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Apollo's Gift: Music and the Mind

  • Adamstown Uniting Church (map)

A presentation by a world-leading authority on music and the mind, plus works fit for a King from the Baroque.

Elena Kats-Chernin
 Apollo's Gift (world premiere)
Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach Trio Sonata in B flat Wq.161/2 (H.578)
Johann Joachim Quantz Trio Sonata in A minor QV 2:40

This concert is the opening of the HMRI Music and Mind Symposium.

Prof. Eckart Altenmuller, flute/presenter
Sally Walker, flute
Peter Guy, organ
Dr Bronwen Ackermann, visualisation

Eckart Altenmüller is a University Professor and Medical Doctor with an active research and concert career. He studied flute with Christian Lardé at the Paris Conservatoire of Music and continued his studies in Freiburg with Aurèle Nicolèt, André Jaunet and William Bennett. He obtained his Concert Diploma in 1985 and pursued an active concert career in various chamber music ensembles and as a soloist.  His clinical training was in the Department of Neurology in Freiburg and Tübingen as a Neurologist and Neurophysiologist. In 1994, he became Chair and Director of the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine at the Hanover University of Music and Drama, a position he has held for the past 22 years. In this role, he has continued his research into sensory-motor learning and movement disorders in musicians, into emotional processes while listening to music and into neurologic music therapy. He has published more than 250 scientific articles and has edited seven books.  Since 2005, Dr. Altenmüller is member of the prestigious Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Vice-President of the German Society for Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine. In 2013, he received the Science Award from the State of Lower Saxony and since 2015 he is vice-president of the University of Music, Drama and Media, Hannover. 


Sally Walker was Grand- Finalist in the De Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany) and has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, City of Birmingham Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 2006 she was appointed Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle and this year she also begins as part-time Lecturer in Classical Woodwind Performance at the Australian National University.  She has premiered numerous works written by Australian composers for her, including Elena Kats-Chernin’s Concerto “Night and Now” (which she will perform in Sydney in May with David Banney conducting the Doctors’ Orchestra). She has just returned from teaching and performing in Argentina, is resident flautist with the Omega Ensemble and will join the ACO for a number of projects this year, including the Barbican residency in London.

Peter Guy is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. An honours graduate and University Medallist of the University of Newcastle (where he studied pipe organ and conducting with Dr Philip Matthias), Peter has a strong association with the musical life of Newcastle.  Peter was a national keyboard finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Award in 2003, performing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He has undertaken international tours with the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir, has performed as part of the national conferences of the Organ Historical Society in the United States, and has recently returned from the UK, where he directed the inaugural international tour of Christ Church Cathedral Choir.  Peter has recorded two solo organ compilations, directed Christ Church Cathedral Choir in recording and enjoys an active recital schedule around Australia.

Dr Bronwen Ackermann is a highly-respected specialist musicians' physiotherapist, musculoskeletal anatomist and musicians' health researcher at the University of Sydney, where she is Associate Professor. Her interest in Performing Arts Health grew as a result of working with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and subsequently working on improving occupational health and developing best-practice injury prevention and management strategies with all the major Australian Orchestras and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She received a Churchill fellowship in 2002, enabling her to collaborate with international colleagues involved in both research and clinical work in the field of Music Medicine. She completed her PhD in 2003, which explored physiotherapy management of performance-related musculoskeletal injuries in violinists, and joined academia in 2006, where she has lectured in physiotherapy and functional musculoskeletal anatomy.  She continues to conduct research into musicians' health focussing on performance-related injury prevention, assessment and management, optimising performance through enhancing physical and psychological well-being and understanding the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical mechanisms underpinning musical performance.




Ben Crosby is an aspiring young cellist with a passion for both modern and baroque cello. He twice attended the Riverina Summer School for Strings and was accepted into Australian Haydn Ensemble's String Workshop and played in the Newcastle Music Festival's "Baroque and Beyond" with Sally Walker. He is a member of the Newcastle Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra and performed Bach's Arioso (BWV 156) as soloist with the Intermediate String Ensemble at the Newcastle Conservatorium. He feels fortunate to currently have a diversity of mentors, including cellists Anne Berry (with whom he learnt as a scholarship holder at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Community Music Programme), Anthony Albrecht, Oliver Miller and historical music specialists including Georgia Browne, Melissa Farrow, Rosalind Halton and Sally Walker.  He currently learns from Anthea Scott-Mitchell.


Earlier Event: November 10
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Later Event: June 15
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