Christopher Latham has had a varied musical career. Initially the treble soloist for St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane, he then trained as a violinist, studying in the US for a decade before joining the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 1992. He subsequently worked as editor for Peter Sculthorpe and other leading Australian composers, while overseeing the Australian office of Boosey & Hawkes (1998-2004). He spent over 15 years working closely with Sculthorpe to finish his catalogue before Peter’s death in 2014. Since 2002, he has worked as an artistic director for the Four Winds Festival (Bermagui 2004-2008), the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (Townsville 2005-2006), the Canberra International Music Festival (CIMF 2009-2014) as well as maintaining an ongoing role as artistic director with Village Building Company’s Voices in the Forest (Canberra, 2011-present). In November 2013 during the Centenary of Canberra year, City News and the Canberra Critic’s Circle awarded him Canberra’s “Artist of the Year”.
He works increasingly in the field of cultural diplomacy, specifically researching the music of composers who served in war. He spent a decade working as music director of the Gallipoli Symphony, one of the largest cultural diplomacy projects ever undertaken in Australia, in which twelve composers from Turkey, Australia and New Zealand were commissioned to tell the story of Gallipoli. This work premiered in Istanbul, Turkey, in August and in Brisbane in November 2015. The Turkish premiere was broadcast on ABC TV and released on DVD and the CD of the Australian premiere was released on ABC Classics. The work was nominated for a 2016 Helpmann Award and the CD for an Aria award.
In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Canberra for his work as Music Director of the Gallipoli Symphony and for his research on the music of World War 1. He directs The Flowers of War, funded through a four year Anzac Centenary Fellowship, reciprocated by the French Mission Centenaire 1914-18, to create cultural linkages between the two countries and to tell the stories of the Australian experiences on the Western Front. These programs documenting cultural loss have been presented in Australia, France and the UK. Two recordings have also been released, one of them the first portrait CD of the Australian composer Frederick Septimus Kelly, who was killed in the Somme in 1916, on ABC Classics.
In 2016 he was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, and in 2017 he was appointed Artist in Residence at the Australian War Memorial in March of 2017 for five years, the first musician to be appointed to that role. He is the director of the Diggers’ Requiem which will premiere in France and Australia in 2018, telling through music, the story of the Australian soldiers on the Western Front.
Simone Riksman soprano
Simone Riksman has performed music since the age of 9 at the highest level, starting in Holland and then throughout Europe and the world. An education rooted in the Dutch music tradition (Margreet Honig, DNOA, Cappella Amsterdam) she went on to become a leading solo artist with one of the oldest theatres in Switzerland, Theater St Gallen (under the direction of the Intendant Peter Heilker) expanding her operatic repertoire to over 20 leading roles, working with acclaimed directors as Guy Joosten, Pierre Audi, Nicola Raab, Aron Stiehl, David Alden and conductors as Henrik Nánási, Marc Minkowski, David Stern, RoberHowart and Otto Tausk. She appeared to great acclaim in the 2010 and 2014 Canberra International Music Festivals. Her performance in the Triumph of the Heart concert was honoured with a 2014 Canberra Critics' Circle award
She is well known for her deep musicality and profoundly emotional and moving performances.
Paul Goodchild studied trumpet in Sydney and Europe and was appointed a full-time member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at age 18, later becoming Associate Principal Trumpet. With the SSO, he has toured extensively throughout the USA, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Asia, as well as Singapore, China and Korea with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He is Principal Trumpet of many of Sydney's freelance orchestras and frequently performs with the Chamber Soloists of Sydney, Collegium Musicum at UNSW, Australia Ensemble, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has also been a soloist.
In 2009 he performed in the Townsville Chamber Music Festival and in the Sydney Festival with the London Sinfonietta and Morphoses Ballet. This year, he will perform at the International Trumpet Guild World Conference in Sydney. Leading Australian composers have written works for him, including Carl Vine, Ross Edwards, Barry McKimm, David Stanhope, Matthew Hindson and Paul Stanhope. In 2005 he gave the premiere of Alan Holley's trumpet concerto Doppler's Web with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, reprising it in 2006 with the Queensland Orchestra.
