Concert 5 : The Telemann Project

Some works of the baroque’s most notable composer, Georg Philipp Telemann are very much neglected still today. Tonight, the ensemble performs Telemann’s works from 1734, which appear to have never enjoyed a modern edition, including works from his collection of six concertos for harpsichord, obbligato and flute, as well as Trio Suites and Sonatinas for violin and continuo. In this concert, recorder virtuoso, Hans-Dieter, will show how such a little instrument can make a big statement.



Georg Philipp Telemann


Hans-Dieter Michatz recorder
Stan W Kornel baroque violin & viola d’amore
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.

Born in Canbera Stan W Kornel began his violin studies with renowned French violinist Josette Esquidin–Morgan. He later studied with Ernest Lewellyn at the Canberra School of Music. After studying with several teachers in Poland, Stan finalized his Master Degree in Lodz with professor Zenon Ploszaj. In 1976 he was awarded the bronze medal in the International Henryk Wieniawski Youth Competition. He was also placed second in the Pomeranian Violin Competition. Stan has also participated in the International Music Camp in Umea (Sweden) where he performed both as concertmaster and in concert with the Oslo Trio, and also the Jeunesses Musicale World Youth Orchestra in London and Fribourg (Switzerland). Stan was the assistant concertmaster of The Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, leader of the Torun Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the TV and Radio Symphony Orchestra in Lodz (Poland).

In 1985 Kornel moved to Italy where he worked in opera theatres such as la Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice and the Verona Amphitheatre during the famous Summer Festival. Stan has worked both as a soloist and leader in many prestigious orchestras and has been a permanent member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1988. He is a soloist and leader with the Gallery Players Chamber Ensemble and has performed in numerous concerts in NSW, Queensland and Canberra on both violin and viola.

Stan has recorded on CD contemporary works by D.Holland, A.Holley and D.Strahan. Stan also plays the viola d’amore, a 14string baroque instrument and in 1995 performed two of Vivaldi’s viola d’amore concertos with the Torun Chamber Orchestra in Poland. He has studied the instrument with Catherine Mackintosh in London and baroque violin with Sigiswald Kuijken in The Hague. In 2006 Stan received an award from the Polish Ministry for the Arts for his contribution of promoting Polish music and culture in Australia. In 2007 Stan adjudicated in an international jury panel at the Singapore Violin Competition and recently in the Sydney Eisteddfod.

Monika Kornel studied at the Torun State Conservatorium of Music (Poland), where she received her Diploma in Music and Piano Performance. With her husband, violinist, Monika has performed extensively, giving violin and piano recitals in Europe and later in Australia. After furthering her studies at the Academy of Music in Łódź (Poland), Monika moved to Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Music degree in piano and a Master of Music degree in performance in harpsichord and early music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Monika performs regularly as both soloist and continuo player with a number of well known ensembles and orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Orchestra, SBS Orchestra, the St Laurence Baroque Orchestra, Marais Project, Salut!Baroque. In 1998 she also appeared in the Sydney Bach Festival, regularly participating in major music festivals and concerts in Australia. Monika has recorded six CD’s with the Sydney Consort and more with other ensembles, including Salut!Baroque and the Australian Baroque Brass among others.