“Shannen Sarstedt has the virtuosity to sing torch songs, but mischievously plays with our expectations in selecting mainly late 20th century songs, some of which were actually happy.
Her appealing, very playful performance was enhanced by the warm, understated and sympathetic playing of pianist Antonio Fernandez.”
Video and audio recorded live on 17th January 2018 at the John Clancy Auditorium (UNSW). ‘Lost the Plot’, by Paul Stanhope with text by Michael Leunig. Amandine Petit conducting Junior Gondwana, with Antonio Fernandez at the piano. Gondwana Choirs, Junior Gondwana, National Choral School 2018.
These are some of the beautiful images that photographer Phil Erbacher took during the rehearsal process of Opera Australia's 2018 NSW Schools Tour of The Magic Flute.
I started playing piano at the age of 7. Like many of my colleagues, I do not really know what got me into it. I do remember though that I really wanted to learn how to play an instrument, and that I pestered my mother for what seemed to be months (it was actually just weeks) so that she signed me up for music lessons. And on one good day she finally did, changing my life forever.
In the middle of the debate for marriage equality, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir brings to you their rendition of Marry Me by Lawrence McGuire. Recorded at Trackdown Studios in August 2017, we had a blast putting it together and I hope you enjoy it :) Now we have a hymn!
For the last month, I had the pleasure to music direct The Things I could Never Tell Steven at the New Theatre for the Sydney Fringe 2017. The show received great praise from critics and audiences alike. I believe it is relevant here to stress the importance of presenting Australian plays, and even more, when they are of such high quality as Jye's magnificent work.
This is what the reviewers said about the show:
* this article is the first in a series of articles that explores skills, values and ideas to help you become a successful full-time musician.
We have all been there at some stage. You just finished your Bachelor of Music. Your instrument of choice was (insert unoriginal instrument such as piano/violin/guitar here). Fresh out of university, a whole new world awaits. You dream about it and you think you know a lot about this world you are headed into. They have told you how it will be: you are going to be a great soloist. You've got the chops, you've got the tools and you have the knowledge. You are going to kill it! (or are you...?)
Today I wanted to share with you some thoughts based on my experience as audition pianist, so you can make the best of your audition.
A pianist can enhance your performance to the point that it will make the audition panel flip on their seats. It is important to take action and be proactive so you are in total control of the situation and nothing is left to chance. These are some of my considerations. I hope you find them useful: