Brisbane Showroom Chamber Music Concert – 27 April 2012

7pm Friday 27 April, 2012

Brieley Cutting, PianoBrendan Joyce (Violin), Patrick Murphy (Cello), Yoko Okayasu (Viola) & Brieley Cutting (Piano)

Brendan Joyce, Violin

Patrick Murphy, Cello

Yoko Okayasu, Viola




Theme & Variations Piano Services, Brisbane

60 Commercial Road, Newstead, Queensland, Australia


Bach Goldberg Variations arr. for String Trio
Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor Op.25


6.15pm Pre-Concert Talk on the Goldberg Variations by Dr Stephen Emmerson


Tickets: Full $25, Concession $20, Student $10


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Saturday 28th April, 2pm -3.30pm – cello, with Patrick Murphy



Brendan Joyce is Violinist and Leader of Camerata of St John‘s – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. He frequently appears as soloist with Camerata, and has led the group in its recent recording, broadcasts, its International Series, and in acclaimed performances at the Tyalgum Festival, Qld Music Festival and Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Additionally, Brendan performs on period instruments as a member and guest Concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra inSydney, and he is a member of the Kurilpa Quartet that is performing all of Bartok’s String Quartets.  In December 2011 he performed as Concertmaster for the Orchestra of the Antipodes in Pinchgut Opera’s acclaimed performances of Griselda. Brendan has appeared as a guest Associate Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony and Qld Philharmonic Orchestras, and has played with the ACO and America’s Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra.  He is a former Concertmaster of the Qld Youth Symphony and Australian Youth Orchestras.

He has been involved in education as Visiting Guest Lecturer in Violin at Brigham Young University, USA, and as teacher, adjudicator and examiner/recording artist for the AMEB. Born and raised in Ayr, Brendan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from The University of Maryland, USA, receiving awards there for his leadership of the Maryland Handel Festival Opera Orchestra, as well as for his presentations and premieres of the music of twenty Australian composers.


Brisbane-based pianist Brieley Cutting has given solo and chamber music performances in London, Europe, and New Zealand, and performances in Australia for Musica Viva, 4MBS radio, and ABC radio and television.  She has appeared as concerto soloist with such orchestras as the Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, and Nizchny-Novgorod Orchestra.  Solo competition successes include second prize in the 2010 Kerikeri National Piano Competition in New Zealand, and Grand Finalist in the 2006 Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.

Brieley completed her undergraduate studies with Pamela Page and Oleg Stepanov at the Queensland Conservatorium at age 18, during which she won all available performance awards and scholarships, and graduated with First Class Honours and a performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra. Brieley holds postgraduate degrees in performance from the Royal College of Music in London and the Queensland Conservatorium where she studied with Ruth Nye and Natasha Vlassenko respectively, and she has also studied on full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music with such mentors as Timothy Young and Rita Reichman. Brieley’s studies have been supported by scholarships from the Tait Memorial Trust, Australian Music Foundation, and the David Paul Landa Scholarship Fund. Now studying for a Doctor of Musical Arts, her studies are supported byGriffithUniversity.

Brieley has performed with such artists as Michael Cox (flute), Alexander Baillie (cello), and Jason Barry-Smith (voice), and collaborates regularly with various staff from the Queensland Conservatorium.  Brieley is currently a member of chamber groups Collusion, who in 2012 will be touring Tasmania, Queensland, and the ACT, The Australian Chamber Musicians, who perform approximately fifteen concerts each year in Brisbane and its surrounds, and the Turner and Cutting Piano Duo, who have been described as “a joy to watch and hear” ( Suzannah Conway, The Courier Mail).


In 2011 Patrick Murphy was appointed the Cello Performance Fellow at theUniversity of Queensland’s School of Music.  Prior to this he was Lecturer in Cello at the Hobart Conservatorium, University of Tasmania, as well as teaching cello and chamber music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  Since 2000 he has performed regularly with the Sydney Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Patrick started learning the cello with Rosemary Iversen in Perth. He completed his Bachelor degree at the University of Western Australia, studying with Gregory Baron and Michael Goldschlager, before playing and studying for several years with the Halcyon String Quartet.  Their studies took them to the UK and Canada where they were resident artists at the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Patrick then completed a Masters degree studying with Alexander Ivashkin and Natalia Pavlutskaya at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
Patrick was a founding member of the Tankstream Quartet (later Australian String Quartet) whose international career was launched after winning first prize in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Japan 2002.  They went on to be prize-winners in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (2003) and soon after were invited to play at the reception of the wedding of Danish Royal Wedding of Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary Donaldson in Fredenborg Castle, Copenhagen.


Born in Japan, Ms. Okayasu began her professional training on violin under Yuri Vladimir Ovcharek at the St. Petersburg Conservatory inRussia, and continued with Camilla Wicks at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (USA).  As a violinist, she earned her Masters in Chamber Music under the direction of Mark Sokol and Ian Swenson, and viola under Jodi Levitz.  She has served as principal violist of the Filharmonica Arturo Toscanini (Parma,Italy), the Danish Radio Sinfonietta (Copenhagen,Denmark) and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (Sydney, Australia) and also worked as a member of the San Diego Symphony (California,USA).

She currently holds the principal position with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. As a devoted chamber musician, she has been appeared with the Satori Quartet (Colorado,USA), ADORNO Ensemble (San Francisco,USA), Sound of Lyons (Colorado,USA), Kurilpa Quartet (Brisbane), Lunaire Collective (Brisbane) and as a guest leader in the Camerata of St. John’s.


This event is supported by Huntington Estate Wines.  The team at Commercial Road Chamber Music Series would like to sincerely thank the team at Huntington Estate for their wonderful generosity in supplying such high quality wines for the Series!



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