Friday Music
March 2018

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

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2 March

Vera Marcu (viola)

Rachel Dyker (viola)


Suite No. 1 in G major BWV 1007 - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

Suite No. 1 in G minor opus 131d - Max Reger (1873 - 1916)

Selected duets from 44 Duos for 2 violins - Béla Bartók (1881 - 1945)
(transcribed for viola)



Vera Marcu

Vera 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.


Rachel Dyker

Originally from the UK, Rachel has been living in Sydney with her family since 2012. During this time, Rachel has been working as a freelance orchestral viola player with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Scoring Orchestra as well working as a string tutor at Roseville College and running her own private studio for violin and viola lessons.

In the UK, Rachel worked for many years with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, BBC Scottish Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. She has played at all the major concert venues in the UK and has also taken part in tours across Europe, the US, Mexico and China. As a soloist, Rachel has performed Hindemith's Trauermusik with the Southbank Sinfonia, appeared at the Ludlow Festival in a recital celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Berlioz and given regular recitals of the Suites by Bach around the UK and beyond.

Teaching has always been a big part of Rachel's life and she built up a reputation over more than fifteen years as a violin and viola teacher both in London and Brighton in the UK. Rachel held a violin and viola teaching position at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 2011 – 2013 and at Brighton College from 2008 – 2012, she was also Acting Head of Strings at Roedean School in 2005. Rachel has also always maintained a private teaching studio of students of all ages and levels and has seen many of her students enter the music profession themselves.

Chamber music is a passion for Rachel, and has taken her all over the world both as a performer and tutor. Rachel was co-founder of the Sussex Schools Chamber Music Scheme in 1996 and was the Musical Director of Regency Chamber Music and The Regency Ensemble from 2009 – 2012.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music where she studied with Christopher Wellington and Brian Hawkins. On completing her degree at the RCM, Rachel continued her studies privately with Simon Rowland-Jones and continued professional development has seen Rachel taking lessons with Joey Corpus in New York, and Roger Benedict and Janet Davies in Sydney.




9 March

The Mirabella Trio


Minah Choe (violoncello)

Hanae McLean (clarinet)

Kayoko Nishiwaki (pianoforte)

with guest performer Dong Jun Ha (pianoforte)


Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1962) - Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963)
1 Allegro Tristamente
2 Romanza
3 Allegro con fuoco

Symphonic Metamorphosis of Treasure Waltz for left hand (1928) - Johann Strauss (1825 - 1899)
arr. Leopold Godowsky (1870 - 1938)

Trio in A minor Op 114 (1891) -Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
1 Allegro
2 Adagio
3 Andantino grazioso
4 Allegro


Since their debut in 2011, Mirabella Trio have performed concerts of classical and contemporary music across Sydney. Using the uniqueness of instrumentation of this trio (clarinet, violin, piano), they are passionate to perform both well established repertoire and also the less exposed (but fantastic) works.

Violoncello: Minah Choe

Born in Seoul, Korea, Minah began her studies at the age of 8. She graduated with Bachelor of Music with First Class of Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium where she was admitted whilst at high school and received scholarships throughout her studies. She was a full scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music under the guidance of Prof. Janos Starker and continued with doctoral degree as his teaching assistant at IU. Last year Minah graduated with Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Sydney Conservatorium. Cureently she works as a freelance cellist in major orchestras and performing widely in various chamber music concerts and recitals.
Minah has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras including Sydney Symphony, Christchurch Symphony, Nizhny-Novgrod Philharmonic, Indiana University Philharmonic, Bloomington Camerata, and so on. Minah has won numerous awards including 'Most Promising Performer' in 4th Adam International Cello Competition, Australian Postgraduate Award, inaugural Janos Starker Scholarship, Dorothy Fraser Scholarship and Australian University of Women Federation Commemorative Fellowship.

Minah is passionate about teaching cello. Currently, she teaches at Abbotsleigh school for girls, Cranbrook school and the King's school. She was a tutor at AYO Young Symphonists in 2010 and tutor at the RiverinaSummer School for Strings in 2013 and 2015. Minah worked as a Music Co-ordinator of the Australian Korean Classical Association.
Minah plays a cello by Joseph Hel (18690)

DJ (Dong Jun) Ha

DJ Ha studied at Sydney Conservatorium and Moscow Conservatoire. He is a rare example of a one-handed pianist who still teaches and performs. Shortly after he graduated, DJ had a stroke accident, but recovered remarkably well. He used to perform in Rossia and France, but now specialises in repertoire for left hand alone, including Godowsky, Bartok, Lipatti, Scriabin, and Kapustin. These composers have written some of the marvellous gems, incorporating melody and harmony all under five fingers of the left hand alone.

Pianoforte: Kayoko Nishiwaki

Kayoko studied at Mukogawa Women's University in Japan with Boris Bekhterev and with the late Naoyuki Inoue, himself a pupil of Rudolf Serkin. She also holds a Master's degree from Moscow State Conservatoire. Kayoko is an experienced Chamber Musician. In Japan, replacing Boris Bekhterev, she appeared a number of times at Russian Embassy, both as a soloist and an accompanist. For several years she participated in the Kobe Memorial production of Verdi Requiem.

She and her husband, a former pianist Dong-Jun Ha, established a duo called 'Piano Duo'. In 2005 they played in Kobe International Competition and received an award. Kayoko now lives in Sydney where she studies privately with Phillip Shovk and runs a home studio. She has recorded for ABC Classics.

Clarinet: Hanae McLean

Hanae moved from Japan to Brisbane to study with Floyd Williams at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. From her third year of university, she moved to Sydney to study with Francesco Celata, Associate Principal Clarinettist with the Sydney Symphony. Hanae completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Hanae was a member of Sydney Sinfonia, the Sydney Symphony Education Programme. 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 has performed with Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonic Choir Orchestra, Pacific Opera as well as Eminence Symphony Orchestra. Hanae teaches clarinet and saxophone at various schools.






16 March

Cameron Khosravi (pianoforte)


Still wie die Nacht (Calm as the Night) - C. Bohm (1844 - 1920) / L. Godowsky (1870 - 1938)

Marche Militaire No.3 - F. Schubert (1797 - 1828) / M. Jonas (1911 - 1959)

Largo (from Cello Sonata op.65) - F. Chopin (1810 - 1849) / A. Cortot (1877 - 1962)

Concert Paraphrase on the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz - J Strauss II (1825 - 1899) / A. Schutt (1902 - 1965)

Berceuse (from The Queen of Sheba) - F. Liszt (1811 - 1886)/ C. Gounod (1818 - 1893)

Fantasie on Les Huguenots op.20 - G. Meyerbeer (1791 - 1864) / S. Thalberg (1812 - 1871)


Cameron Khosravi is a Sydney pianist, who studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Lyall Duke. While at the Conservatorium High School, he was the recipient of several scholarships and won numerous competitions and prizes in performing and composing. He attended Masterclasses with the late Professor Lev Vlasenko, performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as part of the 1995 ABC Young Artists Program, played on ABC TV in a Masterclass with Michael Kieran Harvey and a concert performance as part of the 1996 Piano Showcase Program. He has also performed at Government House and at numerous music clubs. In recent years he has been practising as a solicitor but still manages to keep up with the hours of practising necessary for performance, and occasionally writing music in his spare time.





23 March

Divas on Demand

Andrea Quaglia 
Mikayla Tate
Natalia Melnik
Olivia Morberger 
Paola Monroy 
Suzi Stengel 
Chamberlain Zhang

Wendy Dixon

1 Il Baïlero Songs of the Auvergne - Joseph Canteloube All Ladies
2 "Le réveil de la mariée" Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques - Maurice Ravel Paola
3 "Quel galant m'est comparable" Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques - Maurice Ravel Paola
4 "Chanson de cueilleuses de lentisques" 5 Mélodies Populaires Grecques - Maurice Ravel Andrea
5 "Tout Gai!" Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques - Maurice Ravel Andrea
6 "Ständchen Schwanengesang - Franz Schubert Chamberlain
7 Beim schlafengehn" Vier letzte Lieder- Richard Strauss Suzi
8 Die Lotosblume Myrthen - Robert Schumann Natalia
9 Assisa a piè d'un salice Otello - Giaocchino Rossini Olivia
10 If somebody there chanced to be Ruddigore - Gilbert & Sullivan Mikayla
11 Lo Fiolare Songs of the Auvergne - Joseph Canteloube Ladies
12 At the French Court Henry V - William Walton Full company

Wendy Dixon. Soprano. Artistic Director
As a soprano Wendy has maintained a successful international career in opera, oratorio, concert and recital work, and remains an active recitalist. She is an established singing teacher, currently tutoring at Open Academy USyd, the Australian Institute of Music and her own private studio. She is presently enrolled as a Doctoral student at USyd. Wendy is founder and director of Sydney Art Song Society Inc., producer and musical director of Opera Boot Camp Australia, curator of Cushion Concerts at CHIME and artistic director of Divas on Demand. She is a founding member with David Miller (piano) of Grevillea Ensemble renowned for their innovative programs.

Olivia Morberger. Soprano
Since beginning her musical studies, Olivia has explored both orchestral and vocal realms but has now landed herself in the world of singing. Olivia has performed as a clarinetist with orchestras at Parliament House, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra, for various operas and musicals, toured with the Symphony of Australia, and performed at The Art Gallery of NSW and St Andrews Cathedral. With her hands advancing before her age, Olivia lay her clarinet to rest and strolled into the land of big voices and even bigger 'hair.' Since then Olivia has sung with Sutherland Symphony Orchestra, competed in eisteddfodau, performed in the Australian Institute of Music's opera gala, sung with the UNSW Collegium Musicum Choir and is a regular performer with Divas on Demand.

Andrea Quaglia. Soprano
After graduating from Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music degree Andrea lived in the U.K. where she performed the roles of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Stogumber music festival; Norina in Don Pasquale, Mayer Lismann Opera; First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Stowe Opera and Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, The University of London Opera. She has performed extensively in recitals in Australia and abroad featuring music of France, Germany, Spain and Latin America. Later this year she will play Icilio in La Caduta with Gandharve and present Mexican art songs with Duo Deconet.

Natalia Melnik. Soprano
Natalia was born in Russia and moved to Sydney in 2013. At the age of thirteen she was granted a place in a children's concert choir Cantilena and later became the choir soloist, performing in numerous concerts and touring in Russia and Europe. Natalia continued her studies in Valentina Levko's Center of Vocal Art and later at the Australian Institute of Music. Currently Natalia is studying towards her Postgraduate Research Degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Natalia is an active performer appearing in lunchtime concerts at St.Stephen's Uniting Church, in the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra Christmas concert 2016, in recitals at Glebe Justice Center, Australian Hall and others. In 2017 Natalia will sing in the production of the opera "La Caduta De' Decemviri" by A. Scarlatti performing the role of Valeria.

Mikayla Tate. Soprano
Mikayla holds a BMus in Classical Voice from AIM and is currently studying her Masters of Music. She has performed in musicals and opera in both Queensland and NSW including most recently AIM's production of Hänsel und Gretel (Dewfairy/Sandman and Gretel alternate). She has performed with companies such as Operantics, Pacific Opera and is looking forward to an Australian premiere of La Caduta de Decemviri with Ghandarve Music in which she will originate Virginia. Other credits include: Symphony of Australia tour, soloist performances with Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra, recitals at the Art Gallery of NSW, St Stephens and St Andrews and in 2016 Mikayla attained second place in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition.

Paola Andrea Monroy Montaño. Soprano
Paola graduated from the University of Los Andes, Bogota with the Bachelor of Music degree in 2010. She performed in Dido and Aeneas at the Colon Theatre, directed by Ximena Bernal, participated in international workshops and master classes. Roles she has performed include Pamina, Die Zauberflöte, Mozart; Amore, Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck and Fairy, the Fairy Queen, Henry Purcell. She has also sung the Soprano solos in Handel's Messiah and the Te deum by M.A Charpentier with vocal ensemble Iuventus. Currently Paola is undertaking the Masters of Music course at AIM. She is an active performer appearing in recitals at St. Andrew's Cathedral, NSW Art gallery, "the Cushion Concerts" at Chime, "Divas on Demand" events and Nella Luce Studios with whom she has performed since 2015.

Suzi Stengel. Soprano
Suzi Stengel is an Italian born, South African bred soprano who now calls Australia home. In South Africa she performed in many solo recitals with the Friends of Music and Not the Grahamstown Festival. She appeared regularly with the Baroque 2000 orchestra, the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Early Music Ensemble. In Sydney she has been a regular performer at the St Andrews, the Art Gallery of NSW, and the St Stephens Lunch Time Concert Series. She recently performed with the Hourglass Ensemble at the Melbourne Recital Centre and at the Sydney Opera House. Over the years she has directed various choirs and vocal ensembles. Suzi is also the creative director of Artists Central and has recently completed the Masters of Music program at the Australian Institute of Music.

Chamberlain Zhang – Tenor
Chamberlain graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2013 majoring in philosophy, after being heavily involved in the music and theatre programs at the university. Whilst he has performed at weddings, cafes and functions as a jazz and pop singer, since 2012 he has undertaken classical vocal studies with the soprano Wendy Dixon and repetiteur Simon Kenway.  As an auditioned member of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs (Symphony Chorus), he has sung with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of such Maestros as Sir Andrew Davies, Vladimir Ashkenazy and David Robertson."



30 March



Stainer's Crucifixion at 2.30pm





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