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Alan Vivian

Alan Vivian commenced his studies in Sydney, Australia, and, after winning first prize in the National Young Performer’s Competition, at the Hochschule fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, where he was a student of Professor Alfred Prinz, Solo Clarinet of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

His career since returning to Australia has made him one of the country’s highest profile musicians. He has held the long-term orchestral positions of Principal Clarinet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as Guest Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony in London and with the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, as well as acting as Principal Clarinet with all of Australia’s major symphony orchestras.

As a chamber musician he has been a permanent member of the Australia Ensemble, performing the masterpieces of the chamber repertoire for clarinet throughout Europe, the USA, China and Australasia. He is currently a member of the Canberra Wind Soloists. As a concerto soloist and recitalist he has toured extensively: his performance touring has taken him to over twenty countries on five continents. He has recorded for the Sony, EMI, Polygram, ABC Classics and Revolve labels, and is a featured artist in Pamela Weston’s book: “Clarinet Virtuosi of Today”.

As a teacher, Alan Vivian has presented master classes throughout Australia and the world; most recently as a Visiting Artist at the Paris Conservatoire. Former students are scattered throughout the globe, having been competition prizewinners, recipients of international scholarships, and occupying permanent positions in Australia’s orchestras. Alan has been a School of Music faculty member since 1985.

David Pereira

Born in Macksville NSW, David commenced his cello studies in Canberra, continuing at the NSW State Conservatorium, studying with John Painter, and at Indiana University with Fritz Magg.  Other major musical influences came from Robert Pikler, Janos Starker and Menachem Pressler.

Principal Cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony, David was also founding cellist with Australia’s pre-eminent chamber group, the Australia Ensemble.  From 1990 until 2008 he was Senior Lecturer in Cello at the ANU School of Music, where he continues to teach.

His repertoire is wide ranging, including creative collaborations with Australian composers, dancers and visual artists. In addition to his recordings, David has written three books on the art of cello playing and teaching, and has composed several works for cello, the most recent being “Unity is Strength” based upon an item housed at the National Museum of Australia. David plays on the RAG Holmes cello, kindly on loan from the Holmes family.

Alan Hicks

A graduate of the Newcastle Conservatorium and the Royal Northern College of Music, Alan Hicks was appointed Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the RNCM and subsequently appointed to the position of Accompanist and Tutor in Piano.

During his 15 years in the UK, Alan performed at major London venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and St John’s Smith Square. As a member of the King Piano Trio he appeared at the 2000 Three Choirs Festival and as part of Lord Menuhin’s “Live Music Now!” concert program, as well as touring Italy and England with the Bennelong Ensemble. He also recorded an award-winning CD with clarinettist Kate Romano: “20th Century Music from the British Isles”.

In 2003 Alan returned to Australia and was subsequently appointed Vocal Coach and Accompanist at the ANU School of Music.

In demand as a recital partner for eminent Australian and international performers, Alan has broadcast for ABC Classic FM, tours nationally with Sydney-based contemporary music group Kammer and in 2006 gave the world premiere of “Gate of Water by Anne Boyd”.  Alan Hicks was Assistant Musical Director, Repetiteur and Language Coach for the School of Music’s 2005 productions of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.

Katherine Day

Katherine Day began piano studies at the age of four and holds degrees from the Victorian College of the Arts and the Royal College of Music. Based in Australia since 2003, Katherine has appeared as soloist and associate artist throughout Victoria, the ACT and NSW. She has broadcast live to air for ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM. Concerto appearances have included Easton’s Concerto for Piano Accordian, Piano and Strings, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Mozart’s Concerto No. 20, Ravel’s Concerto pour la main gauche, and Rhapsody in Blue. Katherine was a tutor on the 2007&8 Complete Pianist international masterclass Surrey, UK.


Elena Kats-Chernin

Elena Kats-Chernin studied music in Moscow, Sydney and Hanover (in Germany). Her music featured at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games and the 2003 Rugby World Cup and she received several awards, among them Sounds Australian Award in 1996, Jean Bogan Memorial Prize in 1996, as well as Green Room and Helpmann Awards in 2004 for the score for the ballet “Wild Swans” choreographed by Meryl Tankard for the Australian Ballet.

She was a recipient of the generous two-year Fellowship from the Australia Council in 2005-2006, as well as Ian Potter Commission Prize in 2004. The piece “Eliza Aria” from the CD “Wild Swans” (ABC Classics) has become very popular and reached nr 1 on UK I-Tunes Classical Charts due to its use in a series of animation TV commercials for Lloyds TSB since February 2007.

In 2008 and 2009 Elena wrote basset concerto “Ornamental Air” for UK virtuoso Michael Collins (premiered in North Carolina in 2008), as well as a percussion concerto “Golden Kitsch” for Claire Edwardes and Sydney Youth Orchestra (premiered July 2009 conducted by Max McBride), as well as a 25 min. piece for National Museum of Australia “Garden of Dreams” for orchestra (premiered May 2009, conducted by Roland Peelmann), she recently completed “Re-collecting ASTORoids” for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for premiere 1st October 2009. Elena’s music is represented by Boosey & Hawkes.

In addition to numerous pieces recorded on different compilations CD’s, Seven CD’s of her music have been released so far; “Clocks” ABC Classics, ”Unceremonious Processions” German label Wergo, ”Purple Black & Blues” Tall Poppies, ”Wild Swans” ABC Classics, ”Ragtime & Blue” UK label Signum, ”Chamber of Horrors” Tall Poppies, and  ”Slow Food” (Elena playing her piano pieces) Tall Poppies. Three of Elena’s CD’s have been nominated for ARIA awards.

Miroslav Bukovsky (1944- )

Born in Czechoslovakia, Miroslav is now recognised as one of Australia’s leading jazz trumpeters, educators and prolific composers. He has performed in Australia with many groups including Bob Bertles’ Moontrane, the Bruce Cale Orchestra, The Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra, KMA Orchestra, the Freeboppers, the Daly-Wilson Big Band, Monica and the Moochers, Carl Orr, Jackie Orszaczsky, The Mighty Reapers, the Australian Art Orchestra.

From the late 70’s to the late 80’s, Miroslav toured extensively throughout Australia and Asia with Marcia Hines, Australian Crawl, The Eurogliders, Jimmi Barnes and Renee Geyer. In 1986 he was a vital part of the formation of “Ten Part Invention” with John Pochee and Roger Frampton, and was active as a composer for this band, and for his own band “Major Minority”, formed in 1987 which also performed original compositions.

1991 saw the formation of Miroslav’s prolific ARIA award-winning band WANDERLUST that exhibits the talents of six of Australia’s finest Jazz musicians. WANDERLUST has recorded four albums and has played at numerous national and international jazz festivals including the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the prestigious Villa Calimontana Jazz Festival and the Ten Part Invention tour of the USA in 2004.

Miroslav has won the Jazz Action Society’s Jazz Composers Competition several times. He has composed film scores for multi award winning “My Mother’s India” and “A Good Man”. He continues to perform and fulfil session bookings in Sydney and is currently a Lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Australian National University.

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