New music has no greater champion than Ensemble Offspring. Their combination of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano has delighted audiences throughout Australia and around the world. A devotion to fearless music-making has seen them premiere more than two hundred works over the course of twenty three years. Led by acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes, Ensemble Offspring comprises some of Australia’s most innovative performers, and in 2016 won the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence by an Organisation. The group has toured to locations such as Hong Kong, Albany and Amsterdam, has been regularly featured at MONA FOMA and Sydney Festival, and has a cult following at the Sizzle Series at Petersham Bowling Club. Ensemble Offspring is driven by a philosophy of promoting artistic integrity and challenging the way audiences think about music. Ensemble Offspring will be workshopping new works composed by students at the inaugural Noosa International Summer Academy of Music (Noosa ISAM). Ensemble Offspring will launch the Composing Noosa Festival by giving two concerts featuring the students and the faculty of the Academy.
Roman is one of Ukraine’s most prominent and aspiring young pianists, being a laureate of over 20 international piano competitions, such as: Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan; the Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy; the V. Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev; and the Sydney International Piano Competition. In 2016 he won first prize at the International Summer Academy of Music (ISAM) Piano Competition, held in Ochsenhausen, Germany. In 2017, Roman gave his debut at the Musikfestival Heidelberger Fruhling and Musikverein Wien. He is a regular guest of renowned international concert halls and festivals such as Ginza Hall, Tokyo, Steinway Hall, New York, the Mariinsky International Piano Festival, St Petersburg, and the Next Generation Festival in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. At the Composing Noosa Festival, Roman will be playing a work by our local composer, Rob Melbourne, who won the 2018 ISAM competition held in Germany. He will also be playing piano favourites by Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Stravinsky and more. Roman will also hold a piano masterclass for local students and interested music lovers.
At the Composing Noosa Festival, Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg are playing a selection of fun duets and beautiful solos that give a snapshot of music life in Australia. This concert will not only be a tremendous insight for our international students, but a “must listen to” event for all Australians. They perform traditional two-piano and four-hand repertoire, as well as contributing to the growth of that literature through commissioning composers. Fifteen new works have been written for them to date, and they have given many world and Australian premieres. Anna and Liam have collaborated with composers, artists, dancers, choreographers, and other established performing ensembles. Their performances have been described as ‘barnstorming’ (The Australian) and ‘unforgettable – the most compelling case for the beauty and variety of two piano repertory this reviewer has ever heard’ (Rick Schultz, Los Angeles Times). Anna and Liam spent a decade in the United States, first studying at Yale University, followed by five years on the performance faculty of California Institute of the Arts, before taking up their current positions as Lecturers and Ensemble-in-Residence at the School of Music, University of Queensland.
Pacific Chamber Players
We are proud to have local ensemble, the Pacific Chamber Players, led by talented pianist, Janet Brewer, joining us for the festival. They have delighted Sunshine Coast audiences with their exhilarating chamber music concerts since 2001. At the Composing Noosa Festival they will be playing works from the 17th century to the present day, showcasing not only the masters but local talent as well. Local, gifted piano student, Saxon Mills-Booth, 15 years old, will be joining the ensemble for the stunning “Largo” from a Bach Concerto.