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All works by Elena Kats-Chernin:
Sunshine Journal (movt VI)
Green Mountain Tango
Unsent Love Letters
Tango for Oscar
The Three Dancers (selection)
ELENA KATS-CHERNIN (AO), composer and pianist
As one of Australia’s foremost contemporary composers, Elena Kats-Chernin's vibrant and distinctive music featured at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2003 Rugby World Cup and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Kats-Chernin has received numerous prizes including Helpmann, Limelight, Sounds Australian and Sydney Theatre Awards, and the 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Individual Award. Attracting commissions from the world’s leading opera, ballet, and theatre companies, Kats-Chernin’s music has been performed by all major orchestras in Australia, as well as Australian Chamber Orchestra, Brandenburg Orchestra and Australian World Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the City of London Sinfonia, BBC Orchestra, and also in many festivals in the US, Europe, and almost every arts festival in Australia.
TAMARA-ANNA CISLOWSKA, PIANO
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most renowned pianists, performing and recording in Australia and internationally to critical and public acclaim. Earning international prizes in London, Italy and Greece and touring Japan and the USA as cultural ambassador for Australia, Tamara’s accolades include ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship, an Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and the 2015 ARIA award for 'Best Classical Album'.Tamara has performed recitals at London’s Purcell Room, the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and New York’s Frick Collection, and as soloist with the London Philharmonic, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, and all major Australasian symphony orchestras. Recent engagements include concerti by Gorecki, Liszt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich and Kats-Chernin’s Piano Concerto no.3, Lebewohl, commissioned for Cislowska and performed in the LPO’s 20/20 season. Tamara performed in the world premiere of Human Waves with music by Elena Kats-Chernin and libretto by Cislowska for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Centenary Celebrations in 2020. She has toured to the USA with CIRCA for the Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and given solo and chamber recitals in almost all the major venues, and arts and classical music festivals in Australia with concerts this year including Four Winds Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, UKARIA Cultural Centre, the Art Gallery of NSW and regional touring for Musica Viva.
American-born, Australian-based Emily Granger effortlessly straddles the worlds of classical, popular, and art music – including glittering appearances with Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Blasko, and Renée Fleming. Emily’s considerable talent finds her equally at home in intimate chamber recitals and thrilling performances of daring new works. Emily has performed recitals from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center and has appeared with the Chicago, Sydney, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. Her debut solo album, In Transit (AVIE Records), was Featured Album on ABC Classic and 2MBS Fine Music Sydney.
2022 appearances include concerts with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Music in the Regions and Musica Viva tours, recitals at Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Opera House Utzon Room, collaborations with the Nexas Quartet and Sydney Art Quartet, and concerto appearances with the Brisbane Philharmonic and Orange Symphony Orchestra.
Program: In Transit
Right River Rumba
Theme & Deviations
The Harp & the Moon
Led by acclaimed Persian-Australian tar player and composer, HAMED SADEGHI, EISHAN ENSEMBLE draws on contemporary and classical music traditions of both East and West. The ensemble’s repertoire consists predominantly of Sadeghi’s original compositions with diverse improvisatory idioms featured powerfully. Variously described as “Persian chamber jazz” and “Middle-Eastern jazz fusion”, Eishan Ensemble defies neat labels.
With Hamed Sadeghi on tar, PEDRAM LAYEGH on classical guitar, MICHAEL AVGENICOS on saxophone, ELSEN PRICE on double bass and ADEM YILMAZ on percussion, the layered soundscapes Eishan Ensemble create together are driven by the individual talents of each member as much as by the compositions themselves.
Formed in 2016, Eishan Ensemble have performed internationally in Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines and Taiwan including Yilan International festival Taiwan, Plucked music festival Philippines, along with local performances across Australia.
“... casts a spell all its own... astonishing power and convulsive impact...” – John Shand, SMH ★★★★1⁄2
Paul Grabowsky is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor – and is one Australia’s most distinguished artists.
Born in Lae, Papua New Guinea in 1958, Paul was raised in Melbourne where he attended Wesley College. During the late 70's he became prominent in the music scene in Melbourne, working in various jazz, theater and cabaret projects.
He lived and worked in Europe and the US from 1980-85, during which time he performed with many jazz luminaries including Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Johnny Griffin. He returned to Australia in 1986 and established a reputation as one of Australia's leading jazz musicians with such bands as his own trio and sextet, the Wizards of Oz and as musical director for singer Vince Jones.
He was musical director of Tonight Live with Steve Vizard (a nationally televised variety show) from 1990-1992.
He was Commissioning Editor (Arts and Entertainment) for ABC Television 1995-98.
He has written the scores for over twenty feature film scores in Australia, the UK and US including 'Innocence' (Paul Cox), 'Last Orders', ‘The Eye of the Storm’, ‘Words and Pictures’(Fred Schepisi) and 'Shiner' (John Irvin). His television credits include the series 'Phoenix' and 'Janus' and the Emmy-winning 'Empire Falls'. His works for the theater include four operas and various multimedia works. His most recent opera, created for soprano Emma Matthews, ‘The Space Between’, with libretto by Steve Vizard, premiered at Arts Centre Melbourne in September 2018.
He is the Founding Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra, which he led from 1994-2013.
He has won eight ARIA awards (most recently in 2020 for his recording Please Leave Your Light On’ with singer Paul Kelly), two Helpmann awards, several APRA and Bell Awards and a Deadly award. He was the Sydney Myer Performing Artist of the Year in 2000, and received the Melbourne Prize for Music in 2007. He was the 2010 Australian National University H.C.Coombs Fellow.
He was Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival from 2005-2007 and was Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts for 2010 and 2012. A Professor at Monash University since 2012, he is currently director of the Monash University Performing Arts Centres and the Monash Art Ensemble. He oversaw the development of the Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, which opened in May 2019, and launched MLIVE, a year-round series of curated performances.
In 2014 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to music and arts administration.