Music By The Sea Festival in Sandgate, Brisbane 6 – 8 January 2012

Theme & Variations are pleased to once again be involved with the Music By The Sea Festival 2012 (6 – 8 January).  This is a unique weekend-long event in Sandgate, Brisbane. 

For the full Festival Program please visit 

Here are the events with a piano: 

Venue – Sandgate Town Hall 

Saturday 7th January 


‘Two Pianos Full of Jazz’ 

Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt – two acclaimed piano virtuosos together on stage! Simon was described by respected critics and musical peers as “one of the finest artists in the world”. The versatility and scope of Tedeschi’s appeal is exemplified by having shared the stage with numerous acclaimed musicians, including jazz pianist Kevin Hunt, jazz violinist Ian Cooper and flautist Jane Rutter. Kevin Hunt is a popular and versatile jazz pianist. He has shared the stage with international artists including: Herb Ellis, Billy Cobham, Sheila Jordon, and Larry Adler. He has also recorded and performed with most ofSydney’s prominent jazz artists. Simon and Kevin met in 1999, when both pianists were accompanying mouth organ virtuoso Larry Adler. In 2010 they released their highly acclaimed CD ‘Woodlands’. 

Sunday 8th


‘Music Inspired by Sandgate’

Works composed by Sarah Hopkins, a unique Australian composer/performer, internationally acclaimed for her visionary music & inspiring performances for cello, harmonic overtone singing, handbells, choir & the celestial sounding Harmonic Whirlies of her own creation. She’ll be accompanied by the local didgeridoo player,  Geoffrey Fabila, Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra and Jafa choir.

The orchestra will also perform works by Khachaturian and Stravinsky. 


Australian Chamber Musicians with Brieley Cutting on piano.

ACM was established in 2000 as a professional touring ensemble, performing well-known classical repertoire. Concert will include a solo performance by Brieley Cutting.

Performers are – Shelli Hulcombe, Rianne Wilschut, Paul Kopetz and Brieley Cutting.

ACM will perform works by Schubert (The Trout), Mozart (Nocturnes), Spohr (Deutsche lieder), Gershwin and more. 


Ensemble I Piano Trio

With Spiros Rantos (violin), Brachi Tilles (piano) and Gwyn Roberts (cello)

The trio met in Vienna in 1972 becoming part of ENSEMBLE I. Highlights of the group’s activities include concerts in many significant European houses – Musikverein, the Palais Schwarzenberg, and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Residenz in  Salzburg, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw – as well as concerts in the Middle East, USA and SE Asia. Numerous radio and television recordings have been made inAustria,Holland,Greece,Germany,SingaporeandAustralia. The group has performed in every Australian capital city and over 100 regional centres inAustralia. The Ensemble I Piano Quartet has toured on several occasions for Musica Viva, and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, led by Spiros Rantos, it touredSouth Koreain 1992 at the invitation of Musica Viva.

The Trio will perform – Beethoven’s Trio Opus 1 no 3 in c minor, Reinhold Gliere 8 Pieces for violin and Cello and Josef Suk Trio opus 2. 


‘The Naked Flute’ – Jane Rutter

Jane Rutter is an adventurous classical artist in a unique solo performance. Jane is established as one ofAustralia’s most brilliant and versatile flautists. She produced and starred in many concerts in the Sydney Opera house and has performed inUK, Europe,USA, South-East Asia, the South Pacific, South America andChina. Jane will perform haunting musical works by Marin Marais, Telemann, Debussy, Ravel, Irving Berlin, Ross Edwards and traditional Celtic pieces.

Don’t miss this exciting musical tour de force withAustralia’s best loved flautist!   


Simon Tedeschi solo piano recital

 Described by pianist Leslie Howard as one of the finest musicians of his generation worldwide, Simon Tedeschi was named the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year performing Ginastera’s Piano Concerto No 1 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He was nominated for a MO Award as Classical Performer of the Year and for an ARIA award – Classical Record of the Year. Simon is currently based in theUSA.

Concert will include works by Rachmaninoff , Schubert, and Gershwin, with the highlight of the performance being Simon’s own arrangement of Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue‘.

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