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Five young composers present five new works for five Steinway concert grands


15 June 2012

The event marks the arrival of the five new Steinway concert grand pianos from Germany.
The event marks the arrival of the five new Steinway concert grand pianos from Germany.

To mark the arrival in Australia of five new Steinway concert grands - with a collective value of more than $1.25 million - music composition students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music have created five new five-minute works to be played on the five pianos simultaneously.

Matthew Hindson, the renowned composer and chair of composition studies at the Sydney Conservatorium, selected the five best submissions from his students to be performed this weekend (16 June) at the Theme & Variations showroom in Willoughby.

"It is very unusual to have any performance with five pianos," Associate Professor Hindson says.

"It presents all sorts of interesting challenges for the people writing music. From a logistical point it is extremely unusual: you have to have five pianos to rehearse it, to begin with.

"On the other hand, our students - David Kemp, Virginia Botha, Milo Carter, Anne Qiang Wang and Joseph Power - are of such a high musical standard that I am confident this opportunity will result in five fantastic pieces."

Associate Professor Hindson organised this special event in collaboration with Ara Vartoukian, a piano technician and the Australian distributor of Steinways, to celebrate the arrival of the five new concert grands from the Hamburg factory. Each piano is worth approximately a quarter of a million dollars and will be sold after the concert.

Associate Professor Hindson is one of the most performed and commissioned composers of his generation. He has been particularly successful in attracting young audiences to classical music and the concert hall, and his work has been widely performed by chamber groups and orchestras internationally.

His music often displays influences of popular music styles within a classical music context: musical elements such as driving repeated rhythms and loud dynamic levels are typically found in many of his compositions.

The opportunity to study under his guidance has resulted in a record number of 110 students who are currently enrolled in composition studies at the Conservatorium.


Event details

What: Five young composers present five new works for five Steinway concert grands

When: 6pm, Saturday 16 June

Where: Theme & Variations Showroom, 451 Willoughby Road, Willoughby

Cost: This event is free and open to the public


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