Hi everyone

It’s been a while since I’ve been in touch with you via this blog, but then a lot has been happening, including the planning for the two ANAM Artists tours taking place in 2019. You can find more about next years’ tours here: https://anam.com.au/2019.

One advantage of the long break between blog posts is that there’s so much great news to share with you about what alumni are doing…in fact this blog could be twice as long and there’d still be a lot more to tell you.

Until next time, happy reading.

All the best

Phillip Sametz



Courtenay Cleary (violin 2014, above right) and Thea Rossen (percussion 2016, above left) were finalists, with clarinetist Oliver Shermacher, in the Freedman Fellowship Awards, held at the Eugene Goossens Hall in the ABC Centre, Sydney on Saturday 29 September. Shermacher was the winner of the $20,000 prize. The Awards concert was broadcast on ABC Classic FM on Thursday 4 October.



Brieley Cutting (piano 2005, above left) has joined the faculty of the New England Conservatorium of Music in Armidale, NSW. Her appointment means it is the first time in NECOM’s 15-year history that it has been able to offer students classical piano tuition.

Four musicians have become early alumni: Beth Condon (viola 2018, below right) completed her ANAM training at the end of August to pursue freelance opportunities. Andrew Baird (flute 2018) finished studies at ANAM in September, after receiving an appointment as the Artistic Operations Manager with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Andrew enters the role with experience in Arts Management, including previous posts at Adelaide Youth Orchestra and Melbourne Youth Orchestra. Jenna Schijf (bassoon 2018) has also become an early alumnus, as she prepares to begin a Master of Education degree next year.

Mathew Levy (percussion 2017, above right) was appointed to a trial with Orchestra Victoria as Principal Percussionist. He will commence in early 2019.

Amy Brookman (violin 2014) has been appointed Associate Principal Second violin in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Rachel Shaw (horn 2013, above centre) has been appointed to trial as a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s horn section, commencing January 2019.



Eliza Sdraulig (cello) along with Beth Condon (viola 2018) performed with the ACO Collective for a regional tour of NSW in September 2018.

Collectively, as Golden Gate Brass, Fletcher Cox (trumpet 2018), Samuel Beagley (trumpet 2018), Aidan Gabriels (horn 2017), Jackson Bankovic (trombone) and Jason Catchpowle (tuba 2017) were Artists in Residence at UWA, Perth, for two weeks (as ‘Golden Gate Brass’), between August 27 and September 9. Golden Gate Brass are also appearing as part of the 2018 MPavilion season at the Royal Botanic Gardens, on December 19. This performance will include works by Hillborg, Holborne and Bach.

On Thursday November 1, as part of the Southbank Series at the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Seraphim Trio – Anna Goldsworthy (piano 1999), Helen Ayres (violin 2000) and Tim Nankervis (cello 2001) – were joined by guests Andrew Haveron (Sydney Symphony concertmaster) and Jacqueline Cronin (viola 2000) for a program which includes Schumann’s Piano Quintet and Korngold’s rarely-performed Suite for two violins, cello and piano. The ensemble also played this program at Ballarat Art Gallery on October 31.

The Nano Symphony, comprising multi-instrumentalists Catherine Thompson and Neil Thompson (viola 2010, above centre), gave a one-off performance at the Technopolis 20 Cultural Centre in Paphos, Cyprus on October 3. The program included works by Rebecca Clarke, Erik Satie, Peggy Polias and original compositions by The Nano Symphony. Neil is also principal viola for the Sydney-based Omega Ensemble.

The musicians appearing in the Australian World Orchestra on its tour to India in September included many ANAM alumni, including Mee Na Lojewski (cello 2014), Katie Yap (viola 2014), Genevieve Clifford (horn 2006), Madeleine Easton (violin 2000), Stefanie Farrands (viola 2010) and Jonathan Békés (cello 2017).

Ray Chen (violin 2003) spent October touring the USA, in recital, and as soloist in the Mendelssohn E minor concerto and Lalo’s Symphonie espangole. Venues included the Kennedy Center in Washington and Davies Hall in San Francisco.

Members of the Australian Piano Quartet – Rebecca Chan (violin 2008), James Wannan (viola 2007) and Thomas Rann (cello 2008) – performed Bach’s Goldberg Variations in the arrangement for string trio by Dmitri Sitkovetsky; the performance took place on  October 9 at Christchurch St Laurence, Sydney.

Laurence Matheson (piano 2016) was associate artist to violinist Christian Li in works by Bach, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn at Abbotsford Convent’s Music in the Round in September. He will be soloist with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra in April 2019, in Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.

Nicholas Young (piano 2016) is touring a Spanish-themed program through NSW and Victoria in association with guitarist Matthew Fagan. The tour started in Wolumla on October 13 and concludes at Deakin Edge in Federation Square on November 29.

Nicholas, a member of Ensemble Françaix, is also taking part in Ocarina, a multi-genre celebration of the music of the Zelda game franchise, which features many other musicians, including the other members of the Ensemble – Matthew Kneale (bassoon 2016) and Emmanuel Cassimatis (oboe 2015). The first performance took place in Sydney in November; the second takes place in the Merlyn Theatre of the Malthouse in Melbourne on Saturday December 15.

In September Thomas Hutchinson (oboe 2011) performed as guest principal oboe with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig.

The Musica Viva In Schools Tour of Water Water Everywhere concluded one leg of its NSW tour in September. Based on the music of Tan Dun, this project features Thea Rossen (percussion 2016), Luke Carbon (clarinet 2016) and associate faculty Leigh Harrold (piano 2004). The trio will present another 40 performances of the show this year alone, in regional NSW and metropolitan Melbourne.

In September, Leigh also performed with Dimitri Ashkenazy and Thomas Azoury in concerts on the South Coast of NSW, in Narooma and Wolumla.

