Friday Music
May 2016

St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)

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6 May


Mirabella Trio

Sayaka Eguchi (violin)
Hanae McLean (clarinet)
Kayoko Nishiwaki (pianoforte)

Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano - Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)
I. Prelude
II. Gavotte
III. Elergy
IV. Waltz
V. Polka

Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano - Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)

Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op.47 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto

Pastorale, Op.8 - Daniel Gregory Mason (1873 - 1953)


Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka began her violin studies at age of three, working with Kazuhiko Osaka and Dr Suzuki. She was a part of Suzuki Method Children's Orchestra tour to Germany at ten years of age. She then pursued her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy and also at The Cleveland Institute of Music in the US with Donald Weilerstein and David Updegraff where she was awarded a special prize for "Distinguished Violinist" upon completion of Master's Degree in violin performance. She participated in major music festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood, and Pacific Music Festival. She is a prize winner of Fishoff National Chamber Music Competition (Indiana, USA) along with many other prizes. She served as the principal second violin of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the concertmaster of Cleveland Women's Orchestra with which she made numerous solo appearances. She is an active recitalist and chamber musician, performing as a part of Mirabella Trio as well as a dedicated violin teacher.  


Hanae McLean (clarinet) moved from Japan to Brisbane in 2000 to study with Floyd Williams at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2001 her clarinet quartet was invited to travel to China and Hong Kong with Floyd Williams for a series of concerts. In 2003, Hanae moved to Sydney to learn from Francesco Celata, Associate Principal Clarinettist with the Sydney Symphony. In 2004, Hanae completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, and in 2005, she finished Post Graduate Diploma in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Hanae was a member of Sydney Sinfonia, the Sydney Symphony Education Programme, in 2003 and 2004. She was a guest musician for Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program in 2005 and a member of Camerata programme for Australian Youth Orchestra in 2006. She was on contract as a clarinettist in My Fair Lady presented by Australian 10 and Ballet Orchestra in 2008. Hanae has performed with Sydney Philharmonic Choir Orchestra, Pacific Opera as well as Eminence Symphony Orchestra. She is engaged in several chamber music groups. Hanae also teaches clarinet and saxophone at various schools.

Kayoko Nishiwaki studied piano at Mukogawa Women's University Japan with Boris Bekhterev and Naoyuki Inoue. She holds a Master's degree from Moscow State Conservatoire named after P.I.Tchaikovsky, where she studied Mikhail Petukhov.

Kayoko participated in Master Classes by Pierre Reach and Vladimir Viardo at Academy Gyorgy Sebok, and performed in Festival Piano Pyrenees in France.

During her student days in Russia, Kayoko gave a solo recital, played on Heinrich Neuhaus's piano at Pasternak House Museum Peredelkino, in Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, and participated in Taneyev International Music Festival in Dyutkovo Zvenigorod.

Kayoko is an experienced Chamber Musician. In Japan, replacing Boris Bekhterev, she appeared a number of times in Russian Embassy, both as soloist and accompanist.

Kayoko now lives in Sydney Australia where she studies privately with Phillip Shovk, runs a home studio, and accompanies at Riverview College, Brigidine College, and Killara High School. She has played at Sydney Opera House, Sydney Conservatorium, St Stephen's and St Peter's Church. She has recorded for ABC Classics.


13 May


Tracy Wan (violin)

Vera Marcu (viola)

Christian Lillicrap (pianoforte)


Violin Concerto No.4 D Major K.218 - W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

Tracy Wan (violin)
Christian Lillicrap (piano)


Viola Sonata - Arnold Bax (1883 - 1953)
Molto moderato - Allegro
Allegro energico, ma non troppo presto
Molto lento

Vera Marcu (violin)
Christian Lillicrap (piano)



Tracy Wan began her violin studies at the age of 5. At the age of 10, she made her solo debut with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Chamber Orchestra, performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No.5. She won numerous prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, such as 1st prize in the violin concerto competition. There she studied with Alice Waten and then Pavel Prantl. In 1993, she was awarded full scholarship from the Meadowmount School of Music. Tracy Wan won the 1st prize in the 1994 Kocian International Violin Competition in Prague and was invited to perform for the Hong Kong Governor, Chris Patten at the Hong Kong Governor's House.

Having awarded full scholarships from The Australian Institute of Music for the Young Musicians Program and SCECGS Redlands, Tracy Wan continued her violin studies with Alice Waten in Sydney in 1995. She won 1st prize in the 1998 Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition; as well as 1st prize in the 1999 Polish Concerto Competition and the Multiple Instruments Concerto Competition 2000. In 1998, she was awarded a full music scholarship from St. Andrew's Cathedral School. Her solo performances frequently broadcasted on the 2MBS-FM. In 1999, the Pan Pacific Music Camps awarded her a full scholarship to participate in the International Violin School.

In 2002, Tracy Wan was awarded the International String-Player Award and was placed second in the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand. Her live performance was selected for broadcast on Concert FM, Radio New Zealand. She also recorded for "Young Australia", ABC Classic FM. She was the associate concertmaster of the Bishop Symphony Orchestra at the Australian Youth Orchestra music camp 2002. She led the Viva String Quartet from 2001- 2003, which won the 1st prize in the Open Age String Quartet Competition at MacDonald's Performing Art's Challenge 2003. The quartet was invited to perform in the 4th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Tracy Wan held a full scholarship for her Bachelor of Music in performance at the Australian Institute of Music. There she was granted Advanced Diploma of Music in performance in 2003.

