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!

Standard $75

Concession $70

Under 30s $30

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MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Tamara-Anna Cislowska

PIANISTS:

Valerie Forbes-Mavridis

Michael Kieran Harvey

Elena Kats-Chernin

Stephanie McCallum

Ian Munro

Neal Peres da Costa

Gabriella Smart

TAMARA-ANNA CISLOWSKA

Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists for both her solo and chamber performances. She has performed worldwide with repertoire from Scarlatti to Sculthorpe, won the 2012 APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award for Performance of the Year (ACT) and her latest album, a beautiful recording of Sculthorpe’s Complete Solo Piano Music hit number one on the ARIA Classical Charts.

Tamara is a regular guest of orchestras and festivals in Europe, America and Australasia, including as soloist with the London Philharmonic, the New Zealand Symphony, and all the Australian Symphony Orchestras with conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Edo de Waart, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, James Judd, Markus Stenz, and Yaron Traub.

ELENA KATS-CHERNIN

Born in Tashkent, Elena Kats-Chernin studied music in Moscow, Sydney and Hanover. She has created works across nearly every genre, from rags to operas and works for robotic instruments to a full scale choral symphony, among them pieces for Michael Collins, Ensemble Modern, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Tasmanian, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Ballet, as well as 4 chamber operas and soundtracks to 3 silent films.

Her music featured at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. She has received several awards including the Sounds Australian, Green Room and Helpmann Awards.

In September 2012 her adaptation of 3 Monteverdi operas, a collaboration with the director Barrie Kosky, was premiered at the Komische Oper Berlin and broadcast live on 3SAT TV across Europe. She was recently also a subject for “Creative Minds”, a 6-part TV documentary series by Robin Hughes, and received the Limelight award for ‘Best New Composition’ for her Symphonia Eluvium, commissioned by Brisbane Festival.

Her Russian Rag was used as Max’s theme in the 2009 claymation “Mary and Max” by Oscar winning director Adam Elliot. It was also the theme for “Late Night Live” on ABC Radio National for many years. In 2011 it was replaced by her Eliza Aria (from Wild Swans CD). In 2013 Eliza Aria appears on Daniel Hope’s CD for Deutsche Grammophon, Spheres, and her basset clarinet concerto Ornamental Air appears on Michael Collins’ release of works for clarinet and orchestra for Chandos.

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. In addition to concerts and recordings with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble and Ironwood, 2014 sees the collaborative production (with Clive Brown) of a performance edition of the complete chamber sonatas by Brahms for Bãrenreiter Verlag.

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!

Standard $75

Concession $70

Under 30s $30

OR SUBSCRIBE & SAVE!

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Tamara-Anna Cislowska

PIANISTS:

Valerie Forbes-Mavridis

Michael Kieran Harvey

Elena Kats-Chernin

Stephanie McCallum

Ian Munro

Neal Peres da Costa

Gabriella Smart

TAMARA-ANNA CISLOWSKA

Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists for both her solo and chamber performances. She has performed worldwide with repertoire from Scarlatti to Sculthorpe, won the 2012 APRA-AMCOS Art Music Award for Performance of the Year (ACT) and her latest album, a beautiful recording of Sculthorpe’s Complete Solo Piano Music hit number one on the ARIA Classical Charts.

Tamara is a regular guest of orchestras and festivals in Europe, America and Australasia, including as soloist with the London Philharmonic, the New Zealand Symphony, and all the Australian Symphony Orchestras with conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Edo de Waart, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, James Judd, Markus Stenz, and Yaron Traub.

ELENA KATS-CHERNIN

Born in Tashkent, Elena Kats-Chernin studied music in Moscow, Sydney and Hanover. She has created works across nearly every genre, from rags to operas and works for robotic instruments to a full scale choral symphony, among them pieces for Michael Collins, Ensemble Modern, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Tasmanian, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Ballet, as well as 4 chamber operas and soundtracks to 3 silent films.

Her music featured at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. She has received several awards including the Sounds Australian, Green Room and Helpmann Awards.

In September 2012 her adaptation of 3 Monteverdi operas, a collaboration with the director Barrie Kosky, was premiered at the Komische Oper Berlin and broadcast live on 3SAT TV across Europe. She was recently also a subject for “Creative Minds”, a 6-part TV documentary series by Robin Hughes, and received the Limelight award for ‘Best New Composition’ for her Symphonia Eluvium, commissioned by Brisbane Festival.

Her Russian Rag was used as Max’s theme in the 2009 claymation “Mary and Max” by Oscar winning director Adam Elliot. It was also the theme for “Late Night Live” on ABC Radio National for many years. In 2011 it was replaced by her Eliza Aria (from Wild Swans CD). In 2013 Eliza Aria appears on Daniel Hope’s CD for Deutsche Grammophon, Spheres, and her basset clarinet concerto Ornamental Air appears on Michael Collins’ release of works for clarinet and orchestra for Chandos.

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. In addition to concerts and recordings with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble and Ironwood, 2014 sees the collaborative production (with Clive Brown) of a performance edition of the complete chamber sonatas by Brahms for Bãrenreiter Verlag.

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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