In the media - Jenny plays the platypus of strings

2 September 2010

Con alumnus Jenny Eriksson, a master of the viola da gamba, is on a national concert tour with her chamber music group, The Marais Project, featuring baroque music.

The Southern Highlands News reports that Eriksson was recently named as "one of our top 20 classical musicians" by former Sydney Morning Herald chief music critic Fred Blanks.

She describes the viola da gamba - which is the same size as a cello, but has seven strings, frets like a guitar and is played with a bow - as the "platypus of the string family."

Eriksson met her husband Philip Pogson when they were studying at the Conservatorium. Although Philip no longer performs, he handles the marketing and promotion for The Marais Project.

She has performed with Opera Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and released two CDs of rare French music written for her instrument. Her most recent CD, Love Reconciled, was selected as CD of the week by radio stations around Australia, including the ABC.

Eriksson, who is renowned for making her concerts relaxed and fun for audiences, told the News: "Children don't hide their emotions; you know immediately whether they like you and your music. They need to be engaged.

"For some reason many classical musicians think adults are happy to sit there for 45 minutes and listen without a word being spoken by the musicians. I chat away between pieces and get the audience involved and even laughing."

Her performance at the Highlands Spring Concert will raise funds for the Triple Care Farm, which assists youth at risk, and Angel Tree, a charity that provides Christmas presents for children whose parents are in prison.

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