Time capsule

Some personal projects and highlights of 2019 so far, slotted in between touring, recording and performing in the usual places I play… no rest for the wicked!

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JANUARY: Phoenix Trio in Dublin, Berlin and Potsdam.

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FEBRUARY: Playing with oudist Marwan Alkarjousli. Photo courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

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MARCH: W. A. Mozart Serenata Notturna with Guy Braunstein, Theo Dann, Jochen Carls and the Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam. Photo courtesy of Mohamed Ibrahim.

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APRIL: hear now berlin rehearsing for our second concert, at Donau115 on April 3.

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MAY: J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations (for string trio) with Hildegard Niebuhr and Edward King in ORi.

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JUNE: ElbJazz (Hamburg) with Teresa Bergman and band. Photo: Carsten Christians.

 

And coming up…

2019 Phoenix Australia dates

Phoenix Trio

I feel very blessed at the moment to have the chance to play chamber music with people I love, admire and respect! The next project is the debut of a new trio with Lina Andonovka (flute) and Harold Gretton (guitar), named after the legendary Phoenix Pub in Canberra, the city where we all met and played together as students at the ANU School of Music in 2008.

Lina and Harold are travelling from Ireland and Australia for two intimate, powerful chamber music concerts in Berlin, featuring music by JS Bach, Francesco Molino, Leo Brouwer, Elena Kats-Chernin and Dusan Bogdanovic.

1. June, 20 Uhr (doors 19.30). ORi – Friedelstr. 8, 12047 Berlin
Entry by donation.

2. June – salon concert in Berlin-Neukölln; Erster Internationaler Neuköllner Kultur- und Debattier-Salon. Doors open 19.30. Entry by (home-cooked/not packaged) food donation. RSVP: Martina Rummel, mrummel@t-online.de

 

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Andonovska/Hawkins/Gretton (Phoenix Trio) come together for this concert of new and old, reimagining some chamber music masterpieces alongside recently penned compositions for the combination. Collectively, the performers have performed with some of the most acclaimed ensembles on the globe including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Deutsches Kammerorchester and individually have growing reputations as international soloists and chamber musicians. The trio formed in 2008 when they were all students at the Australian National University. After parting ways for a decade, the trio have come together to perform a series of concerts around Europe and Australia during the 2018/2019 season.

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In May, I will be playing with Elena Rindler, Edward King and Bertan Balli in a house concert and then at the Spiegelsaal in Clärchens Ballhaus, Berlin Mitte. I first visited the Spiegelsaal for a concert while travelling through Berlin in early 2013 and dreamed of playing there ever since – it is an ideal setting for chamber music, and I can’t wait to collaborate with these musicians again!

19 May, 16.30 (details and RSVP: http://www.hauskonzert-berlin.de)
20 May, 19.00 
(tickets online or at the door, http://www.sonntagskonzerte.de)

A. Schnittke – Klavierquartett in a-moll
W.A. Mozart – Klavierquartett in Es-dur, K. 493
J. Brahms – Klavierquartett in A-dur, Op. 26

coloured bubbles/fathomless night

I’m really excited to have been invited to perform a solo and chamber music recital in April, as part of BKA Theater’s fantastic weekly series, unerhörte musik. I’m extra happy that two of my great friends and favourite collaborators, Elena Rindler (violin) and Edward King (cello), will join me for two pieces.

I’ve chosen an eclectic range of music that bursts with colour and intensity, as well as that which immerses the listener in a deep, dark sound world. I was inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s Fireflies, and the epigram therein:

“Days are coloured bubbles that float upon the surface of fathomless night.”

 

coloured bubbles/fathomless night at BKA Theater
17 April, 8pm

Information and tickets: http://unerhoerte-musik.de/Dienstag_15_2018.html

Program:

Marcos Balter Vision Mantra for string trio
Brett Dean Intimate Decisions
Nicoleta Chatzopoulou Continuum II
Samir Odeh-Tamimi SOLO
Lisa Ilean Lightsense for string trio and electronics
Peter de Jager Stars from Metaphors

I will post more information about the music and recital here soon. For now, here is Peter de Jager’s enchanting Stars, performed in 2015 by Beth Condon, Greg Daniel and Will Clark, as part of my ANAM Fellowship recital.

2017 BIFEM

My last project for this trip to Australia is some performances as part of Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music. I’m humbled to return to this awesome gathering and hear some of the most respected and innovative performers of contemporary music from Australia and the world.

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I’ve hit the ground running in the land down under and have just spent a week rehearsing with some extremely inspiring musicians for quartet performances as part of Bangalow Festival, happening in Northern New South Wales next weekend.

Following that, I’ll travel with the quartet to Canberra, where we’re co-presenting a concert with be:longing magazine on 22 August. I’m thrilled about this collaboration, which includes several musical heroes and mentors of mine, dear friends, and powerful art. If you’re in Canberra, DON’T MISS IT!!

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Art from the 20th and 21st centuries often has a personal biographical element, immersed in contemporary events, environment, circumstance and questions of identity.

On August 22, this element is common in a unique exchange between authors from be:longing magazine and some of Australia’s most dynamic young classical musicians that tells several stories of varied perspectives, interwoven with the thread of humanity that connects us all.

be:longing, launched in Canberra in 2016, publishes contemporary works exploring personal experiences of migration, cross-culture, nostalgia and belonging, and encourages an inclusive, open discourse on the intricacies of a multifaceted cultural existence.

Soviet Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his 3rd string quartet in 1946, suffering immense compositional and personal pressure to submit to the pressures of a nationalistic political ideology enforced to regulate and resist the influence of ‘external’ musical cultures on Stalin-era ‘Soviet’ music played in the public sphere.

