Artists 2022

ACMF – Albury Chamber Music Festival

Sally-Anne Russell – Artistic Director and Mezzo Soprano

Sally-Anne Russell Albury Chamber Music Festival 2002Sally-Anne Russell is a multi-award-winning mezzo soprano and has performed on the concert platform and operatic stage in twenty five countries and discography in over 40 CD’s /DVD’s  on ABC Classics, CHANDOS, MOVE, Toccata UK, NAXOS and DECCA labels, including her solo aria disc “Enchanting” with The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Her awards include an ARIA for Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Sara Macliver, and nominations for Young Australian of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year, Green Room and Helpmann Awards.

She has over 80 operatic roles in her repertoire and enjoys working with all the major Opera Companies andSymphony Orchestras in Australia. International highlights include The Spoleto Festival in Italy, Washington National Opera (DC) and a ten-year association with Carmel Bach Festival In California.Projects in 2021 Include Hermia in Brittens A Midsummer Nights Dream for Adelaide Festival, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde for Canberra Festival and Handel’s Messiah with Melbourne Symphony. In 2022, Operas include Wagner’s Die Walküre – Melbourne Opera, Handel’s Alcina – National Opera in Canberra, Strauss’s Elektra – Victorian Opera, Dido and Aeneas in Sydney and concerts with Adelaide Baroque, Sydney Philharmonia , Auckland Philharmonic and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.

Sally-Anne is also co-artistic director for Albury Chamber Music Festival, a member of the Kathaumixw Festival International Artistic Council in Canada and the Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna.

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Mario Dobernig – Artistic Director, Conductor & Percussionist

Mario Dobernig Albury Chamber Music Festival 2002On a quest to make a difference, innovator Mario Dobernig is one of the most inspiring music makers of his generation. Mario is Artistic Director and Conductor in Chief for the Art of Sound Orchestra, the Victoria Chorale and co-artistic director of the Albury Chamber Music Festival.

He has conducted among others the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Kapfenberger Symphoniker, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra’s YMS program, Orchestra Capella Calliope and at prestigious venues in Europe, the Middle East, China and Australia.

Discography includes online releases for ABC Classics and being a featured guest on various radio programs around the globe. He was awarded his PhD in 2014, holds Master degrees in Percussion, Conducting and Musicology as well as Bachelor Degrees in Percussion and Music Education. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

Mario has produced a number of highly successful festivals in multiple cities and countries (Australia, Austria, China, Germany, Italy) and also organizes unique cultural exchange tours for cultural groups between Australia and his other native Austria. Mario enjoys conversations in English, German, French and Italian, and has a keen interest in geopolitics.

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Andrew Goodwin – Tenor

Andrew Goodwin Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Andrew Goodwin has appeared with opera companies and orchestras in Europe, Asia and Australia including the Bolshoi Opera, Gran Theatre Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, La Scala Milan, Opera Australia, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Moscow and Melbourne Chamber Orchestras, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and in recital with pianist Daniel de Borah at Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder, Port Fairy and Canberra International Music Festivals.

Recent engagements include Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Adelaide Festival); Jacquino, Fidelio (West Australian Opera); Nadir, The Pearlfishers (State Opera South Australia); Diary of one who disappeared and Rape of Lucretia (Sydney Chamber Opera); Artaxerxes title role, Egeo in Cavalli’s Giasone and Florival in Grétry’s L’amant jaloux (Pinchgut Opera); Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ and Mozart Requiem (MSO); Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates and Mozart Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento (SSO); Messiah (Sydney Chamber Choir, NZSO, QSO and MSO); Bach Magnificat and The Rake’s Progress title role (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra); and performances at Adam Chamber Music Festival New Zealand, Huntington Festival, and Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Andrew is also a founding member of the new Australian Vocal Ensemble, AVE.