Paul Goodchild is Musical Director of the Waverley Bondi Beach Band and Director of Sydney Brass, one of Australia's oldest and most respected chamber music ensembles.
Australian flautist Jane Rutter is an expert in the French Flute School and is regarded as one of its finest exponents, combining through her French family heritage, its perfection of technique and tone, and also elegance in performance style.
She was awarded the prestigious French medal Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2016 and made a Fellow of the AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MUSIC in 2015 for her outstanding achievements and services to music.
Jane Rutter has released some twenty-two solo recordings, has played in performances ranging from baroque recitals at LA SAINTE CHAPELLE in Paris, to THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE and VICTORIAN ARTS CENTRE in Melbourne, to joining a line-up of transgender stars at Sydney’s iconic TILBURY HOTEL.
Her classical career is further broad-ended by her skills in world music, theatre, film, composition & improvisation. She has appeared in the UK, Europe, USA, South-East Asia, South America and China, and is a household name in Australia.
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. Soloist, recitalist and chamber music specialist, she performs in Australia and worldwide in repertoire spanning three centuries, to critical and public acclaim, with a passion for bringing Australian music to the world. Tamara has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro, and in Australia, awards such as ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship from the Music Council of Australia, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and the 2015 ARIA for ‘Best Classical Album’ with her landmark recording of the complete piano works of Peter Sculthorpe.
Tamara has recorded for Chandos, Naxos, ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, Artworks and MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm), receiving 4 ARIA nominations and critical acclaim, with 8 solo albums all reaching the top 10 in the classical charts. In addition to Butterflying: piano music of Elena Kats-Chernin (ABC Classics, 2016) which earned enormous popular acclaim and was Limelight ‘Editor’s Choice’, her 2014 release, Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics) enjoyed several weeks at no.1 in the ARIA Classical and Limelight charts and was ‘Editor’s Choice – Instrumental’ in BBC Music Magazine.
David Pereira is one of Australia’s finest and most versatile cellists. He graduated ‘Student of the Year’ in 1974 from Sydney Conservatorium and then pursued further studies as a Fulbright Scholar over 4 years in the USA at Indiana University. There he received his Master of Music degree and completed Doctor of Music course work. He returned to play with the Australia Ensemble for 11 years, and was Principal Cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for seven years and of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for three years. He has also played with Flederman, the Seymour Group, the String Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic, Felix Ayo, the Chilingirian Quartet, Roger Woodward, Geoffrey Tozer, Ian Munro, and the Sydney String Quartet.
Pereira has performed all the cello concertos and major concertante pieces from the standard repertoire (Dvořák, Elgar, Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Johann Christian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Beethoven's Triple Concerto, Brahms's Double Concerto, Bruch's Kol Nidrei). He has also premiered concertos written for him, or works for solo cello, or for cello and other instruments,by Australian composers such as Peter Sculthorpe, Carl Vine, Ross Edwards, Nigel Westlake, Elena Kats-Chernin,Richard Mills, Barry Conyngham, David Lumsdaine, Larry Sitsky, Mary Finsterer, Bruce Cale, Mike Nock, Roger Dean, Tristram Cary, Roger Frampton, Anne Boyd and Nigel Butterley.
Born in Sydney, Andrew Goodwin studied voice at the St. Petersburg Conservatoryand in the UK. He has appeared with orchestras, opera companies and choral societies in Europe, the UK, Asia and Australia, including the Bolshoi Opera, La Scala Milan and Opera Australia. On the concert platform he has toured with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and The Song Company, and given recitals at the Wigmore Hall. He has been a featured soloist at the Port Fairy, Huntington and Canberra International Music Festivals.
Louise Page OAM is one of Australia’s most highly regarded and versatile singers. She has appeared in opera, operetta, oratorio, cabaret, recital and broadcasts, for various groups throughout Australia and Europe.
