Kristian Chong & Sophie Rowell


Tuesday 31 October 2023


Hobart Town Hall

This wonderful program from renowned Australian musicians Sophie Rowell and Kristian Chong features at its centrepiece one of the jewels of the sonata repertoire – the César Franck sonata – essentially a celebration of life, written by the composer as a wedding gift for the violinist Ysaÿe. This is paired with a delightful, energetic and buoyant sonata by Mozart and the Australian composer Margaret Sutherland with her enigmatic sonata. A brilliant program not to be missed.

Sonata for Piano and Violin K. 380 in E flat major
Margaret Sutherland
Sonata for Violin and Piano
César Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major

A wonderfully spirited performance which conveyed wistful and perky moments, and contained some delicately expressive phrasing.

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Kristian Chong


One of Australia's leading pianists, Kristian Chong has performed throughout Australia and the UK, and in China, France, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, and Zimbabwe. His wide-ranging performance schedule finds him equally at home as concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. As concerto soloist he has appeared with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras in the UK, New Zealand and China.

Sophie Rowell


Currently artistic director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and previous co-concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, violinist Sophie Rowell has had an extensive performing career as a soloist, chamber musician and principal orchestral violinist both in Australia and abroad. After winning the ABC Young Performer's Award in 2000 which resulted in solo performances with all major Australian symphony orchestras, Sophie founded the Tankstream Quartet which won string quartet competitions in Cremona and Osaka.

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