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. In 2011 he recovered the lost Gallipoli Sonata by the Australian composer FS Kelly in Florence, and in 2014, his final CIMF program, in partnership with 12 international missions, highlighted “the cultural cost of war” by presenting over 120 Australia premieres of previously unknown works. 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. He selected the works, created the arrangements and the images for the Monet: the Flowers of War program as part of the 2017 Flowers of War program. It will be recorded in Canberra for release on DVD as a cultural gift to France from Australia to mark the Centenary of the end of the Great War.
Jane Rutter (Monet: The Flowers of War)
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. Described by ABC CLASSIC FM as, one of Australia’s leading performance artists and depicted by Limelight Magazine, in a 2007 cover story, as one of the leading female influences in classical music worldwide, she is an alumna of SYDNEY UNIVERSITY, and also studied in Paris on a French Government scholarship with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion – she has acted as translator for Alain Marion’s summer master classes at L’ACADÉMIE INTERNATIONALE D’ÉTÉ DE NICE, and was selected to perform the annual tribute to him at his residence outside Avignon, France. And she is the only Australian to have been invited to perform at the CONVENTION DE LA FLÛTE FRANÇAISE in Vierne. Jane Rutter was the founder of the innovative chamber group, POSH, has toured for MUSICA VIVA AUSTRALIA and has appeared with THE SEYMOUR GROUP and THE AUSTRALIA ENSEMBLE, performs worldwide as a soloist in recital, as a concerto soloist with such orchestras as the AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, and in her one-woman classical-cabaret performances. Her concert-theatre piece, Tutti-Flutti, was nominated for an EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE award. Her work has seen her appear on the same bill as Luciano Pavarotti and José Carreras and collaborate with such prominent artists as Richard Bonynge and Christopher Hogwood, Pascale Roge, THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER, David Helfgott, Slava Grigoryan, Tina Arena, Rick Price, Taryn Fiebig, Bertrand Cervera, David Braccini, Kathryn Selby, Greta Bradman, Tommy Emmanuel, James Morrison, Janis Siegel, Yvonne Kenny, Gerard Willems, Michael Crawford, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Hobson and Simon Tedeschi. She collaborated, for her album Titania's Dream, with Oscar nominee composer, David Hirshfelder, subsequently playing the role of Titania in performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Diane Cilento’s KARNAK PLAYHOUSE in Queensland. The sound track album to her DVD An Australian In Paris reached No 1 position, and was nominated for an ARIA award. Albums French Kiss and Flute Spirit: Dreams & Improvisations, both appeared in the Top 10 ARIA classical charts in the same week, French Kiss going on to achieve No 1 position. Recent recordings include Vivaldi: The Four Seasons with SINFONIA AUSTRALIS available on the ABC CLASSICS label and Flute Fantasy, an album of film music.
Tamara-Anna Cislowska (Monet: The Flowers of War; Race Against Time)
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. A formidable recording artist with three ARIA no. 1 albums, her new solo CD for ABC Classics with music by Elena Kats-Chernin, Unsent Love Letter: Meditations on Erik Satie, is now proudly available on Deutsche Grammophon worldwide outside Australia and New Zealand. Renowned for her eloquent writing and editing for Boosey & Hawkes (Berlin), Tamara also enjoys wide popularity as a regular presenter on ABC Classic FM radio. Giving her first public performance at age two playing Bartók, and commencing studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music four years later, Tamara gave her first orchestral performance at age eight. She is the most awarded prizewinner at the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge, winner of the prestigious David Paul Landa Memorial Scholarship for pianists, and has toured Japan and the United States as cultural ambassador for Australia. Tamara is a regular guest of orchestras and festivals in Europe, America and Australasia, including as soloist with the London Philharmonic, and all the Australian and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras with conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Edo de Waart, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, James Judd, Markus Stenz, and Yaron Traub. Highly sought-after for chamber collaborations, Tamara was a founding member of Berlin’s Mozart Piano Quartet, touring North and South America in this ensemble. She has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and performed as recitalist in London’s Purcell Room, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Frick Collection, and the Sydney Opera House. She is a frequent guest of festivals, including Pierre Cardin’s Festival de Lacoste, the Kurt Weill Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Canberra International Music Festival, MONA FOMA, Darwin, Fremantle and Perth Festivals, Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival and Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival. 2017 engagements include 14 performances with celebrated composer, Elena Kats-Chernin, and festivals such as Perth International Arts Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Dark MOFO, Castlemaine State Festival, Bellingen Festival and more for Musica Viva. Tamara tours and records with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for Mountain, is Music Director for a new show with soprano Amelia Farrugia, and City Recital Hall’s presentation of Elena Kats-Chernin Birthday Bash in Sydney and performs Wild Swans in a stunning new concert format with visuals by Regis Lansac. Engagements also include for Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre, the Art Gallery of NSW, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, and concerts in Sydney and Canberra for the Flowers of War project.
