Concert 1: Catalan Baroque

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Catalan Baroque

Catalonia enjoyed its last great musical flourish before the 20th century during the Baroque period, when its songs, sacred music, and chamber works were distinctive and sought after throughout Europe. The collection of instrumental music includes both the well known - Fandango and a number of works by composers who are largely forgotten.


Juan Arañés, Joan Cererols, Padre Soler, Juan Cabanilles, Catolonian Traditional Music and more


  • Hans-Dieter Michatz recorder
  • Stan W Kornel baroque violin
  • Rodrigo Santibanez baroque guitar
  • Monika Kornel harpsichord



Hans-Dieter Michatz has been a performer and educator for more years than he cares to remember. His unique blend of a European background and training – his teachers included Ferdinand Conrad, recorder and Barthold Kuijken, baroque flute – and a deep affinity with modern Australian culture have influenced several generations of musicians in his adopted country. As a reputable player of modern and baroque flute as well as recorder, he has performed and recorded with many Orchestras and Early Music groups, eg: as principal flute with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for many years, with Salut Baroque, Ensemble Ecclectus, Melbourne, and The Sydney Consort.

Apart from his acclaimed recording of Telemann’s ‘Sonate Metodiche, he features as principal recorder soloist in the ABC Classics recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti. As a conductor, he pioneered landmark premier performances of Handel Oratorios and newly discovered works by J.D. Zelenka, as well as the first Australian performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ RV 807. Hans-Dieter is Classical Coordinator at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) and teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Grammar School.

He is also the patron of the Sydney Society of Recorder Players and his work as an arranger of symphonic repertoire for recorder orchestra has been published by MOECK, Germany. As part of annual engagements overseas he has joined the Sydney Consort in Germany, Luxembourg, Scandinavia, Poland and the Baltic States.

Rodrigo Santibanez was born in the southern Chilean city of Concepcion, and moved to Sydney Australia in the year 2000. Since an early age, Rodrigo has played guitar and formally began his classical guitar tuition under Chilean guitarist, Daniel Estrada in Concepcion. Following many dedicated years of study, Rodrigo first advanced his guitar and music education at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Chile in Santiago.

After relocating to Sydney, Rodrigo achieved his Bachelor of Music Studies major in Classical Guitar from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2008, where he studied with the acclaimed Australian guitarist Greg Pikler.

During his career, Rodrigo has performed solo and chamber music with many ensembles in South America and Australia. He has worked as a soloist with the Concepcion Symphony Orchestra, North Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney University Symphony Orchestra, Ryde Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra, Kuringai Philharmonic Orchestra, and with the Sydney baroque ensemble Salut! Baroque.

He has also attended masterclasses with Australian guitarist Craig Ogden as well as American guitarist David Leisner.

His musical dexterity has also taken him beyond the classical music field performing with the South American music ensemble Tigramuna, with whom he toured around Australia and internationally across South East Asia as part of the Musica Viva Australia music program.