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Andrea Lam – Piano

Andrea Lam Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Pronounced a “real talent” by the Wall Street Journal, and based in New York City for two decades, pianist Andrea Lam performs with leading orchestras and conductors in Australasia, Japan, China and the United States. From New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Sydney Opera House, she has played for Sydney Festival, Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival (Australia), Orford Festival (Canada), Chelsea Music Festival (USA) with works from Bach, Schumann and Chopin to Aaron Jay Kernis, Lilya Ugay, and Nigel Westlake. Pianist for the acclaimed Fairmont Trio and collaborating with cellist Matt Haimovitz, Melinda Lee Masur, the Australian String Quartet, and violinist Emily Sun (including on their 2021 ARIA-nominated Nocturnes album), Andrea also performs and records extensively as pianist of New York’s Claremont Trio including their most recent release “Queen of Heart” Andrea also records new solo piano works by Matthew Hindson for release later this year.

Andrea’s 2022 season includes soloist engagements with the Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, regional and national touring for Musica Viva, UKARIA Cultural Centre, Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Opera House’s Piano Day 2022 streamed event. Andrea Lam was a Semi-finalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, Silver Medallist in the 2009 San Antonio Piano Competition, and winner of the ABC’s “Young Performer of the Year” Award in the Keyboard section, and the Yale Woolsey competition. She holds degrees from both the Yale, and the Manhattan Schools of Music. www.andrealam.com

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Yi Wang – Violin

Yi Wang - Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Yi was born in Sichuan, China and started learning violin at the age of five with his father, who is also a violinist. Yi studied at Beijing Central Conservatory before travelling to London to continue his post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music with Yfrah Neaman. During his time in London, he was a multi prize winner in international violin competitions and obtained the prestigious “Concert recital diploma “.

Yi came to Australia in 1997 to join the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He was Principal First Violin with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from 2001 – 2007; he also performed with the TSO as Acting Concertmaster. In 2008, he moved to Melbourne to join Orchestra Victoria as Principal Violin, currently he’s the acting deputy concertmaster.

Yi has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the City of Granada Symphony Orchestra, the Welsh National Opera and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As soloist he has given recitals in London, Beijing, Sydney, Melbourne, Weimar, Hobart, Suffolk (UK) and Hangzhou (China). He is a founding member of the Melbourne-based Waratah String Quartet. Yi’s violin is made by the Italian master Riccardo Antoniazzi.

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John Bolton-Wood – Baritone

John Bolton-Wood Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Born in Sydney, John Bolton Wood studied voice with Mr Max Speed and opera at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and London Opera Centre. He made his UK debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Bosun in Billy Budd.In Australia he has appeared as a principal artist with all the State Opera companies,  Opera Australia and Symphony orchestras in every State.

As Old Deuteronomy in the  original Australian production and Asian tour of Cats,  he sang 1498 performances. He has won five Green Room Awards – for Papageno, Colonel Frank, Major- General Stanley; Lord Mountararat ; Germont in La Traviatia .

Other notable engagements include Dr Bartolo in Il Barbiere Di Siviglia for Welsh National Opera and the title roles in Rigoletto and Gianni Schicchi for Opera New Zealand. Roles for Opera Australia include Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd,  Alcindoro -Benoit-, The Preacher in Batavia, Baron Zeta ; Bruschino padre, Germont  , Pooh-Bah , Sir Joseph Porter ;Somarone-Beatrice and Benedict; Counsel for the Plaintiff in Trial By Jury,Major General Stanley.,Bartolo-Barber, Melitone-Forza del Destino, Sacristan-Tosca-and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Opera Queensland. John  was a guest lecturer in voice at the International academy of voice in Cardiff  2007 and was awarded and A.M for services to Opera in 2009.

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David Drury – Organ

David Drury Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Born in 1961, David Drury is well known to Australian audiences as an organist, choral conductor and composer of choral music. A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he is the only Australian to win the ‘Tournemire prize’ for improvisation at the St Alban’s International Organ Competition (1987).

He has toured England, France, Germany, Canada, USA and New Zealand as a recitalist, and appeared as soloist with the Sydney, Adelaide and West Australian symphony orchestras, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

He plays regularly with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Australian Baroque Brass and early music group Camerata Antica. David is Director of Music Emeritus at St Paul’s College at the University of Sydney. His choral music is published by Crescendo Music Publications. David and his nephew Matthew Roberts form the ‘Salisbury Institute’, an EDM collaboration.

