Eight Grands

An orchestra of pianos.

The Joan’s Concert Hall stage will be filled with not one, not two, not three… but eight grand pianos – an orchestra of pianos – with some of Australia’s most brilliant musicians at the helm. With Tamara-Anna Cislowska on board as Music Director, Eight Grands is not to be missed.

In this thrilling concert we bring you the spectacle of eight grand pianos together on stage with some of Australia’s most brilliant musicians at the helm.

ONE SHOW ONLY!

Enjoy a special pre-concert performance by our Penrith Conservatorium scholarship students, Oliver Jin (Piano), Alexander Frendo (Guitar), Victor Zhou (Piano), at The Joan’s foyer just before Eight Grands.

Standard $75

Concession $70

Under 30s $30

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MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Tamara-Anna Cislowska

PIANISTS:

Elena Kats-Chernin

Stephanie McCallum

Ian Munro

Neal Peres da Costa

Valerie Forbes-Mavridis

Gabriella Smart

Michael Kieran Harvey

TAMARA-ANNA CISLOWSKA

Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists, performing in Australia and internationally to critical and public acclaim. Winning international prizes in London, Italy and Greece such as the Rovere d’Oro, Tamara’s accolades include ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship, an Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and the 2015 ARIA for ‘Best Classical Album’.

Frequent guest of orchestras and festivals worldwide, Tamara performs as soloist with the London Philharmonic, Australian Chamber Orchestra and all major Australasian symphony orchestras with conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Edo de Waart, Asher Fisch, Christopher Hogwood, and James Judd. Recent engagements include Brisbane and Perth Festivals, touring for Musica Viva Australia, and performances with the Tasmanian and Canberra Symphony Orchestras with concerti by Prokofiev and Gorecki, with the world premiere of Kats-Chernin’s piano concerto, Lebewohl in September with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Tamara has recorded for Chandos, Naxos, ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, Artworks and MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm), with most recent releases being Into Silence (ABC Classics) recorded with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Unsent Love Letters: meditations on Erik Satie, also available on Deutsche Grammophon. Tamara presents DUET weekly, on ABC Classic FM radio and edits for Boosey & Hawkes (Berlin).

ELENA KATS-CHERNIN

Born in Tashkent, Elena Kats-Chernin studied music in Moscow, Sydney and Hanover. She has received many prestigious prizes such as the Helpmann, Limelight, Sounds Australian, and Sydney Theatre Awards, and an Individual Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award (2013) and her colourful, vibrant and uplifting music has featured at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2003 Rugby World Cup and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Attracting commissions from the world’s leading opera, ballet, and theatre companies including Komische Oper Berlin, her concerto for eight double basses, The Witching Hour, for the Australian World Orchestra was a finalist in the 2017 Art Music Awards. Composer-in-Residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2017, and Artist-in-Residence at Queensland Music Festival, 2018 sees commissions for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva and Avi Avital.

Kats-Chernin’s music also spans film and television: Eliza Aria was used by British bank Lloyds TSB; Russian Rag featured in claymation feature film Mary and Max, and Kats-Chernin composed the music for episodic Australian opera production for television, The Divorce (libretto by Joanna Murray-Smith), watched by more than one million viewers on ABC TV. Elena Kats-Chernin’s music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock.

STEPHANIE MCCALLUM

Described as “one of Australia’s foremost pianists”, Stephanie McCallum has enjoyed an international career of over twenty five years, appearing on over 40 CDs – 17 of them solo – and in hundreds of live solo and concerto performances.

She has appeared extensively as a soloist in the United Kingdom, France and Australia, has toured Europe with The Alpha Centauri Ensemble and has made many appearances as soloist in the Sydney Festival. A noted exponent of contemporary music, Stephanie was a founding member of the contemporary ensembles AustraLYSIS and Sydney Alpha Ensemble and was joint artistic director of the latter since its inception. She has performed with such groups as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, ELISION and The Australia Ensemble.

IAN MUNRO

Ian Munro is one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded musicians with a career that has taken him to thirty countries, performing with leading orchestras in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. As a composer, Ian is the only Australian to have been awarded the Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Composers (2003), and was in 2011 the Featured Composer for Musica Viva Australia.

Ian has recorded for ABC Classics, Hyperion, Cala, Naxos, Marco Polo, Tall Poppies and the UK label Warehouse as soloist and chamber musician. Recent discs include the collected music by Tasmanian composer Katherine Parker and Elena Kats-Chernin’s piano concerto commissioned for Ian Munro by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. A widely experienced chamber musician, Ian joined the acclaimed Australia Ensemble in Sydney in 2000, for which he has also composed and arranged several works.

NEAL PERES DA COSTA

Neal Peres Da Costa is a world-renowned performing scholar and educator. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney) . His monograph Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (OUP: 2012) has received critical acclaim and is recognised widely as an indispensable scholarly text for serious pianists.

