A performance from one of Australia's most exciting and versatile youngpianists
Each work in this program is concerned with the idea of evoking an image, scene or character in music. The process through which each composer does this is extremely individual, although the piano's unique power of illusion and potential for colour is very much a driving force through each work. The program opens with Anne Boyd’s Kabarli Mediation, inspired by Sydney Nolan’s painting 'Daisy Bates at Ooldea.’ This is followed by Schumann’s ecstatic shrovetide revelry in Carnival, a festive masked ball before Lent, full of heroes, villains, intrigue and secret messages.
The second half reflects the moods and themes of the first, opening with a work never before performed in Australia, by Portuguese composer Berta Alves de Souza. Like Schumann, in this cycle of 26 miniatures (some only lasting a few seconds) de Souza reveals her penchant for secret messages, each piece is given an expressive mark beginning with according to the letter and order of the alphabet, with frequent hidden quotations to composers of the past. This is followed by Catalan composer Federico Mompou’s mystical Paisajes (Landscapes), and concludes with Stravinsky’s own depiction of shrovetide in the ultra-virtuosic transcription of selected scenes from his own ballet score, Petrushka.
"Joshua brings with him knowledge and technique... (you can see) why he's forming such a solid performing career."
Josh Hooke, piano
Originally from regional Victoria, Joshua is currently completing a PhD in Music Performance at the University of Melbourne. Previously, Joshua was invited to undertake periods of intensive private study in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda, and was among his last students. He also studies regularly in London with Imogen Cooper. He has won numerous prizes and awards, and has worked with a number of Australia's most eminent musicians across a broad array of genres, including Benjamin Northey, Brett Dean, Greta Bradman, Nat Bartsch, Jack Vanzet (aka Thrupence) and Mikey Young (Total Control). In addition to performances throughout Australia as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist, Joshua performs frequently in Europe and the UK. He is broadcast regularly on various radio stations and digital streaming platforms including the BBC, Antena 2, ABC Classic, ABC RN and 774, PBS, Triple J, Triple R, and nationally on the MBS radio network, as well as the Australian Digital Concert Hall.