A concert of Brahms and Kats Chernin for clarinet, cello and piano featuring out very own TPS Staff Member Megan Smithies. Joined by the Paul Jenkins (clarinet) and Caroline Almonte (piano) this evening will a fantastic evening of true chamber music.
Songs Without Words- Elena Kats-Chernin
Trio No 5 for clarinet,cello and piano- Johannes Brahms
Russian Rag- Elena Kats-Chernin.
Megan is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts having studied with with Marianne Maxwell, Tania Hunt and Nathan Waks, After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Melbourne University, Megan spent a number of years in Sydney, performing with ensembles as diverse as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia of Sydney and the Seymour Group. On her return to Melbourne, Megan played with the Melbourne Symphony and as a permanent member of the State Orchestra of Victoria. She appeared as a soloist with the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra performing the Elgar Cello Concerto. She has vast experience as a member of the Australian Pops orchestra and played for musicals such as Cats, The Wizard of Oz, and The Phantom of the Opera, With a keen interest in chamber music, Megan played as a member of the Goossens String Quartet in Sydney, the Southern String Quartet in Melbourne as part of the Musica Viva In Schools Program and The Macedon Trio. Megan is a founding member of the Peninsula Chamber Musicians and performs regularly with their large ensemble as well as affiliated smaller chamber music groups in the Peninsula area. She is also on the executive committee of the Peninsula Music Society which brings artists of international standing to the area. Megan has wide experience as a teacher and currently teaches cello and directs string ensembles at The Peninsula School in Mt Eliza.
Paul is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and holds a Masters in Music and Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University. He studied primarily with Kate Stockwin and Ian Morgan but has also performed in master classes and taken further study with Robert Schubert, Phillip Miechel, David Thomas, David Griffiths and Paul Champion. As a clarinetist, Paul has performed with many ensembles including Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Opera Orchestra, Grainger Wind Symphony and 'scratch orchestras' for special projects. As well as clarinet, Paul performs frequently on instruments from the flute, saxophone and oboe families for musical theatre, chamber ensembles and community orchestras. Paul is founder and current Vice President of Peninsula Chamber Musicians Inc and has a passion for seeing a reinvigoration of community music on the Peninsula. He currently teaches woodwind at Padua College.
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