Kettering Concert 2019-08-18
Kingfisher Piano Trio
Duncan Gifford (piano), Sue Collins (violin), Sue-Ellen Paulsen (cello)
Arensky & Mozart
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32 – Anton Stepanovich Arensky (1861-1906)
Piano Trio in B flat D 898 – Piano Trio no. 1 – Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)
Sunday 18 August 2019, 3pm
Kettering Community Hall
Tickets available at the door $15 (cash only)
Stay for the post-concert afternoon tea, meet and chat with the musicians.
Kingfisher Piano Trio
In 2004, cellist Sue-Ellen Paulsen and violinist Susan Collins, after
having enjoyed working together with the TSO, began working together as a
duo. In 2005 the collaboration was established with a performance in Hobart
that was broadcast live as part of the ABC’s Sunday Live series. They
performed works by Martinu, Kodaly and Ryden. This performance was
rebroadcast nationally with ABC FM, as part of the “Best of Sunday Live”
Following this success, the duo approached the brilliant Australian pianist
Duncan Gifford, resident in Madrid, to form the Kingfisher Piano Trio. In
2006, Kingfisher performed recitals in Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle,
and recorded a program for ABC FM. That year, the trio’s repertoire
included works by Mozart, Schumann and Shostakovich, as well as Australian
composers Dunleavy, Schultz and Kats-Chernin. Since 2006, Kingfisher has performed regularly throughout Australia. In 2011, the trio released an ABC Classics recording of all three Schumann Piano Trios to critical acclaim.
...."What a profound delight this music is—and how terrific to hear it performed so wonderfully by these Australian musicians. The creativity, warmth, humanity and intelligence of the composer have been very well served in this recording. To play this music so successfully requires not just individually good players, but also a superlative ensemble, which is quite another thing. This is not just about technical proficiency, musicianship, and team-work—it also requires real intelligence, deep understanding, and a capability for collegial negotiation in the solving of real challenges and problems. The recording of all three of these trios together is a large undertaking, and the release of this work on ABC Classics brings Schumann’s work into the 21st century with renewed vigour and relevance."
Reviewed by Alistair Noble, April 1, 2015.
began piano studies at the age of seven with Alison Salkeld
and for several years was a student of Margaret Hair at the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music. In 1991 he commenced study at the Moscow State
Conservatory with Professor Lev Vlassenko, graduating with a Master's Degree
in Piano Performance. He later completed his postgraduate studies with
Professor Joaquin Soriano in Madrid, where he currently resides.
Duncan has firmly established himself as a major
artist of his generation with international successes which include 1st Prizes
in the Maria Callas Grand Prix de Piano in Athens, Greece (2000), the
Concours Prix Mozart in Lausanne, Switzerland (1999), and
the Beethoven and Chopin Prizes, in the prestigious Jose Iturbi
International Piano Competition in Spain (1998) and many others.
He has performed in recital throughout Europe, Asia, Russia,
and Australia. As soloist, he has appeared with all the major Australian
symphony orchestras and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, as well as
major orchestras throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, U.S.A.
and China. Duncan combines his performing activity with teaching. He is
professor of piano at the Conservatory of Palma de Mallorca since 2006 and
gives Master Classes in Spain, Ireland and Greece. He has recorded numerous
CDs since 1993, which include piano works by Tchiakovsky, Rachmaninoff, and
Debussy as well as the renowned Spanish composer Eduardo Perez Maseda, to
great critical acclaim. In 2004, he recorded works by
Saint-Saens, Franck and D'Indy, with the TSO and Sebastian Langlessing conducting.
has appeared numerous times in the ABC's Sunday Live series. She has
recorded many times for radio, and has performed as soloist and recitalist
throughout Australia, the USA and Europe.
She has recorded Raymond Hanson Violin Music (Tall Poppies) with David
Miller, having completed reconstructive editions of the Hanson works,
published by Reed Music.
"...Susan plays these extraordinary scores with a remarkable
sureness of touch, following even the most unexpected shifts in phrasing
and expressive direction with micro-fine precision. Her warm, rich sound
works wonders in bringing this music alive, enhanced by a generous,
medium-paced vibrato and sensitivity to dynamic shading"... Julian Haylock, The Strad, May 2009f1.
Susan was appointed Deputy Concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet
Orchestra at age 24. Since that time she has accepted engagements as Guest
Concertmaster with many orchestras around Australia. In 2003 Susan was
awarded the Australian Centenary Medal. Susan is currently Head of Strings and
Orchestral Music at the University of Tasmania.
Sue-Ellen Paulsen studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where
she had lessons with Richard Dedecius. As an undergraduate, she appeared as
soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Conservatorium
Orchestra and Queensland Youth Orchestra. In 1980, she won the ABC Concerto
Competition (now the Young Performer Award) and was awarded a scholarship
enabling her to pursue postgraduate study in Vienna with André Navarra. She
assumed her current position as principal cellist, with the Tasmanian
Symphony Orchestra in 1986. Since then she has been guest principal with
the Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestra. An
experienced soloist, she has performed concertos by Shostakovich, Walton,
Mills ad Ligeti among many others and is featured as soloist on several of
the TSO's Australian Composer Series CDs. A strong advocate for
contemporary music, she has commissioned and premièred many new Australian
works including one written especially for her by Andrew Ford. She has
recently recorded the Schumann piano trios with the Kingfisher Piano Trio (ABC
Classics). She is lecturer in cello at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of
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