Tamara-Anna Cislowska piano with introductions by Dan Golding

Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists, both for her solo and  chamber performances, and as the winner of the 2015 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album for her recording Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano. The youngest pianist to win the ABC Young Performer of the Year competition – at age 14 – she gave her first public performance at the age of two; she is now a regular guest of orchestras and festivals in Europe, America and Australasia, including as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and all the major Australian symphony orchestras. Her chart-topping albums include two recordings of music by Elena Kats-Chernin – Unsent Love Letters: Meditations on Erik Satie and Butterflying – and Into Silence, featuring works by Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks, Henryk Górecki and Georgs Pelēcis. Collaborating with artists such as the ACO, CIRCA, Elena Kats-Chernin, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Dawn Upshaw, Tamara is also a regular presenter on ABC Classic with Duet.

Dan Golding is the host of Screen Sounds on ABC Classic, an award-winning composer and writer, and a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Swinburne University. He created the soundtrack for the BAFTA, DICE, and GDCA winning Untitled Goose Game (2019), which also became the first ever game soundtrack to be nominated for an ARIA award. He co-hosts the popular film music podcast Art of the Score, and in 2018, Dan presented What Is Music for ABC iView and Triple J with Linda Marigliano. Dan is also the author of Star Wars After Lucas (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), and with Leena van Deventer the co-author of Game Changers (Affirm Press, 2016).

Celebrating her new album One Summer’s Day for ABC Classics, ARIA Award-winning pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska presents the music of Joe Hisaishi, whose enchanting scores have graced so many beloved Studio Ghibli films. With classics from Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro and more, this is music that speaks directly to the human heart. Enjoy this concert with ABC Screen Sounds’ Dan Golding guiding the way.

Hisaishi One Summer’s Day from Spirited Away

Hisaishi Merry-Go-Round from Howl’s Moving Castle

Hisaishi Mother Sea from Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Hisaishi Fantasia (for Nausicaä) from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Hisaishi Innocent from Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Hisaishi The Road to the Valley from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Hisaishi Ashitaka and San from Princess Mononoke

Hisaishi il porco rosso from Porco Rosso

Hisaishi My Neighbor Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro

Technical Specifications

  • Grand piano tuned on the day of the performance
  • One handheld wireless microphone
  • An armchair on stage with a small sidetable and a glass of water

Workshops & Community Engagement Activities

Tamara and Dan are open to a number of workshops & engagement activities, including:

  • Piano masterclass and/or workshop
  • Presentations from and Q&A's with Dan Golding, including 
    • How film music works
    • How film works
    • Film history
    • Specific presentations on the film music of John Williams, Star Wars, James Bond, Harry Potter, Blade Runner, and others.


January & February; from June onwards

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