2014 is already well underway and I’m very excited to be returning to Melbourne for a recital as part of this year’s Metropolis New Music Festival. I have put together a program that takes us on a musical journey from the man-made, through the realm of spirits and spirituality, ending with a resounding celebration of the natural world. The title of the concert, ‘Dichotomie’, comes from Esa-Pekka Salonen’s thrilling work composed in 2000, which will receive its first Australian performance in this concert. I will also be performing Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s powerful depiction of a Japanese ghost story, ‘Hoichi the Earless’, and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s important early work ‘Icons’. Ground-breaking American composer Henry Cowell’s ‘The Banshee’ is also on the program, as well as George Crumb’s ‘A Little Suite for Christmas’ and Larry Sitsky’s ‘Chant of Gatha Ushtavaiti’.
Music lovers of Melbourne are warmly invited to this concert. Even if (or especially if!) you feel that contemporary music might not be for you, I urge you to give this a go. It would be wonderful to see you there!
DICHOTOMIE | Aura Go, piano
Saturday April 12, 6PM – Melbourne Recital Centre Salon
More information available here: http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2014/aurago/
I also invite you to attend a very special concert on Thursday April 10. This time I am not performing, but I am helping to organize this concert for some exceptional Finnish musician colleagues and I know that Melbourne audiences are in for a real treat with the program they are offering. The acclaimed Finnish baritone Juha Kotilainen is visiting Australia as guest soloist for the MSO’s Metropolis Festival and he is also giving two recitals with his pianist Joel Papinoja in Canberra and Melbourne. They will be presenting a beautiful program of Finnish songs – rarely heard in Australia, but some of the most exquisite examples from the song repertoire. Their program will include songs by Sibelius, Kuula, Ollila, Hakola and Rautavaara.
SONGS FROM THE NORTH| Juha Kotilainen, baritone | Joel Papinoja, piano
Thursday April 10, 7PM
St Johns Southgate
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Thank you so much to everyone who came to the recent Australia Felix recitals in Melbourne and Perth. Ashley and I were thrilled to perform in our respective home cities to such warm and receptive audiences. Here is what The Age and Artshub had to say about the Melbourne concert. What a treat to be back home performing together after more than five years! We are already looking forward to many more performances in Australia and Europe in the coming seasons.
Now I am gearing up for two performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Concerto playing has the potential to be either a rather isolating and artistically disappointing experience, or the most fulfilling and joyful one imaginable, and with the MCO it is definitely the latter. Playing with that incredible group of enthusiastic musicians makes concerto playing feel like highly intimate and refreshing chamber music, which is exactly how it should feel. Melbourne music lovers will be in for a real treat in a beautiful program including Bach’s Brandenburg 6 and Schubert’s sublime Symphony No. 5 in addition to the Beethoven concerto. Friends from interstate and abroad can catch the second concert on Monday September 2 streaming live on ABC Classic FM from 7pm EST. Hope you can tune in!
Australia Felix launches at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon, Wednesday August 7 at 6pm! Rehearsals are under way and we are very excited to present a beautiful programme of works by Schumann, Brahms, Berg and Widmann. Tickets and further information available here.
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We also play Perth on August 11 at 3pm in the Callaway Auditorium, University of Western Australia. More information available here.
We are thrilled to be collaborating in Australia again and look forward to welcoming you to these performances!
This summer has been off to a busy and rewarding start with the Bari International Music Festival, run by my dear friends David Fung and Fernando Altamura. I was fortunate to play alongside brilliant musicians and teach a wide variety of students as part of the festival/academy, as well as experience some of the most wonderful food and wine and take in incredible landscapes and history. Enormous congratulations and thanks to David and Fernando, the amazing Stefania Gianfrancesco and everyone who made it such an unfogettable experience.
Coming up next are two performances with Australia Felix, my ensemble with clarinettist Ashley Smith. We are so excited to finally be back in Australia together, and will give a concert in Melbourne as part of the Spotlight Series at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and a concert in Perth as part of UWA’s Chamber! series. Details are contained in the links below:
MELBOURNE: Wednesday August 7, 6pm @MRC Salon
PERTH: Sunday August 11, 3pm @UWA Callaway Music Auditorium
Then I’m thrilled to join the wonderful musicians of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra in one of my all-time favourite pieces of music, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. There will be two performances:
Sunday September 1, 2.30pm and
Monday September 2, 7pm @MRC Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Also, check out the MCO’s facebook here for updates and special offers.
I’m looking forward to coming back home after a long period away, and welcoming music-lovers in Melbourne and Perth to these events!
Together with the brilliant Australian clarinettist Ashley Smith, I am very excited to be part of ‘Australia Felix’, our newly-named ensemble which seeks to bring composers and audiences into closer contact – in both new and not-so-new repertoire! More information on the ensemble and future performances coming soon.
Here is a snippet of the work we did together when I visited New Haven in April this year. ‘Fünf Bruchstücke’ by the German clarinettist/composer Jörg Widmann.