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Kate Amos – Soprano

Kate Amos Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Melbourne-born lyric coloratura soprano Kate Amos is fast becoming one of Australia’s most artistically versatile and highly sought-after young sopranos. She holds a BMus (Perf) with Honours, Dip. Lang (Italian) and Masters of Music (Opera Performance) from The University of Melbourne. Kate returned from Cardiff in 2017 after attending the Welsh International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of renowned international Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill.

In 2019, Kate made her principal artist main-stage debut with Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House to critical acclaim as Arkie Whiteley in the highly anticipated world-premiere opera: Whiteley, playing the daughter of iconic Australian artist Brett Whiteley conducted by Tahu Matheson. Following this, she debuted as “Barbarina” in David McVicar’s Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by Guillaume Tournaire also at the SOH.

Kate joined the Young Artist Program with Victorian Opera in 2014 performing leading and supporting roles, including the title role in Cendrillon by Massenet, covering soprano Emma Mathews as Orlando/Selena in world-premiere baroque pastiche opera Voyage to the Moon and study-covering Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Victorian Opera sung by Jessica Pratt.  She has established herself an artist who excels in a wide range of musical styles; showcasing vocal versatility performing repertoire spanning genres of opera, operetta, musical theatre and song.

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Jack Stephens – Bass & French Horn

Jack Stephens Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022Sydney-born bass Jack Stephens has worked in Australia and overseas as a soloist and ensemble singer. He is the Director of Music at St Paul’s College Sydney, and is the Artistic Director of Tarsus Chamber Collective. Jack is also an Associate Artist with the Song Company and a core artist of Canberra-based Luminescence Chamber Singers.

Jack was the Principal Lay Clerk at St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir, and sings regularly with St Mary’s Cathedral Choir and Cantillation. He is currently studying a Doctorate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, supervised by Dr Erin Helyard and Dr Rowena Cowley, looking at the staging of Bach’s Passions and cantatas.

Jack has performed regularly at the Canberra International Music Festival and the Four Winds Festival Bermagui, and in 2022 toured in Canberra and NSW in a recital programme with pianist Ronan Apcar. In 2017, he was featured on Channel 9’s True Story with Hamish and Andy involving tales of musical tragedy and triumph, where an event in his life was recreated by comedians such as Kitty Flanagan and Ed Kavalee and has been broadcast around the world.

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Robert Schubert – Clarinet

Robert Schubert Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Robert Schubert graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1982 having studied with Isobel Carter-Stockigt and Phillip Miechel (Principal Clarinet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra). From 1983 to 1985, he studied clarinet with James Campbell at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada and with James Morton (Principal Clarinet, National Arts Orchestra of Canada), and with Larry Combs (Principal Clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

In 1988 Hiroyuki Iwaki appointed him Principal Clarinet with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Japan, a position he held until his return to Australia in 1996. During this period, he also performed as guest clarinet with the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo and guest principal clarinet with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. Active as a chamber musician and soloist, he appeared frequently as soloist with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. He has recorded with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa on Deutche Gramophone, Victor and Sony labels.

In Melbourne Robert has performed with the Melbourne Symphony and Orchestra Victoria, and has appeared in both the Melbourne International Festival and in live broadcast for the ABC.

Mark Pollard, Julian Yu, Chan Hae Lee, Tetsuya Nishibe and Peter Tahourdin have all composed works for Robert, many of which have been recorded and broadcast by ABC Classic FM. Since 1996 he has held the position of Lecturer in Woodwind at the Victorian College of the Arts, now the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University.

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William Schmidt – Piano

William Schmidt Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

William Schmidt has worked extensively as a solo and chamber pianist, composer, accompanist and music director. He completed a Master of Music Performance at the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Arts with distinction in piano performance at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität in Vienna, Austria. William has given many solo piano recitals in Melbourne and interstate, including live-to-air performances on 3MBS radio and ABC Classic FM. This year he was a soloist for the 3MBS Kawai Live Sessions, and performed his most recent French-themed solo program at Tempo Rubato in Brunswick VIC.

As an accompanist and collaborative artist William has worked with the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music and Performance at Monash University, Victoria Chorale, Promac Productions, Box Hill Chorale, the Melbourne University Choral Society, Spark Youth Dance Company, and others.
As a composer William has had works commissioned and performed by musicians and ensembles such as Elyane Laussade, Glenn Riddle, Marianne Rothschild, and the Preston Symphony Orchestra.

