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Salon Société - Canberra and Newcastle performances


  • Greenaway Studio, Chapman, Canberra ACT Adamstown Uniting Church 228 Brunker Road, Adamstown NSW (map)

Works by Poulenc, Satie and a premiere by Young Artist Gerard Nicholls.

Performers

OMEGA ENSEMBLE
Sally Walker, flute
David Rowden, clarinet
Clemens Leske, piano

FRANCIS POULENC Sonata for Flute and Piano

ERIK SATIE Gymnopédie No.1

FRANCIS POULENC Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

GABRIEL FAURÉ Pavane

GERARD NICHOLLS New Work (Featured Young Artist)

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Tarantella

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.

Clarinettist David Rowden was born in Sydney and studied clarinet from a young age. He was later awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he won the Geoffrey Hawkes Prize for clarinet performance in 2004. Whilst overseas, David studied in Italy with Anthony Pay at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, in France at the Academie de Villecroze with French clarinetist Paul Meyer, and also at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

Since returning to Sydney David has performed as a freelance orchestral musician with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and as Guest Principal clarinet with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011 he was a finalist in the ABC Young Performer of the Year Awards performing Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

In 2005 David founded the Omega Ensemble, one of Australia’s premiere and unique chamber music groups. As Artistic Director, David has overseen the growth of the organisation during the last ten years, from early performances in church halls and private homes to Ensemble in Residence at City Recital Hall. Omega Ensemble has collaborated with many International and Australian artists including Emma Matthews (soprano), Paul Meyer (conductor/clarinet), Dimitri Ashkenazy (clarinet) Timo-Veikko Valve (cello) and during this time has initiated the commissioning and performance of over twenty new Australian works.  In March 2016 David was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).   In March 2017 David joined the staff at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music as part of the University of Newcastle.  

Pianist Clemens Leske Clemens Leske has performed with all six Australian symphony orchestras and has played at venues in Spain, the UK, Singapore, New Zealand, the US, Hungary and China. He has appeared regularly with the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, the Moscow Virtuosi and at the Bang on a Can and Focus festivals of new music in New York City. For his London Royal Festival Hall debut he performed Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent appearances include performances of Mozart’s K413 concerto, Strauss’ Burlesque and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Sydney Symphony and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Rachmaninoff's 3rd concerto with the Melbourne Symphony and a national tour in partnership with flautist Sir James Galway. Four CDs of solo piano works ranging from Chopin and Schumann to Kurtag and Duckworth and Bach’s Goldberg Variations will be released shortly. He is Senior Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Vladimir Ashkenazy states: “Mr Clemens Leske is in my opinion an extraordinary musician and pianist.” His greatest musical inspirations have been Sviatoslav Richter, Walter Gieseking and his mother and father.

FEATURED YOUNG ARTIST:

Composer Gerard Nicholls completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle, majoring in Piano and Composition. As well as receiving the Tertiary Music Scholarship, he graduated with Distinction and a Faculty Medal, and is currently researching orchestral piano for a B.Mus (Honours). Gerard’s compositions have been performed by the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Newcastle Conservatorium Junior Strings, and featured on BBC Radio 3. For the UN 2016 Winter Youth Assembly in New York, Gerard co-wrote the music for a performance with fellow TMD Young Artist, Sarah Monk. Recently, Gerard received a Bouddi Arts Foundation Grant, and won the Open Piano Championship at Taree Eisteddfod for the 3rd consecutive year.

Photo of Sally Walker by Miranda Lawry and of David Rowden by Keith Saunders