"In the high-octane performance that unfolds, Rojas and Ensemble Apex Strings stir the passions and seduce our souls." - ★★★★★ Shamistha de Soysa, Limelight Magazine

Daniel Rojas piano

Ensemble Apex String Quartet

Anna Da Silva Chen Violin I
Emily Beauchamp Violin II
Cophie Nickel Viola
Noah Oshiro Cello

"There is tremendous chemistry between Rojas and the Ensemble Apex Strings, cohesive and dynamic. Rojas is a charismatic performer whose music gives us a window into several worlds. His music speaks of myriad colours and tales from across Latin America; music of the old world is fused with the new; classical traditions are woven into indigenous Latin American aesthetics, paying homage to the great masters. Rojas spins his dazzling improvisations with ease, combining his music with entertaining insights and historical narratives. These earworms will take a while to dispel." - Shamistha de Soysa, Limelight Magazine

Program - Bliss of Heaven: Music of The New World

Irresistible rhythms and a melting pot of melodies, Chilean-born pianist and composer Daniel Rojas reimagines some of Latin America’s best-loved tunes and tangos from his new album for Da Vinci Classics, 'BLISS OF HEAVEN: Music of the New World'.

A heavenly alchemy of mambo, salsa and Andean folk music fused with classical sensibilities - supported by the high-energy Ensemble Apex String Quartet featuring violinist Anna da Silva Chen - it's music you know but as you've never heard it before.

With Piazzolla’s dramatic Libertango, Chucho Valdés’ danceable Mambo Influenciado and the surprising Peruvian title track traced back to the 1600s, Rojas' long-awaited album of sensitive arrangements and soulful original works is guaranteed to lift your spirits, and leave you wanting more.

Rojas SalTango
Velazquez arr. Rojas Bésame Mucho
Rodriguez arr. Rojas La Cumparsita
Rojas Navegar
Piazzolla, arr. Rojas Libertango with references to JS Bach
Unknown, arr. Rojas Hanacpachap Cussicuinin (Bliss of Heaven)
Hurtado arr. Rojas Valicha
Valdés arr. Rojas Mambo Influenciado


Format: 
60 minutes, no interval (a longer concert is available upon request)

 

 


Daniel Rojas – Piano, Composer

Dr Daniel Rojas is an award-winning composer specialising in the rich and vibrant Latin American aesthetic, and as a performer, widely recognised as Australia’s tango piano specialist, with stunning improvisations at the keyboard. Graduating with the University Medal and holding a doctorate in composition from Sydney University - where he is also currently Program Director of composition, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music - Rojas’ prizes include the Fellowship of Australian Composers Award, Frank Albert Prize, and Miriam Hyde Memorial Award. Composer-in-Residence 2017 for Willoughby Symphony Orchestra he has received commissions from Kammer Ensemble, Ars Musica Australis, Claire Edwardes and more, from solo works to concertos with symphony orchestra, including his ‘Libertango Suite’ premiered to acclaim with The Metropolitan Orchestra (2019).

Da Vinci Classics has just released his acclaimed new album with string quartet, ‘Bliss of Heaven: music from the New World’, performances and the sell-out launch of which earned a 5-star review in Limelight. Other recent performances include three sold-out shows for Sydney Festival 2021, Orange Chamber Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre and performances as soloist with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Rojas is published by Reed Music Australia and the Australian Music Centre.

Anna da Silva Chen –Violin I

Anna Da Silva Chen is considered one of Australia's finest emerging violinists, enjoying an international career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Sydney, Adelaide, Tasmanian, Canberra, Willoughby and Metropolitan symphony orchestras as well as many regional and youth orchestras across Australia, performing concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Wieniawski. In January 2020 she made her German debut with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Milton AM, and in 2019 toured Spain with the SCM Wind Symphony Orchestra, culminating in a performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. She has also performed as a soloist, director and frequent concertmaster of Ensemble Apex, a young and promising orchestra based in Sydney, Australia. Recent highlights include Anna’s chamber orchestra program featuring works by Walton and Stravinsky in February 2021, Canberra International Music Festival, Sydney Festival concerts with Dr Daniel Rojas, and a performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto with conductor Sam Weller in 2017. Future engagements include performances at the 2022 Orlando Festival in the Netherlands.

