2019 Friends Of Music Series - upcoming concerts

Sunday 28 April, 2pm

In Dreams And Memories

The works presented are all world premieres, written and conducted by Christopher McLeod

PROGRAM (Duration ~ 1 hour)

Ai (Love) - Woodwind Quintet

In Dreams And Memories - A Symphony for narrator and chamber ensemble in 8 parts


Christopher McLeod is a Melbourne-based Music Director, hornist, Composer and Conductor, currently serving as a freelancing Music Educator. A classically trained Hornist and Trumpeter, Christopher was drawn to musicals from a young age, both as a player and as a conductor. Subsequently, his knowledge and repertoire has been described as "savant", and his playing "sensitive and chameleonic, equally at home with Gershwin, Berstein, Sondheim, Rodgers, or Menken."

Sunday 12 May, 2pm

Josh Hooke, piano


PROGRAM  (Duration ~ 1hour)

Mozart - fantasia in D minor, K 397

Beethoven - Sonata in D Major, Op 28

Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition



Originally from country Victoria, Joshua completed his secondary schooling at Wonthaggi Secondary College. Currently. Joshua is completing a PhD in MusicPerformance at the University of Melbourne on scholarship, under the guidance of Professor Ian Holtham, while also undertaking periods of intensive study in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda. He has also worked in London with Imogen Cooper

In addition to performances throughout Australia, Joshua has performed in Europe and the UK. Notable highlights include solo performances in London, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. He has performed at various festivals and series, including as the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, The International Holland Music Sessions, as a laureate of the International Piano Seminar of Óbidos (Portugal) and the Melba Hall Lunch Hour Series. He has performed regularly at many of Australia’s leading concert venues, as well as venues such as Victorian Parliament House and the Australian Club. As a keen chamber musician, he has performed with Australian soprano Greta Bradman, and has given award-winning chamber music performances for the Music Society of Victoria as well as world premiers of new Australian works. Josh has had performances broadcast on, Antena 2, ABC Classic FM and 774 as well as the MBS radio network. He has performed as both soloist and orchestral pianist with a number of orchestras including The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Hopkins Sinfonia, and in 2015 he was selected as soloist for the UMSO’s Chancellor’s Concert Series in Sydney. He has worked with conductors such as Benjamin Northey, Fabian Russell, Brett Dean and Richard Davis.

He has been a finalist and prizewinner in a number of competitions, including the Antena 2/SIPO prize, the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Great Romantics Competition and the Australian National Piano Award (where he also received the Peoples’ Choice Award and the prize for the best performance of a work by Schumann). He has also be the recipient of A Victorian Premier’s Award for Music, the Melbourne Conservatorium’s Lady Turner Prize, as well numerous other prizes and scholarships.


He has played in masterclasses for a number of distinguished pianists including Boris Berman (Russia/USA), Artur Pizarro (Portugal) Daniil Trifonov (Russia), Michel Béroff (France) Pavalli Jumpanen (Finland), Alessio Bax (Italy/USA), Josep Colom (Spain), Lisa Moore, Ronald Farren-Price, Anna Goldsworthy and Craig Sheppard (USA), among others. 

Sunday 7 July, 2pm

Yasmin Rowe, piano




As an international concert pianist, Yasmin Rowe has won numerous prizes. She was first prize winner at the Moray International Piano Competition (UK) and the EPTA UK Piano Competition (UK), as well Seven Oaks Young Musician of the Year Competition (UK) and the Antena 2 Competition (Portugal).


Her first CD was released in 2016 with Willowhayne Records, and was quickly picked up by British Airways for their in-flight entertainment system. It was praised by eminent pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet who said:


"After listening to this CD of Yasmin Rowe, it is refreshing to hear music played with conviction, love and authenticity. We can therefore enjoy the pure beauty of these masterpieces under her inspired fingers. Her playing calls for respect.”


Her second CD, “Y2” was released in 2017 with her cellist Yelian He – it too was quickly picked up again by British Airways.


Yasmin is active as a chamber musician in Melbourne, and is a member of ‘Collide’, an exciting new Saxophone trio with Joseph Lallo and Yelian He, and ‘Rock Paper Scissors’- a piano trio with Wilma Smith- renowned violinist.


She frequently performs with cellist Yelian He; they formed the successful piano/cello duo “Y-Squared”and together they won competitions such as the Royal Over-Seas League String Competition and the Australian Cello Awards (now amalgamated with the Young Performer’s Awards).


Yasmin toured the UK in April 2018 including Hampton Court Palace in London.

Sunday 1 September, 2pm


Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club





Sunday 6 October, 5pm

Yiyun Gu, piano




Chinese-born Australian pianist Yiyun Gu appears on stage frequently as a soloist and chamber musician. Yiyun completed her Master of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with Stephen McIntyre AM in 2013. She traveled to UK and Italy to participate in music festivals and study master classes with many world-renowned musicians. She was the recipient of the Finalist Awards in 2012 and 2014 Australian National Piano Award.


Yiyun started her piano training at the age of 3, and made her first appearance of playing concerto with orchestra at the age of 12. She won prizes at several youth piano competitions when she was in Shanghai. After completing two degrees in economics and commerce, Yiyun decided to devote herself to music performance and teaching, with the passion for sharing her love of music with more people.


Yiyun enjoys playing a diversity of repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary period. She loves to explore works with interesting connections in aspects such as styles, cultural backgrounds, or sources of inspiration, and communicate her musical thoughts with the audiences. Recently, she performed solo recitals in Melbourne Recital Centre and Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.