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Pieter Wispelwey and Caroline Almonte

 

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Sunday 13 August at 2.30pm
Ukaria Cultural Centre, Mt Barker

Program

  • Beethoven Sonata no.3 in A major for cello and Piano Op. 69.
  • Brahms 
Sonata for cello and piano No 1 Op 38
  • Beethoven Sonata No.4 in C major, Op.102 no.1
  • Beethoven Sonata No.5 in D major, Op. 102 no.2

The program is yet to be fully finalised, there may be adjustments to the pieces or length, which will be clearly announced ahead of the concert. Approximate duration 120 minutes (including interval)

About the Artists

Pieter Wispelwey, Cello

Pieter Wispelwey is among the first of a generation of performers who are equally at ease on the modern or the period cello. His acute stylistic awareness, combined with a truly original interpretation and a phenomenal technical mastery, has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertoire ranging from JS Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter and works composed for him.

Born in Haarlem, Netherlands, Wispelwey’s sophisticated musical personality is rooted in the training he received: from early years with Dicky Boeke and Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam to Paul Katz in the USA and William Pleeth in Great Britain.  In 1992 he became the first cellist ever to receive the Netherlands Music Prize, which is awarded to the most promising young musician in the Netherlands.

Highlights among future concerto performances include a major tour in Australia, focusing on the cello concertos dedicated to Rostropovich (Sydney Symphony, Queensland Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, and Canberra International Festival), as well as engagements with the National Symphony of Ireland, Warsaw Philharmonic, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Beethovenorchester Bonn, Liege Philharmonic, Musikkollegium Winterthur and Sao Paulo Symphony.

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Caroline Almonte, Piano

Melbourne-born pianist Caroline Almonte has won numerous awards, has recorded and produced for the ABC and, alongside her performance commitments, teaches piano at the University of Melbourne. She has performed in Europe, the US, China, Japan, Canada and South America, and at the Edinburgh Festival, Teatro Colosseo series, and major festivals in Australia. She has played under conductors Nicholas Braithwaite, Oleg Caetani, Reinhard Goebel, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Richard Mills, Benjamin Northey, Tadaaki Otaka, David Porcelijn and Markus Stenz.

Her chamber partners have included, among others, Ralph Kirshbaum, Yvonne Kenny, Ian Munro, Li-Wei Qin, Merlyn Quaife and Miki Tsunoda, her partner from Duo Sol. Engagements in 2014 have included Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performances with violinist Daniel Hope in Sydney and Melbourne, and the Dunkeld Festival of Music with the Australian String Quartet.

In 2013 she gave a Musica Viva recital tour, performed with Bernadette Harvey and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and was soloist in the SSO’s presentation of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, narrated by Dame Edna Everage. She also appeared with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra on the Hush Music Foundation’s album, The Magic Island. Caroline Almonte studied with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts before completing postgraduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York.

 

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UKARIA Cultural Centre
Sun 13/08
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Pieter Wispelwey and Caroline Almonte
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