Making a return visit to Wesley we are indeed fortunate that one of Australia’s leading award-winning opera stars will grace the Wesley stage again.
Soprano Taryn Fiebig is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists.
She has sung Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Gilbert & Sullivan and countless major soprano roles in Opera for Opera Australia. From Mozart to Rossini, Verdi Wagner and Contemporary operas like Bliss for which she received the Helpmann Award. Taryn performs will all the State opera companies, including several operas with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney under the direction of Eryn Helyard.
This year she sings in the Australian premiere of Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Farnace with Pinchgut Opera and in Melbourne appears in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti with Opera Australia.
Taryn’s accompanist at her Warragul recital will be Simon Bruckard, who is a graduate from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University, where he completed his Master of Music in Opera Performance.
Simon was awarded the Melba Opera Trust Margaret Schofield scholarship for repetiteurs.
Not only is Simon a pianist but also a conductor and a repetiteur with Victorian Opera. Last year he conducted Humperdink’s Hansel & Gretel for Victorian Opera and for Lyric Opera Les Mamelles de Teresias by Poulenc.
Taryn Fiebig and Simon Bruckard will perform a selection of Opera arias and songs.
Features the exciting young ensemble, The Chrysalis Trio.
These 3 young musicians are graduates from the Australian National Academy of Music. An institution based in South Melbourne that prepares only the very best young musicians for life in the very competitive world of fine music.
When musicians graduate from ANAM join major orchestras around Australia and indeed internationally. Many decide to stay in Australia pursuing careers as soloists and or chamber music performers.
The Chrysalis Trio is one such ensemble to emerge onto the Chamber Music Scene and Simply Music is thrilled to present The Chrysalis Trio comprising Katie Yap, viola, Kiran Phatak, flute and Melina van Leeuwen, harp.
All 3 musicians regularly play with the major Symphony Orchestra in Australia. The Trio formed in 2013 while they were still students at ANAM and drew their name from inspiration gained while taking breaks in the Royal Botanic Gardens from their intensive rehearsals.
Their program for the Simply Music concert will include compositions mostly by French composers. Ravel, Rameau and Debussy and a newly commissioned piece by South Australian composer, Natalie Williams.
The Chrysalis Trio are part of the ANAM Artists Program which showcases these elite performers inrecitals across the country. That video clip was from the Australian NationAcademy of Music and the Chrysalis Trio performing part of Ravel’s Sonatine enTrio.
This concert will be an absolute gem of a concert by the Ukrainian-Australian Violin and Piano Duo, Markiyan and Oksana Melnychenko.
The Duo are a mother and son team with Markiyan the extraordinary violinist while his mother is a prize-winning pianist who toured Australia in 1992 and returned to settle permanently. She now teaches at Huntingtower School in Melbourne's eastern suburbs and runs a busy private studio.
Markiyan is an extraordinary violinist, and is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. His impressive CV would be the envy of many young aspiring musicians.
Markiyan is currently a Lecturer in Violin at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Already he’s performed with many major symphony orchestras worldwide including our own Australian orchestras. He is principal 1st violinist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and has also worked with Orchestra Victoria, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic. His solo recital performances span across 17 countries from the USA, Europe and Asia.
Markiyan has participated in many prestigious International competitions taking several 1st prizes and performed at Barack Obama’s Inauguration Lunch in the US Capital.
In their "Simply Music" concert in Warragul, Markiyan and Oksana’s program will include:
Beethoven’s Romance in F major Opus 50;
Camille Saint-Saens Havanaise in E major Opus 83; and
Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Cesar Franck.
The final concert in the "Simply Music" series is the International-Australian Classical guitarist, Karin Schaupp, who we welcome back to Wesley.
Karin was taught by her mother Isolde Schaup. At the age of 5 she began performing in public, and when she was in her teens she began winning awards at International competitions. She completed her Masters degree at The University of Queensland with 1st class honours, along with further achievements and awards over the following years.
Karin collaborates in performances regularly with other Australian chamber music groups, such as the Flinders Quartet who we had the privilege of hearing here last year, also with The Australian Guitar Quartet and with recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey.
She has performed with many major orchestras at home and across the globe, and has numerous CD’s to her credit. She has completed recordings for both Warner Classics and ABC Classics.
Karin has appeared on live TV in China in a solo performance to over 50 million viewers and has also performed on TV in Germany, America and Canada.
Karin is currently Head of Guitar at the Queensland Conservatorium and Griffith University.
Her programme includes works by Mertz, Giuliani and Regondi.