ADRS 2016 Conference and Competition will showcase a stunning group of guest artists who will conduct masterclasses, presentations, perform and assist in the judging of the ADRS National Double Reed Competition.
Stefano Canuti is Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) Manchester, England and the Conservatorio ”L.Campiani! in Manuta, Italy. Stefano Canuti was born in 1961 in Parma, and got first acquainted with music at the age of nine, studying classical guitar. He started to play the bassoon only at sixteen. After five years of practice, and thanks to Ovidio Danzi’s teaching, he graduated summa cum laude. He soon got into the “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra“ as principal bassoonist, and into the “Orchestra della RAI di Torino“. His restless nature and his resistance to routine made him embrace new and inspiring experiences: playing solo and chamber music soon became to him the main reasons for playing. These soloist experiences allowed him to perform in the most important concert halls in the world. Stefano has about ten soloist recordings to his credit, some of which (Fantasie di Bravura and Bassoon Images) have received esteemed credit and momentous awards. His wish to play again some great symphonic music and his artistic maturity made him hold the role of princ. bassoon in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra directed by M° Claudio Abbado, and in the Symphonica Toscanini, directed by M° Lorin Maazel. Canuti is also active teaching across Europe, the USA, South America and in China, currently holding masterclasses and the title of ‘Bassoon Chair’ at the Conservatorio di Musica “Campiani” di Mantova. In June 2003, Canuti was invited by M°Josè Antonio Abreu, as bassoon advanced teacher for the “Fundaciòn del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela“. From 2006 thru 2012 Stefano Canuti was professor for bassoon at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Aragon, Spain. In 2006 he was appointed professor at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester and in 2010 he was given the “International Chair of Bassoon“. In 2011 Stefano Canuti dedicated himself to Johann Sebastian Bach’s work and together with his pianist Enrique Bagaria recorded the Sonatas di Gamba. When concerts and teaching let him, Stefano mounts on his beloved motorbike, to ride up and down the hills of his beautiful county. Stefano Canuti is a Püchner Artist and performs on a Püchner bassoon model Superior. His recital at the ADRS convention in Sydney presents “Il mio canto – from Bach to pop song through Vivaldi, Mozart, Verdi, Schubert“.
Gordon Hunt was born in London and studied with Terence MacDonagh. He performs throughout the world as soloist and conductor, directs master classes and plays with renowned chamber ensembles. He has a distinguished orchestral career as Principal Oboe of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has held the same position with the London Philharmonic. He is also Principal Oboe of the World Orchestra for Peace. Regarded as one of the world’s leading oboists, he has appeared as soloist with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Giulini, Kondrashin, Muti, Sir John Pritchard, Sir Simon Rattle, Sinopoli and Welser-Möst. A critic wrote of a performance of the Mozart Oboe Concerto in Berlin “With his crystal clear, aristocratic tone, he undoubtedly ranks as one of the greatest exponents of his instrument”. For four decades he has performed concertos and recitals on six continents. In 2005 he played the Adagio from Albinoni’s D minor concerto at the Service of Dedication and Prayer to celebrate the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. In 2008 he was soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, televised live to over 30,000,000 homes across the world. Gordon Hunt has recorded a wide range of music for BMG, EMI and Virgin, including all of Mozart’s solo music. His recording of the Richard Strauss Concerto with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca) was named the finest available by the Penguin CD Guide. He has made several recordings for BIS, including “elevazione”, a very successful disc of popular concertos, which he also directed. As a conductor, he is becoming widely known. He has been Music Director of the Danish Chamber Players and the Swedish Chamber Winds. He has conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio Sinfonietta and Southbank Sinfonia in London, and in the Budapest Spring Festival. In 2011 and 2012 he conducted in Brazil, toured with the winds of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and in Tbilisi, Georgia. Between 2014 and 2017 he will conduct in Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Brazil, Romania, Slovenia, the UK and in the USA with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York. Over five years, Gordon Hunt will also be undertaking engagements in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Panama, China, Singapore and Australia as well as Great Britain. Gordon Hunt is Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and is much in demand for advice from students and professionals worldwide. He is a member of the jury for the International Oboe Competition of Japan. In 2010 he was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace. In his free time, he is passionate about fly fishing for trout and salmon.
