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New Australian Classical

Digital Season | Recorded live in the Joan Sutherland Theatre

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Genre: Classical Music

New Australian Classical brings together three exceptional local musicians to explore new Australian repertoire.

In this piano trio program, we explore the haunting, ethereal melancholy in The Aching Bones by the Australian composer Andrew Howes, followed by the intricate, playful and sometimes menacing layers in Elizabeth Younan's delightful Piano Trio (second movement).

Book ending these Australian compositions are two vibrant works by Béla Bartók (including his Romanian Dances, newly arranged by Andrew Howes). This is timeless repertoire that inspires and showcases the exceptional talent of the young performers on stage, all hailing from New South Wales.

BARTÓK, arr. HOWES Romanian Dances Sz.56 
HOWES The Aching Bones (Australian Premiere)
YOUNAN Piano Trio, Mvt 2 (Australian Premiere)
BARTÓK Contrasts Sz.111, BB.116

Anna Da Silva Chen is recognised as one of Australia's leading young violinists, appearing as soloist with state Symphony Orchestras and regularly performing with acclaimed chamber music groups, concerts, including as Artist in Residence  with the Australian Piano Quartet and regular with Omega Ensemble and Ensemble Apex. She grew up in Wollongong in NSW and is set to continue her violin studies in Cologne, Germany from the end of 2020.

Oliver Shermacher is a charismatic, multi-faceted clarinetist. A finalist in the 2018 ABC Young Performers Awards (winning the audience choice category) he regularly performs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Apex and has performed in the new music festival Extended Play at City Recital Hall in 2019. He continues his instrumental studies in Freiburg, Germany from the end of 2020.

Vatche Jambazian recently returned home to Sydney after working and studying as a musician in New York City. He made his international Debut at the age of 16 in Yerevan, Armenia performing a televised recital as part of the Independence Day celebrations. Vatche has been a prizewinner in the Los Angeles International Piano Competition and the Australian National Piano Award and was a finalist in the 2015 ABC Young Performers Awards. 

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