ARTISTS

“There is a resurgence of interest in this hugely creative period of English music and now is the perfect time to give the works fresh, insightful and crafted readings. Celia, with her fellow members of Artaria, can do just that.”

KEVIN ROPER, PRODUCER/PRESENTER, ABC CLASSIC FM

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Konstantin Shamray | Piano

Konstantin Shamray was born in Novosibirsk and began piano studies at the age of six in the Kemerovo Music School with Natalia Knobloch. From 1996 he continued his studies in Moscow at the Gnessin Special Music School, in 2003 at the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music with Tatiana Zelikman and more recently with Vladimir Tropp. Since winning the Concertino-Prague international competition in 2000, Konstantin Shamray has appeared throughout Russia, Europe and the United States, and in China, in recitals and as a soloist with leading orchestras. Overwhelming triumph in 2008 in the Sydney International Piano Competition, with six special prizes, brought three successful tours in all states of Australia, in New Zealand and Singapore. In 2009 he appeared at the Ruhr and Bochum Piano Festivals in Germany. In October 2011 he won first prize in the German Bad Kissingen Klavier Olympiade.

Elizabeth Layton | Violin

Elizabeth Layton is currently Head of Strings at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide. Born in London, she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and the Juilliard School, New York. Elizabeth has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout the UK and Europe and was Leader of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

She has toured and recorded extensively with the Nash Ensemble, giving concerts in Europe, North America, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand and was also a member of Trio Zingara. Among appearances at major international festivals, were recordings of complete piano trios of Beethoven (nominated for a Gramophone Award) and trios of Ravel, Schubert and Shostakovich. Other discs include violin and piano works of Schubert (Daily Telegraph ‘CD Choice’) as well as chamber music for DG, Hyperion, BIS and Chandos.

For over a decade, Elizabeth was Concertmaster of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, performing frequently for the BBC and making a number of CDs. Since moving to Australia in 2010, she has appeared regularly in recital and chamber music concerts and leads many Australian orchestras, including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

“Elizabeth Layton’s violin wrapped the piece in eloquence.” – Ewart Shaw, Selby and Friends, 2015

Anne Horton | Violin

Anne Horton established an outstanding reputation nationally and internationally as a member of the Tankstream Quartet later becoming the Australian String Quartet. The Tankstream Quartet won several prestigious awards including first prize in the Cremona and Osaka International String Quartet Competitions.

Anne has performed in many major European cities including Hamburg, Berlin, London, Paris, Copenhagen, Cologne, Zagreb, Budapest, Belgrade, Frankfurt, Reggio Emilia and in New York.

Anne has been broadcast extensively in Australia on ABC Classic FM and has been featured on NDR (North German Radio), the BBC and Radio France and televised in Austria, Australia Denmark and Japan. Also, while a member of the ASQ she released several CDs for ABC Classic FM including works of Debussy, Ravel and Schubert.

Anne holds a Bachelor and Masters of Music Performance from The Australian Institute of Music under the tutelage of Alice Waten. At the completion of her Masters in 2004 she undertook further studies in the chamber Music class of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Cologne Hochschule fur Musik.

Anne has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with many highly acclaimed performers including Angela Hewitt, Sarah Macliver, Li- Wei, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Piers Lane.

Caroline Henbest | Viola

Born in England, Caroline Henbest studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music with Robert Masters and David Takeno. After 10 years as violist in the Mistry string quartet, she moved to Australia to take up the position of Principal Viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Caroline has performed concertos with the ACO in Australia, USA, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Spain and the UK. She has regularly partnered Richard Tognetti in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Though she left the orchestra as a full time player in 2002, Caroline currently holds a part time position with the ACO.

Caroline has worked extensively as a teacher, having taught at Monash University, Melbourne University, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she fulfilled a year’s contract as Senior Lecturer.

In 2007 Caroline was a jury member for the 5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. She is a regular participant at chamber music festivals throughout the world, including the IMS Prussia Cove 2007 tour, which was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society chamber music award.

Since 2008 Caroline has been based in London and Sydney. She has performed as Guest Principal Viola with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Glyndebourne on Tour.

www.aco.com.au/about/musicians/caroline_henbest

Helen Ayres | Violin

Helen Ayres Violin

Helen Ayres is a Doctoral graduate of the University of Melbourne and founding member of Seraphim Trio, who were awarded Best Classical Album in the ARIA awards 2019 with their collaboration with singer songwriter Paul Kelly entitled Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds. 

Helen has appeared as guest with numerous Australian small ensembles including Flinders Quartet, Syzygy, the Australian Octet and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Seraphim Trio has recorded numerous CDs for ABC Classics including The History of the Piano Trio.

“… absolute sonic cohesion and uniform musical maturity … a masterclass in chamber music technique and ensemble.”

– The Australian, re Seraphim Trio

Helen is a past member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with Orchestra Victoria and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. 

After spending two years living in London observing pedagogy at the Yehudi Menuhin School, performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras across England, Scotland, Germany, Austria and China, Helen and her family have now returned to live in Adelaide.

