Concert 2: Double Duets

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An instrumental duet, musical composition for two performers with equal demanding parts, often a composition involving keyboard or string players were very popular in the 18th and 19th Century.

Music was an important part of any aristocratic household in the 17th and 18th centuries, where the instruments such as the harpsichord or violin reigned supreme as a marker of fine musical sensibilities.

The musicians will bring the playfull music from the household to the performing stage. The delightful keyboard and violin baroque duets will explore more of their attractive forms in combining in double duels whilst conversing with each other


Arcangelo Corelli, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Andrea Falconieri, Antonio Vivaldi, Leopold Kozeluch and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


  • Meg Cohen baroque violin
  • Stan W Kornel baroque violin
  • Michael Tsalka harpsichord
  • Monika Kornel harpsichord



Meg Cohen is a Sydney-based violinist, and recent Masters graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Professor Goetz Richter. She is also founder and director of the Sydney Baroque Music Festival. Performing regularly on both baroque and modern violin, Meg has played with the SSO Sinfonia, Australian Youth Orchestra, Tasmania Discovery Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes, and Bach Akademie Australia.

Meg plays with the Geist String Quartet, who have just returned to Australia from a course of summer academies across North America and Germany. The quartet has won the Westheimer Quartet and Southern Cross Soloists Quartet Fellowships, the Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Award, and performs regularly across NSW.

Early keyboard performer and pianist Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards in Europe, the U.S.A., the Middle East and Latin America. A versatile musician, he performs with equal virtuosity a wide span of repertoire from the early Baroque to our days on the harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano, chamber organ and modern piano.

Tsalka was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, he continued his studies in Germany and Italy. In 2001, he received a piano solo diploma from the Scuola Superiore Internazionale del Trio di Trieste, where he studied with Dario di Rosa. From 2002-2008, he studied at Temple University under the guidance of Joyce Lindorff, Harvey Wedeen, and Lambert Orkis, obtaining three degrees: a Master’s degree in chamber music/accompanying, a Master’s degree in harpsichord performance and a Doctorate in piano performance.

Dr. Tsalka maintains a busy concert schedule. Recent engagements include performances at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, St. Denis Festival in Paris, Der Gasteig in Munich, Beethoven House in Bonn, the Volksbuehne Hall in Berlin, the Jerusalem Music Center, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and interviews and live performances for radio stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Munich, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Stockholm, Helsinki, Auckland, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, London, and Jerusalem.