Timothy Florence Death and the Child for solo viola with offstage piano
Elliott Gyger New Work for viola and piano (World Premiere)
Lisa Illean Terrain Vague for viola and piano (World Premiere)
Zubin Kanga New Work for piano, electronics with viola solo (World Premiere)
Brett Dean Rooms of Elsinore for viola and piano (Australian premiere)
Brett Dean viola
Zubin Kanga piano
In this recital, two of Australia’s leading musicians, Brett Dean and Zubin Kanga, return from Europe to perform together for the first time in a virtuosic all-Australian program.
All the works explore how memories and spaces become intricately connected. The centrepiece is Brett Dean’s Rooms of Elsinore. This seven-movement major work uses material from his recent opera based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet and “pursues a loose dramaturgy about the spaces where the action takes place, a bit like a guided tour of the venue.” The recital also features innovative and exquisite new works by Elliott Gyger, Lisa Illean and Zubin Kanga as well as a classic work by Timothy Florence. Sure to be an electrifying performance by two of Australia’s most exciting composer-performers.
More about the artists:
One of the most internationally performed composers of his generation, much of Brett Dean’s work draws from literary, political or visual stimuli. He has been commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra and LA Philharmonic among other leading orchestras, and in 2009 Dean won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for his violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing. In June 2017 his second opera Hamlet was premiered at Glyndebourne Festival Opera to great acclaim. Dean is 2017/18 Creative Chair at Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and is also Artist in Residence with the Sydney Symphony from 2016 -2018.
Pianist Zubin Kanga has collaborated with many of the world’s leading composers including Michael Finnissy, Thomas Adès and Beat Furrer, and has premiered more than 90 new works, focusing in recent years on interaction with new technologies. He has performed at international festivals including the BBC Proms, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Melbourne Festival, (Australia), Manifeste Festival (France) and Borealis Festival (Norway). He is a member of Ensemble Offspring, and has performed contemporary concerti with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.
Time, venue and program are subject to change