His compositions were the focus of a 2-hour episode of the 3MBS program “Illuminations” in 2017.
William has received awards and scholarships from the Australian Music Foundation, the Australian National Piano Award, the University of Melbourne, and many competitions.

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Nikki Jian – Piano

Nikki Jian Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Nikki Jian is thirteen years old and started learning the piano at the age of four. She passed Amus.A at 9 years old and passed Lmus.A with distinction at 11 years old.

Nikki has been awarded 1st Place for the Ringwood Eisteddfod Open Final and 2nd prize in the final for the Scotch College Piano Competition. She has won many awards at Melbourne eisteddfods including 1st prize in the 18 years and under, at Monash Arts Festival and the Mrs Mary Corboy Memorial Encouragement Award.

Nikki is currently studying with Alison Kirkpatrick and attends Firbank Grammar School. She will continue her passion for music by studying to become a professional musician.

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Susan Pierotti – Violin

Susan Pierotti Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Susan Pierotti began learning the violin at the age of six with Stella Nemet, and continued her studies with her daughter Mary Nemet at the Victorian College of the Arts, and in London with Emanuel Hurwitz.

Susan has enjoyed career experience that spans symphony orchestras, opera, ballet, chamber music, teaching, theatre, film, recordings, live broadcasts, radio, television, reviewing and adjudicating. She was closely involved in commissioning, performing and recording contemporary music for over two decades. She was the 1st Violin Section Leader of Orchestra Victoria for 18 years. She has been the concertmaster of Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra since 2016.

Susan is also an Accredited Editor with the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) and an indexer. She is the National Editor of the Australian String Association magazine, Stringendo. She has written and published two books, Manuscript to Market and Losing My Parents.

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Rosanne Hunt – Cello

Roseanne Hunt Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Rosanne Hunt was born into a cello-loving family. She started cello with her mother, Marian Hunt, and later chose to study Medicine at the University of Melbourne. After two years she returned to music, learning from Christian Wojtowicz in Hobart, and at 21 she led the cellos of the Australian Youth Orchestra on their 1984 European Tour, staying on to study with Anner Bylsma in The Hague. After a detour into organic farming, she returned to Melbourne and established a rich freelance cello life. With the help of an Ian Potter Foundation grant, she has twice taken time out to hone her cello skills with renowned pedagogue Irene Sharp in San Francisco.

On modern cello she has worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony,
Orchestra Victoria, and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. As a contemporary music specialist, she was
the founding member of ELISION, and has also played with the Libra Ensemble, Chambermade Opera,
Aphids, and, currently, with Forest Collective. Among her extensive discography are recordings with
indigenous musicians Richard Frankland, Archie Roach and Gurrumul. On period cello, she has been principal cello of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Australian Classical and Romantic Orchestra, Accademia Arcadia and the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, of which she is a founding member.

In addition, she is the treasurer of the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, and administers and raises funds for
the Hunt Family Memorial Fund (in memory of her parents and her sister) which helps send
disadvantaged young musicians to the Australian Youth Orchestra’s annual National Music Camp.

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Jiacheng Ding – Tenor

Jiacheng Ding Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022Jiacheng Ding began learning the piano at the age of 3. He studied both voice and piano at the prestigious Nanjing Normal University in China where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and teaching. He was also the recipient of the Changjiang Cup – the First Prize of the national Normal Students Singing Competition.

In 2017 he moved to Australia to commence postgraduate study at the Elder
Conservatorium and in 2018 he graduated with High Distinction from The University of Adelaide with a Masters of Music (Performance).
For the 2021/22 seasons Jiacheng has been a member of the prestigious Opera Academy for the State Opera of South Australia as a Young Artist and has worked with Nicholas Braithwaite, Graham Abbott, Sharolyn Kimmorly, Anthony Hunt, Rosalind Martin, Sally-Anne Russell and Glenn Winslade.

