the 2010 Bangalow Music Festival, the 2011 Tyalgum Festival, the 2013 Canberra International Music Festival, Los Angeles' Jacaranda Series, Yale University's Messiaen Centenary Celebration, and have made live broadcasts on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Classic FM" Sunday Live program and the ABC’s Keys to Music program with Graham Abbott. They accompanied the great ballerina Nina Ananiashvili’s solo appearance at Royce Hall with the State Ballet of Georgia during her 2008 tour of the United States. Critic Ivan Katz said of their duo playing at the Horowitz Series, Yale University: “I cannot imagine a finer performance, as this one had everything, illuminating every bar of the music…The audience went wild…”

The Duo is committed to developing a unique repertoire based on exploring classics of the two-piano literature, as well as creating new works through commissions. They have commissioned over ten new works for two pianos and piano duets, from major composers such as Matthew Hindson, Andrew Ford, Martin Bresnick,  Kate Neal, Stuart Greenbaum, Gordon Hamilton, Shaun Naidoo, Marc Lowenstein, Ezra Ladermann and Yevgeniy Sharlat. In 2010 they gave the world premiere of Stephen Leek’s Warrumbungles Burning for two pianos and choir with the St. Peter’s Chorale, and released a CD of two-piano and choir works by Leek, Jonathan Dove and Mary Ellen Childs. In 2011 and 2012 they gave complete performances of George Crumb's 4-volume Makrokosmos

Both Anna and Liam have Doctorates in piano performance, from Stony Brook University and Yale University respectively. Anna has served on the music faculties of Yale and Chapman University, and both of them taught at the California Institute of the Arts. Anna and Liam are now based at the piano department of the University of Queensland, School of Music.

 

 

Anna Carson

Anna Carson Anna Carson has performed as a solo recitalist and chamber musician throughout Australia. Winner of the John Allison/City of Sydney Scholarship and the prestigious Australian National Piano Award, Anna was also twice a keyboard finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.  She has appeared with The Queensland Orchestra, The Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.

After graduating from the University of Queensland as a student of Max Olding, Anna continued her studies at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne during which time she had lessons from teachers including Boris Berman, Dominque Merlet and Ruvim Ostrovski .  Following her three years at ANAM she undertook an intensive course of study with Professor Lidia Baldecchi-Arcuri in Genova, Italy.

Anna has a passionate interest in chamber music and collaborates with a variety of musicians to present concerts throughout Australia.  Recent performance have included a Tasmanian tour with Trio Kharites, recitals for the St Aidan’s and Lyrebird Music societies with the Corda Trio and a collaborative performance with The Consort of Melbourne at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Since 2006 Anna has been a sessional staff member at Monash University and a piano tutor at St Michael’s Grammar School, St Kilda.  In 2012, Anna completed an Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching and has since established the Australian Yoga and Music Academy where she offers music tuition, general yoga classes and yoga specifically designed for musicians. 

Stephen Emmerson

Stephen Emmerson studied piano with Pamela Page and viola with Elizabeth Morgan at the University of Queensland. In 1980 he won the national finals of the ABC’s Instrumental and Vocal Competition.  In the following year he was a member of viola section of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra before a Commonwealth Scholarship enabled him to study at New College Oxford.   From there he graduated with a Master of Philosophy in 1983 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1989. During his years in England, he studied piano with Peter Wallfisch and was awarded an ARCM in 1986. He has been on full-time staff at the Queensland Conservatorium since 1987 where he teaches various music literature and performance-related courses, has convened the Doctor of Musical Arts program and is a member of the Conservatorium Research Centre. As a pianist, he maintains a busy performance career and has performed widely in concerts and festivals around Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific.  In addition to solo performances on piano and fortepiano, the focus of his performance career in recent years has been within various chamber ensembles including the Griffith Trio – an Ensemble-In-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium for over a decade - and Dean–Emmerson–Dean.  Over a dozen of his recordings in collaboration with a variety of performers are available commercially, many of these involving new Australian compositions.  His performances and recordings are broadcast regularly on local and national radio.

Jenni Flemming

Jenni Flemming

Jenni Flemming is very well known to Australian audiences as a performer, and in educational circles as a teacher, adjudicator and examiner. She has a busy professional career as soloist, chamber player, accompanist, teacher, adjudicator and examiner.

Her teachers include Max Olding, Pamela Page, (Australia), Bela Siki (USA) and Kendall Taylor (England). As a student she was the recipient of many awards including the National winner of the ABC Young Performers Award. She has a keen interest in all styles of music, her performances often including jazz piano and vocal. With her husband cellist, Gwyn Roberts, she has played most of the Sonata repertoire for this combination, and has recorded the AMEB cello syllabus for use as an educational tool.

She has recorded several live broadcasts for ABC radio, with Ensemble I and pianist Brachi Tilles. As a member of The Queensland Piano Trio, Jenni toured England and Scandinavia, performing in The Purcell Room, and recording for Singapore and Norwegian radio.

She has performed as concerto soloist with the Queensland, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, and has also appeared with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Chamber Orchestra and the Queensland University Symphony Orchestra.  In 2004 Jenni performed the Grieg Piano Concerto 12 times for a Queensland Ballet production of The Little Mermaid, accompanied by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

She has given concerts and broadcasts in Scandinavia, South East Asia, the USA and the United Kingdom. As a member of the contemporary music ensemble Perihelion, Jenni was involved in a subscription concert series in Brisbane, three CD's of Australian music, and interstate and overseas touring.

Jenni is a lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium, where she teaches piano and keyboard pedagogy, and performs regularly in the Keyboard Recital series.

In 2012 Jenni directed the Inaugural Australian Piano Duo Festival which showcased the wonderful two piano and four hands repertoire, and featured some of Australia’s best pianists in concerts and master-classes. Jenni directed the festival again in 2014, and now the 2016 Festival.

Suzanna Hlinka

Described by the Courier Mail as a ‘prodigious talent’, Australian-Czech Dr. Suzanna Hlinka began playing the piano at the age of three, performed her first solo recital at eight years old, and made her first concerto appearance with an orchestra at ten years old.

With her multi-faceted playing style that 4MBS Classic FM called ‘pure magic’ and ‘poetry in motion’, Suzanna has been greeted by enthusiastic audiences throughout Australia, Asia, and Europe, performing in the world’s most prestigious concert venues. At 18, Suzanna chose a different route to the competition circuit, despite her previous successes in various international piano competitions. Instead, she devotes herself to her solo and chamber concert career, and developing young talent. 

Coming from a musical family where her father, Vojtech Hlinka, is a distinguished violinist, Suzanna began her studies with her mother, Olga Hlinka, followed by Jana Kovar, Sue Thompson, Natasha Vlassenko, Oleg Stepanov, Peter Toperczer, Tomasz Herbut and Jiri Hlinka. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and a Master of Arts from Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. Her research was recognised by the Czech Government with the award of the coveted Czech Head. Suzanna completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts (in performance & music psychology) at the University of Western Australia in 2012 with the assistance of the Hackett Postgraduate Scholarship. Suzanna currently resides in Sydney, Australia, further fulfilling her performance commitments in the country. She is also in great demand as an adjudicator and teaching artist regularly giving masterclasses and workshops in association with numerous organisations. In Germany, she was also co-founder and artistic director of Eloquenz Concerts Series. In 2015, Suzanna was appointed as a lecturer in Piano Performance, Academic Studies and Graduate Studies at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. She also currently lectures Piano Performance at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Sydney.

Suzanna has recorded for numerous radio stations in Australia and the Czech Republic. Unveiling is her debut CD/DVD, released in 2009 by Troll Classics. 2010 and 2012 marked the release of her second and third CDs, with her husband, cellist Christoph Blickling. Suzanna’s 2014 CD showcases Suzanna at the piano, playing a mixture of works that are favourites of her and her loved ones.

Stewart Kelly

Stewart Kelly Stewart Kelly is one of Australia’s most eclectic pianists, performing regularly as soloist, duo partner, vocal accompanist and chamber musician. In 2016 he curates his fifth season as Artistic Director of the Mason and Hamlin Concert series at the Arts Centre Gold Coast and maintains a busy freelance career, including as a sessional staff member at Monash University and the Melbourne Conservatorium at Melbourne University, where he is the regular staff pianist for the cello school.

Stewart is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Australian National Academy of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction and a Master of Music Studies, obtained while studying under the principal guidance of Gillian Wills, Diane Selmon, Stephen Emmerson and Timothy Young. In 2014 he was appointed as a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music, Australia’s most prestigious music training institution.

Stewart regularly pairs with many of Australia’s finest musicians and has recently appeared as recital partner with artists such as William Hennessy, Wilma Smith, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Greta Bradman, Patrick Murphy, Timothy Young and Glenn Christensen and his playing has been broadcast on 4MBS, 3MBS and ABC Classic FM including live recitals. Stewart performs alongside colleagues Stephen Emmerson, Brieley Cutting and Angela Turner on the premiere recording of an arrangement of Mahler’s Second Symphony for two pianos, eight hands. The disc was released on the prestigious Melba label in 2014 and was rated 4.5/5 by the Weekend Australian and named one of 2014’s “hidden gems” by the Guardian in London.
2016 includes two performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of their ‘Local Heroes’ series, recitals in the prestigious series at the Beluera Trust mansion, a return to the 4MBS festival, the Australian Piano Duo Festival, the Coramba chamber music festival, a tour of Tasmania for Virtuosi Tasmania, the Childers festival with an OperaQ ensemble and an intense three day cycle of the complete Beethoven violin Sonatas for the Mason & Hamlin series with Glenn Christensen.

With a particular focus on chamber music, Stewart has had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the world’s finest musicians including violinist Pekka Kussisto, cellist Alban Gerhardt and pianists Michael Kieran Harvey, Peter Hill and Pascal Rogè. In recent years he has appeared at the Brunswick Beethoven Festival, 4MBS Festival of Classics, the TSO’s Beethoven Max festival, MONA Synaesthesia in Hobart, the Melbourne Savage Club and more than sixty recital programs at the Australian National Academy of Music.

 

Sonya Lifschitz

Praised by the New York Times and The Age for her “dynamic” and “powerful” performances, Ukrainian-born pianist Sonya Lifschitz is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative, creative, and fearless musical voices.

During the 2015-16 season, Sonya made her critically acclaimed solo debut in one of New York’s most prestigious series, the BargeMusic, with other season highlights including performances at the Banff Centre (Canada), the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes and Spotlight series, the Melbourne, Darwin, Port Fairy, and Metropolis Festivals, 3MBS Marathons, and a collaboration between visual artist Angela Cavalieri, iconic Melbourne arts venue fortyfivedownstairs, and Sonya’s contemporary ensemble Press, Play, of which she is the co-founder and artistic co-director.

Sonya is increasingly active as a music curator and director, pushing to expand the existing parameters of performance culture and concert experience in Australia. In 2015 she curated, directed, and performed in a critically-acclaimed multi-disciplinary project (Canzone) for the Melbourne Festival, working at the intersection of visual art, music, and animated projections. This year, as a Fellow at the Australian National Academy of Music, Sonya will curate and perform in two large-scale projects reflecting her commitment to innovative and creative programming and community engagement. A fierce advocate for new music, Sonya has commissioned and premiered numerous large-scale works by composers such as Larry Sitsky, Kate Neal, Robert Davidson, Damian Barbeler, Steve Adams, and Anthony Lyons. A passionate collaborator, she performs regularly with her piano duo partners Stephen Emmerson and Therese Milanovic, the Topology ensemble and the Kransky Sisters, and members of the Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony, and Australian Chamber Orchestras.