Linda Garrett | Viola

Linda Garrett graduated from the University of Queensland with a B. Mus. and university medal in 2001 and went on to complete an M. Phil. in 2003.

Linda was a member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008-14 and has been playing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since returning to Australia in 2014.

She has also worked with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Macau Orchestra, Singapore Symphony and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.

Josh Van Konkelenburg | Organ

Josh Van Konkelenberg Organ

Thomas Marlin | Cello

Thomas Marlin Cello

Highly sought after as a soloist and chamber musician, Thomas Marlin has been heard in concert halls including Wigmore Hall in London, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall in Melbourne, the Rudolfinum in Prague, broadcast on ABC Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. Recent collaborations include distinguished musicians from the Adelaide, 

Queensland, Sydney and London Symphony Orchestras, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as regular appearances with members of the Australian Piano Quartet, Seraphim Trio, and former members of the Australian String Quartet.

Thomas regularly appears with Adelaide Baroque and Ensemble Galante, and in chamber music recitals for the National Trust of South Australia, solo appearances with the Southern Cross Soloists (Brisbane) and Adelaide Chamber Singers, Adelaide Wind Orchestra, and featured as the solo cellist for State Opera SA’s 2019 production of Ross Edwards’ “Christina’s World” in the presence of the composer. He also performed David Matthew’s “Journeying Songs” for the Elgar Society’s AGM in the presence of the composer, worked with Thomas Adès at the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, Cornwall.

Thomas has joined with pianist Mekhla Kumar to form Duo Rasa, sparked by their performance that saw Kumar receive the Geoffrey Parsons Award for collaborative piano. In historical performance, Thomas has trained with l’Orchestre des Champs Élysées under Philippe Herreweghe, attending their youth orchestra programme, Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye.

Thomas holds a Masters with Distinction in Music Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), following studies at the Universities of Singapore and Tasmania. His principal teachers were Janis Laurs, Christian Wojtowicz, Li Wei Qin and Louise Hopkins.

Rosalind Martin | Soprano

Rosalind Martin Soprano

Rosalind Martin began her studies in Adelaide as a clarinettist, but her love of singing persuaded her to complete a first-class Honours degree in voice. 

She won several major singing prizes including the Melbourne Sun Aria and a German Academic Exchange Scholarship. She spent several years in Europe and performed with Glyndebourne, Mecklenburgh, Pimlico and Kent Opera companies. 

A scholarship from the Britten Pears school in Aldeburgh enabled her to study with such distinguished artists as Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Suzanne Danco, Ileana Cortrubas and Kurt Equiluz. 

Since returning to Adelaide, Rosalind has appeared with State Opera and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has made several broadcasts with the ABC, Radio Adelaide and 5MBS. She appears regularly in the Elder Hall Lunchtime and Evening Series and has performed in the Barossa and Coriole Music Festivals. 

She also enjoys teaching and is a part-time lecturer in voice at the Elder Conservatorium.

Michael Ierace | Piano

Michael Ierace Piano

Michael Ierace has been described as a ‘musician of integrity and maturity’ and his playing as ‘revelatory’.  

Born and raised in Adelaide, he completed his university education through to Honours level with teachers Stefan Ammer and Lucinda Collins, gaining a scholarship in every year of undergraduate study, culminating in him receiving the prestigious, seldom awarded Elder Overseas Scholarship to help further his studies in London. He has participated in master classes with Leif Ove Andsnes, Piers Lane, Malcolm Martineau, Kathryn Stott and with Boris Berman as part of the Adelaide Festival.

In 2009, he made his professional debut with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in the presence of the Premiere of South Australia and the Polish Ambassador.

Michael completed his Postgraduate Diploma and Artists Diploma with Distinction at the Royal College of Music with Professor Andrew Ball in London. Selected as an RCM Rising Star, Michael Ierace was awarded the Hopkinson Silver medal in the Chappell Competition, the RCM’s most celebrated keyboard award, selected as a Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment and awarded the Gilbert and Eileen Edgar Junior Fellowship twice.

‘In my capacity as Lord Mayor of Adelaide, I host many varied functions at the Town Hall … with all manner of VIP’s and dignitaries… this has required Michael to be confident, versatile and personable but most of all capable and extremely good at what he does… In all facets, Michael has excelled himself and without doubt has been one of our best and most popular pianists to date.’

Former Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Michael Harbison

In the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition, he received the  Coutts & Co Award for Keyboard and was  awarded the Accompanist Prize—the only pianist in the competition’s distinguished history to have received both awards.

He has since been invited twice to perform at the ROSL’s series of recitals at the Edinburgh Fringe.   

A prize-winner of International Haverhill Sinfonia Soloists Competition, plus many specialist awards, Michael was placed on the Phillip & Dorothy Green Young Concert Artistscheme. As a result of these awards he has performed extensively throughout the UK and performed in many of the major halls in London including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, St James, Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Since moving back to Australia, Michael regularly performs throughout the country and is sought after as an associate artist to national and international guests, he was also repetiteur for the Australian premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the Adelaide Festival.

Michael is currently a staff pianist at the Elder Conservatorium.