Performances for the SOSA as a member of the chorus include Donizetti’s Don Pasquale,
Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. For Co-Opera – Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Concert repertoire as tenor soloist includes Gounod’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana for Victoria Chorale in Melbourne, appearances at The Queen Adelaide Club, Handel’s Messiah with The Adelaide Harmony Choir and Corinthian Singers of Adelaide, Britten’s Chichester Psalms and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Adelaide Chamber Singers, Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with CoOpera, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Adelaide Philharmonia Choir and recitals of Schumann’s Die Schöne Müllerin and Dichterliebe Flinders St Baptist Church “Tuesdays on Flinders” 2018/2019
and at Elder Hall.

In 2022, performances include The Golden Cockerel for Adelaide Festival, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for Co-Opera, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria for Victoria Chorale, Handel’s Messiah at Coriole Winery, Parpinol in Puccini’s La Boheme and Topp in Meale’s Voss both for the State Opera of South Australia.

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Lisette Bolton – Soprano

Lisette Bolton Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Wagga Wagga-born soprano Lisette Bolton is a student at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) soon to finish her Honours year in performance.

Lisette is an alumna of Opera Australia’s Regional Student Scholarship program, the Young Songmakers Development program, and Opera Scholars Australia (OSA) where she was recipient of the White Foundation Scholarship.

She has understudied the roles of Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites, Poulenc) with the MCM and Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart) with Australian International Productions.

In 2019, Lisette debuted as Olive in Barry Conyngham’s Fly which saw her nominated for a Green Room Award.

Instagram: @lisetteboltonsoprano

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Scott Marshall – Oboe

Scott Marshall Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022Originally from Sydney, Scott began his musical studies at the age of fourteen. After graduation from the Conservatorium High School, he continued at the Sydney Conservatorium to complete his Bachelor of Music, graduating with merit in 1992. In the same year Scott was awarded a Big Brother Scholarship coupled with an Australian Music Foundation in London Scholarship to further his studies in the United Kingdom.

Upon return from the UK Scott travelled to Los Angeles to study with one of Americas finest Oboists, Allan Vogel. It was during this time he had the opportunity to perform in the National Repertory Orchestra, in summer residence at the Breckenridge Music Festival. Scott has performed with the Adelaide, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras as well as touring with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Brandenburg Orchestra.

Scott was an examiner of woodwind for the Australian Music Examinations Board for 14 years before moving to Wodonga in 2019. He is currently a Learning Support and Instrumental Music Teacher at Trinity Anglican College, Albury.

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Dean Frenkel – Overtone Singer & Didgeridoo

Dean Frenkel Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Dean is one of the world’s finest harmonic overtone singers, and is also a didgeridoo player and recording artist with Move Records.

Dean adjusts his vocal projection to draw out the ambient resonance of any acoustic space. He loves to take harmonic resonance to new and old places – most recently sang 40,000 feet in an airplane (higher than Mt Everest) and the ancient vocal techniques he practices have an extraordinary impact on many species; Dean finds it a privilege to sing to animals. He has also stretched his harmonic vocals far and wide in combination with modern jazz, classical, ambient, Georgian, and creative music genres.

Dean has sung for multi-award winning documentaries including ‘Salt’, ‘Meta’ and ‘A Little Bit Mongolian’ was a member of Aajinta, Mantramancy and the Eternal Choir and in 2005 smashed the Guinness world record for longest continuous vocal note on ABC TV’s ‘Enough Rope with Andrew Denton’. He adapted his training regimen into his Wellness Breathing to train people with various breathing and vocal challenges, anxiety sufferers, singers and actors. As a speech coach, he trains a spectrum of clients including an aspiring prime ministerial candidate (2016). Dean has been performing Sarah Hopkins’ harmonic pieces since 1995.

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Felicity Baldock – Soprano

Felicity Baldock Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022South Australian born Felicity Baldock has a wide range of experience, not only on the operatic stage and concert platform, but also as a sought after teacher, examiner and adjudicator.

