FRANZ SCHUBERT – Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D 821 (arr. for viola and piano)
MARIA GRENFELL – Desert Rain WORLD PREMIERE featuring guest artist Kaylie Melville
HENRI VIEUXTEMPS – Viola Sonata in B Major Op.36
STEFANIE FARRANDS, Viola
LEIGH HARROLD, Piano
KAYLIE MELVILLE, Percussion
Stefanie Farrands has been Principal Violist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 2015 , after living and studying in Berlin. She has performed with many renowned orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In Australia she has been a guest principal Violist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian World Orchestra and is a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. She is also the founding member of the Hamer Quartet which in 2009 won overall First Prize in the Asia Pacific Chamber Music competition. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Freedman Classical Fellowship.
Leigh Harrold enjoys a reputation as one of Australia’s busiest and most sought-after pianists. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America and Africa as both soloist and chamber musician. Currently Leigh holds positions on the Faculties of ANAM and the University of Melbourne, and is pianist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Melbourne-based percussionist Kaylie Melville is a soloist and chamber musician dedicated to new music performance. She is a core artist with new music pioneers Speak Percussion, a co-director of the contemporary ensemble Rubiks Collective and frequently works with leading Australian ensembles and orchestras.
Schubert’s posthumous Sonata for the Arpeggione, a sort of bowed guitar (here the viola), is an unusual and beautiful extended contemplation on the Neapolitan chord. This is followed by a new work by local composer Maria Grenfell, especially commissioned for this concert. And to conclude, Vieuxtemps’ romantic Sonata, with its oscillation between expressive maestoso, elegiac barcarola and lively scherzando, considered one of the gems of viola literature.
Photograph: Agatha Yim