Sunday 27 March, 2011 2-4pm
Theme & Variations NSW
Roger Kong (Kings School)
Schumann – Abegg Variations Op.1
Chopin – Nocturne Op.9 No.1
Chopin – Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor
Liszt – Transcendental Etudes: No.12 in B flat minor & No.10 in F minor
Rachmaninov – PreludesOp.23 No.6 in E flat major & Op.23 No.2 in B flat major
Nicholas Young (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
Bortkiewicz – Ballade in C-sharp Minor, Op. 42
Bach – Prelude & Fugue No. 17 in A-flat Major, BWV886 Book 2
Scriabin – Sonata No. 9 “Black Mass”, Op. 68
Schubert – Fantasy in C Major “Wanderer Fantasy”, D760
Roger is 17 years old and a Year 12 student at The King’s School, holding an academic scholarship. He is undertaking the Music 2 and Music Extension Courses for his HSC. This year, Roger is a School Prefect and Captain of Music, as well as being a member of the Symphonic Concert Band and the Senior Stage Band, playing the saxophone. He also plays the pipe organ for school functions. Roger obtained his AMusA when he was 12 and in 2009 he was awarded an LMusA and LTCL (Trinity College London), both with distinction. Roger has been learning the piano from John Zeng since he was five. Three years later, he won his first competition and has since gone on to win many eisteddfods around Sydney. His most notable achievements include winning the Chopin Section (15/u) in 2007 and the Allan’s Junior Piano Award in 2008. Earlier in 2010, Roger was selected for the Australia Talented Youth Project for a mentoring program under Dr. Geoffrey Lancaster AM. He was also interviewed and performed Rigoletto Paraphrase (Franz Liszt), live to air in the ABC Radio Canberra studio. In 2010, Roger performed an hour-long live recital on 2MBS FM in December, his prize for winning the Roger Woodward award at the Ryde Eisteddfod.
Nicholas is currently a university student studying Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He began piano studies at the age of six and has been awarded his AMusA, LMusA and FMusA. He performs regularly in concert, recital and competition and is recognised by Steinway & Sons as a Young Steinway Artist. Nicholas has won prizes from Eisteddfods of Sydney, Parramatta, Ryde, Hawkesbury, Penrith, Northern Beaches, St. George, the United Music Teachers of New South Wales, Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy, Yamaha Australian Youth Piano Competition, the Federated Music Clubs of Australia and the University of Sydney. He has given solo recitals in Sydney, Forbes, Southbank, Montville and Gisborne. Nicholas has also performed piano concertos with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Adelaide, and West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth.
ADJUDICATION: Professor Michael Brimer
Michael Brimer has a broad musical background as pianist, chamber musician, organist, conductor and academic. Studies at the University of Cape Town, the Royal College of Music and the Royal School of Church Music in London and at the University of Cambridge, led to an academic career that brought appointments at the University of Western Australia as Lecturer, Monash University as Senior Lecturer, the University of Natal as Foundation Professor of Music, the University of Cape Town as Dean of the Faculty of Music and the University of Melbourne where he was for nine years the Ormond Professor of Music and for five years Dean of the Faculty. He was appointed Professor Emeritus on leaving Melbourne and subsequently has been based in Sydney while performing and lecturing. He has performed the complete series of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas five times, has performed the complete piano music of Schumann in a live broadcast recital series and broadcast the complete sonatas of Schubert. He has performed all four of Tchaikovsky’s works for piano and orchestra in a series with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.