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KAMMER Personnel                                                    2009

Lisa OsmialowskiFlute – Lisa Osmialowski

Lisa Osmialowski has established herself as one of the leading flautists in Australia and the UK. Since touring Europe as Principal Flautist with Bernard Haitink and the European Union Youth Orchestra, she has performed with London’s major symphony orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and she has worked with many of Europe’s leading musicians. Lisa played as Principal Flute with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia of England and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and she was invited to perform with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
She performed as Principal Flute for recordings with the London Mozart Players and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Lisa has performed at the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank and at the Cheltenham and Aldeburgh Festivals.

Violin – Scott TaggartScott Taggart

Scott studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, the Hong Kong Academy and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He remained in London, working with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the English Classical Players and the City of London Sinfonia.

On his return to Australia in 2001, he worked with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and toured with visiting international artists. He has  built a reputation as an outstanding teacher through his teaching at the Australian Institute of Music, Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, and in his own private studio.

He has appeared as a soloist and concertmaster with the new string ensemble “Steel City Strings”, as well as in concerto appearances with the Sydney Sinfonietta.
His recital series with pianist Marilyn Meier and the Taggart Trio alongside Phillip Shovk (Piano) and David Pereira (Cello) have been received to great critical acclaim.

Alan HicksPiano – Alan Hicks

Alan Hicks is a graduate of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He was appointed Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the RNCM in 1992 and subsequently joined the staff as Accompanist and Tutor in Piano.

In the course of eight years as a freelance pianist in London, Alan appeared at major recital venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and St John's Smith Square. His CD recording with Kate Romano, 20th Century Music from the British Isles for clarinet and piano, was BBC Music Magazine's Chamber Music Pick of the Month (Metier MSV CD92013). As pianist with the King Piano Trio he worked on Lord Menuhin's Live Music Now! concert scheme and appeared at the 2000 Three Choirs Festival in Hereford. Alan was pianist with the London-based Australian contemporary music group the Bennelong Ensemble, appearing live on BBC Radio 3, at the Cheltenham Festival, and in concert tours of Italy and the UK.

Since his return to Australia, Alan has been appointed Vocal Coach and Accompanist at the ANU School of Music and was Assistant Musical Director, Repetiteur and Language Coach for their 2005 production of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. He continues to be in demand as a recital partner for national and international instrumentalists and vocalists.

Clarinet / Saxophone – John LewisJohn Lewis

John studied at the Sydney Conservatorium and at the ‘Franz Liszt’ Hochschüle für Musik in Weimar. In 1998 he moved to London where he led a busy freelance career, working with the English National Opera, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and as a soloist with the Britten-Pears Orchestra. He appeared regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Orchestra for ‘Les Miserables’ in London’s West End. John performed as Guest Principal Clarinet with the London Opera Players with whom he toured internationally.

As a chamber musician John was a founding member of the Bennelong Ensemble, which toured to critical acclaim throughout the UK and he was Principal Clarinettist with the Alauna Ensemble. John has played in various European festivals including Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Linari and Aix-en-Provence. He has given recitals in the presence of HRH the Duchess of Gloucester at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has made many appearances at Australia House in London.

Christine Jackson‘Cello – Christine Jackson

Christine Jackson is one of England’s leading Cellists. She has enjoyed a very colourful and varied professional musical life.

Christine has played principal ‘Cello with many of the top international orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

As a soloist, Christine has performed with many of Britain’s national orchestras, including recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the American label Telarc. More recently, Christine performed Haydn’s C major ‘Cello Concerto with the combined forces of all the major London orchestras.

Christine recently performed a series of concerts in and around Cairns as part of the World Soloists series.

Her solo broadcasts include live recitals for the BBC as part of the “International Artists” series and a televised masterclass of Elgar’s ‘Cello Concerto with the late Jaqueline Dupré.

As a chamber player Christine has toured and recorded with both the Ashkenazy and York Piano Trios and is regularly invited as a guest performer with many of Europe’s leading ensembles.

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