The Annual
Sunday 20 November 2005

 Glebe Music Festival

In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc


Sunday 20th November at 3-00pm
St Scholastica's, Chapel


Simon Powis  
JS Bach Fugue in A minor BWV 1000
Isaac Albeniz Asturias
Fernando Sor Variations on a Theme by Mozart


Trish O'Brien  
JS Bach 3rd Suite for solo cello C major

Bourrees I and II


Simon Powis  
Heitor Villa Lobos Choro No 1 and Etude No1
Jorge Morel Danza in E minor
Agustin Barrios El Ultimo Tremolo
Jose Luis Merlin Joropo
Roland Dyens Tango en Skai


Trish O'Brien  
Peter Sculthorpe Threnody
Gaspar Cassado Suite for solo cello
Sardana (Danza)
Intermezzo e Danza Finale

Tasmanian born Trish O'Brien has been impressing audiences with her talent and deep musical perception since the age of 5. She studied with Christian Wojtowicz and Sela Trau at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. Other mentors included Walter Despaj, Bernard Greenhouse and Robert Cohen. At the age of 14 she performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and at the age of 17 was invited to form the Tasmanian Chamber Players with TSO concertmaster William Hennessy.

Trish was national finalist and string category winner of the 1987 ABC Young Performer of the Year with her performance of Bloch's Schelomo, and in the same year won the 2MBS Fm Young Performer of the Year Award. After studying under a Friends of the SSO scholarship with Ronald Leonard, Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Trish was invited to the position of acting principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, at the age of 24.

Trish has been a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Seymour Group, Hazelwood Quartet, Adelaide Chamber Orchestra and Adelaide Contemporary Ensemble. She has performed as guest principal cellist for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra and held the position of Associate Principal from 1992-97. As guest artist she has performed with the Australia Ensemble, Australian String Quartet and Sydney Soloists.

As a concerto soloist Trish has performed with the Sydney Symphony and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, and has recorded commercially for the ABC and 2MBS FM. She was the featured cellist in the ABC TV promotional ads, and her portrait, painted by Anne Ingebout, won the 1997 People's Choice at the Archibald Competition.

In 1997 Trish was forced to stop playing due to a wrist injury sustained on a tour, which prevented her from playing for 6 years.
Since her return to the stage in 2003, Trish has performed as soloist and chamber musician for major arts councils, classical music festivals such as the Gold Coast Arts Festival, Bangalow Festival and Camden Haven Music Festival, for Musica Viva and the ABC. She has broadcast 6 recitals nationally for the ABC in 2 years, 2 of them live national broadcasts for Sunday Live. She performed 26 times nationally with pianist/composer Mark Isaacs as Tapas Cello and Piano Duo, and has recorded and performed extensively with pianists Scott Davie and Gerard Willems.

Trish was Visiting Artist at the New England Conservatorium of Music in 2003-4, and engaged for the position of Artistic Director of the Camden Haven Music Festival for 2005 -2007. Also in 2004 Trish presented a dinner-concert series entitled Musical Chairs, and produced and directed her own multi-artform production, La Cello Vita. In August 2005 Trish featured as solo cellist at the prestigious Bangalow festival with Gerard Willems, Paul Dean and the Australian String Quartet.

She is currently director and creator of The Piazzolla Project, featuring 8 key Australian musicians including Trish, Karin Schaupp, Leonard Grigoryan and Kees Boersma, and has been invited to record a cd of original compositions under the auspices of an Australia Council Fellowship with Melbourne pianist Joe Chindamo. Trish performed her own arrangement of Piazzolla's Grand Tango for cello, accordion and string orchestra with the Chamber Strings of Toowoomba in September along with a world premiere of a concerto by emerging composer Christopher Harley, and began a series of cd recordings in October.

Simon Powis is one of Australia's finest young guitarists. He has recently graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first class honours and has received numerous scholarships throughout his studies. Under the tuition of Raffaele Agostino, Simon has won numerous competitions in and around Sydney and in 2002 was awarded the Licentiate of Music with Distinction by the Australian Music Examination Board.
In 2003, Simon was awarded a scholarship by the University of Sydney to undertake a year-long exchange to the Royal Academy of Music in London. There, under the tuition of Michael Lewin and Timothy Walker, Simon was afforded the opportunities to partake in master classes and festivals throughout Europe. Master classes with David Russel, Pavel Steidel and Alvaro Pierri were accompanied by performances in Germany, Austria and the U.K. His performance at Australia House in London earning him positive reinforcements from the eminent classical guitar journal Classical Guitar Magazine. Other notable performances include the London International Guitar Festival, recitals on 2MBS FM, and recent performances in the Glebe Music festival.

Throughout his studies, Simon has always promoted Australian music and performed regularly with chamber ensembles. His most recent ensemble work has been with the Australian classical guitar group Freternity, partaking in the recording of their CD comprised entirely of contemporary Australian works.

The Council of the City of Sydney is gratefully acknowledged for a generous grant towards this year's festival. We also wish to thank the Sisters of the Good Samaritan at St Scholastica's for allowing us to use the Chapel, the Glebe Society and Mr EK McIntosh (box office)

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