Tracy Wan relocated to Melbourne in 2004, to fulfil her commitments as an Academy Musician at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and was the concertmaster of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Symphony Orchestra.  She performed as a soloist with the ANAM Chamber Orchestra, playing the Bach Violin Concerto No.2 under the baton of John Harding and recorded for the "Hush Collection" CD vol.II which is now distributed around Australia. Tracy Wan graduated from the VCA – Melbourne University with Bachelor of Music in performance (Honours) 2004.

After studying with Zakhar Bron and Benedict Cruft, Dean of Music at HKAPA in 2005, Tracy Wan began her Master of Music in performance under Kathleen and Allison Short scholarships with the Chair of String Unit, Goetz Richter at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006. She performed in Julian Rachlin's masterclass and gave solo recitals in NSW. In 2007, Tracy Wan performed live on 2MBS-FM as part of the "Emerging Young Artist Series".

Tracy Wan founded the Sapphire String Quartet which was selected to perform for the APEC Summit at the Sydney Opera House on the 8th September 2007. The Quartet has played in masterclasses for the Borodin String Quartet and the Artemis String Quartet. In 2010, Tracy led the Sapphire Ensemble into the finals of the Musica Viva Chamber Music Competition.

Tracy Wan has been a member of the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra since 2007 and was invited to perform with the Macau Symphony Orchestra in 2013.  She recently performed as a soloist in the opera by candlelight concerts in Canberra.


Vera Marcu graduated from the Music University in Bucharest with a Masters Degree in violin performance. She joined the Romanian Opera Orchestra in 1997 and at the same time continued studying in masterclasses and summer academies with Alexandru Gavrilovici and Victor Pikaisen. Vera arrived in Australia in 2000 and started having viola lessons with Anne Louise Comerford and Roger Benedict. She is currently working as a freelance violist with the Sydney Symphony and the Opera and Ballet Orchestra as well as teaching violin and viola at Roseville College and from her private studio.


Christian Lillicrap studied with Colin Horsley and Ruth Gerald at the Royal College of Music in London. He has wide ranging musical interests spanning teaching, Musical Direction and playing chamber music. Christian performs regularly with the Aeon Ensemble, a chamber group that he founded with members of the SSO and AOBO shortly after moving to Australia from the UK as well as in recitals with soloists and singers. He is currently accompanist and performance coach at Knox Grammar school in Sydney.



20 May


Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Ensemble


Semester 1

Soprano I: Alice Morgan
Soprano II: Chung Him Chu
Soprano III: Jordan Brynes
Alto I: Alisha Kinkade
Alto II: Travers Keirle
Alto III: Jason Lee
Tenor I: Sam Weller
Tenor II: Tim Dunne
Tenor III: Jasmine Mills
Baritone I: Tom Spenser
Baritone II: Rowan Scott
Bass: Campbell Ball


Roberto Di Marino (1956 - )  - Sax for 12

Gerard Brophy (1953 - )  - Low and Tight (2015)

Cheil Meijering (1954) - I Like Rats (But I don't like Haydn)

Hieronymus Praetorius (1560 – 1629) - Tota pulchra es, amica mea a 12

Cheil Meijering (1954) - Sax Sux

Richard Percival (1953 - ) - Habanera

Richard Percival (1953 - ) - The Oily Rag


The Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra will present an interesting, curious and fun program of music that spans from the 16th Century through to the modern day. Featured on the program is a new work by Australian composition icon Gerard Brophy "Low and Tight". With a knack for interesting titles, they will perform two works by the prolific Dutch composer Cheil Meijering as well as the music of local performer/composer Richard Percival.



27 May


Benjamin McKenzie (organ)

(Organ Scholar, St Stephen's)


Concerto in G major, Op. 9, No. 1 - Charles Avison (1709-1770)
Largo - Allegro - Aria con affetto

Organ Sonata No. 6 in D minor, Op. 65 - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
1. Chorale and Variations - 2. Fugue - 3. Finale

Cathédrales from 24 Pièces de Fantasie, Op. 55 No. 3 - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Scherzo in G minor, Op. 49 No. 2 - Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)


Benjamin McKenzie has loved music all his life and he started formal music lessons at 6 years of age. He was awarded the AMusA with distinction in piano in 2011 and is a prize winner at several Eisteddfods and music festivals.

Benjamin commenced organ lessons in 2009 with Dr Allan Beavis, and is now in the final year of a Bachelor of Music Studies degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying under Philip Swanton. Apart from the Conservatorium, Benjamin has performed in concerts at Bowral and Picton, and has been a featured guest performer with the L'Estro Harmonico string orchestra.

Benjamin enjoys liturgical music and is currently the organ scholar at St Stephen's, studying under Mark Quarmby and Dr David Hood. Prior to this he has been a regular organist at St Peter's, Campbelltown and St Mark's, Picton.




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