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November 2011
BEIJING HONOUR   View Summary
3 November 2011
On an official visit to China, last week, the Dean & Principal of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Professor Kim Walker, received an unexpected honour from the President of Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, Professor Wang Cizhao.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING AT APPLE WITH STRINGS ATTACHED   View Summary
3 November 2011
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has teamed up with Apple to offer Christmas shoppers at Apple's George Street store something different in the way of live music, every Thursday in November.
October 2011
ENDTIME   View Summary
28 October 2011
At the end of 2011, Professor Kim Walker will complete her second term as Dean & Principal of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a role she commenced in 2004. In a fitting tribute to her tenure as Dean, during which The Con has achieved unprecedented international ecognition, the SCM Symphony Orchestra will take on the challenge of Mahler's magnificent Ninth Symphony, under their Maestro, Professor Imre Palló, in a concert aptly titled "Endtime".
August 2011
Circus Maximus   View Summary
19 August 2011
CIRCUS MAXIMUS, one of the highlights of this year's Art&About Sydney festival, is a musical work that has never been performed in Australia and only very rarely elsewhere in the world, because of the sheer scale and the number of musicians required to stage it.
CONGRATULATIONS!   View Summary
11 August 2011
Conservatorium staff, students and alumni are celebrating a number of recent successes and awards. Associate Professor Kathryn Marsh and Lecturer in Music Education, Dr Jennifer Rowley, have each been awarded grants in excess of $200,000 by the Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC).
July 2011
CON OPERA STUDENTS TRIUMPH   View Summary
28 July 2011
The first of the year's major opera awards, the 2011 Lady Mary Fairfax New York Opera Scholarship, has been won by Clarissa Spata, who graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2004 as a Bachelor in Music Performance with distinction in Voice.
TAKING GLASS TO CHINA   View Summary
27 July 2011
A Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Damien Ricketson, is about to tour China with his innovative work, Fractured Again, performed by the group that he co-directs, Ensemble Offspring. This major multimedia production explores music made out of glass.
CON COMPOSERS HIT NEW HIGHS   View Summary
22 July 2011
Associate Prof Matthew Hindson AM, Chair of Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, is delighted by the number and variety of recent successes that he has to report for the whole range of Con composers: students, alumni and faculty members are having their new music performed all over the world.
STRINGS WINS AT ABC AND KU-RING-GAI   View Summary
7 July 2011
Two of Robin Wilson's violin students, Emily Sun and Grace Clifford, have won the major prizes in the ABC Young Performer of the Year (String Section) and the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra NSW Concerto Competition.
June 2011
In the media - Classical music decides to rock [The Australian]   View Summary
16 June 2011
It must be one of the strangest musical marriages on record: a shy composer whose austere music reaches into the realm of metaphysics; and a young virtuoso whose instrument of choice is that very emblem of rock 'n' roll hedonism, the electric guitar.
In the media - Classical music decides to rock [The Australian]   View Summary
16 June 2011
It must be one of the strangest musical marriages on record: a shy composer whose austere music reaches into the realm of metaphysics; and a young virtuoso whose instrument of choice is that very emblem of rock 'n' roll hedonism, the electric guitar.
SCM STUDENTS DOMINATE ABC YOUNG PERFORMER AWARDS FINALS   View Summary
8 June 2011
Third year Piano student Nicholas Young pipped Con Open Academy Rising Star, York Yu, in the Keyboards Final on Thursday 9 June. Four more students and one SCM graduate will compete in the Other Instruments and Strings Finals later in June.
May 2011
Saluti Armonici Concert at Carriageworks - Saturday 4 June 4.00pm   View Summary
31 May 2011
For musicians, the line between still being students and becoming professional musicians is often a hazy one. Top performers say they go on studying all their lives and some students start giving paid performances long before they qualify. Two current students at The Con, Anthony Albrecht and Tim Willis, have joined with three students or graduates of the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University to set up a tour for their Early Music quintet, Saluti Armonici.
