RAW: FEAR and ACID TEST – World Premieres At Accompanists’ Festival

Accompanists’ Festival

July 18 to 13




by Michael Kieran Harvey

performed in  Recital  by

Michael Kieran Harvey, Piano

Natsuko Yoshimoto, Violin

7pm Friday 22 July 2011

ABC Studio 520, 85 North East Road, Collinswood

Tickets: $30, $20, $15 Members, $10 students & groups of 10+ available at the door.



by Stephen Whittington

Set Work for the 2011 Geoffrey Parsons Award

performed by

Mark Gaydon, Bassoon

with the 3 Finalists

7pm Saturday 23 July 2011

Hartley Concert Room, Elder Conservatorium, Kintore Avenue, Adelaide

Tickets at door $20, $15, $10

The Accompanists’ Guild is thrilled to present new works by Australian composers written especially for the 2011 Festival.

The first of the two world premières  to be performed during the Accompanists’ Festival and Conference is Fear composed and performed by pianist, Michael Kieran Harvey with ASO concertmaster, violinist, Natsuko Yoshimoto.

Fear is dedicated to Natsuko’s “superb violin artistry” It is based rhythmicallyand spiritually on a collection of haiku by Arjun von Caemmerer entitled “Tripples”. Michael’s response to fear itself owes much to the writings of Bertrand Russell, not the least,   “….To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom…”. The work demands extreme virtuosity from both musicians.

The entire program is  extraordinarily  challenging as befits the renowned talents of the two performers especially in relation to the performance of 20th & 21st music.  It  includes the three beautiful  Mythes by KarolSzymanowski, Vertical Time Study by Japan’s most famous living composer, Toshio Hogosawa, Toru Takemitsu’s wondrous elegy, Hika, the world première of Michael Kieran Harvey’s Fear, and, finally,  the Bela Bartok  masterpiece for the duo,  his second Sonata. The recital will be recorded for future broadcast on ABC Classic FM.

The  second world première  during the  Accompanists’ Festival is  Acid Test for bassoon and piano by Adelaide composer, Stephen Whittington. It is the Set Work  for the 2011  Geoffrey Parsons Award to be  played by all applicants with Mark Gaydon, principal bassoon in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Acid Test has been composed to test particularly the ensemble skills of the competing pianists

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