Sydney Conservatorium Students with David Miller AM MONTAGUE VISITING ARTISTS 2:30 pm, Saturday 29 June St Paul’s Anglican Church Tilba St, Narooma Tickets $25 at the door, $23 from Mitre 10, Narooma or Nested on Wallaga, Bermagui, school students free. Kindly supported by Heather Kenway
ROBBIE ADAMS (trumpet) is in his fourth year of Trumpet Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During his time in the Rising Stars program, the Ewazen Trio for Trumpet, Piano and Violin came to him out of necessity—there was a shortage of other brass instrumentalists to play with, but a surplus of pianists and violinists. Robbie studies with Andrew Evans and has played for Hakan Hardenburger and Rex Richardson in masterclasses. In 2017, he performed at the International Convention Centre, Sydney (ICC) with the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Nobuo Uematsu’s composition under the direction of Arnie Roth. In 2018, he performed Joseph Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat with the Macquarie Towns Orchestra. Robbie also performs the Last Post on bugle for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, for crowds of 10,000 people.
GRACE JOHNSON (piano) began her piano studies at the age of four. After completing her AMEB exams, she attended a creative and performing arts high school, during which she achieved her Associate Diploma and was nominated for Encore. She is now in her third year of Piano Performance under the tuition of Daniel Herscovitch, previously studying with Gerard Willems and Lyall Duke. Apart from her solo studies, she teaches privately and regularly accompanies brass, woodwind and string instrumentalists, and has performed at promotional events for Yamaha. She became part of the Avant Trio in mid-2018 and has enjoyed furthering her ensemble skills and learning the music of modern American composers. Having studied journalism and then musicology before transferring to a piano major, Grace continues to write about music. Her articles and reviews appear in University of Sydney publications and she also regularly publishes short fiction pieces and news stories. Grace hopes to continue performing, expanding both her solo and chamber repertoire, and to continue writing about music.
MATEJA PRIMORAC (violin) was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She began studying the violin at age ten after first discovering her musical talent in singing. Two years later, she won first prize at the Croatian International Competition for violin. At age thirteen, she won a special prize at the regional competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Shortly after, she was encouraged to further her studies in Austria. There, she studied with renowned professors like Brian Finlayson and Igor Ozim in masterclasses. Mateja was a member of Kammerorchester in Klagenfurt and played in several quartets, trios, and even jazz ensembles. Currently in her fourth year of Violin Performance, studying under the instruction of Alice Waten, she performs regularly with Ensemble Muse, a seven-piece group dedicated to performing the works of both established and lesser-known female composers, and Ensemble Apex, a chamber orchestra that aims to present music from the 20th century and onwards, popular or not.
HEATHCLIFFE AUCHINACHIE (guitar) began his classical guitar studies under Georg Mertens at the age of 10. He then went on to study under Russian virtuoso Vladimir Gorbach at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During his studies, he has been nominated for Encore, received a scholarship to study at the Sydney Conservatorium, and given numerous concerts as solo recitalist and chamber musician. Heathcliffe has received tuition and masterclasses from some of the most highly respected performers in the world, such as Lorenzo Micheli, Tim Kain, Z.o.o guitar duo, Dene and Irena Grant (SSO, Goldner String Quartet), Cathy McKorkill (Australia Ensemble, ACO), Martha Masters, Gian Marco Ciampa and Jane Curry. In addition to appearing as a solo recitalist, he regularly features in chamber ensembles and orchestras, including concerts with cellist (and former teacher) Georg Mertens, Orchestra 81, and his fellow musicians at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Furthermore, he performed as a duo with clarinettist Rebekah Rae at the Huntington Musical Festival in 2017. In 2019, he plans to further compete abroad and give recitals across the country. When not practicing or teaching, Heath enjoys writing and his articles have been published with Classikon and Limelight.
BRENDAN ZLATKIS (baritone) is a young Australian baritone currently in his final year of a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, under the tuition of Andrew Dalton. Prior to his training at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Brendan spent time at the Actors Centre Australia. There, he took acting classes from some well-known Australian masters of stagecraft, including Dean Carey, Adam Cook, and Gale Edwards. Brendan is looking forward to the opportunity to perform for the first time along the southern coast of New South Wales with a group of his friends from the Conservatorium. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing chess, and relaxing by the beach. Next year, Brendan is looking to pursue performance in Australia and abroad.
DAVID MILLER (piano) was once described in a Sydney Morning Herald music review as "the role model of Australian accompanists" He is recognised as one of Australia's leading pianists, chamber musicians and vocal accompanist and has been appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his service to music. His distinguished career has included partnerships with many internationally renowned singers and instrumentalists. He has also been a member of a number of leading Australian chamber music groups including Grevillea Ensemble, the Huntington Piano Trio, the contemporary ensemble Flederman and the Song Company. Mr Miller's performing schedule has taken him to the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, New Caledonia, Korea, Vanuatu, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as through most parts of Australia. He has toured and recorded for the ABC and 2MBS-FM and has served on the Artistic Review Panel for Musica Viva Australia.
David Miller has a wide range of CD recordings to his credit. For Wirripang he accompanied baritone Dr Michael Halliwell on When The Empire Calls and soprano Wendy Dixon in anthologies of often unpublished songs by Australian composers Horace Keats (Echo) and Miriam Hyde (Fire In My Heart). For the Tall Poppies label he has recorded the compete violin repertoire of Raymond Hanson with Susan Collins and three volumes of Flute Australia with Geoffrey Collins. He is about to issue a number of CDs featuring Australian chamber music and vocal repertorie with his two ensembles, Grevillea and Charisma. Many of the works are being presented for the first time.
David Miller has been on the staff of Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 1980 and in 1995 was given responsibility for Chamber Music/Accompaniment tuition and administration throughout the institution. He introduced a uniquely innovative and comprehensive program of study for students at both graduate and undergraduate levels and actively promoted a wide variety of performance opportunities for student ensembles in concerts, broadcasts and regional tours. His studio has produced many of Australia's finest and most successful piano accompanists. Mr Miller has conducted master classes and lectures for universities, conservatoriums, music organisations and music conferences in many parts of Australia and Asia. He was the inaugural president of the Accompanists' Guild of NSW and very active in the promotion of piano accompaniment as an independent art form, worthy of professional recognition and academic research.