Six Grands on Stage

A sensational finale to the Richard Bonynge Piano Series. Music at its finest.

IAN MUNRO, STEPHANIE McCALLUM, TAMARA CISLOWSKA, CLEMENS LESKE, NEAL PERES DA COSTA, VALERIE FORBES-MAVRIDIS

In this thrilling final concert we bring you the spectacle and brilliance of six grand pianos together on stage with some of Australia’s most brilliant musicians at the helm: Ian Munro, Stephanie McCallum, Tamara Cislowska, Clemens Leske, Neal Peres Da Costa and Valerie Forbes-Mavridis. This team of acclaimed musicians will come together in a thrilling concert to close the season, with a program featuring Ravel’s Bolero as well as works by Percy Grainger and Elena Kats-Chernin.

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.

CLEMENS LESKE

With a repertoire of some thirty-five concerti, Clemens Leske has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australian, Tasmanian and Queensland 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.

Clemens has released many discs of solo and chamber works, and has recorded extensively for ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 102.5FM. He has served on juries for national and international piano competitions including the ABC’s Young Performers’ Awards, the Lev Vlassenko, and the Shepparton National Piano Award, and is currently a Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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.

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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.

CLEMENS LESKE

With a repertoire of some thirty-five concerti, Clemens Leske has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australian, Tasmanian and Queensland 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.

Clemens has released many discs of solo and chamber works, and has recorded extensively for ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 102.5FM. He has served on juries for national and international piano competitions including the ABC’s Young Performers’ Awards, the Lev Vlassenko, and the Shepparton National Piano Award, and is currently a Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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.

 

  • Saturday, Oct 17 2015 8:00pm

IAN MUNRO, STEPHANIE McCALLUM, TAMARA CISLOWSKA, CLEMENS LESKE, NEAL PERES DA COSTA, VALERIE FORBES-MAVRIDIS

In this thrilling final concert we bring you the spectacle and brilliance of six grand pianos together on stage with some of Australia’s most brilliant musicians at the helm: Ian Munro, Stephanie McCallum, Tamara Cislowska, Clemens Leske, Neal Peres Da Costa and Valerie Forbes-Mavridis. This team of acclaimed musicians will come together in a thrilling concert to close the season, with a program featuring Ravel’s Bolero as well as works by Percy Grainger and Elena Kats-Chernin.

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.

CLEMENS LESKE

With a repertoire of some thirty-five concerti, Clemens Leske has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australian, Tasmanian and Queensland 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.

Clemens has released many discs of solo and chamber works, and has recorded extensively for ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 102.5FM. He has served on juries for national and international piano competitions including the ABC’s Young Performers’ Awards, the Lev Vlassenko, and the Shepparton National Piano Award, and is currently a Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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.

SINGLE TICKETS

ADULT $50                          CONCESSION $45

Buy tickets »

 

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.

CLEMENS LESKE

With a repertoire of some thirty-five concerti, Clemens Leske has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, West Australian, Tasmanian and Queensland 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.

Clemens has released many discs of solo and chamber works, and has recorded extensively for ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 102.5FM. He has served on juries for national and international piano competitions including the ABC’s Young Performers’ Awards, the Lev Vlassenko, and the Shepparton National Piano Award, and is currently a Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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.

 

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