Cheryl Barker, soprano

Cheryl Barker, soprano

Cheryl Barker has established a distinguished opera and
concert career throughout the UK, Europe, USA and
Australia. Recent and future plans include performances
for Opera Australia, Netherlands Opera, Bastille/Paris,
English National Opera, Opera du Rhin/Strasbourg,
Holland Park Festival/London, the London Symphony
Orchestra, Opera Queensland and Welsh National Opera.
She holds an honorary Doctorate of Music/VCA.
Peter Coleman-Wright

Peter Coleman-Wright

Peter Coleman-Wright is considered one of the most
versatile singers in the world, equally successful in opera,
concert and recital. He is recognised internationally as
one of the leading baritones of his generation. A regular
guest with companies including Metropolitan/New York,
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National
Opera and Opera Australia he is frequently featured with
major orchestra’s world wide. He has recorded for EMI,
Chandos, Telarc, Hyperion and ABC Classics.
Nemanja Radulovic - Violin

Nemanja Radulovic - Violin

Joining us on September 20, 2012

At 25, with concerts and Cds, Nemanja Radulovic firmly aimed at a young music audience. His performences and stage presence arouse the public.

He was recognized as the “International Revelation of the Year" at the Victoires de la Musique (European Association of Artist Managers, MIDEM prize), was nominated as “Rising Star" and plays in the most important European concert halls: the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Megaron in Athens, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Philharmonie of Cologne, as well as at the Carnegie Hall. In 2006, he replaced Maxim Vengerov in the Beethoven concerto, Salle Pleyel, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France conducted by Myung-Whun Chung.

He then performs with the greatest orchestras in Europe, Asia and America : The Montréal Symphony Orchestra, The Rio Symphony Orchestra , The Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Philharmonic of Ukraine, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Hong-Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Nürnberger Symphoniker, the NDR of Hanover, l’Orchestre National de Belgique, the WDR of Köln, the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the RTVE of Madrid, the Tenerife Orchestra, Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, the RAI of Turin, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the City Philharmonic Orchestra of Tokyo…

Next season, he will be heard in Berlin with the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra, in Stuttgart, and then he will be back in Japan touring (once with orchestra, once with his band The Devil’s Trills). He will perform with the Italian-speaking Swiss Orchestra, with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Orchestra, the Bilbao Radio Orchestra, the Washingon Orchestra etc. He will also play in famous festivals, like Verbier’s.

Since his appearance at the Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, Nemanja Radulovic has taken part in the most famous music festivals like: the Festival of Aix-les-Bains, the Flâneries Musicales de Reims, les Nuits Musicales du Suquet, the Festival of Colmar, Sisteron, Auvers-sur-Oise, Périgord Noir, the Violon sur le Sable in Royan, the Festival of Eygalières, the Festival of Münster, of Belgrade, …

He gives regular recitals with Marielle Nordmann, Susan Manoff, Dominique Plancade, Laure Favre-Kahn, Anne Gastinel and his ensembles The Devil’s Trills and Double Sens.

Nemanja Radulovic won many international prizes: Joachim in Hanover, George Enescu Competition, Antonio Stradivari Competition, Yehudi Menuhin Competition, Wieniawski-Lipinski Competition in Poland…

Starting a successful partnership with the TransArt Live label, he recorded a solo CD (Bach, Miletic, Paganini, Ysaÿe) acclaimed by the press and awarded a Diapason discovery, followed by the two Mendelssohn concertos with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, which are immediately on the top of the download lists on iTunes and VirginMega.

His latest album «The Devil’s Trills» has been released in September 2009 for the label ArtAct-Decca/Universal, (Kreisler, Sarasate, Schubert, Wieniawski and Tartini) and receive many international awards: “Choc“of Classica, “Clé“ of Res Musica, Recommended by the Strad..., he has released a CD dedicated to Beethoven Sonatas, with Susan Manoff by ArtAct/ Decca. This autumn, he will release a CD with the 4 Seasons of Vivaldi and a world première piece by Aleksandar Sedlar “Spring in Japan" with his ensemble The Devil’s Trills and Double Sens for ArtAct-Decca/Universal.

Born in Serbia in 1985, Nemanja Radulovic has begun his musical studies in 1992 and won the Prize of October for music of the City of Belgrade in 1996, then the Special Prize of the ministry of Education of the Serbian Republic “Talent of the year 1997". He has taken part in master classes given by Yehudi Menuhin, Salvatore Accardo, and Joshua Epstein, with whom he studied in 1998 at the Saarlandes Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Saarbrücken, and Dejan Mihailovic, whose class he joined in 1999 at the Faculty of Arts and Music in Belgrade. At the age of fourteen, he moved to France and perfected with Patrice Fontanarosa at the CNSMD of Paris.

Nemanja Radulovic plays a violin made by J. B. Vuillaume in 1843.