Natalie Christie Peluso (voice 1996) will shortly record Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the conductor Mikel Toms and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elena Xanthoudakis (voice 2003, above left) sang the role of Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello for Melbourne Opera, in a season commencing on October 17 at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Melbourne Chamber Players – co-directed by Justin Beere (clarinet 2014) and Stephanie Dixon (oboe 2016) – will give their second performance of the year at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park on Friday November 30 at 7pm. The program, entitled Joie de vivre, features guest musician Melina van Leeuwen (harp 2014).

The most recent round of Sensory Concerts – the program designed by Grace Kim (piano 2001) for those with sensory/special needs in mind – took place in Sydney on November 11, with an ensemble which included Lerida Delbridge (violin 2000).

On October 2, The Kandour Quartet – which includes Iona Allen (violin 2016) – played music of Beethoven in a master class with violinist Mats Zetterqvist (Chamber Orchestra of Europe) in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music, London.

In this year’s MPavilion season at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Arcadia Winds presented an open rehearsal of Australian works for wind quintet, including Lachlan Skipworth’s Echoes and Lines, Natalie Williams’ Animalia, Brett Dean’s Demons, Ian Whitney’s Five Scenes, and Hellfire, a work by the inaugural Arcadia Winds Composition Prize winner Mark Holdsworth. In collaboration with Melbourne Recital Centre, this event took place on October 19. Arcadia Winds comprise Matthew Kneale (bassoon 2013), Lloyd van’t Hoff (clarinet 2014), David Reichelt (oboe 2013), Rachel Shaw (horn 2013) and Kiran Phatak (flute 2013).

Lloyd also performed a lunchtime concert at Melba Hall, Parkville, with associate faculty Peter de Jager (piano 2008) on October 8, and appeared with the Flinders Quartet at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival on October 13.

In the meantime, Matthew Kneale was soloist in the final concert in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Australia series at the National Portrait Gallery, in a new work by Holly Harrison. He was joined in this piece by the Omega Ensemble, the members of which include Veronique Serret (violin 1998), Airena Nakamura (violin 2000) and Neil Thompson (viola 2010). The Australia series was curated by composer Matthew Hindson.

Jacob Abela (piano 2015) played keyboards and ondes martenot in Reach, a program presented as part of the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music in September.

Melbourne Opera Chamber Musicians – co-founded by Phoebe Smithies (horn 2014) –presented its fifth concert of 2018, Gypsy Airs and Children’s Games, at the Church of All Nations in Carlton on 2 November. The ensemble included associate faculty Peter de Jager (piano 2008).

The second of the ANAM Artists tours for 2019 featured Kiazma Duo, comprising Aura Go (piano 2009) and Tomoe Kawabata (piano 2007). Their tour, alternating two-piano and one-piano four-hands repertoire, began at the Melbourne Recital Centre on October 3 and concluded at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival on October 14.

The Flinders Quartet also continued their innovative concert presentations at The Lost Ones Basement Bar in Ballarat, with their next performances there on October 28. The Flinders musicians include Helen Ireland (viola 2001) and Nicholas Waters (violin 2016). The Quartet also performed at the Bendigo Bank Theatre on October 14 and will be at the Albury Chamber Music Festival on November 16.

The recently-formed ensemble Genesis Baroque performed a Bach family program with guest director Erin Helyard at 45 Downstairs in Melbourne’s Flinders Lane on Monday October 1. The ensemble’s musicians include Natalia Harvey (violin 2015), Cameron Jamieson (violin 2012), Christian Read (viola 2006) and Miranda Hill (double bass 2001).

The Orpheus Piano Trio – which includes Helena Kernaghan (piano 2003) and Sam Goble (cello 2000) – will be ensemble-in-residence at the Albury Chamber Music Festival on the weekend of November 16-18.

Affinity Collective, which comprises Mee Na Lojewski (cello 2014), William Clark (viola 2015) and Nicholas Waters (violin 2016), will perform their Romantic Paradoxes program – featuring music by Golijov, Mendelssohn and Willcock – at Guildford Vineyard on December 2.

Joseph Twist (composition 2001) has written the music for episodes of the new ABC KIDS show Bluey.

Italy comes to Parkville on November 17 when the Melbourne-based early music ensemble The Muses’ Delight performs music of 18th century Italy in a program entitled Postcards from an Italian Summer at the Ambrose Pratt Memorial Chapel. The Muses Delight comprises flautist Meredith Beardmore, Natalia Harvey (violin 2015), Katie Yap (viola 2014) and Lucy Price (cello 2015). They repeat the concert at Montsalvat Chapel, Eltham, on November 18.



Rohan Dasika (Double Bass 2014, above right) has begun the second semester of a Masters degree at the Hochschule in Frankfurt

James Munro (viola 2009) is a member of the Jalisco Philharmonic (OFJ) in México.

Nicholas Bochner (ANAM Fellowship 2016) will take part in the Australian Conducting Academy, presented by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, in January 2019.

Amir Farid (piano 2005, above left), now living in New York, made his Lincoln Centre debut in September, in a collaboration with Mark Morris Dance Theatre, in Brahms’ Liebslieder Waltzes.

Graeme Norris (violin 2005) is Principal First Violin in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and was profiled in a recent WASO program. You can read all about him here: Article reprinted courtesy West Australian Symphony Orchestra


And if you’ve got some exciting new to share that you’d like to see in the next blog, drop me a line at p.sametz@anam.com.au or send me a message via the Alumni Facebook page.

One thought on “Alumni Tracker – November 2018

  1. Naturally, we looked to see what ‘our’ past students have been doing. Very excited to read their news. Thankyou Phillip for a terrific update. R

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