JI WON KIM- VIOLINIST
Over the last few years Ji Won has established a solid career as soloist, chamber musician, guest orchestral leader and a regular soloist with almost every major symphony orchestra in Australia. She went to Sweden in 2013 as the 3rd concertmaster to work with Gothenburg Symphony and Dudamel who was the chief conductor. She also played a leading role with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania and West Australian symphony orchestras. Ji Won has won many prizes and accolades; in Australia (winner of ABC Young Performers Award 2009, SBS Matthew Krel Prize, the Australian concerto and vocal competition); in Korea (Kumho Prodigy program, the Music Journal Competition winner); and in Europe (first prize at the international Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, second prizes at the Lisbon International Violin Competition and Bled International Violin competition). Highlights of her career include two sold out concerts at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony, and stepping in due to a cancellation to perform with Sir Andrew Davies and the Melbourne Symphony. ABC Symphony Australia released her performance of the Sibelius Violin concerto in 2012. She also released three other CDs with the Master Performers.
MICHAEL DAHLENBURG- CELLIST
Cellist and conductor Michael Dahlenburg completed a Bachelors of Music Performance in cello studying with Molly Kadarauch at the University of Melbourne–Conservatorium of Music, and has studied conducting with John Hopkins OBE. He received a fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), studying cello under the tutelage of Howard Penny and Timo-Veikko Valve.
As a cellist, Michael is in demand nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician, performing as a core player of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and has worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, ACO2, Melbourne Symphony, among others. He was ACO’s Emerging Artist in 2008 and was a founding member of the acclaimed Hamer Quartet, First Prize, Grand Prize and Audience Prize winners at the 2009 Asia-Pacific Chamber Competition. He has given concerts at many festivals around Australia and internationally, including Norfolk Norwich Chamber Music series in UK, International Musicians Seminar – Prussia Cove, Pro Quartet in Paris and others. He has studied chamber music with Gerhard Schulz, Paul Katz, Andras Kellar and many others.
Michael has been broadcast many times live and recorded live broadcast as soloist and chamber musician on the ABC (Australian Broadcast Corporation) and Hamer Quartet’s debut on Melba Records international release which included the rarely recorded “On Wedlock edge” by Benjamin Britten was reviewed by BBC Radio 3 as “eloquent… If the programme appeals – and i think it’s unique – then buy it – the Britten is the stuff”.
As a conductor, Michael has regularly conducted Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and in 2017 opened the MCO season as Maestro with soloist Li Wei Qin. Other Australian conducting engagements include performances with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in October. He has conducted artistic development organisations including Australian National Academy of Music and Melbourne Youth Music, as well as Corpus Medicorum and Stongington Symphony.
Michael was involved with the Symphony Services International Program (under the guidance of Christopher Seamen) from 2011, during which time he conducted the Tasmanian Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestras. Michael’s 2015 performances included reviews from The Australian, “Haydn’s jovial Symphony No. 60 was shaped with energy and clarity by conductor Michael Dahlenburg”, “Dahlenburg’s compositional and performance skills were also on display, the young cellist leading the ensemble”, “most impressive”.
PETER de JAGER – PIANIST
Peter de Jager is a Pianist, Harpsichordist, and Composer based in Melbourne, and is becoming established as one of Australia’s most exciting musicians. His repertoire is diverse, encompassing all
periods of western classical music, which he often plays on period instruments, as well as musical theatre and cabaret. He is currently on faculty at the Australian National Academy of Music as an Associate Artist, and works regularly as a collaborative pianist, particularly
with the Melbourne based piano trio Trio Bresciani.
Performance highlights include the demanding solo Piano part of Messiaen’s Turangalila-Symphonie with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra in 2011. In 2016 he performed all five major keyboard works of Iannis Xenakis at the fourth Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory
Music. In 2013 he recorded a critically acclaimed album of French Oboe Sonatas with Oboist Ben Opie. A solo album is forthcoming. He co-wrote and continues to perform Reception: The Musical with Bethany Simons, which has been delighting Audiences Australia-wide, and was nominated
for a Greenroom Award. He has three times participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy under the baton and artistic direction of Pierre Boulez.
Peter’s compositions are starting to gain attention, having received commissions and performances from Astra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Speak Percussion, Syzygy, and Arcadia Winds. His first
album of chamber music is in the works, entitled Crystals.
Peter won the inaugural Australian International Chopin Competition in 2011, and in 2016 he was awarded second prize in the Australian National Piano Award.
In 2014, Peter was awarded the Freedman Fellowship, an annual prize of $15,000 with which he commissioned a 100-minute Piano Sonata by Chris Dench. He has performed this in Australia and Europe alongside three other pillars of the piano repertoire, and will eventually record four
mini documentary episodes on these works, including historical and analytical information.
CALEB WRIGHT – VIOLIST
Violist Caleb Wright graduated at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide with honors under the guidance of Keith Crellin and Jeremy Williams. The following year he was accepted at the Australian Academy of Music in 2006 and studied with Alice Waten and Roger Benedict. Later that year he won a tutti position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
At the start of 2009, Caleb travelled for what was to be a two year trip, to Berlin and began further study, mainly with Wilfried Strehle, one of the principals of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, who privately tutored Caleb and subsequently he was the runner up for a position in Berlin Philharmonic. Caleb also worked on a regular basis with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin.
In 2011 he returned to Australia and once again took up with the MSO, also playing as guest principal in the MSO, the Orchestra Victoria and the Australian Octet. In 2014 he won the Principal Viola position with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, where he currently continues in that role. He was given the opportunity to play alongside Mischa Maisky in Strauss’ ‘ Don Quixote’ and has also received some positive reviews in the West Australian and the Limelight Magazine.
“Violist Caleb Wright’s solo was a model of its kind”
“Viola principal Caleb Wright’s deliciously plangent utterances were a bonus”
Engagement for 2016 include an international tour with the Trio Bresciani in Spain, France and UK and a concerto performance with violinist Ji Won Kim and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.
AGATHA YIM- FLAUTIST
Agatha Yim is a professional flautist, filmmaker, and photographer. Having completed a double bachelor degree in Music (Hon) and Creative Arts in 2007 at the University of Melbourne, she spent two years at the Australian National Academy of Music on a full scholarship under the guidance of Margaret Crawford. In 2010, she received generous support from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Tait Memorial Trust to pursue a Masters of Music in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Michael Cox.
During her time in London, Agatha combined her passion for film and music by presenting a sonic cross-platform project titled Speaking in Tones, in which she wrote, directed, composed and performed. Its highly-received premiere at Everyman Screen on the Green led to its acceptance as part of the 2012 London Bloomsbury Festival.
These days Agatha does a balancing act between her passions. Aside from teaching music or freelancing with the likes of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, or the Royal Australian Airforce Band, Agatha organises cross-platform projects, or behind a camera, making films and taking photos under Polyphonic Pictures.
Agatha will be guest performing with Trio Bresciani in October at the 2016 A Project’s Salida del Sol Festival held in Costa del Sol.