Stefanie Farrands with Leigh Harrold

Sun 28 Oct 2018 7:00pm

Franz Schubert – Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D.821 (Arr. for viola and piano)
Maria Grenfell – Desert Rain WORLD PREMIERE
Henri Vieuxtemps – Viola Sonata in B Major Op.36

Stefanie Farrands has been Principal Violist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 2015, after living and studying in Berlin. She has performed with many renowned orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In Australia she has been a guest principal Violist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian World Orchestra and is a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. She is also the founding member of the Hamer Quartet which in 2009 won overall First Prize in the Asia Pacific Chamber Music competition. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Freedman Classical Fellowship.

Leigh Harrold enjoys a reputation as one of Australia’s busiest and most sought-after pianists. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America and Africa as both soloist and chamber musician. Currently Leigh holds positions on the Faculties of ANAM and the University of Melbourne, and is pianist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Gary Wain holds the position of principal percussion with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.  He has a national profile as a performer, conductor and composer and lectures in conducting and percussion at the University of Tasmania. He graduated from Auckland University with an MMus and DipMus Perc before continuing his studies in percussion in London and Amsterdam. An advocate of new music, Gary has commissioned and performed many Australian premieres in his long career.

Schubert’s posthumous Sonata for the Arpeggione, a sort of bowed guitar (here the viola), is an unusual and beautiful extended contemplation on the Neapolitan chord. This is followed by a new work by local composer Maria Grenfell, especially commissioned for this concert. And to conclude, Vieuxtemps’ romantic Sonata, with its oscillation between expressive maestoso, elegiac barcarola and lively scherzando, considered one of the gems of viola literature.

Photograph: Agatha Yim

GARY WAIN, Percussion

"Stefanie Farrands is one of Australia’s leading lights."
The Age
"A pianist of real stature."
The Adelaide Review
"The final movement was an absolute tour de force of percussion playing from Melville."
Classic Melbourne
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