2017 BIFEM

My last project for this trip to Australia is some performances as part of Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music. I’m humbled to return to this awesome gathering and hear some of the most respected and innovative performers of contemporary music from Australia and the world. BIFEM website Advertisements

be:longing/Shostakovich

I’ve hit the ground running in the land down under and have just spent a week rehearsing with some extremely inspiring musicians for quartet performances as part of Bangalow Festival, happening in Northern New South Wales next weekend. Following that, I’ll travel with the quartet to Canberra, where we’re co-presenting a concert with be:longing magazine…

eine neue nachtmusik

On 15 July, I’m curating a concert at museum FLUXUS+ in Potsdam, coinciding with the Stadt für eine Nacht festival, which will feature contemporary music (or at least, music written within the past …75 years!). Joining me are Callum G’Froerer (flügelhorn), Jon Heilbron (melodica+) and Jessy Meiser (voice). It’ll be a joy to play a…

ORi, Ola, Fluxus

It’s been a hectic start to the year, with some nice concerts in the Musikverein, Elbphilharmonie, Concertgebouw and Serbia (not to mention Berlin and Potsdam!) with the regular bands I’m bouncing around in. I’m really excited about a couple of upcoming events! On 15 July I’m curating a 1-hour concert of contemporary music as part…

Moon travel & Mozart

Currently I have the joy of being involved in Frau Luna, an operetta by Paul Lincke first performed in 1899 and revamped for a glitzy and great production at Tipi am Kanstleramt this winter. From where I’m playing, in a small ensemble to the side of the stage, I love being able to see the audience because…

The season ahead

I’ve had ups and downs since moving to Berlin (which just goes with moving to another country, really), but reflecting on my life since arriving at the end of 2014, I am so happy that I have had so many positive experiences here of what being a musician can be. At the end of last…

Musica da camera in Italia

I had always wanted to visit Italy since learning a bit of Italian in primary school, living next to an Italian Australian family, watching the film Much Ado About Nothing (the Kenneth Branagh version is set in Tuscany) tasting Italian food and feeling desperately Anglo. This summer I was invited to play chamber music in Tuscany by a violinist…

Colourful June

I had 3 big projects in June. On the 7th, I helped launch Lione’s new single 1000 Windows, which includes some lush (!) multi-track viola. At the launch party we were joined by two of my favourite violists – Ooi and Esther Alba Lopèz. You can hear 1000 Windows here via Bandcamp. On the 18th with Deutsches Kammerorchester…

Continuum continues…

Happy new year! 2016 has already been a buzz of activity, with joyous musical experiences in amongst somewhat scary life experiences such as finding a place to live in Berlin and applying for a visa. Thankfully I’m in the door for another year and have a lot to look forward to, including this concert, the first…

continuum II – Αθήνα

I’m writing from Athens, Greece, the land of the Gods, where I am staying with a dear friend and fine composer, Nicoleta Chatzopoulou, who I met last year at Bang On A Can Summer Festival. Nicoleta wrote a solo piece, continuum II, for me, which I premiered in my final ANAM Fellowship concert in mid-September. I have been…

Last lap!

After an epic weekend preparing for a quartet concert at the ever-astonishing Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM), I have one more ANAM Fellowship concert to present before I fly back to Berlin – this time with no certain idea of when I’ll be back. The concert is this Saturday night in St Kilda….

Testament

This Thursday, I’m presenting my second ANAM Fellowship concert, Testament. I’ve been working with a string quartet and just today had my first rehearsal with 11 other violists (!) led by a wonderful conductor, Dominic Harvey. Testament is a 12-viola piece by Australian composer Brett Dean. It’s named after the Heiligenstadt Testament, which Beethoven wrote (while in Heiligenstadt) to his…