2019 Past FOMS Concerts

MAY 12

 

Josh Hooke, piano

 

PROGRAM 

Mozart - fantasia in D minor, K 397

Beethoven - Sonata in D Major, Op 28

Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition

 

BIOGRAPHY

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.


 

 April 28

 

In Dreams And Memories
Music written and conducted by

Christopher McLeod

 

PROGRAM 

Ai (Love)
In Dreams And Memories

 

Christopher McLeod is a Melbourne-based Music Director, Hornist, Composer, and Conductor, currently serving as a freelance 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 of the repertoire has been described as “savant”, and his playing “sensitive and chameleonic, equally at home with Gershwin, Bernstein, Sondheim, Rodgers, or Menken”.


In the spring of 2013, Christopher served as Music Director and for the seminal Broadway classic West Side Story with Ad Lib Children’s Theatre. The luscious and technically challenging score of Bernstein ignited his passion for stagecraft and musicality. This has transferred over to his approach as a Musical Director

Christopher has a firm belief in the ability of the theatre and music to transform lives through the raw energy that can only culminate when music, dance, and acting come together in a way that only theatre can do.

 

Previously, Christopher served as a Hornist and Trumpeter for many orchestras and productions. Among his past projects, Christopher worked as a Hornist and Trumpeter for: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, A New Brain, Little Miss Sunshine, Guys and Dolls, Into The Woods, Camelot, The King and I, Annie, The Sound of Music, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, Fiddler on The Roof, The Secret Garden, Hairspray, Phantom of The Opera, Funny Girl and more than fifty other productions. He made his stage debut with Melbourne City Opera’s 2010 production of La Rondine.

 

Christopher studied Trumpet at the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, completing a degree in Trumpet under the tutelage of John Grey and Sean Priest, and second study in Piano under the tutelage of Rosa Scaffidi. He studied Choral Conducting under the late Ian Harrison. He is currently under the tutelage of Roland Yeung. Christopher served as Principal Horn of the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra for six years before branching out as a freelance musician, conductor and pedagogue. He maintains a busy private studio in Melbourne specialising in technique for performance anxiety, with students undertaking a range of musical outcomes. He is a proud member of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) and a firm believer in professional development and life-long learning.

 

Christopher works throughout the state with various schools tutoring in Brass, Voice, Percussion, and Piano. In 2014, Christopher began the process of writing These Days: a new musical based on the life of the fictitious writer Napoleon Carmichael and fashion designer Melody Chan. As a musician, he has worked with such luminaries as Leo Sayer, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Symphony in a Day project, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus in national broadcasts, and various Brass Bands in national radio and television broadcast


 March 31

 

Trio Chronometro

Jose Luis Junior Tochon Quintero, violin

Lauren Jennings, cello 

Raymond Shon, piano

 

PROGRAM 

Ravel Piano Trio



 January 20

Love Child, Album pre-launch

Aksuna, featuring Kaesis

 

This beautiful concert featured a combination of Aksuna's own works and other selected piano works that have inspired and influenced her writing.

 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Born in Taiwan, Aksuna grew up in Japan and Sydney, both places where she began and learnt the piano, in which during her teenage years she competed and won various state and national competitions. She finally moved to Melbourne in her early adult years - formally to be trained as a dentist. Needless to say, this did not appeal to her, and after working as a DJ for a few months, she returned to continue her training as a concert pianist. Fast-forward a few years; now as a graduate of two Masters degrees - one in performance and another in music therapy - Aksuna is now exploring the trajectory of wellbeing and creativity through performing her highly technical, imaginative piano works. These works are distillations of years of interesting experiences, travels, dreams, people, stories...Working with the limitation and strengths of the instrument and the human body, Aksuna aims to present all of these voices and images as vignettes of the human spirit.

To know more about her, check out www.aksunapiano.com

 

Kaesis (Paul Banks) is new to the poetry scene but ever so old to the practice of words spilling, words dancing and skidding across pages. Speaking from the heart, raw and without pretension, Kaesis explores big questions, subtlety and nuance, endlessly fascinated with the mystery of the human condition and all that exists beyond what we can see and touch. Reimagining a society where justice is more that just a word, he explores themes of harmony, chaos and the search for meaning in a fractured world. Wild dreamer, truth seeker, skeptical- believer. Kaesis is in love with the hope and darkness in a story that's ever unfolding