The Sonder Piano Quartet presents Brahms and Turina

On Saturday 13 October, I had the exciting opportunity to perform for the first time with the Sonder Piano Quartet (featuring Jason Tong – violin, Elizabeth Lawrence – viola, Kirsten Tong – cello, and Maree Kilpatrick – piano) in a recital at 4MBS, in Coorparoo, Brisbane.   The programme featured Turina’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 67, Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor Op. 25.

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Children’s Concert with the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra

On Sunday 30 September, I performed within the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Henry, at the Armitage Centre, as we accompanied ‘Bella’s Bad Hair Day’ narrated by author and illustrator, Stephen Michael King, in two fun children’s concerts connected with First 5 Forever.

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    ‘Dark Romance’ Concert, with violinist Annabelle Swainston at Waiheke Island Musical Museum

‘Dark Romance’ Concert, with violinist Annabelle Swainston at Waiheke Island Musical Museum

On Sunday 16 September, Australian violinist Annabelle Swainston (currently on Fellowship with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra) and I performed a recital featuring Schumann’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 121 and Ravel’s Tzigane, as well as some Bach, Gershwin and more, at Whittaker’s Musical Museum on Waiheke Island, NZ.  It was a lovely afternoon, with a highlight of a pre-concert beach trip! and it was exciting to have the opportunity to perform on Paderewski’s piano. 

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The Polka-Dot Trio

On the 20-21st of January 2018, Felicity Hanlon (oboe), Anita Austin (French horn) and myself, as the ‘Polka-dot Trio’ performed in Auckland Live: Summer in the Square’s Classical weekend, connected with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Young Achievers programme.  It was a lovely opportunity to perform with friends some rarely-heard repertoire such as Kahn’s ‘Serenade’, and works for that trio combination by Reinecke and Blanc.

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Gisborne Music Competition

From 27 November to 2nd December 2017, I worked as an intern at the 2017 Gisborne International Music Competition in Gisborne, New Zealand.  It was a wonderful opportunity to experience working as a collaborative pianist in a competition setting, being mentored by Sarah Watkins of the NZ Trio, as well as Somi Kim (London) and Rosemary Barnes (Auckland).  Congratulations to all the performers, the finalists and 2017 winner Alex MacFarlane (viola).

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SOMSA Recording Projects

In May and October of 2017 I participated in the University of Auckland’s School of Music Students’ Association Recording Projects.  It was a great experience collaborating with rising composers on recording their works.  Projects included Kirsten Strom (Auckland)’s ‘Vapour’; Connor Fogarty (Toowoomba, Qld)’s Six Preludes for Solo Piano and Michaela Cornelius (Auckland)’s 3 Miniatures for Piano.

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Douglas Lilburn Trust Composition Competition

On 27 October 2017, I performed as part of the ensemble for a piece by New Zealand composer Linda Dallimore, ‘Personified River: Whanganui’, which received second place in the Douglas Lilburn Trust Composition Competition.  It was a fantastic piece in its use of extended technique on all instruments, evoking the essence of the Whanganui River.  Visit here to see a video recording of the performance.

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    Twilight Recital / Premier of Michael Bakrnchev’s ‘Streams of Silver’

Twilight Recital / Premier of Michael Bakrnchev’s ‘Streams of Silver’

On 25 October 2017 Nicola Hayden (flute), Matthew Henry (cello) and myself performed as the USQ Alumni Trio, in the Twilight Recital Series in the University of Southern Queensland’s Arts Theatre.  The highlight of the programme was a world premiere of ‘Streams of Silver’ by composer Michael Bakrnchev commissioned to commemorate USQ’s anniversary – 50 years in higher education and 25 years as a university.

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Poulenc Sextet

In semester 2, I had the opportunity of collaborating in Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds.  Our performers included Shayne Harris (flute, Perth), Noah Rudd (oboe), Alex Eichelbaum (clarinet), Ben Hoadley (bassoon) and Anita Austin (French horn).  We were privileged to be coached by both Ben Hoadley and flautist Eric Lamb.

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Chamber music

In semester one, together with violinist Shirley Shang and violist Jamie Oemcke, I enjoyed preparing and performing selections from Bruch’s 8 Pieces for chamber music assessment.  Thankyou to Elizabeth Holowell for her insightful coaching!

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