Sunday 18th September, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Theme & Variations Piano Services
Justin Wu, James Ruse Agricultural High School
Beethoven: Sonata Opus 10 No 3 1st and 2nd movements
Faure: Impromptu in F minor Opus 31
Arutunian: Dance of Sassoon
Scriabin: Four Preludes Opus 33
Moszkowski: Caprice Espagnol Opus 37
James Guan, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Vine: A Short Story, Filligree from Anne Landa Preludes
Beethoven: Sonata op. 2 no. 3 – 1st movement
Chopin: Nocturne op. 37 no. 2
Ravel: Un Barque sur l’Ocean from Miroirs
Chopin: Etude op 25 no 3
Rachmaninov: Etudes Tableaux op 39 no 4
Chopin: Etude op 25 no 11
Justin is a Year 7 student studying at James Ruse Agricultural High School. He started learning to play the piano at five years old and was inspired by seeing world class pianists perform on television and was especially fascinated by how they managed to produce such virtuosity with perfect ease. Dr. Paul Rickard-Ford has been Justin’s teacher since October 2010 while he was preparing for his A.Mus.A exam. Justin passed his A.MusA in June 2011 and also achieved many prizes in eisteddfods in the same year including first place in the 12 year and under sections of various periods in the Sutherland Shire, Parramatta and St George Eisteddfods and second place in the Sydney Eisteddfod. Aside from music, Justin is also an outstanding pupil having achieved many academic awards. In 2010 he obtained the highest score for the Selective Schools Test.
20 year old James Guan was born in Sydney and showed musical promise from a very early age. He began learning the piano accordion at the age of six and changed to piano at the age of seven. James attended the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China from 2000-2002, then the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School from 2003. He began studies with Paul Rickard-Ford in 2007. He is presently a third year student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the recipient of the Vimpani and Bessie Cook Scholarships. He was the winner of the Keyboard Unit’s Concerto Competition and a finalist in the national Lev Vlassenko Competition in 2009. In addition to these successes, James was a featured artist at City Recital Hall, Angel Place and performed numerous solo recitals in China to great critical acclaim.
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.