She is the winner of the inaugural Mietta’s Song Recital Competition, the vocal grand final of the ABC Young Performer of the Year Award, the Robert Stolz/Apex scholarship to Vienna and the Belgian Radio and Television Opera en Bel Canto Prize. She has performed throughout Europe, including roles at the Vienna State Opera as a member of the young artist program. Based in Canberra she performs regularly in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and regional areas. Louise has recorded seven CDs of music varying from Lieder to operetta, premières of Australian music and Christmas songs. In the 2013 Australia Day Honours List, Louise was awarded an OAM for services to the performing arts.
Timothy Young is Coordinator of Piano Studies and Head of Chamber Music at the Australian Academy of Music. 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.
During this period he was winner of the Premio Kawai-Tortona, the Palma d’Oro-Finale Ligure and in Trio the 1st Chamber Music Competition of Liguria.
In recent years Timothy has toured Australia with Ray Chen for Musica Viva, and appeared at the Queensland Biennial Festival of Music, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Canberra International Music Festival, and many others.
His internationally acclaimed discography includes numerous recordings for the Tall Poppies and Melba labels collaborating with violinist Ray Chen, violist Roger Benedict, cellist David Pereira, soprano Cheryl Barker and solo recitals.
Described as possessing "a voice to drool over" and "una voce stupenda", Christina Wilson has appeared in performances throughout the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. Whilst overseas, Christina sang as a soloist in Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall under Sir David Willcocks and at London House under Sir Richard Bonynge. In opera, Christina has performed the roles of Carmen, Cenerentola, Rosina, Cherubino, Dido, Dorabella and Clitemnestre for companies such as the State Opera of South Australia, Wexford Festival Opera, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Since her return to Australia she has been broadcast on ABC FM’s “Sunday Live”, presented recitals appeared as a soloist with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Stopera, the Canberra Choral Society, and atevery Canberra International Music Festival since 2009 presenting many Australian premiere performances, many accompanied by her husband Alan Hicks.
Melbourne-born pianist Caroline Almonte has won numerous awards, has recorded and produced for the ABC and, alongside her performance commitments, teaches piano at the University of Melbourne. She has performed in Europe, the US, China, Japan, Canada and South America, and at the Edinburgh Festival, Teatro Colosseo series, and major festivals in Australia. She has played under conductors Nicholas Braithwaite, Oleg Caetani, Reinhard Goebel, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Richard Mills, Benjamin Northey, Tadaaki Otaka, David Porcelijn and Markus Stenz. Her chamber partners have included, among others, Ralph Kirshbaum, Yvonne Kenny, Ian Munro, Li-Wei Qin, Merlyn Quaife and Miki Tsunoda, her partner from Duo Sol.
Recent engagements have included Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performances with violinist Daniel Hope in Sydney and Melbourne, and the Dunkeld Festival of Music with the Australian String Quartet. In 2013 she gave a Musica Viva recital tour, performed with Bernadette Harvey and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and was soloist in the SSO’s presentation of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, narrated by Dame Edna Everage. She also appeared with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra on the Hush Music Foundation’s album, The Magic Island. Caroline Almonte studied with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts before completing postgraduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York.
Catherine McCorkill joined the Australia Ensemble in 1995 and has performed chamber music with the group throughout Australia and overseas, touring to Canada, USA, UK, South America, Vietnam, Thailand and New Zealand. In 2008, Catherine and her colleagues in the Australia Ensemble received an APRA/AMC award for best performance of an Australian work, with the premiere of Nigel Westlake's concertino for clarinet and chamber ensemble, Rare Sugar.
Catherine has performed as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and most of the Australian symphony orchestras. As regular Principal Clarinettist with the ACO since 1994, Catherine has toured nationally many times, and to the USA/ Europe in 2010. She has performed at many Australian chamber music festivals, including Huntington and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and has toured Australia with the Australian String Quartet and Selby & Friends.
Catherine has held the positions of lecturer in clarinet at the WA Conservatorium, Victorian College of the Arts, the Sydney Conservatorium and has been a guest tutor at the Canberra School of Music, ANAM and for AYO National Music Camp.