Sonya debuted with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at age 18, performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, broadcast on ABC Classic FM and SBS television. She has been a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony, Israel Symphony, John Hopkins Symphony, Western Australia Youth Symphony, Melbourne Symphonia, and Marroondah Symphony orchestras; has performed extensively in Australia, United States, Israel, Switzerland, Italy and England; and has been featured on ABC Classic FM, ABC Radio National, and 3MBS Fine Music stations.
A Fulbright Scholar, Sonya studied under the legendary pianist-conductor Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music (John Hopkins University, USA) and holds a PhD in performance from the University of Melbourne.

Adam McMillan

Born in Brisbane, 22-year-old pianist Adam McMillan is currently studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Timothy Young. Adam began playing when he was four, and by age sixteen, he had performed as soloist with the Tagiev Chamber Orchestra in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as in China and Estonia. During his school years he received a Licentiate of Music with Distinction, was awarded the Quota Joyce Phillips award by the AMEB, and received 1st prize in the Queensland Piano Competition.

In 2014, Adam completed a Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance) under the tutelage of Jenni Flemming at the Queensland Conservatorium, where he was a recipient of the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship. He graduated with First Class Honours and a University Medal. During his studies in Queensland, performances included playing in the 4MBS Festival of Classics ‘Beethoven Marathon’, performing as soloist with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and collaborating with other pianists in the Australian Piano Duo Festival. He also enjoyed performing and recording the works of a number of emerging Australian composers, and recording a CD with cellist Elizabeth Hubbard to raise money for the charity “HeartKids”.

During his time at ANAM, Adam has performed in the Brisbane Baroque Festival, in the Australian Voices series at the Melbourne Recital Centre, in the Canberra International Music Festival, and as soloist with the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has performed frequently at ANAM alongside his colleagues, and worked with visiting artists such as Sara Macliver, Wissam Boustany, Penelope Thwaites, David Dolan, Lisa Moore, Kathryn Stott, Richard Gill, and Paavali Jumpannen.

Alex Raineri

Twenty-three year old pianist Alex Raineri is currently based in Brisbane and is an active soloist and chamber musician. Performance experience includes tours of California, South-East Asia, England, New Zealand, Germany and a vast amount of recital and chamber music engagements in Australia including regular broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and the MBS Networks. He has performed concertos with the Queensland, Tasmanian, Darwin and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Southern Cross Soloists, Orchestra Victoria, Four Winds Festival Orchestra and the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Alex has won a number of major prizes including the Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Australian National Piano Award, and ANAM Concerto Competition. He is the pianist and co-artistic director of the contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano and recently joined the Southern Cross Soloists. Other chamber partnerships have been with Andreas Ottensamer, Sara Macliver, Greta Bradman, Kathryn Stott, Slava Grigoryan, Brett Dean, Paul Dean, and others. Alex is presently under the tutelage of Leah Horwitz OAM and Timothy Young and is undertaking a Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

 

Oleg Stepanov

Oleg won first prize and Gran prize at the prestigious international competition “Music de chamber” in Florence, Italy. Born in Riga, Latvia, Oleg studied at the Riga Music College with Professor Lifshits. He continued his studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Professor Lev Vlassenko and later taught there.

Oleg is currently in charge of the Young Conservatorium Piano Program as well as a senior lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

He is a director of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition.

Brachi Tilles

Brachi Tilles was born and educated in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music and obtained a Bachelor's degree in both Music and French Literature. Having decided to specialise in Chamber Music, she continued her studies in Vienna, Austria, where she began her association with the international chamber music group ENSEMBLE I.

Brachi came to Australia with the Ensemble in 1976, and was for a number of years the lecturer in piano at the Darling Downs Institute in Toowoomba, Queensland, returning to Melbourne in 1986. She appears as soloist with a number of orchestras, in chamber music with ENSEMBLE I and recitals with Australian and international artists. She frequently records for the ABC and tours Australia and Europe on a regular basis. In 1996 she returned to Queensland, continuing a very active career as a chamber music pianist. She joined the part time staff of the University of Queensland, teaching and performing in the chamber music and vocal departments, and continuing to perform with Ensemble I at the national and international level.

