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.
FATHER'S DAY CONCERT
PROGRAM - we were delighted and surprised on the day!
Featuring music from traditions including (but not limited to) Scotland, Canada and Scandinavia, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers embrace the fun of fiddling, with everything from raucous reels to quiet airs.
A high energy collective with musical influences as diverse as its membership, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers plays anything from reels to airs and everything in between. Featuring music from traditions including (but not limited to) Scotland, Canada and Scandinavia, they embrace the fun of fiddling, culminating in their most recent album, Sea to Sky. Bringing together the best of the collaborative nature of community music with the enthusiasm and knowledge of Scottish traditional music, they have an infectious energy that will have you dancing in your seat.
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.
Josh Hooke, piano
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.
In Dreams And Memories
Music written and conducted by
In Dreams And Memories
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
Jose Luis Junior Tochon Quintero, violin
Lauren Jennings, cello
Raymond Shon, piano
Ravel Piano Trio
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.
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