Soundboard September 2011 Issue


In this Newsletter

  1. Emerging Artists Concert 4
  2. Winners’ Recital with Anna Maksymova
  3. The Theme & Variations Foundation
  4. Theme & Variations Reward Program
  5. 2011 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition
  6. Steinway & Sons brush with Hollywood
  7. 2011 Australian Festival of Chamber Music wraps up
  8. New Steinway Delivery!
  9. For the Diary

Justin Wu

James Ruse Agricultural High School

Sonata op. 10 no. 3
1st and 2nd movements

Impromptu in F minor op. 31

Dance of Sassoon

Four Preludes op. 33

Caprice Espagnol op. 37


James Guan

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

A Short Story, Filligree
from Anne Landa Preludes

Sonata op. 2 no. 3
1st movement

Nocturne op. 37 no. 2

Un Barque sur l’Ocean from Miroirs

Etude op. 25 no. 3

Etudes Tableaux op. 39 no. 4

Etude op. 25 no. 11

Winners’ Recital with Anna Maksymova

Sunday 9 October 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Theme & Variations
451 Willoughby Rd, Willoughby

Theme & Variations Piano Services is proud to present the winner of the New Zealand Emerging Artists Winner for 2010. Following the recital, Professor Michael Brimer will announce the winner of this year’s Emerging Artists Winner for New South Wales. This is a free concert for our supporters. Please call us on 9958 9888 to register your attendance.


Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor Book 1


Sonata in a minor KV310


Dumka op.59


Moments Musicaux op.16 no.4 and no.5


— Interval —


“The Valley of Rocks”


Sonata op.2 no.2

About Anna

Anna Maksymova was born in Ukraine and started piano when she was six at the Donetsk music school for gifted children with Irina Zalevskaya. In 2002 she moved to New Zealand and continued to study piano with Peter Nagy and later with Judith Clark and Gao Ping. Anna has participated successfully in a number of competitions locally, such as Christchurch Competitions, Pacanz National Young Performer of the Year Competition and also overseas, in Sydney Eisteddfod. In 2009 she started her music degree at University of Canterbury and now she is in her third year studying with Professor Michael Endres. For the past two years Anna has performed in the “Outstanding Young Musicians in Concert” series in Christchurch School of Music. She also collaborated with acclaimed artist Galyna Kim to organise an exhibition with concert in Akaroa’s Powerhouse gallery. At the end of last year Anna won the Ruby Hay Scholarship and was the winner of the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Emerging Artist Series 2010. This year she was a semi-finalist in the Lev Vlassenko National Piano Competition in Brisbane.

The Theme & Variations Foundation is being set up by Ara and Nyree Vartoukian with the aim to support aspiring pianists through the provision of scholarships, grants, masterclasses and performance opportunities. Ara and Nyree announced their intention to form a Foundation in October 2009 and with the help of The Trust Company and some wonderful friends, the Foundation has handed its application for Deductible Gift Recipient Status (2) to the Australian Tax Office for approval. If you are interested in contributing to the Foundation and have not let us know, please get in touch by emailing so we can keep you informed of any more exciting developments.

Theme & Variations is pleased to announce Patricia Lawson (Kirribilli) as the winner of our Customer Reward Program for August. Earlier this year we announced that by booking a tuning with us, you will be automatically entered into a monthly competition draw where you could take your pick of two concert tickets to one of the many orchestras, venues and ensembles around Sydney and Brisbane which Theme & Variations supports. To book a tuning in NSW, call Service Manager, Ben Ward on 9958 9888 or email To book a tuning in QLD, call Alice Taylor on 07 3666 0650 or email

Every two years, Australia’s premiere national piano competition, the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, emerges to find new young talent. This year, twenty competitors played over two weeks at the Queensland Conservatorium. As the major sponsor, Theme & Variations provided the Steinway concert grand and practice pianos so that the competitors could exercise their fingers away from the stage.

In conjunction with the competition, Theme & Variations also supports the Schools Outreach Program which brings masterclasses and recitals to schools around Brisbane. Over two weeks, competitors performed a range of works from Bach to Bartok and Schumann to Scriabin, culminating in a concerto performance by four finalists supported by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel.

Theme & Variations would like to send special congratulations the winner of the 2011 First Prize, Quang Hong Luu and extend our well wishes to the other deserving finalists Benjamin Austin, Alex Raineri and Ayesha Gough. We hope to see you all representing Australia in the finals of the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition!

First our Steinway D-274 featured on Lex Luthor’s extravagant yacht in the film Superman Returns, and then our Steinway Model O-180 featured in Australia alongside Nichole Kidman. Now in its latest brush with fame, two Steinways (Model D-274 and Model A-188) are featuring in The Great Gatsby alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars when it began filming in early September. In keeping with Steinway style, the piano has never taken the limelight away from the main action, preferring to look grand and elegant in the background. Remember to keep an eye out for the pianos on film when the movie is released!

Some people who wandered into the Pit Building in Townsville after the F1 supercar exhausts had died away thought they had come across a mirage when they encountered 20 pianos and Ara and Nyree stationed in what normally is a carpark. But it was no illusion! Once a year, the Pit Building is transformed into Theme & Variations’ temporary residence in the far North when the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) comes to town.

Held over nine days in Townsville, the AFCM is an international chamber music festival which attracts over 30 chamber musicians from across the globe to perform in over 20 concerts. Audiences and performers were able to delight in the sounds of the Steinway-designed pianos and our Steinway pianos even got to participate in some unusual action, posing beach-side with Artistic Director and Steinway Artist, Piers Lane for the local papers.

The 2011 programme was a mix of some things old, some things new. Various composers were included to acknowledge important anniversaries this year such as Liszt, Mahler, and our very own Percy Grainger. In addition, the Festival also offers a Winterschool program, which provides emerging artists with invaluable mentoring from more experienced artists.

Ara and our Queensland based technician, Brian Wilson, tag-teamed throughout the event, travelling to Townsville so that our pianos were provided with around-the-clock attention.