Véronique has established herself as a versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary classical, folk, rock and improvisation. She is committed to ‘new works’ and regularly collaborates with Australia’s composers.
Véronique has played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for many years and was recently appointed Concertmaster of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. She frequently performs with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra and has appeared as guest principal violin with the Tasmanian Symphony. Véronique performs on a 1900 Leandro Bisiach violin and a custom made 6 string electric violin by luthier Paul Davies
Tor Frømyhr was for many years Head of Strings and Senior Lecturer in Violin and Viola at the ANU School of Music, Canberra, Australia. He has toured extensively nationally and internationally with many chamber ensembles including Australian Contemporary Music Ensemble, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as soloist, conductor and concertmaster with Australian orchestras, and conducted and performed in festivals in Scandinavia, USA, Germany, France, UK and Italy.
Anna McDonald was born in Canberra. She gained a Bachelor of Music there before undertaking study at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. She stayed in London for ten years as a baroque/classical violinist and early music specialist, touring throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. On her return to Australia, Anna led the ABC recording orchestra in Sydney for ten years, as well as the becoming founder-leader of Pinchgut Opera’s orchestra. Over the past five years, Anna has studied Persian classical music and specialised in Armenian, Turkish and other Middle Eastern music.
Alan Hicks is one of Australia's foremost vocal coaches and accompanists. He is currently Head of Vocal and Keyboard Performance at the University of Canberra and a vocal coach in the Opera Unit at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Alan performs regularly around Australia in recitals and Festivals with leading national and international artists. In collaboration with the Friends of Opera he coordinates high-level performance opportunities for aspiring young singers at embassies around Canberra. In 2013 he made his stage debut at the Street Theatre as Alain/Claude in the award-winning Bijou, starringChrissie Shaw.
Alan is in great demand as a recitalist with national and international artists. He performs in duo partnerships with Geoffrey Lancaster and Alan Vivian.
Zoltán Szabó is a cellist, educated in Budapest (Hungary) and Cincinnati (USA). As a member of the Budapest Trio, he came to Australia in 1985 to give a series of concerts as part of the Sydney Festival. After the tour, he was offered a position with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and he has been living in Sydney ever since. Zoltán has also performed extensively at festivals and recitals in Europe, America and throughout Australia, playing first with the Budapest Trio and later with the Bergonzi String Quartet. Zoltán worked as Principal Cello with Opera Australia (1992-2013). In 2000, he received a Churchill Fellowship. He has taught cello, chamber music and more recently, music history at the Sydney Con since 2003.
In 2012, Zoltán began a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) at the University of Sydney. In 2014, he became a regular contributor to Bachtrack (London), one of the largest websites for concert and opera reviews in the world.
Anton’s first professional engagement as an accordionist was at age 15. Jazz became his main interest in the early ’90s when he completed a degree in Jazz Piano Studies, followed soon after by a recording featuring accordion, violin and double bass. His recording “Live for Life” (2006) featured accordion and clarinet presenting musettes, tangos, javas, sambas and his own composition “Move Tango”. His latest recording, “Anton – Primitus”, presents his solo interpretations of classical evergreens from Bach to Khachaturian.
Rose is a Melbourne based violinist with a love of diverse chamber and orchestral performance. Originally from NSW, Rose studied at the University of Newcastle before undertaking post-graduate studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium. Rose currently researches and performs violin and piano repertoire of the early 20th century, but is also keenly interested in new and contemporary works. In 2016 Rose was the recipient of the Corinna D’Hage Mayer String Scholarship.
Jason began piping as a teenager in Sydney, and in 2001 won the NSW Pipe Band Association’s Big Brother Scholarship. He relocated to Scotland, where he received solo piping tuition from world-class pipers and won many prizes in competitions on the Scottish Highland Games circuit. Having returned to Australia in 2011, Jason teaches piping through the Canberra College of Piping and Drumming and plays with the Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band. Jason has had notable successes in Australasia, winning among other awards the Maclean Highland Gathering Gold Medal 2016, and the R U Brown Adelaide Gold Medal 2014.