 

Angela Turner

Angela TurnerAustralian pianist Angela Turner enjoys a multifaceted career as pianist and lecturer. Broadcast on Australian radio as soloist and chamber musician, Angela has performed throughout Australia, England, Canada and Taiwan. In recent years, highlights have included recordings and performances in the 4MBS Festival of Classics, Kawai Keyboard Series, Australian Piano Duo Festival, Mason and Hamlin Series, Melbourne Recital Centre Series and for Musica Viva.

Angela currently enjoys a focus upon chamber music, most notably with the Lyrebird Trio, who were winners of all piano trio and audience prizes at the 2013 Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition.  Subsequently, they featured in the ABC International documentary “Ivory, Strings and Bows”, broadcast in over 40 countries across Asia, North America, the Pacific and Indian subcontinent. They have been Ensemble-in-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium since 2014. Other recent engagements have included appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House, Ngeringa Cultural Centre, and Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. Lyrebird Trio were 2014 and 2015 Winter Musicians-in-Residence at Banff Centre, Canada, where they also recorded a CD for the Master Performers label.

Angela currently lectures at the Queensland Conservatorium, and is head of the Intermediate Piano Program at the Young Conservatorium. A well-respected teacher, Angela is an AMEB Keyboard Examiner, Keyboard Series Editor for the publishers Hal Leonard, and a sought-after adjudicator and presenter around Australia. A graduate and Conservatorium medallist of the Conservatorium, Angela completed her Master of Music on exchange at the Royal College of Music, London.  She has been the recipient of prestigious national academic and performance awards, including a Westpac Award, Florence Davey Pianoforte Scholarship, Australian Postgraduate Award, Griffith University Doctoral Scholarship, a three-time winner of the Queensland Piano Competition, 4MBS Chamber Music Prize, Royal Music Schools Association Prize for Accompaniment, amongst many others.  She has been on staff at the Queensland Conservatorium since 1998.

 

Natasha Vlassenko

Natasha Vlassenko and Oleg StepanovAs well as performing in Australia and in the territories of the former USSR, Natasha has also played and gave masterclasses in Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea and New Zealand.

Natasha was born in Moscow and graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Professor Jakob Flier. She later pursued her postgraduate studies with her father, Professor Lev Vlassenko.

As a student she was awarded the prestigious Tchaikovsky Scholarship and after this went on to win major prizes in international competitions, including the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna and the Busoni International competition in Bolzano, Italy.

Natasha has played under the baton of conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Gennady Rozdestvensky, Karl Osterriher, Vladimir Verbitsky, Karl Martin, Edvard Chivzel, Veronica Dudarova, Richard Hickox, Grant Huvellin, John Curro and others. Natasha is currently head of keyboard at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Along with her husband Oleg Stepanov, Natasha directs the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition.

 

Timothy Young

Timothy Young (c) Keith SaundersTimothy Young is one of Australia’s most prominent and versatile pianists. Currently the Head of Piano and Chamber Music at the Australian Academy of Music and a founding member of Ensemble Liaison, he performs regularly in recital as a soloist and in partnership with leading Australian and international musicians and ensembles.

He studied at the University of Melbourne with Ronald Farren-Price and Mack Jost before completing his Diploma with distinction from the Nicolò Paganini Conservatorium in Genova, Italy under the direction of Lidia Baldecchi- Arcuri and Massimiliano Damerini.