An ARIA winning artist, Neal has an extensive discography and regularly performs, and gives lectures and master classes around the world. Recent notable performances include Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and Brahms’s Op. 25 Piano Quartet and Op. 34 Piano Quintet with Ironwood—the Australian-based ensemble with which he is undertaking cutting-edge research in late-nineteenth-century performance. Neal continues to perform and record solo and with ensembles such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble and Ironwood.

VALERIE FORBES-MAVRIDIS

Twice winner of the state finals in the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition, Valerie Forbes-Mavridis has performed as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra playing Aaron Copland’s rarely performed Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no.2 and Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals.

Her performances and recordings for the ABC and Fine Music FM include three solo albums and works by Debussy, Liszt, Stravinsky, Grieg and Michael Hannan, whose work, Voices in the Sky was premiered by Valerie.

Valerie is recipient of a Mo Award as soloist and musical director of the 4-member group, Black Tie. With this group, she has performed in many countries in North and South America, Africa, and Europe and extensively throughout Australia.

GABRIELLA SMART

Gabriella Smart received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010, and a Helpmann Award for performance and curation in 2009. She is Artistic Director of Soundstream Collective, the University of Adelaide’s New Music Ensemble-in-Residence, and the Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival, both recognized in 2013 through national awards (APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence by an Organisation and the SA/NT Creative Partnerships SME Award).

Gabriella studied with Eleonora Sivan. As a concert pianist she has performed in International Festivals around Australia, and in Europe and China. She has given international premieres of works by eminent composers including Elena Kats Chernin, Michael Nyman, Tan Dun, and Mary Finsterer. In 2009 Gabriella performed at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, giving the Chinese premiere of a work by internationally acclaimed composer Xiayong Chen. Gabriella has given numerous live and recorded broadcasts for ABC Classic FM. She teaches piano at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

MICHAEL KIERAN HARVEY

Michael Kieran Harvey was born in Sydney and studied piano with Alan Jenkins, Gordon Watson, and at the Liszt Academy, Budapest, under Sándor Falvai. Based in Tasmania, his career has been notable for its diversity and wide repertoire. He has especially promoted the works of Australian and contemporary composers and recorded well over 30 solo CDs on various labels.

Harvey’s awards include the Grand Prix in the Ivo Pogorelich Competition, USA (1993), the Debussy Medal, Paris (1986), the Australian government’s Centenary Medal (2002)and the 2009 APRA award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music. The Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship was established in 2006 to encourage future directions in Australian keyboard art music. He is currently on staff at the Australian National Academy of Music.

  • Saturday, Aug 18 2018 7:30pm

The Joan’s Concert Hall stage will be filled with not one, not two, not three… but eight grand pianos – an orchestra of pianos – with some of Australia’s most brilliant musicians at the helm. With Tamara-Anna Cislowska on board as Music Director, Eight Grands is not to be missed.

In this thrilling concert we bring you the spectacle of eight grand pianos together on stage with some of Australia’s most brilliant musicians at the helm.

ONE SHOW ONLY!

Enjoy a special pre-concert performance by our Penrith Conservatorium scholarship students, Oliver Jin (Piano), Alexander Frendo (Guitar), Victor Zhou (Piano), at The Joan’s foyer just before Eight Grands.

Standard $75

Concession $70

Under 30s $30

OR SUBSCRIBE & SAVE!

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Tamara-Anna Cislowska

PIANISTS:

Elena Kats-Chernin

Stephanie McCallum

Ian Munro

Neal Peres da Costa

Valerie Forbes-Mavridis

Gabriella Smart

Michael Kieran Harvey

TAMARA-ANNA CISLOWSKA

Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists, performing in Australia and internationally to critical and public acclaim. Winning international prizes in London, Italy and Greece such as the Rovere d’Oro, Tamara’s accolades include ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship, an Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and the 2015 ARIA for ‘Best Classical Album’.

Frequent guest of orchestras and festivals worldwide, Tamara performs as soloist with the London Philharmonic, Australian Chamber Orchestra and all major Australasian symphony orchestras with conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Edo de Waart, Asher Fisch, Christopher Hogwood, and James Judd. Recent engagements include Brisbane and Perth Festivals, touring for Musica Viva Australia, and performances with the Tasmanian and Canberra Symphony Orchestras with concerti by Prokofiev and Gorecki, with the world premiere of Kats-Chernin’s piano concerto, Lebewohl in September with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Tamara has recorded for Chandos, Naxos, ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, Artworks and MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm), with most recent releases being Into Silence (ABC Classics) recorded with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Unsent Love Letters: meditations on Erik Satie, also available on Deutsche Grammophon. Tamara presents DUET weekly, on ABC Classic FM radio and edits for Boosey & Hawkes (Berlin).

