My Song is Love Unknown
The fourth tour of the 2012 Selby & Friends concert season is a joyous program of piano quartet masterpieces including a tribute to a hymn tune by English icon John Ireland by the multi-award winning Australian composer Paul Stanhope. With three superb guest artists joining Artistic Director/pianist Kathryn Selby for this stunning program of melody and charm - British violinist Elizabeth Layton, former member of the famed Nash Ensemble and leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Australian violist Glen Donnelly and virtuoso cellist Julian Smiles – this is set to be a memorable presentation.
Selby is committed to providing opportunities for young Australian artists alongside more veteran performers and with Donnelly still pursuing his studies in London, she sees this as a wonderful chance for the ensemble to once again provide a unique platform for chamber music performance akin to its true beginnings.
Violinist Layton has been resident in Adelaide after moving here from the UK with her husband and family in 2010. She says, “This program provides a rich tapestry of interwoven melodies that explore the very nature and flavour of Dvorak’s homeland, Mahler’s dynamic originality and Mozart’s ever-popular whim and wit. With the added well-known sacred melody as the basis for the Stanhope, it is sure to provide a great deal of pleasure on many levels.”
Selby is soon to announce her 2013 season filled with an array of special guest artists and many of her favourite chamber works. Stay tuned for more information.
Elizabeth Layton (violin)
Glen Donnelly (viola)
Julian Smiles (cello)
Kathryn Selby (piano)
Gustav Mahler Piano Quartet Movement
Paul Stanhope My Song is Love Unknown (2000)
WA Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat, K. 493 Antonín Dvořák Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 87
Bowral – Saturday 1st Sept @ 5pm – Performing Arts Centre, Chevalier College
Turramurra – Sunday 2nd Sept @ 2pm – Turramurra Uniting Church
Canberra – Monday 3rd Sept @ 7:30 pm – Fairfax Theatre, NGA
Sydney – Tuesday 4th Sept @ 7pm – City Recital Hall, Angel Place
Melbourne – Wednesday 5th Sept @ 7:30pm – BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square
Adelaide – Sunday 9th Sept @ 2:30pm, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide
Tickets range from $44 - $68
Special Introduction of Under 30s Price: $33.00 all concerts
Accompanied children 14 and under admitted free – please call our office to book
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Elizabeth Layton, violin
Elizabeth Layton was born in London and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She continued her studies as a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School, New York, at the Banff Centre, Canada, and with Sandor Vegh in Salzburg and Prussia Cove. Full scholarships to the Aspen Festival enabled her to work closely with the Juilliard and Cleveland String Quartets.
Returning to the UK, Elizabeth was a prizewinner in the NFMS and Young Concert Artists Trust Competitions, which led to her South Bank and Wigmore Hall debuts. She appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Bournemouth Symphony, English Sinfonia, Calgary Philharmonic, City of Barcelona Symphony, Lahti Symphony and many others. Festival appearances include Bath, Windsor, Harrogate, Cheltenham, Valencia, Gstaad and numerous music societies.
She has toured and recorded extensively with the Nash Ensemble, giving concerts in Europe, North America, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand and was also a member of Trio Zingara. In 1997 Elizabeth was appointed Associate Leader of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and in 1999, she became Leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Glen Donnelly, viola
Born on the Central Coast of Australia in 1987, Glen Donnelly is emerging as one of the most exciting performers and composers of his generation. He currently studies viola and composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Glen is also a young musical entrepreneur, and since 2007 has served as the Assistant Artistic Director of the Australian String Academy where he has designed programs and events in a volunteer artistic role, as well as helping to bring some of the world's foremost string personalities to Australia for the first time. In 2008 he co-founded with Charmian Gadd the Crossroads Festival, an annual chamber music festival on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. For more information visit www.asa.edu.au/crossroads.
Glen started the violin at age eight and the viola at age fourteen. At age eighteen Glen focused on the viola and won several subsequent awards and prizes including an Australian Music Foundation Award, Big Brother Foundation Music Award, and grants from the Harold Mitchell Foundation, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and the Australia Council for the Arts. Glen plays a 1775 Masciole viola of the Milanese school, kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.
Julian Smiles, cello
Julian is one of Australia’s leading cellists. With a career based in chamber music, but extending with great success into solo as well as orchestral playing, his schedule sees him performing and recording extensively both in Australia and overseas. A former principal cello with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and frequent guest principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Julian is currently cellist with Australia Ensemble @ the University of New South Wales and the Goldner String Quartet. Julian is very much a part of the worldwide musical “network”, having worked with musicians such as Stephen Kovacevich, Boris Bermann, Frans Helmerson, Slava Grigoryan, Pieter Wispelwey, Pascal Roge, Piers Lane, Irina Schnittke, Jane Peters and Paul Grabowsky, conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Charles Duthoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Zinmann, and Edo de Waart, and composers Arvo Paart, Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Nigel Westlake, Carl Vine, Brett Dean and Matthew Hindson. Julian plays on an 1827 Lorenzo Ventapane cello and lives in Sydney.
Artistic Director and Pianist, Kathryn Selby
Hailed by the Australian press as ‘formidable’ and most recently, ‘Australia’s pre-eminent chamber music pianist’, Miss Selby is the artistic director of both the popular nationally touring Selby & Friends concert series and the A Little Lunch Music series at Sydney’s City Recital Hall Angel Place, and is the recipient of the prestigious Churchill and Australia Council Fellowships. She studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the famed Curtis Institute of Music and Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, and earned her Master’s from New York’s Juilliard School.
Selby has won numerous national and international awards and has recorded extensively for ABC Classics and Naxos. Her ensembles - TRIOZ and Macquarie Trio - have been extremely successful, with TRIOZ as the first ensemble in-residence at City Recital Hall Angel Place and Macquarie Trio in-residence at Macquarie University for 16 years.
Selby has been touring nationally for over 20 years, presenting concerts and encouraging young musicians. Selby is Patron of the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra and coaches chamber music.