Peter Wilson - Puppeteer

Peter Wilson - Puppeteer

As a puppeteer, writer, director and producer, Peter Wilson has been at the international forefront of puppet artistry for over three decades. Co-founding Melbourne’s acclaimed Handspan Theatre in 1977, Peter was the driving force behind many globally successful productions for the company over the next eighteen years including Secrets, Four Little Girls and Cho Cho San. He further developed his art form with a string of collaborative works with renowned director Nigel Triffitt including The Fall of Singapore, Moby Dick and Momma’s Little Horror Show. From 1993 to 1999, Peter was Artistic Director of Canberra’s Skylark Theatre, creating successful works such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Fish and The Hobbit. Over the last decade, Peter has applied his artistic vision to major international events in the role of director of the Nature segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Director of Puppetry for the 2006 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, Segment Director of the 2006 Asian Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Doha, Artistic Director of the 2007 Malaysian International Arts Festival and Creative Director of the 2009 Colours of Malaysia. While heading the Post Graduate Diploma and Masters in Puppetry which he developed at the Victorian College of the Arts, Peter continued to direct widely acclaimed productions around the world including The Theft of Sita (co-director, puppeteer), A World of Paper (Japan 2003), The Red Tree (Brisbane 2004) and The Dragon Child (Beijing 2008). His most recent work has been in KL, directing Colours of Malaysia.
Gian Slater - Vocalist

Gian Slater - Vocalist

Gian Slater the rarest of singers – a complete musician and true virtuoso, whose mastery of her instrument is in total service to a powerful emotional immediacy in her music. She possesses a highly mobile and accurate voice with an uncommon improvisational ability, and the harmonic and technical awareness and clarity of intention more commonly associated with instrumentalists. At 28, she has already developed an extended body of original compositions and recordings and is a sought after vocalist in many diverse settings.
She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music Performance – Improvisation (voice), where she received numerous awards and scholarships. She was a finalist in the prestigious Freedman Fellowship (2004 and 2010), The National Jazz Awards (2005) and the Bell Awards for ‘Best Jazz Vocal Album’ (2010) and was awarded the MJFF APRA composers commission (2011).
As a composer and bandleader, Gian has recorded 3 albums, "In My Head" (2005),"Our Galaxy" and "Creatures at the Crossroads" (2008). She has recorded for ABC Jazz track (2003) and was featured on Andrea Keller’s ABC Aria nominated album ‘Angels and Rascals’ (2005). She formed a band with US based pianist, Barney McAll, called ‘Sylent Running’, releasing their debut album ‘Empathy Chip’ (2009). Gian has featured in the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Stonington Jazz and the Brisbane Powerhouse Jazz Festival.
She leads her own vocal ensemble ‘Invenio’ who have performed two of her large works – Gone without Saying (2010) and Us and Others (2011) and with the Black Arm Band, New York Jazz pianist Barney McAll and Singer/songwriter Lior. Her Trio will be releasing their album ‘Still-Still’ at the beginning of 2012.
Gian lectures in voice, choral and aural studies at all three of Melbourne's major music universities (Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University and NMIT) and has been artist in residence at WAAPA in Perth.
Tony Gould - Piano

Tony Gould - Piano

Pianist, composer and educator Tony Gould has received many accolades for his contribution to music In Australia, the most recent being the prestigious Don Banks Award from the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2008 he was awarded an Order of Australia (AM).

He has performed with and accompanied many internationally renowned artists including Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, Ernestine Anderson, Ronnie Scott, David Jones, Don Burrows, John Sangster, Graeme Lyall, John Hoffman and Bobby Shew. He has been guest artist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and appeared as associate artist with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Dave Brubeck, Sarah Vaughan, the LA Four and many others.

Among a long list of recordings (which include many of his own works from quartet to large orchestral pieces, embracing both classical music and African American genres) is an album of Australian poetry and music with the renowned Australian actor John Stanton. Gould also wrote the music for and collaborated with Stanton in a concert performance of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milkwood. and most recently in 2009 the highly acclaimed theatre piece, And When He Falls. In April 1996 he released a CD trilogy of original music, compositions across a wide spectrum of musical genres, including works for concert and film.

His CD River Story, with guitarist Peter Petrucci, received an ARIA Award nomination as did his earlier Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra titled The Subtlety of Time. Gould and Petrucci received a Playing Australia grant 2001 and have recorded a second CD titled From Within. and collaboration with the brilliant trumpeter Keith Hounslow McJad Goes Organic (Church Organ and Trumpet,) two CDs with the brilliant young Australian singer, Emma Gilmartin, titled Tomorrow Just You Wait and See and Home, and as solo artist with John Hoffman’s orchestra on the recording titled Pianamente.

His latest solo piano recording on ABC Classics titled At the End of the Day was released to critical acclaim in April 2005, and a recording with the noted New York saxophonist/flautist Andrew Sterman (Phillip Glass Ensemble) is in production. A recording was released in 2008 with the eminent American composer/pianist David Ward-Steinman, with original works, and two
major compositions for two pianos by John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet) and the French pianist/composer Martial Solal.

Tony performs and lectures at major universities in Australia, the Asia pacific region, the United States and elsewhere on a wide range of topics.

He has the uncommon distinction of having degrees from three of Melbourne's most prestigious universities: a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Arts from Monash University and a Doctor of Philosophy from La Trobe University. His career embraces performances of a wide cross-section of music throughout Australia and the world as well as composition, arranging, conducting, teaching, music criticism, contributions to literature (Groves, Oxford Companion) and adjudicating on international judging panels. He was chief music critic for the Herald Sun for 20 years. He has been Deputy Chair of the Music Board, Australia Council for the Arts, and deputy Chair of National Australia Council of Tertiary Music.

In early 2005 Tony resigned his position as Head (Dean) of and Associate Professor at the School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts to pursue his performance and composition career.

In 2006 he recorded for Move Records the two piano version of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring", with Australian pianist Rosa Scaffidi, and a quartet recording with the distinguished American trumpet player John Hoffman.

He is currently making several new recordings, one with the saxophonist Robert Burke, one with guitarist Stephen Magnusson, one with cellist Imogen Manins, and another with singer Rebecca Barnard.

He has just completed two books, as part of the commitment to a Fellowship awarded by the Australia Council for the Arts: Essays on Music and Musicians in Australia, and, The Art of MusicalImprovisation: Thoughts and Ideas