ELENA KATS-CHERNIN

Born in Tashkent, Elena Kats-Chernin studied music in Moscow, Sydney and Hanover. She has received many prestigious prizes such as the Helpmann, Limelight, Sounds Australian, and Sydney Theatre Awards, and an Individual Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award (2013) and her colourful, vibrant and uplifting music has featured at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2003 Rugby World Cup and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Attracting commissions from the world’s leading opera, ballet, and theatre companies including Komische Oper Berlin, her concerto for eight double basses, The Witching Hour, for the Australian World Orchestra was a finalist in the 2017 Art Music Awards. Composer-in-Residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2017, and Artist-in-Residence at Queensland Music Festival, 2018 sees commissions for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva and Avi Avital.

Kats-Chernin’s music also spans film and television: Eliza Aria was used by British bank Lloyds TSB; Russian Rag featured in claymation feature film Mary and Max, and Kats-Chernin composed the music for episodic Australian opera production for television, The Divorce (libretto by Joanna Murray-Smith), watched by more than one million viewers on ABC TV. Elena Kats-Chernin’s music is published exclusively by Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock.

STEPHANIE MCCALLUM

Described as “one of Australia’s foremost pianists”, Stephanie McCallum has enjoyed an international career of over twenty five years, appearing on over 40 CDs – 17 of them solo – and in hundreds of live solo and concerto performances.

She has appeared extensively as a soloist in the United Kingdom, France and Australia, has toured Europe with The Alpha Centauri Ensemble and has made many appearances as soloist in the Sydney Festival. A noted exponent of contemporary music, Stephanie was a founding member of the contemporary ensembles AustraLYSIS and Sydney Alpha Ensemble and was joint artistic director of the latter since its inception. She has performed with such groups as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, ELISION and The Australia Ensemble.

IAN MUNRO

Ian Munro is one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded musicians with a career that has taken him to thirty countries, performing with leading orchestras in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. As a composer, Ian is the only Australian to have been awarded the Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Composers (2003), and was in 2011 the Featured Composer for Musica Viva Australia.

Ian has recorded for ABC Classics, Hyperion, Cala, Naxos, Marco Polo, Tall Poppies and the UK label Warehouse as soloist and chamber musician. Recent discs include the collected music by Tasmanian composer Katherine Parker and Elena Kats-Chernin’s piano concerto commissioned for Ian Munro by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. A widely experienced chamber musician, Ian joined the acclaimed Australia Ensemble in Sydney in 2000, for which he has also composed and arranged several works.

NEAL PERES DA COSTA

Neal Peres Da Costa is a world-renowned performing scholar and educator. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney) . His monograph Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (OUP: 2012) has received critical acclaim and is recognised widely as an indispensable scholarly text for serious pianists.

An ARIA winning artist, Neal has an extensive discography and regularly performs, and gives lectures and master classes around the world. Recent notable performances include Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and Brahms’s Op. 25 Piano Quartet and Op. 34 Piano Quintet with Ironwood—the Australian-based ensemble with which he is undertaking cutting-edge research in late-nineteenth-century performance. Neal continues to perform and record solo and with ensembles such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble and Ironwood.

VALERIE FORBES-MAVRIDIS

Twice winner of the state finals in the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition, Valerie Forbes-Mavridis has performed as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra playing Aaron Copland’s rarely performed Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no.2 and Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals.

Her performances and recordings for the ABC and Fine Music FM include three solo albums and works by Debussy, Liszt, Stravinsky, Grieg and Michael Hannan, whose work, Voices in the Sky was premiered by Valerie.

Valerie is recipient of a Mo Award as soloist and musical director of the 4-member group, Black Tie. With this group, she has performed in many countries in North and South America, Africa, and Europe and extensively throughout Australia.

GABRIELLA SMART

Gabriella Smart received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010, and a Helpmann Award for performance and curation in 2009. She is Artistic Director of Soundstream Collective, the University of Adelaide’s New Music Ensemble-in-Residence, and the Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival, both recognized in 2013 through national awards (APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence by an Organisation and the SA/NT Creative Partnerships SME Award).

Gabriella studied with Eleonora Sivan. As a concert pianist she has performed in International Festivals around Australia, and in Europe and China. She has given international premieres of works by eminent composers including Elena Kats Chernin, Michael Nyman, Tan Dun, and Mary Finsterer. In 2009 Gabriella performed at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, giving the Chinese premiere of a work by internationally acclaimed composer Xiayong Chen. Gabriella has given numerous live and recorded broadcasts for ABC Classic FM. She teaches piano at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

MICHAEL KIERAN HARVEY

Michael Kieran Harvey was born in Sydney and studied piano with Alan Jenkins, Gordon Watson, and at the Liszt Academy, Budapest, under Sándor Falvai. Based in Tasmania, his career has been notable for its diversity and wide repertoire. He has especially promoted the works of Australian and contemporary composers and recorded well over 30 solo CDs on various labels.

Harvey’s awards include the Grand Prix in the Ivo Pogorelich Competition, USA (1993), the Debussy Medal, Paris (1986), the Australian government’s Centenary Medal (2002)and the 2009 APRA award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music. The Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship was established in 2006 to encourage future directions in Australian keyboard art music. He is currently on staff at the Australian National Academy of Music.

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