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Umberto Clerici with ANAM @ Ukaria Cultural Centre
Oct 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

What can be considered an ‘Italian Sound’? Does it come from the old Italian string instruments, or from the long tradition of opera and bel canto that made Italian music known around the world?

There is no one more suitable to answer such a question than the charismatic Italian cellist Umberto Clerici. He leads students from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) through a beautifully evocative journey chronicling the history of a nation in sound.


Giovanni Sollima (b.1962)

Hell I from Songs from the Divine Comedy

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)

Concerto per violoncello e orchestra in A minor, RV420

I. Andate
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

Ezio Bosso (b.1971)

The Sea Prayer for cello and strings


Giachino Rossini (1792–1868)

Sonata a quattro (String Symphony) No.3 in C major

I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Allegro

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)

Crisantemi (version for string orchestra)

Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)

Quartetto per archi in E minor (version for string orchestra)

I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Prestissimo
IV. Scherzo Fuga. Allegro assai mosso

Followed by Dinner at 7.30pm (separate booking required).

Photo: Laura Stanca

Meow Meow with Iain Grandage @ Ukaria Cultural Centre
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

‘There is, in fact, nothing that this woman cannot do… Her voice is astonishing.’

– The Telegraph UK

Music, dance, theatre, writing. Post-post-modern diva Meow Meow has hypnotised, inspired and terrified audiences globally with unique creations and sell-out seasons from New York’s Lincoln Centre to London’s West End.

She’s been named one of the top performers of the year by The New Yorker, labelled ‘The Queen of Chanson’ by the Berliner Zeitung, and described as ‘a phenomenon’ by the Australian press. She’s performed at the Berlin Philharmonie with Pink Martini, had solo works commissioned by the likes of David Bowie, and written original repertoire with Iain Grandage. Blending performance art, cabaret and pop culture into a style that defies classification, Meow Meow is a force to be reckoned with.

Meow Meow | vocals/piano
Iain Grandage | cello/arrangements
Dan Witton | bass

Emily Sun with Clemens Leske @ Ukaria Cultural Centre
Nov 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Australian violinist Emily Sun is rapidly gaining international recognition as a rising soloist. She was recently named the 2018 ABC Young Performer of the Year, following her performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She has been a prizewinner of competitions in Russia, the UK, Austria and Italy, and starred in the acclaimed documentary Mrs Carey’s Concert (2011).

She is joined by Clemens Leske (piano) to perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No.3, Poulenc’s Violin Sonata FP119, Gershwin’s Three Preludes (transcribed by Jascha Heifetz) and the Richard Strauss Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op.18.

Emily Sun | violin
Clemens Leske | piano


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Sonata for Piano and Violin No.3 in E flat major, Op.12

I. Allegro con spirit
II. Adagio con molta espressione
III. Rondo: Allegro molto

Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)

Sonata for Violin and Piano, FP119

I. Allegro con fuoco
II. Intermezzo
III. Presto tragico


George Gershwin (1898–1937)

Three Preludes (transcribed by Jascha Heifetz)

No.1 in B flat major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
No.2 in C sharp minor: Andante con moto e poco rubato
No.3 in E flat minor: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

Richard Strauss (1864–1949)

Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op.18

I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Improvisation: Andante cantabile
III. Finale: Andante – Allegro

Photo: John Zhang

Goldner String Quartet @ Ukaria Cultural Centre
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

‘Quartet-playing of the rarest quality.’

– The Guardian

It is always a joy to welcome Dene Olding (violin), Dimity Hall (violin), Irina Morozova (viola) and Julian Smiles (cello) back to UKARIA. Almost twenty-five years after their inception, the Goldner String Quartet still retains all four founding members – a remarkable achievement for any Australian ensemble. They’ve recorded the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle on ABC Classics, and released over ten discs on Hyperion, cementing their reputation as an ensemble of international significance.

Dene Olding | violin
Dimity Hall | violin
Irina Morozova | viola
Julian Smiles | cello


Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

String Quartet in C major, Op.76 No.3 Emperor

I. Allegro
II. Poco adagio; cantabile
III. Menuetto. Allegro
IV. Finale. Presto

Carl Vine (b.1954)

String Quartet No.6 ‘Child’s Play’ (2017)

I. Play
II. Concentration
III. Friendship
IV. Sleep
V. Running


Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

String Quartet in A minor, Op.51 No.2

I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Quasi Minuetto, moderato
IV. Finale. Allegro non assai

Followed by Dinner at 8.15pm (separate booking required).

Photo: Keith Saunders

Trio Marvin @ Ukaria Cultural Centre
Nov 10 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

‘As for the grand prize of $30,000, it went to Trio Marvin, a group worth watching for their dedication, insights, and a performance bravado that catches your breath.’

– Clive O’Connell, The Sydney Morning Herald

Violinist Marina Grauman and pianist Vita Kan were born in Russia, while Lithuanian-born cellist Marius Urba grew up in Germany. A shared passion for the music of Soviet composers brought them together as an ensemble in 2016, and only a few months later they were awarded prizes at competitions in Berlin and Italy.

In July 2018 they took out the Grand Prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Trio Marvin bring a fiery brilliance to everything they touch. Hear them at the beginning of their international career as they play Fauré, Brahms and Shostakovich at UKARIA in a tour facilitated by Musica Viva Australia.