Emily Beauchamp – Violin II

Emily Beauchamp is currently studying with Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), after completing a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Emily was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestras for 10 years and was Concertmaster of the Flagship orchestra in 2016 and 2017. She has also been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra since 2014, touring Europe and China in 2016 and 2019. Aside from playing, Emily is also a passionate music educator, both as a private violin teacher as well as orchestral tutoring at “The Arts Unit” NSW. Emily is also a member of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Tango Orchestra and Ensemble Apex.

Emily has a strong interest in chamber music and has travelled to Italy, Germany, Austria and the UK to study with pedagogues such as Eberhard Feltz, Johannes Meissl and Tobias Lea courtesy of the Sydney University Estivo Summer School and Henderson Traveller’s Scholarship. Emily has enjoyed tutorials with members of the Dover, Takacs and Borodin string quartets as well as masterclasses with Ray Chen and Midori Goto.

Sophie Nickel – Viola

Sophie Nickel is a Sydney-based violist with a particular interest in non-standard repertoire. She grew up in Perth, and in 2017 moved to Sydney to complete a Bachelor of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium. She has received many awards and scholarships, including the Kathleen and Allison Short Scholarship (2019), the Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship (2019-2020), the Henderson Travellers Scholarship (2020) and the Greenberg-Gurney-Jensen Fund (2021).

She has a particular interest in expanding the viola repertoire, and in 2019 premiered an original transcription of the Haydn Cello Concerto in D in public recital. Currently she is studying a Masters of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium, and is building a diverse and varied freelance career both as an orchestral player and chamber musician.

Noah Oshiro – Cello

Noah was introduced to the cello at a very early age by his two older brothers’ practice. At the age of three he followed in their footsteps, first studying with Takao Mizushima through the Suzuki program. In 2018 Noah graduated from St Andrews Cathedral school, where he studied under James Yoo and has now commenced a Bachelor of Music majoring in cello performance with Julian Smiles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he was also a finalist in the 2020 Sydney Conservatorium String Concerto Competition. 

Throughout his musical studies, he has had the privilege of having solo and chamber masterclasses with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Philharmonic and chamber workshops with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. As a core member of the Pathos Quartet, awarded both the 2020 George Henderson Scholarship and Gerald Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship, international opportunities in Germany, Austria and Hungary from leading professors and performers were offered but unfortunately interrupted by the pandemic, for now.

Active as both a soloist and chamber musician, Noah has performed as soloist in the Sydney Opera House Encore Program, Dvorak Cello Concerto at Sydney Town Hall with the SACS Orchestra, Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Sutherland Shire Orchestra at Joan Sutherland, Melbourne Digital Concert Series, Sydney Festival 2021 Chamber Music Series, Sydney International Jazz Festival (Fabian Almazan), Emerson String Quartet Masterclass courtesy of Musica Viva, and has been recently been performing with Dr Daniel Rojas in a tango quintet.

Technical Specifications

  • Grand piano tuned on the day of the performance (please discuss with Musica Viva if a grand piano is not possible as a good upright piano may be possible)
  • Four armless chairs
  • Four wire music stands
  • Wireless microphone for Daniel

Workshops & Community Engagement Activities

Daniel and the members of the Apex String Quartet are available for a range of workshops and engagement activities, including:

  • Piano masterclasses and workshops
  • Workshops on Latin American music
  • String masterclasses and workshops
  • String ensemble workshops

Availability

Throughout 2022. Please contact Musica Viva for further details


Book Artist

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Create NSW. Musica Viva can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Sean Moloney

Manager, Special Projects & Regional Touring

smoloney@musicaviva.com.au