Konstantin Shamray with ANAM Orchestra & Sophie Rowell

 

As a 15-year-old student nearing the end of his first year at the Vienna Conservatory, Gustav Mahler composed one movement of a piano quartet, a work that always gives the impression that something bigger is struggling to emerge. Following Mahler’s own tradition of enlarging certain chamber pieces, this program includes an orchestration of the quartet, made by the outstanding violinist Harry Ward: an ANAM alumnus and a Musica Viva FutureMaker.

Alfred Schnittke was keenly aware of his Soviet/German musical heritage, even as he stomped on it in heavy boots. Yet his piano concerto is a touching affirmation of his artistic roots, and his affection for Tchaikovsky makes the two Russians good bedfellows, the elder’s Serenade here prefaced by Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem’s Lamento, a work of searing beauty.

ANAM’s ensemble of wonderful young string players is directed with equal verve by the terrific Sophie Rowell, one of Australia’s most admired instrumentalists. They are joined onstage by Adelaide’s brilliant, Russian-trained Konstantin Shamray. 

KONSTANTIN SHAMRAY PIANO
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC ORCHESTRA
SOPHIE ROWELL DIRECTOR AND VIOLIN
HARRY WARD VIOLIN

 

 

Artists

KONSTANTIN SHAMRAY PIANO
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC ORCHESTRA
SOPHIE ROWELL DIRECTOR AND VIOLIN
HARRY WARD VIOLIN

MAHLER Piano Quartet (1876) arr. Harry Ward**
SCHNITTKE Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra (1979)
KEREM Lamento (2008)*
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 (1880)

*Australian premiere performances.
** Arrangement commissioned by Musica Viva Australia.

Sophie Rowell appears courtesy of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Presented in association with the Australian National Academy of Music​.

With Special Thanks

To our Ensemble Patrons the Perth Giving Circle - Michael Chaney AO, Bridget Faye AM, Janet Holmes à Court AC, Ros Kesteven, Mandy Loton OAM, Alan Robson AO, Margaret Seares AO, and Vivienne Stewart - for their support of this tour.

And thanks to our Concert Champions:

  • Elizabeth Ho OAM and Michael Jacobs, Anonymous, and Helen Bennetts and Tim Lloyd (Adelaide)
  • Barry and Diana Moore and Friends of Brisbane Chamber Music (Brisbane)
  • The Humphries Family Trust (Canberra)
  • Mary and Arnold Bram (Melbourne)
  • The Prichard Panizza Family (Perth)
  • Pam Cudlipp and Anthony Strachan (Sydney)
  • Musica Viva Victorian Committee (Melbourne)
     

This concert is dedicated in memory of Rodney Crewther.

"A pianist of great intelligence matched by tremendous power."
— Adelaide Advertiser

Performance Details

Location

Multiple Venues

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