Kettering Concert 2019-10-20
Jonathan Békés (Cello), Meriel Owen (Piano), Andrew Seymour (Clarinet)
Cello, Clarinet and Piano
Trio for piano, clarinet and cello in A minor, Op. 114 – Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Ladies in White – Paquito Francisco D'Rivera (1948 -)
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano – Giovanni "Nino" Rota (1911 - 1979)
Mozart-Adagio – Arvo Pärt (1935-)
Sunday 20 October 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.
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.
Meriel Owen enjoys a versatile musical life and is in demand as a pianist and harpist. A student of the renowned composer and pianist, Larry Sitsky, Meriel graduated from the Canberra School of Music in 1990. She resided in the United States from 1995-2006 and during this time was occupied with a variety of activities including attendance at the Aspen Music Festival and School as a student in the collaborative program in 1998, completing a Master of Arts in Theology in 1999, and playing countless weddings and liturgical events. Meriel graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002 with a Master of Music in collaborative piano studying with Rita Sloan. Subsequent recital opportunities have taken her to Washington D.C., Houston, Chicago, Italy and Australia.
As the recipient of the Stuart and Norma Leslie Churchill Fellowship in 2013, Meriel traveled to Austria and Germany to undertake further study of harp technique and repertoire in ensemble. Now based in Hobart, she performs regularly with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician she has performed for Virtuosi Tasmania, the Canberra International Music Festival, and Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Australian Series and Recital Series. In her spare time she stumbles through domestic chores with her two children and high-maintenance cats, and nurtures a covert passion for dressage.
Principal Clarinet with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) since 2012,
Andrew Seymour studied with Robert Schubert at the Victorian College of the
Arts (VCA) where he completed a Bachelor of Music Performance in 2001. He is a
former member of the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) and first performed with
the TSO as part of the TSO-AYO Orchestral Development Program in 2005. He was
active as a freelance musician in Melbourne, having performed with the Royal
Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Classical Players and Lyric Opera
of Melbourne, as well as The Phantom of the Opera and Dr Zhivago. Between 2009
and 2011 he toured nationally as a member of the orchestra for OzOpera, Opera
Australia’s touring company. Andrew was singled out by The West Australian
review of OzOpera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata, saying “his every note
was meaningful.” In 2010 he performed Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock with
Sara Macliver and Amir Farid at the Melbourne Recital Centre. In 2014 Andrew
was featured in recital on ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live program, his
performance praised by Limelight Magazine as being “soaring and colourful” and
by the Hobart Mercury as “an astonishing display of instrumental virtuosity.”
Recently, Andrew has performed as guest principal Clarinet with the Australian
Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, West Australian and
Canberra Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed as guest principal Eflat
Clarinet with the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. In 2016 Andrew
made his solo debut with the TSO performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto under
the baton of Chief Conductor Marko Letonja. His performance was described by
The Hobart Mercury as “sensitive and beautifully shaded” and “gloriously
Since 2017 Andrew has been a profile staff member at the University of
Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music, where he is Lecturer in Clarinet and
Coordinator of Woodwind.