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.