Ysolt Clark

Ysolt Clark Born in Canberra, Ysolt Clark studied at the Canberra School Of Music and was appointed Principal Third Horn of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of twenty-one.  She left this position after eight years, but has since performed with most of the major symphony orchestras in Australia, most recently with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Ysolt has dedicated her time pursuing her passion for both music education and chamber music performance.  She is a member of the Southern Cross Soloists,  frequently performs with Camerata and works with the ELISION Ensemble and the Lunaire Collective.  Ysolt has been a member of the successful horn teaching team at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University for the last fifteen years.  She has directed the QHorn ensemble from the Con in Queensland, the U.S., and most recently in Brazil.  She has also taught at ANAM and is in demand as an educator both privately and within schools.
 
 

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.

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.

 

 

Daniel Herscovitch

Clemens Leske & Daniel HerscovitchBorn in Melbourne, Daniel Herscovitch studied with Alexander Sverjensky in Sydney and later with Rosl Schmid in Munich. Daniel’s repertoire ranges from the 17th to the 21st centuries. He regularly visits Asia, Europe and North America for concerts and masterclasses, and early this year toured Europe, giving more than a dozen performances of Bach’s monumental Art of Fugue. He has been privileged to have many composers write works especially for him and his CDs have been released on ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, CSM, Wirripang, Continuum and Toccata Classics labels. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Since forming their duo seven years ago, Clemens Leske and Daniel Herscovitch have presented a wide repertoire ranging from Mozart to Ligeti. As well as performing the classics of the repertoire they share a special interest in new music, as well as in lesser known works by composers such as Chabrier, Britten, Francaix and Grainger. They have recorded for Biodiversity and Wirripang labels.

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.

Clemens Leske

Clemens Leske & Daniel HerscovitchWith a repertoire of thirty-five concerti, Clemens Leske has performed with all six Australian symphony orchestras and has played at venues in Spain, the United Kingdom, Singapore, New Zealand, Hungary and China. He has appeared regularly with the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi. For his London Royal Festival Hall debut he performed Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent appearances include performances of Strauss’ Burlesque as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Sydney Symphony under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, and the Rachmaninov 3rd concerto with the Melbourne Symphony and a national tour in partnership with flautist Sir James Galway. Four CDs of solo piano works ranging from Chopin and Schumann to Kurtag and Duckworth will be released shortly. He is Senior Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Vladimir Ashkenazy states: “Mr Clemens Leske is in my opinion an extraordinary musician and pianist.”
 

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.

Therese Milanovic

Therese MilanovicTherese Milanovic is in demand as both performer and pedagogue. She has performed with Brisbane-based Topology since 2009, including collaborations with the Brodsky String Quartet, drummer Grant Collins, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (USA). With Topology, she has performed at the Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Salihara Arts Festival (Indonesia), Darwin Festival, Lincoln Center (NYC), and Netherlands and Belgium with the Kransky Sisters (www.topologymusic.com).
 
Therese also adores performing chamber music, bringing both traditional and lesser-known repertoire to the stage. One project close to her heart is the Muses Trio with Louise King and Christa Powell, celebrating music composed and performed by women, including new commissions by Natalie Williams, Kate Neal, and Elena Kats-Chernin (www.musestrio.com).
 
Therese was the first Australian to become a Taubman Instructor, the focus of her PhD, and is a Master level teacher with the Golandsky Institute (USA). She works with pianists from across Australia and internationally, and regularly presents workshops, teacher training sessions, and lectures. She has been a Keynote Speaker for national conferences: Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, Western Australia Pedagogy Convention, and ANZCA’s National Conference. She continues her own studies regularly with Edna Golandsky and John Bloomfield (USA) via Skype. For more information see theresemilanovic.com
 

Sophie Min

 Sophie MinSophie Min is a Brisbane based pianist, composer and improvising artist who expands on the proficiencies of the varied small ensembles by her unique pianism and explosive improvisation. She is an active composer whose work shows a distinctive personal aesthetic and who has become one of the most outstanding young jazz artists in Australia.

Since completing her M Mus (2016), she recorded and produced an album, Min/Svoboda/Hawkins, this recording investigates a wide range of practices and techniques in the jazz improvisational form showing strong interactions between each instrument. She also co-leaded, composed and arranged From All Sides Nimble (2018) and Hectic Moon Sprout (2018). She also has significantly contributed as a main pianist to Solace’ Kayleigh Pincott Quintet (2017) and Move to the Bleat Forage (2018).

Her accolades include winning a position with the JM Jazz World Orchestra performing at 6 European jazz festivals and receiving a scholarship from the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. As a performer, she has performed or toured with Kristin Berardi, John Hoffman, James Sherlock, Elly Hoyt, Rafael Karlen, Aaron McCoullough, Michael Pignéguy, Enthusiatic Musicians Orchestra, Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Wind Orchestra and Kayleigh Pincott Quintet. She has led her band enjoying performing highlights such as the Melbourne Womens Jazz Festival, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, JMI, QPAC, Brisbane Jazz Club, Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, Jazzlab, Paris Cats and Brisbane City Council Projects.

She recently engaged as a sessional instructor in jazz piano at the Queensland Conservatorium and she also teaches at the Young Conservatorium and her own music studio. 

