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Concert Series 2018

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.

ENJOY MUSIC BY

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

MUSICIANS

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

BIOGRAPHY

SOLOISTS

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.

DOUBLE DUETS

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

ENJOY MUSIC BY

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

MUSICIANS

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

BIOGRAPHY

SOLOISTS

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.

The Organ Recital

This is the Sydney Consort’s fourth annual Organ Recital. As is now a tradition, this concert is a fundraising event for the restoration of the 1886 William Hill heritage pipe organ at St Augustine’s Church.

ENJOY MUSIC BY

Johann Sebastian BACH, Felix MENDELSSOHN, Charles - Marie WIDOR, Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART

MUSICIANS

        Thomas GAYNOR (NZ/USA)

BIOGRAPHY

SOLOISTS

In July 2017, New Zealand-born organist Thomas Gaynor was awarded the First Prize in Organ Interpretation and the Audience Prize at the St. Albans International Organ Competition - the 25th organist to receive this distinction since the competition and festival was founded in 1963. Not only is this International Festival and Competition one of the longest- running of its kind in the world, its roll-call of past winners includes many of the most influential pipe organists of our day.

In addition to claiming first prizes in the Third International Bach-Liszt Organ Competition in Erfurt/Weimar, Germany, the Sydney International Organ Competition and the Fort Wayne National Organ Playing Competition, as well as being second prize winner in the Miami International Organ Competition, Thomas Gaynor is rapidly making his mark on the organ scene in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. A student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Thomas recently graduated with a master’s degree and the Performer’s Certificate. He is currently pursuing his D.M.A. degree there, as well as the coveted Artist’s Certificate.

Born in New Zealand, Thomas was Richard Prothero Organ Scholar at Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul for several years before being granted the title of Honorary Sub-Organist. His teachers included Douglas Mews for organ and harpsichord repertoire, Michael Fulcher for organ and church music, and Judith Clark for Piano. He later held the Maxwell Fernie Scholarship at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Wellington. Presently, he is Assistant Director of Music at Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsford, NY, where he works closely with concert organist David Baskeyfield.

An aspiring concert organist, Thomas has studied in masterclasses and workshops with many of this generation’s most influential organists, including Edoardo Bellotti, Michel Bouvard, Cameron Carpenter, James David Christie, Ken Cowan, Olivier Latry, Nathan Laube, Jean-Baptiste Robin, Jaques Van Oortmerssen, Stephen Tharp, Thomas Trotter, and Harald Vogel. He can be heard frequently in solo and collaborative recitals across the USA, as well as in Australasia. Recent and upcoming projects include a complete performance of Bach’s Clavierübung III, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with baritone Jarrett Logan Porter, and a concert featuring Liszt’s ‘Ad Nos’ paired with a transcription of the first act of Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète, complete with soloists and chorus.

Thomas recently released his first CD, recorded at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, New Zealand. Jamal Rossi, dean of the Eastman School of Music, picked this CD as one of five recent recordings that best represent the current Eastman School sound in an interview in the Rochester Review, the University of Rochester’s alumni magazine. Thomas is a grateful recipient of an Arts Excellence Award from the Dame Malvina Major Foundation, a Freemasons University Scholarship the Kiwi Music Scholarship, and the Maxwell Fernie Trust Scholarship. Most recently he was awarded the New Zealand/Aotearoa Scholarship from Creative NZ, Arts Council of New Zealand.

Papa and Sons

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.

ENJOY MUSIC BY

Johann Sebastian Bach Ricercar a 3, Trio Sonata & Canon perpetuus from Musical Offering BWV 1079

MUSICIANS

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

BIOGRAPHY

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.

Venetian Masters

The early music period of one of the most recognisable of european cities is equally amazing and involves a very pleasant listening experience. The Venetian compositions are very accomplished and quite beautiful works, with a possibility to imagine yourself at a banquet in Venice while you listen to this music.

The city of Venice in Italy has played an important role in the development of the music of Italy. Today’s concert will share the compositions of the Venetian masters prior to Vivaldi. Their pleasing unique harmony will take you back in centuries to the appealing Venice.

