For the final concert in the Selby & Friends 2013 series, pianist Kathryn Selby indeed meets up with old friends violinist Sophie Rowell and cellist Julian Smiles to perform two cornerstones of the chamber music repertoire, the Piano Trio in E flat major opus 1 no 1 by Beethoven and the Piano Trio No.4 in E minor, Op.90 ‘Dumky’ by Dvořák, and a lesser-‐ known rarity by Spanish composer Joaquín Turina called Circulo, opus 91. (Circle).
Julian Smiles says “Dvorak’s Dumky Trio is a work I always find profoundly moving to hear and play. It is full of simple beauty, surprises that take your breath away, and wild passion.” A former principal cello with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and frequent guest principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Smiles is currently cellist with Australia Ensemble, the University of New South Wales’ acclaimed resident chamber music ensemble, and the highly successful Goldner String Quartet.
Adelaide-‐born violinist Sophie Rowell led the Australian String Quartet until 2011. She has given concerts and broadcasts in Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand. The Quartet won the 2005 Cremona String Quartet Competition and the 2002 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Since 2012 Rowell has pursued her career here and overseas as a soloist, chamber musician and an orchestra principal.
Founder, Artistic Director and pianist Kathryn Selby AM, is a highly regarded chamber music pianist in Australia. In January 2013 Selby was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her work as a concert pianist and chamber music performer. She began her piano studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and then attended the Curtis Institute of Music and Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia. She graduated with a Master’s degree from New York’s Juilliard School. She has recorded extensively throughout her career and is the recipient of both Churchill and Australia Council Fellowships.
Joaquín Turina – Circulo, Op.91
Ludwig v. Beethoven – Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 1 #1
Antonin Dvořák – Piano Trio No.4 in E minor, Op.90 ‘Dumky’
Sophie Rowell – violin/ Julian Smiles -‐ cello/ Kathryn Selby – piano
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