|Thursday 28th October at 7-00pm|
Glebe Music Festival
In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc
Artistic Director Dr E. David G. McIntosh
Thursday 28th October 7pm at Gleebooks
With thanks to David Gaunt, Roger Mackell, Chris Cyrill and the staff of Gleebooks
SIMON POWIS – GUITAR
Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757) Sonata K 491 arr. David Russell
J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) Sonata BWV 1001 arr. Simon Powis
Adagio, Fugue, Siciliana, Presto
Benjamin Verdery (b. 1955) Satyagraha
Joaquín Turina (1882 - 1949) Sonata Op. 61
Allegro, Andante, Allegro Vivo
Phillip Houghton (b.1954) Ophelia
Fear...and the Angel
Suffering and Madness...am I but a dream of a shadow?
Chant...of the Flower Moon
Water...memories - halls of ghosts - wash away
Death...with moons in your hair
Antonio Lauro (1917 - 1986) Cuatro Valses Venezolanos
Tatiana, Andreina, Natalia, Yacambu
Mauro Giuliani (1781 - 1829) Rossiniana Op. 119
A passionate and expressive style coupled with a formidable technique has garnered attention for Simon Powis as a talented soloist, chamber musician, innovator and teacher. Growing up in Sydney, Simon began his studies at the age of five on the cornet. Inspired by his brother’s musical pursuits he took up the guitar at age eleven and began an enduring obsession that would result in performances throughout Europe, Australia and the Americas.
After completing his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Raffaele Agostino and Greg Pikler in 2004, Simon traveled extensively throughout Europe to study with some of the world’s most renowned virtuosos. In 2006 Simon was invited to undertake a Masters of Music at Yale University on a full scholarship and upon completing this degree he was accepted as the first guitarist in over two decades to undertake doctoral studies at Yale. During his time at Yale the professor of guitar, Ben Verdery, offered instruction, support and guidance that readied him for his professional career. At Yale Simon was employed as both a guitar instructor and a teaching fellow. With a growing interest in pedagogy he undertook research in sight reading for his doctoral thesis.
Simon has toured extensively as a soloist. A strong passion for chamber music has resulted in international collaborations ranging from traditional groups such as the Modigliani String Quartet and Ian Swenson (violin) to less common performances with double bass, electronics, and even the tuba. In recent years he has collaborated with many composers to premiere over thirty new works.