Original Mozart piece to be performed at Monash

The Monash Academy Orchestra. Image credit: Greg Ford.
The Monash Academy Orchestra. Image credit: Greg Ford.

The Monash Academy Orchestra (MAO) will be joined by Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music staff and a visiting international pianist to perform an original piece by Mozart.

Mozart’s Concerto in F major for Three Pianos and Orchestra, No.7, K.242 will be performed by the MAO, Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music staff members Tamara Smolyar and Dr Kenji Fujimura and internationally-renowned French pianist Philippe Cassard.

Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and the exhilaratingSymphony No.1 by the young Dmirtri Shostakovich will also feature in the program, titledTriple Piano.

Creative Producer of Monash University’s Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA), Fred Wallace, said in 1776, Mozart composed three piano concertos, one of which was the Concerto in F major for Three Pianos and Orchestra, No.7, K.242.

“He originally finished the piece in February 1997 for three pianos. But when he recomposed it for himself and another pianist in 1780 he rearranged it for two pianos, and that is how the piece is often performed. In this performance however, we will hear it as originally conceived,” Mr Wallace said.

“Also in this performance is the tremendous success that is Shostakovich’s Symphony No.1. It is still considered one of his finest works, displaying a characteristic combination of liveliness and wit on the one hand, and drama and tragedy on the other.”

Since arriving in Australia from the Ukraine in 1990, Tamara Smolyar – who is currently Coordinator of Piano, Ensembles and Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Piano/Keyboard at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music – has been in constant demand as a teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and performer.

Her colleague, Dr Kenji Fujimura, is a multi-award-winning musician and international prize-winning composer. He is currently Deputy Head and Coordinator of Postgraduate Programs and Chamber Music and Senior Lecturer in Piano/Keyboard at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.

French pianist Philippe Cassard has established an international reputation as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician since giving a joint recital with Christa Ludwig in Paris in 1985.

The MAO, under the direction of MAPA’s Fabian Russell, is one of the finest student based mentoring orchestral ensembles in the country. The orchestra comprises students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and the wider Monash University community.

‘Triple Piano’ will be performed on Friday 27 September 2013 from 7.30pm at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton campus. Entry is free but bookings are essential. To secure your tickets, call the MAPA Box Office on +61 3 9905 1111 or visit the MAPA website.

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