Jean Louis Capazali
Australian and New Zealand Guests
New Zealand-born oboist Thomas Hutchinson studied in Auckland with Martin Lee and Alison Jepson before moving to Melbourne to study at the Australian National Academy of Music with Jeffrey Crellin, during which time he won the concerto competition and the most outstanding recital prize. Following the advice of his teachers, he then moved to Paris to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Jacques Tys, David Walter and Frédéric Tardy, where he recently graduated with the highest possible mark of très bien à l’unanimité, avec les felicitations du jury. A keen chamber musician, in 2015 Thomas undertook a tour of New Zealand with the newly formed Mimosa Ensemble as a part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s Encompass concert series, also playing for the 150th birthday celebrations of Wellington city at the Wellington Opera House. As soloist, Thomas has made numerous appearances including concerti with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra, Bach Musica NZ, Orchestra Victoria, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. Thomas has performed as a guest player with the Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. In May of 2015 he successfully auditioned for the position of Associate Principal Oboe with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Alexandre Oguey was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and initially studying oboe in La Chaux-de-Fonds with Françoise Faller. He completed his undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the Zurich Conservatorium, with Thomas Indermühle, and participated in courses with Maurice Bourgue and Emanuel Abbühl. He is the winner of several competitions including the French Swiss Radio “Bourse des jeunes interprètes”, the Migro Chamber Music competition and the Martigny International Chamber Music competition. Currently Principal Cor Anglais in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Alexandre Oguey had the privilege to play under great conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Edo de Waart, Paavo Jarvi and David Robertson to name just a few. He is an active chamber musician, was also member of the New Sydney Wind quintet for 9 years and has played regularly with the Australia Ensemble; he also has performed with the Australian premier contemporary music group Elision and throughout Europe with the prize-winning Wildwind quintet, the Lamalo and La Pâtisserie trios, the wind ensembles Banda Classica and Octomania as well as the contemporary music group Opus Novum Ensemble.. Back in Switzerland he played principal oboe with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Zurich Opera Factory, the Serenata Basel, the Opera Orchestra of the Bayreuth International Youth Festival and the Jeunesses Musicales Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to Australia, Alexandre Oguey was also Associate Principal Oboe in the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to 1997. In 2006 he was invited to play principal cor anglais in the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Paris.
Jane Downer, Baroque & Classical oboe
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“Celia is not only a passionate and inspiring person, but is a world class asset for Australia in performance, and in the development of a generation of aspiring young musicians” …Norman Gillespie, CEO Unicef Australia, Board member, Pinchgut Opera. Principal Oboe of the Adelaide Symphony, lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, former President of Australasian Double Reed Society, Celia Craig has worked with Bernstein, Boulez, Carter, Adams, Berio, Ashkenazy, Gergiev and Haitink and many others in her distinguished orchestral career. Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, Celia has performed as a Soloist at the Proms and at the Barbican, with the Adelaide Symphony, and can be heard on soundtracks recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Reviewers have described her as ‘eloquent’ ‘wonderful’ ‘beguiling’and ‘charismatic’ with a ‘rich syrupy tone’. Celia Craig is a Howath Artist.
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Mark has been Principal Bassoonist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 2003. He has appeared as soloist performing works by Mozart, Weber, Zwilich, Strauss and others. He has also appeared as guest principal bassoon with the Sydney, Queensland, Tasmanian and New Zealand Symphony orchestras. As a chamber musician he has performed with Ellision Ensemble, The Southern Cross Soloists, the New London Chamber Ensemble, the Tancibudek Wind Quintet and his own group Ensemble Le Monde. An avid teacher, Mark has been Associate Instructor at the Indiana University School of Music, a guest artist at the Australian National Academy of Music, bassoon tutor for the Australian Youth Orchestra, AYO National Music Camp and Young Symphonists programs, and Bassoon Instructor at the Elder Conservatorium since 2005. Mark has a PhD in music from the University of Adelaide and was awarded a Dean of Graduate Studies Special Commendation for Thesis Excellence. In 2005 he won the ABC Young Performer of the Year wind, brass and percussion section. Mark is a keen supporter of Australian composers and has commissioned and premiered works for the bassoon by Gerard Brophy, Andrew Schultz, Katy Abbott, James Cuddeford, Luke Altmann and Charles Bodman Rae. Mark’s teachers include Kim Walker and Stephane Levesque. .
