2019 Friends Of Music Series - upcoming concerts

Sunday 7 July, 2pm

Yasmin Rowe, piano



Bach - 15 three part inventions

Mozart - Sonata n C Major K330

Brahms - 2 Rhapsodies Op 79



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

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."

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.