This year, Tamara records two new albums: Unsent Love Letters, her second acclaimed collaboration with Elena Kats-Chernin, released by ABC Classics in Australia/NZ and Deutsche Grammophon for the rest of the world, and a solo and orchestral album with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for ABC Classics. She also continues to present regularly on ABC Classic FM.
Tamara has recorded for Chandos, Naxos, ABC Classics, TallPoppies, 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. www.tamara-annacislowska.com.au
David Pereira (Monet: The Flowers of War; Sculthorpe Quintet)
David Pereira is one of Australia’s finest and most versatile cellists. He graduated ‘Student of the Year’ in1974 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.
He has appeared with the major orchestras in Australia and New Zealand. He has appeared in concerts throughout Europe, Russia, the USA, China, India and Japan with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australia Ensemble, at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center and the United Nations (with Stuart Challender and Dame Joan Sutherland).
He has recorded the complete works for cello by Peter Sculthorpe and Einojuhani Rautavaara (with Ian Munro) and the complete solo cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach, and has appeared or been featured on 25 other CD recordings on Tall Poppies.He has won many awards including twice winning the Sounds Australian Award for the Best Performance of an Australian Composition (Carl Vine's Inner World; David Lumsdaine's Garden of Earthly Delights). He has written three books on cello technique: Eloquent Cello Technique (2003), A Cellist’s Companion (2005) and The Larrikin Cellist (2008).
In 2010 David received the CityNews ACT Artist of the Year Award. He also teaches Ashtanga Yoga (Vinyasa Flow) to his cello students as well as to non-musicians.
Andrew Goodwin (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne,French Concert Tour)
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, soprano
Louise PageOAM 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.
Alan Hicks, piano
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.
Christina Wilson, mezzo
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.
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.
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
Anna McDonald (Sculthorpe Quintet)
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.
Anton Wurzer (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne & arranger)
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.
Tor Fromyhr (Sculthorpe Quintet)
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.
Rose Cavanagh (Sculthorpe Quintet)
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 Craig (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne)
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.
Zbigniew Kornowicz (French Concert Tour)
Since 1987 Zbigniew Kornowicz has held the position of principal violin with the Orchestre de Picardie, and in that role is regularly heard as soloist in the standard repertoire of concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Wieniawski, as well as in lesser-known works by Frank Martin, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alfred Schnittke and others. Together with Joanna Rezler, Zbigniew is a founding member of the Joachim Quartet. He plays a Stradivarius made in 1727.
Joana Rezler (French Concert Tour)
Joanna Rezler is a soloist with the Orchestre de Picardie. She appears regularly as a soloist in works by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Saint-Georges, Ravel, Schnittke and other composers. A founding member of the Joachim Quartet, Joanna Rezler plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Ceruti made in Cremona in 1800.
Jacek Smolarski (French Concert Tour)
Jacek Smolarski plays the cello with the Orchestre National de Lille, and also participates in the programs of Chambre à part. Like his colleague Paul Mayes, Jacek was a founding member of the Joachim Quartet, and now plays with Quatuor Accord in Lille.
Paul Mayes (French Concert Tour)
Principal violist with the Orchestre National de Lille, Paul Mayes is Artistic Director of Chambre à part (Lille), an association of leading musicians from the Orchestra devoted to a varied program of chamber music performances. A founding member of the Joachim Quartet, Paul now plays with Quatuor Accord in Lille.
Jordan Aikin (French Concert Tour)
Jordan Aikin plays the Great Highland Bagpipes and Whistle with Pons Aelius, an ambitious young instrumental sextet exploring the traditional and contemporary folk musics of Britain and beyond. In 2015 the group won a prestigious Danny Kyle award at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival. Jordan is a former Pipe Major and is currently the Pipe Sergeant at The City of Newcastle Pipe Band, where he first learned his trade as a Piper.