Marina Grauman | violin
Marius Urba | cello
Vita Kan | piano


Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)

Piano Trio in D minor, Op.120

I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andantino
III. Allegro vivo

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

Piano Trio No.3 in C minor, Op.101

I. Allegro energico
II. Presto non assai
III. Andante grazioso
IV. Allegro molto


Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975)

Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op.67

I. Andante
II. Allegro con brio
III. Largo
IV. Allegretto

Photo: Michael Hübner

Seraphim Trio with Martin Alexander @ Ukaria Cultural Centre
Nov 17 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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

– The Australian

Over the past two decades, the Seraphim Trio have established themselves as one of Australia’s most enduring chamber ensembles. All three of its members – Helen Ayres (violin), Timothy Nankervis (cello) and Anna Goldsworthy (piano) – studied at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and are now committed to passing down their knowledge for the benefit of future generations.

They play Haydn’s Gypsy Trio, before being joined by recent ANAM alumnus Martin Alexander (viola) in Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478 and Dvořák’s Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.87.

The ANAM Artists program is supported by John T Reid Charitable Trusts and the Bowness Family Foundation.

Helen Ayres | violin
Martin Alexander | viola
Timothy Nankervis | cello
Anna Goldsworthy | piano


Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

Piano Trio in G major, Hob.XV:25 Gypsy

I. Andante
II. Poco adagio, cantabile
III. Rondo a l’Ongarese: Presto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, K.478

I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo


Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)

Piano Quartet No.2 in E flat major, Op.87

I. Allegro con fuoco
II. Lento
III. Allegro moderato, grazioso
IV. Finale. Allegro, ma non troppo

Photo: Wolfgang Schmidt

Madeleine Easton, Celia Craig and Josh van Konkelenberg @ Ukaria Cultural Centre
Nov 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Violinist Madeleine Easton returns to Australia after leading major orchestras and baroque ensembles in the UK and Europe. Madeleine is part of the Australian World Orchestra and artistic director and founder of Australia’s newest dedicated Bach ensemble, ‘Bach Akademie Australia’. Easton is performing with Celia Craig on oboe and Josh van Konkelenberg on organ and continuo for a special concert on the theme of ‘Baroque Metamorphosis’.

A very fine continuo chamber organ (made by Kenneth Tickell & Company Ltd) will be brought to UKARIA for this concert.

The program features JS Bach Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin, Handel Trio Sonata in G major, Vitali Chaconne and more.

Steve Davislim with Daniel de Borah – Liederabend @ Ukaria Cultural Centre
Dec 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

‘Steve Davislim is worth being spoken of in the same breath as his predecessors of similar voice – Peter Anders and Fritz Wunderlich – and praise can hardly be higher than that.’

– Gramophone

There are few voices in Australia – or indeed the world – that come anywhere close to matching Malaysian-born Australian tenor Steve Davislim. In 2017 he gave a phenomenally powerful performance of Schubert’s Winterreise at UKARIA as part of the Adelaide Festival. A deeply expressive musician with a mesmeric stage presence, Steve has a voice that will break your heart.

He returns in December 2019, this time with pianist Daniel de Borah – an artist who is consistently praised for the grace, finesse and imaginative intelligence of his performances. Together they celebrate the four pillars of Austro-German art song: Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss.

Steve Davislim | tenor
Daniel de Borah | piano


Franz Schubert (1797–1828)

An Sylvia, Op.106 No.4
Der Wanderer an den Mond, Op.80 No.1
An Mignon, Op.19 No.2
Du bist die Ruh, Op.59 No.3

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

Von ewiger Liebe, Op.43 No.1
Lerchengesang, Op.70 No.2
Sonntag, Op.47 No.3
Dein blaues Auge, Op.59 No.8
Verzagen, Op.72 No.4
Feldeinsamkeit, Op.86 No.2
Hiemweh II, Op.63 No.8
Ständchen, Op.106 No.1


Hugo Wolf (1860–1903)

Mörike Lieder

Er ist’s
Verschwiegene Liebe
Zum neuen Jahr
Der Feuerreiter

Richard Strauss (1864–1949)

Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op.29 No.1
Allerseelen, Op.10 No.8
Ständchen, Op.17 No.2
Ich trage meine Minne, Op.32 No.1
Morgen, Op.27 No.4
Zueignung, Op.10 No.1

Photo: Sava Vemic

Australian String Quartet @ Ukaria Cultural Centre
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Claude Debussy’s quest to liberate sensuality led a revolution in French musical identity. His String Quartet in G minor replaces rigid thematic structures with a free flow of colours, motifs and gestures. The vibrancy and energy for which Nigel Westlake is renowned make his eagerly-awaited new string quartet – a special commission by the ASQ – a splendid companion to that of the great French composer.

Includes Devonshire tea served prior to the performance from 10.00am.

Dale Barltrop | violin
Francesca Hiew | violin
Stephen King | viola
Sharon Grigoryan | cello


Claude Debussy (1862–1918)

String Quartet in G minor, Op.10

I. Animé et très decide
II. Assez vif et bien rythmé
III. Andantino, doucement expressif
IV. Très modéré – En animant peu à peu – Très mouvementé et avec passion

Nigel Westlake (b.1958)

String Quartet No.3* (Premiere Season)

*Commissioned by the ASQ with generous support from Carl Wood, and Don and Veronica Aldridge.

Photo: Jacqui Way