2015 Concert Season Announced


A year-long festival celebrating the best of chamber music and musicians

August 2014:  Kathryn Selby, AM is delighted to launch the ninth season of her acclaimed Selby & Friends chamber music series featuring Australian and international musicians in ‘chamber music at its best’.

Thriving in a festival-like atmosphere, Selby & Friends concerts create a strong and intimate connection with their audience allowing the performers to share their brilliance, humour and personal experiences.

“Our ninth season boasts yet another extraordinary collaboration between Australian and international artists who come together to create memorable performances of beloved masterpieces, large and small,” said Ms Selby, pianist and Artistic Director of Selby & Friends.

“In 2015 we welcome back many favourite artists and I am also delighted to present several stunning new guest artists whose performances are highly anticipated.”

Newcomers to the Selby & Friends concert series include Australian virtuoso Hector McDonald, Principal French Horn of the Vienna Philharmonic; Dale Barltrop, the recently appointed concertmaster of both Melbourne and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras; Andrew Haveron, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Co- Concertmaster and Umberto Clerici, newly appointed Co-Principal Cello of the SSO.

Returning guest artists include New York-based Australian Clancy Newman (cello); Finnish artists, cellist Timo-Veikko Valve (ACO Principal) and NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen; popular Australian violinists Natalie Chee and Sophie Rowell; Australian cellist Julian Smiles (Goldner Quartet) and SSO Principal Viola from Germany, Tobias Breider.

The Selby & Friends’ ‘Development Artist’ program continues in 2015 with 18-year-old violinist Anna Da Silva Chen who will tour in September.

The season will present a variety of masterworks of the chamber music repertoire including duo sonatas, trios, quartets and quintets by Beethoven, Schubert, Fauré, Dvořák, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Martinů, Smetana, Ross Edwards and many more. Selby & Friends will also present an Australian première of American composer Joan Tower’s Big Sky in Tour 1.

The 2015 Selby & Friends season also continues its emphasis on Beethoven’s chamber music which is being recorded by ABC Classic FM for a special radio series devoted to Beethoven.

Selby & Friends is like an intimate chamber music festival,” said Selby. “The ever-changing ensemble sets this series apart and makes available an exciting variety of repertoire.”


Tour 1: 7-15 February

Natalie Chee, (violin), Clancy Newman (cello), Hector McDonald (French horn), Kathryn Selby (piano)

Tour 2:  12-19 April

Vesa-Matti Leppänen (violin), Umberto Clerici (cello), Kathryn Selby (piano)

Tour 3:  30 May – 7 June

Andrew Haveron (violin) Timo-Veikko Valve (cello), Kathryn Selby (piano)

Tour 4:  5-13 September

Sophie Rowell and Anna Da Silva Chen* (violins), Tobias Breider (viola), Julian Smiles (cello), Kathryn Selby (piano)

*S&F 2015 Development Artist     

*S&F 2015 Development Artist

Tour 5:  21-29 November

Dale Barltrop (violin), Timo-Veikko Valve (cello), Kathryn Selby (piano)

Subscription packages: $168 - $288 / Single tickets: $42 - $72

Children 14 and under: free admittance with ticket-holding adult

Bookings: www.selbyandfriends.com.au or phone 1300 511 099

2015 Venues:

Sydney: City Recital Hall Angel Place

Melbourne: Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square

Canberra: James O. Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia

Adelaide: Elder Hall, University of Adelaide

Southern Highlands: Performing Arts Centre, Chevalier College and Bowral Memorial Hall

Turramurra: Turramurra Uniting Church

2015 Selby & Friends Concert Programs


Described as a ‘formidable’ pianist and ‘driving entrepreneurial force’, Kathy is Artistic Director of Selby & Friends and the A Little Lunch Music series at City Recital Hall Angel Place. Recognized as an internationally renowned soloist, mentor and founder/member of both Macquarie Trio and TRIOZ, Kathy has won numerous awards including the prestigious Australia Council and Winston Churchill Fellowships. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and Juilliard schools, an alumna of Marlboro Music, Spoleto and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and is a featured artist on the ABC Classics and Naxos recording labels. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Order of Australia (AM) on Australia Day.

2015 Guest Artists


Born in Sydney, Natalie currently makes Stuttgart home as Concertmaster of the Radio Symphony Orchestra. She was concertmaster of Camerata Salzburg for 10 years and has collaborated with Murray Perahia, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Trevor Pinnock. She has been guest concertmaster with many of the world’s great orchestras and is the founder of the Hegel Quartet.


An internationally renowned New York-based soloist, Clancy has won both the prestigious Naumburg International Competition and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is an alumnus of Marlboro Music and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and makes his celebrated return to Selby & Friends in 2014 following is appearance in 2014 as an accomplished composer and performer.


Soloist and Principal Cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 2006, Timo-Veikko was born in Finland and is a guest artist at chamber music festivals and soloist with orchestras in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA.


Principal Violist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and international soloist, Tobias has held Principal Viola positions at the Rhine Opera in Düsseldorf, the Hamburg State Opera and the Konzerthaus Berlin (formerly Berlin Symphony). He has a busy schedule as a chamber musician and teacher and appears regularly at festivals in Europe and the United States.


Member of the Goldner String Quartet and the Australia Ensemble at UNSW, Julian is considered one of Australia’s finest cellists. Busy as chamber musician and soloist, he teaches around the country and has worked with many of the world’s acclaimed musicians. He has participated in numerous recording projects for the ABC Classics and Chandos labels.


Currently based in Europe, Sophie is former leader of the Australian String Quartet and Tank Stream Quartet which won both the 2005 Cremona String Quartet Competition and the 2002 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. She has won numerous awards and Scholarships.


Co-Principal Cello with the SSO, Umberto has appeared as a soloist in the Vienna Musikverein and Carnegie Hall and in 2003 made his Salzburg Festival debut. Before coming to Sydney he was Principal Cello with the Teatro Regio, Torino.


Concertmaster of both the Melbourne and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, Brisbane native Dale Barltop has been guest director of the ACO and has performed at numerous music festivals across North America. Dale serves on the faculty of the VSO School of Music and the Vancouver Academy of Music.


Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Vesa-Matti was born in Finland where he became
co‑concertmaster of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with major orchestras and
chamber ensembles around the world. He is a featured artist on the Naxos label and teaches at the NZ School of Music.


Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Andrew has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Hallé Orchestra, and City of Birmingham Symphony. As first violinist of the Brodsky Quartet (1999 - 2007), he recorded more than 15 highly awarded albums.


Principal Horn with both the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and period instrument group Concentus Musicus
Wien, Hector has performed with most of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists. A highly respected Australian artist, he is presently Professor for Horn at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Graz, Austria and performs regularly with leading orchestras in Europe, Britain, the USA, Japan, South-
East Asia and Australia.

Selby & Friends 2015 Development Artist


Anna is currently a scholarship student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Alice Waten and Robin Wilson. A finalist of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards in previous years, she was a semifinalist in the 2012 Menuhin Competition and has won the Kendall National Violin Competition, Fine Music 102.5 Young Performer Award and National Youth Concerto Competition.

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