YOUNG AUSTRALIAN CONDUCTOR WINS MAJOR INTERNATIONAL PRIZE   View Summary
27 May 2011
Australian conductor, Daniel Smith, has won a prestigious prize in the 5th Witold Lutosławski International Competition for Young Conductors, held in Białystok, Poland once every 5 years.
PAUL STANHOPE SCOOPS 2011 ART MUSIC AWARDS   View Summary
12 May 2011
Nearly 400 leading members of Australia's music community gathered at Sydney Theatre on May 3 to celebrate the 2011 Art Music Awards presented by APRA and The Australian Music Centre. Julian Morrow from ABC TV's The Chaser hosted the evening which was the culmination of a highly successful awards process with hundreds of nominations across a wide spectrum of contemporary music.
April 2011
FURTHER INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM FOR KATIA   View Summary
28 April 2011
Con alumna and award winning composer and performer, Katia Beaugeais has added to her growing list of international credits with two performances in Zagreb, Croatia this month.
ANDREJ KOUZNETSOV - WESTMINSTER ABBEY ORGAN SCHOLAR   View Summary
19 April 2011
While the eyes of the world will be on the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, The University of Sydney has good reason to celebrate another major milestone at the famous institution later this year.
ANDREJ KOUZNETSOV - WESTMINSTER ABBEY ORGAN SCHOLAR   View Summary
19 April 2011
While the eyes of the world will be on the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, The University of Sydney has good reason to celebrate another major milestone at the famous institution later this year.
March 2011
ILLUSTRIOUS "MISSING MUSOS" WELCOMED INTO SYDNEY UNIVERSITY FAMILY   View Summary
29 March 2011
More than 240 ex-students of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music have been formally welcomed into the University of Sydney alumni community in a special recognition ceremony at the main campus's Great Hall.
JANE RUTTER - NO LONGER A "MISSING MUSO"   View Summary
29 March 2011
There are not many achievements that North Shore resident and internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter hasn't posted in her stellar music career.
'CONCERT FOR CHRISTCHURCH'   View Summary
10 March 2011
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will host a special fundraising event this Sunday, 13 March to support the Australian Red Cross New Zealand Earthquake appeal.
2011 CONCERT CALENDAR - WHAT'S ON AT THE CON   View Summary
3 March 2011
Hundreds of concerts, recitals, masterclasses and other special events will be on offer to the public this year as part of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's 2011 Concert Calendar.
February 2011
In the news - Aston prove a YouTube smash hit   View Summary
28 February 2011
Classical music group Aston has become a YouTube sensation with its cover version of Lady Gaga's song 'Telephone' attracting more than one million hits in just 10 months.
In the news - Dr V still swinging   View Summary
28 February 2011
Con alumnus Vlad Khusid, better known to his students and fellow band members as Dr V, is surely one of Sydney's busiest jazz musicians and teachers.
YOUNG PIANIST WINS A BLIND DATE IN DENMARK   View Summary
11 February 2011
While most of his fellow students at Sydney's prestigious Conservatorium of Music have enjoyed a summer break, young pianist Tony Lee has been hard at work on campus preparing for his shot on the international stage.
January 2011
THE CON OFFICIALLY LISTED A STATE HERITAGE TREASURE   View Summary
28 January 2011
"A fitting tribue to a wonderful Sydney icon and a living treasure!" That is how Dean and Principal of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Professor Kim Walker described the formal listing of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on the State Heritage Register.
SEXTET IN THE CITY   View Summary
14 January 2011
Six of Sydney's most exciting young musicians have formed a new ensemble called Sextet in the City. Five of the six are current students or recent graduates and scholarship holders at The Con.
CON ALUMNUS JOINS YOUTUBE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2011   View Summary
12 January 2011
YouTube today announced the 101 musicians from all over the world who have been selected from over 2,000 applicants to form the YouTube Symphony Orchestra which will come to Sydney in March 2011. Four Australian musicians were chosen and the only Sydney resident is Mathisha Panagoda (23), who was Principal Cello in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and graduated B Mus (Hons) in 2008.