Ben Opie is an oboist whose talents extend across the entire repertoire for oboe. His performances and recordings have been acclaimed internationally: “The standout was oboist Benjamin Opie, conjuring an astonishing range of sounds from his instrument…” “Opie brings a unique approach: dynamic, assertive, and yet always impressively nuanced interpretations…” His passion for contemporary music has allowed him to work with ensembles that have premiered countless works and developed mixed media performances including live video art, dance and spoken word. Ben has performed in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia as a soloist, collaborative and an orchestral musician. His work across the globe has earned him multiple awards and recognitions in music. He has performed solo repertoire in the Melbourne Recital Centre, Elder Hall, for the Lyrebird Music Society and many other venues. Ben’s collaborative efforts have led him to work with producer Gretchen Miller on her Radio National documentary: The Ariadne Project. Ben was involved in the artistic direction, curation and performances of Breathing Space. He is also an artists at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music and he recently gave the Australian premiere of Penderecki’s Capriccio with Arcko Symphonic Ensemble. Ben has also established several interactive community music workshops ranging from immigration detention centres to Vision Australia and seniors clubs.
Nicole has been Section Principal Bassoon of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 2002. She grew up Perth, Western Australia beginning her musical studies on piano at the age of 8 and continued with bassoon age 13. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia where she studied with Peter Moore. Nicole also completed a one year diploma with Matthew Wilkie at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, made possible by a German Government Scholarship (DAAD). Before obtaining her position in the QSO Nicole freelanced extensively, playing with all the major orchestras in Australia. Whilst overseas Nicole had the good fortune of performing and touring with Ensemble Modern, the Deutscher Kammer Philharmonie and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Nicole is also passionate about chamber music and has a keen interest in engaging more closely with her audience in this setting. Nicole is a co-founder of Lunaire Collective, a resident ensemble at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She is a founding member of a Brisbane based wind trio, Ensemble Trivium and she can also be found performing with the QSO Chamber Players. When Nicole is not playing the bassoon or making reeds she is spending time with her family. Her hobbies include making lego racing cars, secret-spy cubby houses, origami army tanks and listening to Roald Dahl audiobooks on repeat with her sons.
Todd Gibson-Cornish is from New Zealand, where he started music lessons on the mini-bassoon, tenoroon and then full-size bassoon, with Selena Orwin at the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music.
Todd recently graduated from the Royal College of Music in London with a BMus (Hons) First Class degree, as a Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholar supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award. He was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal for outstanding contribution to the RCM, which will be presented to him by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2017. His teachers at the RCM were Joost Bosdijk, Andrea de Flammineis and Julie Price.
In the UK, Todd has played as Guest Principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and as an extra with the London Symphony Orchestra. He successfully auditioned for the Principal Bassoon position with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and took up the position immediately following his graduation.
In 2015, he took part in the Aldeburgh Winds, Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme UK and toured NZ for Chamber Music New Zealand’s Encompass Regional Series with the Mimosa Ensemble.
In New Zealand he was principal bassoonist in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, an NZSO Fellowship student and free-lanced with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. At the 2011 ADRS Australasian Double Reed Competition, Todd won First Prize in the Senior Section and the Prize for Best Bassoonist.
Todd is grateful for the support he received to assist his studies, including: the Sidney Perry Award and Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, UK. From NZ: the Kristen Deane Scholarship, Patricia Pratt Scholarship, Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Award, NZSO Alex Lindsay Award, Waikanae Music Society Charitable Trust, James Wallace Arts Trust, Adastra Foundation and Inspire Foundation.
Alison Evans is a freelance bassoon player and an experienced music educator. She completed a Master of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Alison completed her doctoral degree at the Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney where her research focussed on the applied functional anatomy of the soft palate in wind and brass players. Alison teaches bassoon and chamber music privately and performs with the Sirius Chamber Ensemble. Alison is also actively involved with the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH).