Friday Music
July 2023

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

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21 July

Stephen Watson (pianoforte)



Scherzo No. 2, Op. 31 - Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Scherzo No. 3, Op. 39 - Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Concert Étude “Un Sospiro” S.144 - Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)

Tarantelle from Années de Pèlerinage: "Venezia e Napoli" S.162 - Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)

Stephen Watson began learning piano at the age of four from Veronica van der Knaap and commenced studying music at the University of Canterbury at the age of fifteen in Prof. Michael Endres’s class. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the age of eighteen, graduating the following year with first class Honours. He also holds Masters’ degrees in piano performance from the University of Canterbury and from the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, studying with Dr. Jian Liu and Prof. Alfredo Perl respectively. Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music, having been awarded the respective diploma with Distinction. Stephen also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge.

Stephen has performed solo recitals in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom. Concert highlights include accompanying violinist Prof. Natalia Lomeiko, performing alongside Dame Malvina Major, and presenting an all-Chopin programme for the visit of the former President of Poland Bogdan Borusewicz. Stephen’s remarkable academic record saw him receive 25 scholarships and prizes throughout his studies, including the sought-after Study Scholarship for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Music, funded by the Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst and one of New Zealand’s most prestigious scholarships: the William Georgetti Scholarship, awarded by a panel which includes New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Governor-General, and Chief Justice (or their nominees).






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