Kettering Concert 2020-11-15
Jennifer Marten-Smith (piano), Luke Frost (piano)
Sunday 15 November 2020, 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.
Jennifer grew up in Tasmania and at age 12 was invited to study with
Professor Gediga-Glombitza at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. At age 16 she
made her public debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as soloist in
Schumann's A minor Piano Concerto, having previously recorded the
Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Concerto with the TSO. Two years later she performed
Rubinstein Piano Concerto No 4 with the TSO and, that same year, was the
youngest graduate of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where she was
awarded a high distinction as a double major in piano performance and
accompaniment. Other concertos in her repertoire include works by
Brahms, Dohnányi, Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky, and she has appeared
as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Niedersächsisches
In 1989 she began work as a repetiteur with the State Opera of South
and subsequently joined the Victorian State Opera Young Artist Programme.
Between 1997 and 2001 she was repetiteur at the Staatsoper Hannover and was a
full-time member of the music staff with Opera Australia from 2001 to 2012.
She has more than 90 operas in her repertoire. Jennifer, a member of the
Kettering Piano Quartet, is now living in Hobart, and is in demand as a
soloist, accompanist and vocal coach.
Luke Frost is currently studying piano privately with Jennifer
Marten-Smith, having completed grade twelve at Hobart College in 2016. He has a
strong passion for all kinds of music, but also enjoys the sciences, philosophy, art,
writing, and playing tennis. If Luke chooses to pursue piano, he will be looking to
audition for a place at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2018. However,
although piano is what he enjoys more than anything else, he is also considering
medicine as a possible career choice if he decides that the piano is better held solely.