This is a reflection on gratitude – or a lack of it – in music. Beethoven’s Heiligerdankgesang, a hymn of thanks to God on recovering from illness, is juxtaposed with the thankless task of composing for Rebecca Clarke: critics decided that she not only had not written it herself but that she didn’t even exist. A new work by Jakub Jankowski explores instances when composers have stolen from one another. Does anything ever come from Nothing?
Performed by Richard Tognetti, Satu Vänskä, Hanna Lee, Sharon Grigoryan, Konstantin Shamray & Katherine Tonkin.
Rebecca Clarke Viola Sonata
Jakub Janowski New work, 2024, John Bishop Memorial Commission (world premiere)
Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132
This event is part of the Nothing: Chamber Landscapes program. See the full program here.
Generously supported by Leading Patron Ulrike Klein AO.
Event additional information
Richard Tognetti AO, Curator, Violin Satu Vänskä, Violin Hanna Lee, Viola Sharon Grigoryan, Cello Konstantin Shamray, Piano Katherine Tonkin, Actor
Richard Tognetti AO | Curator, Violin
Richard Tognetti is Artistic Director and Lead Violin of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He performs on period, modern and electric instruments and has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras as director or soloist. He was Artistic Director of Slovenia’s Festival Maribor from 2008 to 2015 and was the first Artist-in-Residence at the Barbican Centre’s Milton Court in 2016. He has created and co-composed scores for films including Peter Weir’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and collaborated with director Jennifer Peedom to create the films Mountain and River.
Satu Vänskä | Violin
Born to a Finnish family in Japan, violinist Satu Vänskä has developed an international profile through her role as Principal Violin with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, a position that she has held for the past twenty years. Satu is also successfully developing solo violin projects reflecting her desire to continually evolve as a musician and to courageously embrace new musical challenges. This season, she will appear with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras in addition to recitals at Melbourne Recital and UKARIA Cultural Centre amongst other highlights.
Hanna Lee | Viola
Violist Hanna Lee made her solo recital debut at Kumho Art Hall in 2004 for the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation. Since then, she has performed numerous recitals, and in recent seasons she has soloed with the KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Jungen Symphony Orchestra and the Sung Nam City Orchestra. Audience Magazine in Korea chose her as one of the ten “New Generation Artists”. Hanna is a member of Kumho Soloists, Ensemble Opus, Koreana Chamber Music Society, and Ola Viola. As a member of the Kallaci String Quartet, she has toured in Korea and abroad. She is on faculty at Korean National University of Arts, Yonsei University and Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts. Hanna first played as a guest with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2019.
Sharon Grigoryan | Cello
Sharon Grigoryan was with the Australian String Quartet from 2013-2020. Prior to this, she was a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and has been guest principal cellist of many Australian orchestras. From 2011 Sharon toured regularly with the ACO, and has also toured with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Australian World Orchestra since 2015, and plays in a duo with guitarist Slava Grigoryan. She is currently Associate Principal cellist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Konstantin Shamray | Piano
Australian based pianist Konstantin Shamray has garnered a reputation as an exhilarating performer with faultless technique and fearless command of the piano. Here in Australia Konstantin enjoys working with its leading orchestras and at the most prestigious concert halls. Season highlights include concerto performances with the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, recitals at Sydney Opera House Utzon Room, Melbourne Recital Centre and the UKARIA Cultural Centre amongst many other engagements. Konstantin looks forward to his return to Chamber Landscapes as part of the Adelaide Festival enormously.
Katherine Tonkin | Actor
Katherine Tonkin has worked as a writer, creator, and performer with a number of Australia’s leading mainstage and independent theatre companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Griffin, Bell Shakespeare and Black Swan State Theatre Company. With many screen credits to her name, Katherine is known for working across a diverse range of mediums, having appeared in live works for the ACO, Lucy Guerin Inc, Chamber Made Opera, as well as large scale immersive works. Her collaborations have taken her to Arts Festivals across Australia and overseas, and she is delighted to be returning to her home town of Adelaide for the Festival.