After graduating from the South Australian College of Advanced Education she studied in Italy, Germany and with Daniel Ferro in New York as the recipient of the South Australian Government Vocal Scholarship. On her return to Australia, Felicity performed with the State Opera of South Australia (Young Artist Programme), Australian Opera, Brisbane Festival, Victorian State Opera, Melbourne City Opera and Melbourne Opera Company. Her roles have included Violetta in La Traviata, Elvira in Italian Girl in Algiers, Rose in Lakme, Despina in Cosí Fan Tutti, Rapunzel in Into the Woods and many more. For 28 years Felicity also performed as the soprano soloist at the annual much-loved Melbourne “People’s Messiah”.

Felicity is an active member of the local community, co-founding and vocal coaching for a local women’s choir, assistant conductor for the Performing Arts Unit State Government Choir and the State School Spectacular. Felicity teaches voice privately at St Columba’s College where she is the school’s choral director. Felicity is delighted to be returning to perform in Albury after singing in the Fire-Aid Gala Concert in February 2020.

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Stephen Marino – Tenor

Stephen Marino Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Stephen Marino is a versatile musician with a breadth of experience traversing opera, oratorio and classical concert work, musical theatre and cabaret.

Recent opera performances include chorus work with Melbourne opera in Tristan and Isolde, The Flying Dutchman and Fidelio. Stephen was chorus master for National Touring Opera’s production of Pagliacci and debuted as Tenor Soloist in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with Preston Symphony.

Stephen is particularly active as a singer, accompanist and assistant chorus master on the Melbourne Choral circuit and has performed in many concerts primarily with Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Melbourne University Choral Society. He currently holds a choir scholarship at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Eastern Hill.

Stephen’s musical theatre experience includes principal roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables, Fame and Annie with the Cairns Choral Society. He holds a bachelor of Music in classical voice from Monash University and is currently in his final year of a Masters of Teaching at the University of Melbourne.

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Michael Burden – Countertenor

Michael Burden Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022Michael Burden is a Sydney-based countertenor rapidly establishing himself as an experienced and versatile artist. He is currently studying his Master of Music Studies (Opera Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with the guidance of Dr David Greco.

His operatic credits include Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Trentino Music Festival), Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sydney Conservatorium), Une Scythe in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (The Cooperative), Second Witch/Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (The Other Theatre Co), and Hyacinthus in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus (Flamingo Opera).

Chorus credits include Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Iphigénie en Tauride (The Cooperative), Dido and Aeneas and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Sydney Conservatorium).

Solo concert credits include performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (Paradisum and
Noël Noël!), Joad in Handel’s Athalia (Concordia Ensemble), Handel’s Dixit Dominus, numerous Bach
Cantatas and Alto/Soprano 2 solos in Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël and Pergolesi’s/Durante’s Magnificat.

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Chris Gelok – Double Bass

Chris Gelock Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022

Chris studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and then travelled to live in Amsterdam, studying double bass with Henk Guldemond and Carol Harte at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Maastricht, graduating with distinction – Uitvoerend Musicus and Docerend Musicus.

On returning to Australia, she also completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Education at Monash University. She has performed in The Netherlands, Germany, England and Australia as a double bassist in a wide range of styles and settings – symphonic orchestras, ballet, opera, chamber music, baroque, tango, touring orchestras, jazz & folk festivals and for recordings. Ensembles have included the Art of Sound Orchestra, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Opera Orchestra, Van Diemen’s Band, Limburg Symfonie Orkest, Camerata Antonio Lucia, Ricciotti Ensemble and Nederlands Ballet Orkest. Chris is also a founding member of the Melbourne Tango Orchestra.

Chris is an active double bass teacher – currently teaching at Melbourne High School, St Kevin’s College, St Margaret’s/Berwick Grammar and Xavier – and is a regular tutor with the Melbourne Youth Music Ensemble Program and State Music Camp. She is also President of the Nicholas Chamber Orchestra, her local community orchestra.

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Lux Alba – Chamber Choir

Lux Alba Chamber Choir - Albury Chamber Music Festival 2022Lux Alba Founded by its director Rebekah Beall, the choir debuted in December 2017. Typically, the repertoire performed by the choir is sacred a cappella music.

The name ‘Lux Alba’ when translated means ‘white light’ and was inspired by a quote from Arvo Part, ‘I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours.

Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener’. We were drawn together because of our love for music and feel blessed for every opportunity we can share this passion with you, our prism.

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