Steve Newcomb

Steve Newcomb

Steve Newcomb is an Australian pianist and composer equally in demand for his unique touch on the piano, detailed writing, and comprehensive style of arranging that explores the realm shared by jazz and new music. He maintains an active solo career and shares the stage with a multitude of artists, performing in various styles and making "music in a knotty zone where Thelonious Monk meets classical music" (Sydney Morning Herald).

Steve has written for a wide array of musical artists, from Ben Folds, Augie March, and The Panics in the pop world, to the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the classical world. He leads his own ensemble, the Steve Newcomb Orchestra, a large chamber jazz project realising original works for strings, winds, harp and voice with jazz trio, which can be heard on the debut album "Caterpillar Chronicles" on the Listen/Hear! label.

As an arranger, Steve has worked with countless artists and organisations and is sought after for his exploratory and "lavish" style (Sydney Morning Herald). Steve frequently collaborates with Australian vocalist Katie Noonan as arranger and composer, including the ARIA award-winning album First Seed Ripening (2011), the acclaimed circus cabaret LOVE SONG CIRCUS (2012), Transmutant (2015) and With Love and Fury with the Brodsky Quartet (2016).

Based in Brisbane, Steve is Senior Lecturer, Head of Jazz and the Program Director of the Bachelor of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Steve completed both his Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Kenny Barron and Jim McNeely.

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.

 

Gwyn Roberts

Gwyn Roberts

Gwyn was for a number of years the Principal Cellist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this appointment, he studied with cellist Sela Trau and pedagogue Jan Sedivka at the Tasmanian Conservatorium. Awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1974,Gwyn studied conducting and researched youth orchestra administration in the USA and the UK. He has performed as Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Adelaide and Auckland Symphony Orchestras, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and also as guest Associate Principal of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.  

 

Gwyn has been a member of a number of respected chamber music groups including the Mayne String Trio, the Queensland Piano Trio, and the contemporary ensemble Perihelion, and continues to perform with the chamber group Ensemble I. He is regularly invited, both as a cellist and conductor, to perform in and direct concerts, vacation workshops and seminars with youth orchestra and professional organisations throughout Australia, and his past cello and conducting students hold teaching and performing positions in Australia and internationally. 

 

Gwyn was the Musical Director of the Queensland University Symphony Orchestra for a period of 25 years as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Music at UQ. Recently the principal cellist of the Canberra Symphony, he also performs in a variety of solo and chamber music concerts in Australia, and is active as a teacher, 

examiner and adjudicator. Gwyn teaches lower strings at Kenmore High School, and directs two string ensembles there. He also directs the Young Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. His current projects include researching early cello history in Australia, developing his keen interest in photography, and recording an educational CD of cello repertoire together with pianist Jenni Flemming.

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.

 

Vanessa Tomlinson

Vanessa TomlinsonAustralian percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson is active in the fields of solo percussion, contemporary chamber music, improvisation, installation and composition.

She has performed at festivals around the world such as Wien Modern, London Jazz Festival, Green Umbrella Series LA, Bang-on-a-Can Marathon NY, The Adelaide Festival of Arts, and Shanghai Festival. She is the recipient of 2 Green Room Awards, the 2011 APRA/AMC Award for Excellence by an organization or individual, and has been awarded artist residencies through Asialink (University of Melbourne), Civitella Ranieri (NY/Italy), Banff (Canada) and Bundanon (NSW).

She has recorded on numerous labels including Mode Records, Tzadik, ABC Classics, Etcetera, Clocked Out and Innova.

Vanessa is co-founder and artistic director of Clocked Out, one of Australia's most important and eclectic musical organisations, artistic director of percussion quartet Early Warning System and the percussionist for The Australian Art Orchestra. She was a founding member of percussion group red fish blue fish, and is also founder and director of Ba Da Boom, the in-residence percussion ensemble at Queensland Conservatorium, and the training ground for a wide cross-section of the percussion community in Australia.

She is particularly well-known for her interpretations of the music of Pateras, Griswold and Globokar, her improvisational language that incorporates sonic investigations of found objects, nature, and toy instruments, and her tireless advocacy for awareness of the plethora of high quality music-making happening in Australia. Over the years Vanessa has commissioned, inspired and premiered more than 100 works, worked alongside countless wonderful improvisers, an collaborated with visual artists, dancers, and actors in a variety of settings.

Vanessa studied at the University of Adelaide, Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg and received her Masters and Doctorate from the University of California, San Diego where she worked closely with Steven Schick and George Lewis. In addition Vanessa has studied Sichuan Opera with Master Zhong Kaichi in Chengdu, China. She is currently Associate Professor in Music at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

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.

 

Meta Weiss

Meta WeissAmerican cellist Meta Weiss (pronounced MAY-ta) made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. Weiss is an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, whose performances have taken her to international venues including: Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Kimmel Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, QPAC, and Teatro Britanico (Peru).
 
She has garnered top prizes in numerous international competitions, and her album Entendre (Sono Luminus) is the winner of the Violoncello Foundation Listener’s Choice Award. As a member of Break of Reality, she has toured as a “musical ambassador” across America, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Brazil for the American Music Abroad program.
 
Weiss received her Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University, and her Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at The Juilliard School. She was appointed Senior Lecturer in Cello and Head of Chamber Music at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2015. Weiss performs on a Gioffredo Cappa cello, c. 1690, generously provided to her by an anonymous supporter.

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