ENJOY MUSIC BY

Dario Castello Sonate in Stillo Moderno

Barbara Strozzi Il cuore che reprime  

Biagio MARINI Passacalio a 3 & a4 Sonata sopra la MonicaSonata la Candella

Claudio MONTEVERDI Quel sguardo Ohime dov'e il mio ben>

Giovanni PICCHI Saltarello del pass’e mezo & Ballo alla Polacha

Tarquinio MERULACiaccona

Antonio VIVALDI Vengo a voi luci adorate RV682

MUSICIANS

  • Amy Moore soprano
  • Matthew Manchester cornetto
  • Stan W Kornel baroque violin
  • Fiona Ziegler  baroque violin
  • Monika Kornel harpsichord

BIOGRAPHY

SOLOISTS

Originally from Orange, NSW, Matthew Manchester holds a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) with Honours, a Master of Music (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and is currently completing his PhD. A specialist early wind and brass player, Matthew is in demand as a performer on a wide range of early instruments, most notably cornetto and baroque trumpet.

Living in London from 2008-2012, Matthew performed with numerous European early music ensembles, including the Gabrieli Consort, His Majesty’s Sagbutts & Cornetts, London Early Opera, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Gandersheim, Little Baroque Company, Manchester Baroque, Charivari Agreable, Oxford Baroque, and the Brandenburg Sinfonia. Matthew performs regularly as principal cornetto and guest principal trumpet of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and as a freelance soloist and ensemble musician throughout Australia. He has appeared with numerous orchestras and ensembles including Ironwood Chamber Ensemble, Latitude 37, The Australian Haydn Ensemble, The Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, An Unholy Rackett, and the Academy of St James. He is a founding member of the Australian Baroque Brass, and features on the critically acclaimed ‘Music of A Golden Age’ series of recordings. His discography includes dozens of recordings in both the U.K. and Australia, as well as numerous ABC Classic FM broadcasts. Matthew performs regularly in duet with his wife, soprano Anna Sandström, with whom he formed Camerata Antica in 2010. (www.camerataantica.com) The group has since gone on to perform throughout the UK, Europe and Australia.

Matthew is also in demand as a choral, orchestral and band conductor. In the UK he was artistic director and conductor of the QC Chamber Choir, with whom he performed regularly in venues including Westminster Abbey. As part of the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program, he conducted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. A passionate music educator, Matthew has taught in the classroom and conducted numerous university and school ensembles in Australia, including the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Matthew is co-conductor of the NSW Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra at the NSW Arts Unit, regular guest conductor of the NSW Schools Senior Singers, and assistant choral conductor of the Schools Spectacular. He has also been engaged as guest director with the Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble and as artist in residence at the Australian National University Faculty of Music. Matthew is currently Director of Bands and the head of the Instrumental Music Program at Fort Street High School, conducting 4 of the 14 ensembles, and leading a thriving program of over 320 students. He also teaches pre-Baroque performance practice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, in addition to a busy performance schedule throughout Australia and Europe.

  

Amy Moore moved to Australia from the UK in 2015, having led a successful career as a soloist and ensemble singer, focusing particularly on early and contemporary music. She performed solo radio broadcast with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Gabrieli Consort, the RTE, the Bochumer Symphoniker and the Hanover Band.

Amy has sung with virtually all the leading UK ensembles, particularly enjoying small-scale performances of major works-such voice performances of Messiah and the St Matthew Passion with (respectively) the Early Opera Company and the Dunedin Consort. With Gallicantus Amy has performed and recorded reconstructed Renaissance works with single voices.

Her work with highly respected vocal ensemble EXAUDI included many premieres. From 2012-14 Amy sang in Norway's Edvard Grieg Kor, where she took the roles of Mrs Paskova in Janacek's.

Since moving to Australia, Amy has performed as soloist with the ABO, in Handel's Messiah with the Trinity College, Melbourne, Mozart's Requiem and Handel's Gloria. Last year she appeared as soloist in Bach's St John Passion with the Choir of the St James King Street.  Amy also performed solo recitals with Salut! Baroque and Thoroughbass.

Amy sings with the Choir of St James', the Australian Brandenburg Choir and as a guest with The Song Company.