Johann Sebastian Bach is considered by many to have been the greatest composer in the history of western music. Bach's life was pivotal in the history of music, and his innovation and mastery of new musical concepts demonstrated the potential of musical invention for all generations to follow. He is often regarded as one of the pinnacle geniuses of western civilization, even by those who are not normally involved with music.
Johann Sebastian’s sons naturally follow the footsteps of their Papa, however, each in a different way developing their own particular style. This concert is paying homage to the great music master - father and his sons.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Christian Bach
Hans-Dieter Michatzihas 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.
Annika Staggstarted cello lessons at the age of ten, studying with Liz Huggett at the Central Coast Conservatorium. In 2004 after a year of study with Anthea Scott-Mitchell, Annika commenced her Bachelor of Music degree at Sydney Conservatorium where she has studied with Susan Blake and Julian Smiles. In 2005, Annika played with Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble and this inspired her to commence baroque cello and viola da gamba lessons with Daniel Yeadon.
In 2009 Annika moved to Bremen, Germany where she completed her advanced studies degree under Stephan Schrader at the Bremen University of the Arts. During her studies she worked as the intern Cellist at the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra. In her final Semester she was offered the position of cellist at the Operettenhaus, Hamburg, where she continued to work until her return to Australia this year. Since then Annika has performed with the Muffat Collective, Bachband of St James and Orchestra of the Antipodes.