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Smoke, Glass and Mirrors – Musical Subterfuge

  • Adamstown Uniting Church (map)

This concert is the opening concert of the 2018 Newcastle Music Festival.

Works by Shostakovich, Pårt & Glass.

Sally Walker, flute
Aiko Goto, violin
Simon Tedeschi, piano

JACQUES IBERT Deux Interludes

JACQUES IBERT The Little White Donkey

ROBERT SCHUMANN Kinderszenen - Of Foreign Lands and People

PHILIP GLASS Piano Etude No. 1

ARVO PÅRT Spiegel im Spiegel


JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Suite in G BWV 1007, Menuet 1, Menuet 2, Gigue (Tobias Reimann, featured Young Artist)


Violinist Aiko Goto has been a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 1998. Beginning her violin training with the Suzuki Method, Aiko then studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan and the Juilliard School in New York. Aiko has been a member of the Saito Kinen Orchestra since 1995, directed by Seiji Ozawa (she was a Concertmaster for one of the programs in 2014). 

She is a mentor for the ACO Emerging Artists Program and ACO Collective, and has tutored at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp. Aiko has directed the ACO Academy program in July annually since 2012. In 2016, Aiko received a commendation from the Japanese Foreign Ministry on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Japan and Australia. 

Flautist Sally Walker was a grand-finalist in Italy’s Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition, second prize winner in Germany’s Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition and has won awards from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen’s Trust. Her orchestral experience has included working with the Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammmerakademie Neuss, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kölner Kammerorchester, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She is an active chamber musician in combinations ranging from accordion to recorder consort and is a regular guest with Halcyon and Omega Ensemble. Among the many works Sally has commissioned and premiered is the concerto Night and Now by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.  Sally Walker is Lecturer in Flute at the University of Newcastle, Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University and Artistic Director of the chamber music series Twilight Musical Dialogues. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney, Hannover Hochschule fur Music and Media, Munich Hochschule fur Musik und Theater and is currently undertaking her Doctorate in historical flutes at the University of Sydney.

Pianist Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned classical pianists, recipient of prizes such as Symphony Australia’s Young Performer of the Year Award, the Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation (USA), first prize in the Keyboard division of the Royal Overseas League Competition (UK), and a Centenary of Federation Medal. He has performed in major concert halls and for festivals throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia, and for world leaders including former US President George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. 

Acclaimed by respected critics and peers as “True greatness” (Sydney Morning Herald), Simon Tedeschi performed his first Mozart piano concerto in the Sydney Opera House at age nine. Based in the USA for some years courtesy of the American Australian Association and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, in 2009 Tedeschi performed in Carnegie Hall, won the ‘New York Young Jewish Pianist Award’ and performed as soloist with the Colorado, Fort Worth and Illinois Symphony Orchestras (USA). 

Tedeschi continues to appear as soloist with orchestras including the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NZ), and Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, under the baton of conductors such as Richard Bonynge, Alan Gilbert, Michael Halász, Jun Märkl, Sir William Southgate, and Patrick Thomas. His wide-ranging discography includes R. Strauss and Schumann on Enoch Arden (with John Bell AO OBE),  Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an ExhibitionGershwin and Me , Gershwin: Take Two, and Tender Earth, and concerti by Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Mozart, all for ABC Classics/Universal Music Australia. His latest release is A Winter’s Tale, works by Schubert and Schumann with Roger Benedict, Principal Viola with the Sydney Symphony 


Tobias Reimann is 13 years old and has been playing cello since he was 5 years of age. He is currently in Year 7 and on a Music Scholarship at Newcastle Grammar School. Tobias has been a member of the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Chamber Orchestra since he was 9 years of age. He has been awarded with a full scholarship from the Conservatorium of Music to support his cello practical lessons as well as music theory since 2014. Last year, Tobias completed his Grade 7 AMEB Practical Cello exam with a High Distinction and he is currently preparing for his Grade 8 exam in 2019. He has also been learning the Suzuki method of cello playing and he will be graduating from Book 7 this year. Tobias has performed in various community and charity concerts over the past few years as well as competed in the Lake Macquarie Music Eisteddfods. Some of his favourite musical genre include classical, baroque and Latin American.When he is not playing cello, he enjoys fishing, basketball and tennis.

Aiko Goto is giving a masterclass at the Newcastle Conservatorium, 11 am Thursday 2nd August.

Simon Tedeschi is giving a masterclass at the Newcastle Conservatorium, hosted by the Music Teachers' Association, Newcastle branch, 10 am Saturday 4th August.