While studying in Italy Timothy won several first-prizes in International Music Competitions including the Premio Kawai-Tortona and the Palma d’Oro-Finale Ligure along with other major prizes in the Premio Venezia and the Sanremo Classico International Piano Competition. A personal highlight was a special performance playing works by Luciano Berio for the composer’s 70th birthday. Festival appearances included Chiavari, Bordighera, Ravello and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

Timothy has recently toured Australia with violinist Ray Chen for Musica Viva, performed with the Australian String Quartet and the Tin Alley String Quartet, the Australian Brass Quintet and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Frequent festival appearances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville,  Huntington Festival, Queensland Biennial Festival of Music, the Australian Piano Duo Festival, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Port Fairy Festival, Bangalow Music Festival, Melbourne International Festival of Brass, the Utzon Room music series at the Sydney Opera House, Canberra International Music Festival, the Aurora Festival (ISCM), the Perth Concert Hall Summer Series, Perth Festival, Woodend Festival, the Novi Sad Music Summer Festival in Serbia, the Kotor Arts International Festival in Montenegro and recently the opening recital at the Capraia Festival of Music in Italy.

Timothy has a keen interest in Australian composers of the past and his internationally acclaimed discography includes a recent recording for Heritage Records in the UK with Penelope Thwaites featuring the music of Percy Grainger. For the Melba label in Australia he has recorded a solo recital of works by the Australian George Frederick Boyle. Other recordings feature collaborations with Ensemble Liaison, violist Roger Benedict, violinist Ray Chen and soprano Cheryl Barker.  For Tall Poppies he has recorded with cellist, David Pereira and Ensemble Liaison.

 

 

 

Brent Miller

Brent MillerBrent Miller has performed nationally and internationally as Timpanist and Percussionist with orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan), Singapore Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. His chamber music involvements have included performances with Southern Cross Soloists, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Camerata of St. John’s, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Queensland Virtuosi, Sydney Camerata, and conducting engagements with Griffith Chamber Players, Queensland Philharmonia, Ensemble Ardor and Camerata of St. John's.

Through his freelance engagements, Brent has had the privilege of performing alongside artists such as Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Diana Krall, Tim Minchin, Lang Lang, Sinead O’Conner, Kate Ceberano, The Wiggles, Anthony Callea, the Hilltop Hoods, Katie Noonan, Gurrumul Yunupingu, and conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Edo de Waart and Michael Tilson Thomas.

As an educator, Brent is an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and frequently tutors percussionists of the Queensland Youth Orchestras. He has given a timpani masterclass to students of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and several school workshops around Australia, including a weeklong rhythm workshop for students of all instruments at Southern Cross Soloists' Rockhampton Winter Music School. Brent teaches privately in the Brisbane area as part of the teaching faculty at Just Percussion.

In addition to conducting, Brent is passionate about expressing the musical capabilities of percussion instruments to the fullest degree through orchestral, chamber, and solo performances. Current interests include being involved with the commissioning of groundbreaking new works for solo timpani; most recently Chris Healey's 'Myths' (2012), Phil Treloar's 'Sudhana's Steps' (2013), Stephen Cronin's 'Artefacts' (2016), plus over 100 other solo compositions that have been written for Brent this year by composers from around the world.

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Nozomi Omote

Nozomi OmoteNozomi Omote is a passionate freelance percussionist and educator based in Brisbane who performs different styles including classical, Latin, new and early music.

She has worked with several professional orchestras such as Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Camerata St John's chamber orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa also contemporary ensemble groups such as Clocked Out, Speak Percussion, and Southern Cross Soloists. She is a member of Australian percussion group, Early Warning System. She toured with them to Texas (U.S.A) as a part of PASIC in 2015, where they played Australian compositions.

After doing a Bachelor of Education at Kanazawa University in Japan, she moved to Brisbane in 2003 and completed a Master of Music Studies at Queensland Conservatorium with Vanessa Tomlinson and Tom O’Kelly. In 2004, she won the Hokuriku young performer competition, which allowed her to play as marimba soloist with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. In a same year, she won the Ishikawa prefecture new artist scholarship.

She teaches at several places including Queensland College of Music, Just Percussion, Queensland Youth Orchestra and the Percussion Department at the Queensland Conservatorium.

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