September 26, 2019
- DATE: 1st November, 2019
- TIME: 7 pm - 10 pm
- TICKETS: $220
Presented in partnership with Musica Viva.
For one night only during Spring Carnival weekend, the Mitchell family are thrilled to present a quartet of Australia’s most acclaimed chamber musicians, who will perform at Montalto Restaurant in Red Hill. Be in the audience for chamber musicians, Wilma Smith, Elizabeth Sellers, Simon Oswell and Svetlana Bogosavljevic as they perform Mozart Quartet in G major KV387 along with the Villa-Lobos String Quartet No. 1.
Enjoy a warm and relaxing dining experience with seasonal local and estate-grown produce, cooked on our wood-fire grill, along with a rare performance by some of Australia’s most gifted musicians. The performance will take place in the restaurant, and as such, table reservations will be strictly limited, however, we will do our best to allocate by group size.
Mozart – Quartet in G major KV387
Allegro vivace assai
Minuetto – Allegro
Villa-Lobos String Quartet No. 1.
Brincadeira (A Joke)
Saltando como um Saci (Jumping like a Jumping Bean)
About the musicians:
Wilma Smith (violin) is Artistic Director and violinist of Wilma & Friends, a chamber music series based in Melbourne and presenting concerts throughout Australia and New Zealand. She is also Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and teaches violin and chamber music at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Scotch College and Korowa Anglican Girls’ School. With pianist, Yasmin Rowe and cellist, Yelian He, she performs in the piano trio, Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Wilma was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She studied in Boston at the New England Conservatory with the legendary Dorothy DeLay and Louis Krasner then was founding First Violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, winners of the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music and multiple prizes at the Evian, Banff and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions. She was Concertmaster of the Harvard Chamber Orchestra and Handel and Haydn Society and performed regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra.
Invited to return home to form the New Zealand String Quartet, Wilma was First Violinist until she was appointed Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a position she held for nine years before moving to Melbourne to be Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2014. Wilma has also appeared as Guest Concertmaster with the Sydney, Adelaide, West Australian, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Queensland Festival Philharmonic, Orchestra Victoria, Orchestra Wellington and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Australian-born violinist Dr Elizabeth Sellars has enjoyed a distinguished career as both performer and teacher in Australia and abroad. Elizabeth is a prize-winning graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied with David Takeno (violin) and the Takacs String Quartets (chamber music). Further significant influences included Sandor Vegh and Yehudi Menuhin with whom Elizabeth worked at Prussia Cove in Cornwall and at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad. During her time in London, Elizabeth was a winner of the inaugural John Tunnell Trust and the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize and Miller Trophy. As soloist and chamber musician, she toured extensively in the UK, broadcast for the BBC, and performed throughout Europe and Asia with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Now residing in Australia, Elizabeth has appeared as guest Concertmaster and Principal Violin with the Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, and Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with the Australian World Orchestra. As a sought-after chamber musician, she has appeared for Musica Viva and has collaborated with Ensemble Liaison, Wilma & Friends and Elision Ensembles. Her performances have been published by Move, Naxos, ABC Classics, Toccata Classics and Tzadik and her CD The Messiaen Nexus (with Kenji Fujimura) won the 2014 Limelight Chamber Music Recording of the Year. Her most recent CD contributes the first complete recording of Pinto’s sonatas. Elizabeth continues to perform on radio and in festivals worldwide and is a founding member of Sutherland Trio with cellist Molly Kadarauch and pianist Caroline Almonte.
Currently, Elizabeth is currently acting as a co-moderator of recitals at the Australian National Academy of Music and is teaching at the University of Melbourne and privately. Forthcoming appearances include concerts in the Ensemble Liaison 2019 series and Music in the Round.
Simon Oswell (viola) trained in Australia and the United States. He gained awards in the National Concerto Competition and co-founded the Petra String Quartet in Tasmania. Simon has performed and recorded as a soloist and chamber musician in Australia, Europe and South East Asia and subsequently in the United States in the LA-based chamber music groups, Capitol Ensemble and Pacific Serenades. In California, he occupied several Principal Viola positions including the Carmel Bach Festival, Mozart Classical Orchestra and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and recorded for the motion picture industry – approximately 800 film scores. He also performed with the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and the American lutenist James Tyler.
Since returning to Australia, Simon has appeared as Principal Viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra (ARCO) and Australian World Orchestra. His chamber music collaborations have been with Ensemble Liaison, Firebird Trio, Wilma & Friends, Quartz, Trio Dali, and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Recent highlights have included performances in the UK at the Oxford May Chamber Music Festival and the North York Moors Festival, and performances with the Australian World Orchestra with Zubin Mehta, in Sydney, Melbourne, Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi. Simon currently teaches at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and directs an annual chamber music school, in Clunes, Victoria.
Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello) studied at the prestigious Special High School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium of Music, Moscow, the Peabody Conservatorium, Baltimore, and the Cologne Hochschule of Music where she graduated with a Soloists Diploma.
An avid chamber musician she appeared throughout Australia and New Zealand, along with performances at the KotorArt Festival in Montenegro and the Novi Sad summer music series. In 2010 she appeared in Serbia with pianist Rita Kinka at the Novi Sad summer music concerts along with performances in Belgrade and on Serbian National television with pianist, Vladimir Milosevic. In 2012 she presented a recital and masterclass at the Belgrade International Cellofest. For 10 years, she has been most well-known in Melbourne as one-third of the charismatic chamber group, Ensemble Liaison.
Her performances are broadcast regularly on Australian radio and television along with the world-wide-web. She has held the position as Associate Principal Cello with the Rheinische Filharmonie, also appearing regularly with a wide range of ensembles including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, guest Principal Cello with Orchestra Victoria, the La Roche Quartet, the Prometheus Quartet, the Cologne Cello Sextet, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Tippet Ensemble, the Arcadia Ensemble, Bamberger Symphoniker and the North German Radio Orchestra. She has performed at festivals such as the Melbourne International Festival, Kowmung Music Festival, Camden Haven Music Festival, the Dubrovnik Festival, the Belgrade festival and Musik Triennale, Cologne.
Svetlana teaches cello and chamber music at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. She plays on a Joseph Panormo of London Cello from 1812.
We look forward to you joining us as we work in partnership with Musica Viva to fulfil their mission of enriching communities across Australia by making live chamber music accessible to everyone.TICKETS