This gathering invites the audience to contemplate the kinds of situations that drive artists to communicate and create in the context of a range of pressures and through media that are born of cultural complexity and collaboration.

Featuring celebrated special guests, cellist David Pereira and violist Tor Fromyhr.

Musicians: Kristian Winther (violin), Ioana Tache (violin), Alexina Hawkins (viola), Thomas Marlin (cello).

Writers: Dunja Cvjetićanin, Vesna Cvjetićanin, Abeir Soukieh, Dejan Stevanović, Anita Patel, Akka Ballenger Constantin.

Presented by be:longing and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. Generously supported by Biginelli Espresso.

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eine neue nachtmusik

On 15 July, I’m curating a concert at museum FLUXUS+ in Potsdam, coinciding with the Stadt für eine Nacht festival, which will feature contemporary music (or at least, music written within the past …75 years!). Joining me are Callum G’Froerer (flügelhorn), Jon Heilbron (melodica+) and Jessy Meiser (voice). It’ll be a joy to play a favourite piece of mine, and witness these awesome musicians presenting music they are passionate about too, surrounded by some stimulating art.

Music is by Liza Lim, Cathy Berberian, Brett Dean, John Cage and Jon Heilbron.

Places are limited, so it’s recommended to register for the concert by: calling +49 331 / 60 10 89 – 0, emailing info@fluxus-plus.de or following this link: trybooking.com/qwug

Entry is free but donations are appreciated!

Begrenzte Teilnehmerzahl, Anmeldung im museum FLUXUS+ notwendig! Kein Eintritt, Spende erwünscht. Anmeldung unter Tel: +49 331 / 60 10 89 – 0, info@fluxus-plus.de oder bei trybooking.com/qwug

 

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ORi, Ola, Fluxus

It’s been a hectic start to the year, with some nice concerts in the Musikverein, Elbphilharmonie, Concertgebouw and Serbia (not to mention Berlin and Potsdam!) with the regular bands I’m bouncing around in.

I’m really excited about a couple of upcoming events!

On 15 July I’m curating a 1-hour concert of contemporary music as part of the museum open night at Museum Fluxus+ in Potsdam.

From 4-16 June I’ll be on the road with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Emmanuel Pahud and Trevor Pinnock, performing in Brazil, Chile and Argentina!

Before all that, on June 2 I am co-presenting a concert with an old and crazy pal from my time at Banglewood, Sarah Goldfeather, at a lovely gallery in Kreuzberg, ORi (I first played here just after I arrived in Berlin, with Ooi). We’ll play solos and duos by Sarah, Andrew Norman, Brett Dean, JS Bach and Bohuslav Martinu.

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Recognised individually for their musical dynamism and passion, the worlds of violinist Sarah Goldfeather (USA) and violist Alexina Hawkins (Australia/Berlin) collided in 2014 at the Bang On Can Summer Festival (USA), and the two have remained friends and collaborators since. On 2 June they join forces in the intimate and colourful setting of ORi Berlin to present music that whispers, sings and cries out, evoking ancient madrigals, cathedrals, conversations and inner worlds.
Entry by donation (suggested 10-15 EUR)

Moon travel & Mozart

Currently I have the joy of being involved in Frau Luna, an operetta by Paul Lincke first performed in 1899 and revamped for a glitzy and great production at Tipi am Kanstleramt this winter. From where I’m playing, in a small ensemble to the side of the stage, I love being able to see the audience because there is so much laughter. The cast are a real inspiration – so spontaneous, funny and twinkle-eyed. The show runs until the end of January and I would highly recommend it – I have to remember to keep playing and not be too distracted by what happens on stage!

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I have just returned from a weekend away playing chamber music in some charming German towns, Goslar and Wolfenbüttel. It was so much fun to collaborate with great players who are amusing (but at the same time, deep!) people, and again, to perform for really appreciative audiences. In Goslar (as part of Musikfest Goslar) we played in a gallery, and in Wolfenbüttel in a very large room in a very old house – both settings have, as far as I am concerned, the perfect qualities for enjoyable music-making for this type of music (hopefully for audience AND performers) – the audience is close (seated on picturesque, mismatching chairs!), and the atmosphere is welcoming and visually interesting. Although the music is great anywhere, I can’t help but think that these kinds of settings are much closer to those in which the pieces were originally played (and for which they were conceived) – and that the closeness to the audience, relative informality and, so to speak, raw quality of performance is often lost in modern concert halls.

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Klavierquintett
Marie Radauer-Plank, Marjolaine Locher Violine
Alexina Hawkins Viola
Damien Ventula Violoncello
Henrike Brüggen Klavier

Programm:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 
Streichquartett A-Dur KV 169
Klavierquartett g-Moll KV 478
Robert Schumann: Klavierquintett Es-Dur op. 44

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Amongst several upcoming events, I’m currently anticipating the next Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin concert on 17 November in the Philharmonie, which features a gorgeous program including Ligeti’s Ramifications and Britten’s Les Illuminations. I’m also cooking up a couple of new music projects for the new year which I will reveal here soon!

The season ahead

I’ve had ups and downs since moving to Berlin (which just goes with moving to another country, really), but reflecting on my life since arriving at the end of 2014, I am so happy that I have had so many positive experiences here of what being a musician can be.

At the end of last season, I was made a member of Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin as assistant principal viola. Already with this group I’ve played some great repertoire, supported fantastic soloists, travelled to Korea (and Ennepetal!) and felt welcomed and inspired. As well as some great concerts coming up with DKO, as the season begins I’ll also be performing and recording with Kammerakademie Potsdam, as well as spending much of winter in a cabaret tent for Frau Luna, an operetta by Berliner Paul Lincke from the end of the 19th century.

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