Kettering Concert 2020-05-17
Violin, Viola, Cello
Jennifer Owen (violin), Stefanie Farrands (viola), Jonathan Békés (cello)
Sunday 17 May 2020, 3pm
Kettering Community Hall
Cash only 15
Stay for the post-concert afternoon tea, meet and chat with the musicians.
Currently Principal First Violin of the Tasmanian Symphony
Orchestra, Jennifer Owen has worked professionally as Principal Second Violin of
the Houston Symphony (from 1999-2015), previously as Principal First Violin
and Acting Associate Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
(1996-99) and as Associate Concertmaster of the Richardson Symphony, Texas
She has performed as Acting Principal First Violin with the Melbourne Symphony
and as a member of the second violin section for the last two seasons of the
Australian World Orchestra. During her time in the United States she played in
many summer music festivals including Santa Fe Opera, Grand Tetons Music
Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Bravo! Colorado, Strings in the Mountains, and
Park City Music Festival.
Jennifer has appeared as soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony, the Houston
Symphony and the Riverside Symphony in New York City. As a chamber musician
Jennifer has most recently performed with Virtuosi Tasmania and for the 2016
Dark MOFO Festival. In the US she was a regular guest on Faculty chamber
concerts at both Rice University and the University of Houston, and appeared
on concerts for the Society of Modern Music, and the St Cecilia Chamber Music
Violist Stefanie Farrands has been Principal Violist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since
2015. She has studied in Berlin with renowned Violist Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule für
Musik, Hanns Eisler Berlin and was the recipient of the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship studying at
ANAM in Melbourne with Alice Waten and Roger Benedict.
Stefanie has performed extensively throughout Europe, America, Asia and Australia both as a
chamber musician and orchestral player, including playing regularly with some of the world's most
renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and
Camerata Salzburg. She has also been Guest Principal with the Strasbourg Philharmonic in France
and Amsterdam Sinfonietta in the Netherlands.
Stefanie plays regularly with Chamber Groups based in Europe such as the Noga Quartet and
chamber orchestras such as Spira Mirabilus (Italy) and Le Concert Olympique (Belgium). In 2018 she
also performed in the inaugural chamber music concert series `Concerts Sans Frontières' in Paris,
performing alongside some of Australia's finest chamber musicians and has also performed at the
Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, USA as well as other festivals around the world.
In Australia she has been guest principal Viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, guest
Principal Viola of the Australian World Orchestra, and is a regular guest with the Melbourne
Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
She has appeared as Soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony
Orchestra (giving the Australian Premiere of Olga Neuwirth's Viola Concerto in 2011), ACO
Collective, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, AYO Young Symphonists (Performing the World Premiere
of Natalie Williams' Viola Concerto) and the Orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music.
Stefs' biggest passion is chamber music and is the founding member of the Hamer Quartet which
was successful in winning the Asia Pacific Chamber Music competition, taking the overall First Prize
Tony Berg Award, 1st prize for String Quartet and the Audience Prize in 2009. They gave their debut
to critical acclaim in 2007 and since then have toured both nationally and internationally and
recorded their Debut album for Melba records. Stefanie has performed at many chamber music
festivals in Australia including Sanguine Estate Chamber Music Festival, Australian Festival of
Chamber Music in Townsville, Norwich and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Daylesford Chamber
Music Festival, Violatag/Hindemith Festival in Berlin and was Artist in Residence at Monash
University as a member of the Hamer Quartet. She was also a scholarship holder at the Villa Musica
Chamber Music Academy in Germany.
Commissioning new works for the Viola is of keen interest to Stefanie. In 2016 she was the winner
of the Freedman Classic Fellowship from which she has commissioned numerous new works for the
viola. She has premiered Douglas Weiland's third string quartet with the Hamer Quartet as well as
given premiers to numerous solo, chamber and orchestral works as well as workshops and
masterclasses on writing for the viola.
She has recorded both solo and chamber works for the ABC and is regularly featured of ABC Classic
FM and 3MBS-FM, and is currently a member of the Viola Faculty at the Conservatorium of music in
Stefanie plays a 2016 Viola made by Berlin based luthier Ragnar Hahn.
Jonathan Békés started playing the cello at 10 years old and has studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music. He has learnt with cellists such as Howard Penny, Julian Smiles and Susan Blake and won numerous awards for his performance including the ANAM Director’s Prize, and First Prize in the ANAM Chamber Competition. He is recipient of the 2016 Accenture Australia Scholarship, the Sydney Conservatorium’s Corinna d’Hage String Scholarship, and has attained his AMus and LMus, both with distinction.
Békés is in great demand as a performer, chamber musician and teacher across Australia and has taken his cello across the world, having performed and taught across four different continents. He is member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, a founding member of the award winning Clarendon Trio and plays regularly with the Australian World Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Békés has performed chamber music alongside such artists as Anthony Marwood, Stephan Dohr, Ole Bøhn, and Timothy Young and has performed in masterclasses for Steven Isserlis, Pieter Wispelwey, Nicholas Aldstaedt and Alban Gerhadt.
Békés has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras around Australia including the Hobart Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. In 2011 he played for a full house at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as part of the HSC ENCORE program.
In his spare time, Békés is a passionate Sydney Swans supporter and a committed Hobart Hurricanes enthusiast. He is a keen squash player, an avid golfer and loves to get outside to go hiking and mountain biking. For more information go to www.jonathanbekes.com.