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Guitar Perspectives 2020 – some student works to savour, right here
The Guitar Perspectives Online Celebration 2020, held late last month, featured 42 videos showcasing the breadth and diversity of the Melbourne Conservatorium's renowned Guitar program.
From Southbank to West Side Story: The Maverick Brass Quintet perform Bernstein
The Maverick Brass Quintet is a group of musicians based all around the world that meets seasonally to take on creative projects such as summer festivals and international competitions. The ensemble, formed at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Brass department, has continued to create, despite their members being spread across three different continents. Here, they present a suite from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, arranged by Jake Gale.
Meet Samantha Hargreaves, Master of Music (Opera Performance) student
Samantha Hargreaves entered the Master of Music (Opera Performance) with her singing voice quavering, but now has many production credits to her name. Meet Samantha and learn about how she overcame her jitters and embraced her inner diva.
The William Tell Overture – performed by the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and VCA dancers, at home
Apples were the order of the day for University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and a select number of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) students. After the great success of the University of Melbourne Conservatorium student rendition of Bolero, recorded remotely with 104 talented orchestral musicians, Associate Professor in Music and Head of Orchestral Studies Richard Davis decided to raise the bar with a new, ambitious recording-in-isolation project, the William Tell Overture.
Ronald Farren-Price, a legend of Australian music, turns 90
Friends, family and colleagues of distinguished Australian concert pianist and music educator Ronald Farren-Price AM gathered for a small online ceremony today to mark his 90th birthday.
How to play a simple blues guitar solo
In the latest in our How To series – shot from home while the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music operates virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions – Head of Guitar Dr Ken Murray shows us how to play a simple blues solo that's guaranteed to impress friends and family.
104 Concert Halls: Ravel's Boléro (from home) by the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Most arts and music disciplines rely on collaboration, but maybe none more so than orchestral performance. By its nature, an orchestra is a collective – the trick, more than performing as an individual, more even than being an attentive member of the constituent string, wind, percussion, or brass families, is to elevate the whole to much more than a sum of its parts.
Four new faces at the Melbourne Conservatorium in 2020
2020 promises to be an exciting year at the Melbourne Conservatorium, with milestone anniversaries, an incredible array of public performances, and teaching, research and music-making at the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre. We introduce you to four of the new staff bringing their vision and talents to the Conservatorium in the new year.
Operation opera: the secret of success at the Melbourne Conservatorium’s Voice department
What do Georgia Wilkinson, winner of the 2019 Herald Sun Aria competition, and Chloe Harris, who won this year’s prestigious Richard Divall Prize, have in common? Well, apart from being incredible singers, both women are alumnae of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Richard Tognetti: 'Creatives should be able to test the waters and pour in as much acid as they like'
Richard Tognetti is Artistic Director and leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO). Here, the violinist, composer and conductor reflects on the University of Melbourne’s First Commissions project and discusses his own creative journey.
Yamandu Costa, virtuoso guitarist: ‘I believe in the beauty of people’
Ahead of Yamandu Costa’s performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium in early August, guitarist and Faculty of Fine Arts and Music alumna Rose de La Montaña speaks to the Brazilian superstar.By Rose de La Montaña
Elijah Wald: how the guitar shaped – and didn’t shape – the world
Elijah Wald is a musician, writer and historian who has been playing guitar for more than 50 years. Ahead of his keynote address at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s academic conferenceThe Guitar Century (c. 1880-1980): Global Trends and Local Contexts – part of the Guitar Perspectives Winter Celebration (2–4 August 2019) – he talks to Head of Guitar Dr Ken Murray.By Dr Ken Murray
Southbank Campus to open for Open House Melbourne
Open House Melbourne visitors can be among the first to see the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music’s new world-class spaces at Southbank on 27 and 28 July, as part of a broader Open House Melbourne program at the University of Melbourne.
The origins of musical expertise: beyond born versus made
The International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) is a biennial meeting of performers and scientists that provides a platform to discuss all facets of performance and the skills that underpin it. Ahead of his keynote address at this year’s symposium in Melbourne, Michigan State University Professor Zach Hambrick argues for a move beyond “born or made” in musical ability. By Zach Hambrick
Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa in six videos
His talents and virtuosity are recognised and celebrated worldwide. Ahead of Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa’s performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium next month, Head of Guitar Dr Ken Murray takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Costa’s work.By Dr Ken Murray
The International Symposium on Performance Science, Melbourne – what you need to know
The International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) is a biennial meeting of performers and scientists that provides a platform to discuss all facets of performance and the skills that underpin it. Ahead of this year’s symposium – convened by Melbourne Conservatorium Director Professor Gary McPherson, the Conservatorium’s Dr Solange Glasser and the Royal College of London’s Professor Aaron Williamon – we talk to Professor McPherson about what we can expect.
Deborah Cheetham AO wins the Sir Bernard Heinze Award
Acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano, composer and Artistic Director of Short Black Opera, Deborah Cheetham AO, has been awarded the 2019 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award.
Photo gallery: Ian Potter Southbank Centre launch
More than 250 student and staff musicians helped bring The Ian Potter Southbank Centre to life for the official launch on 1 June 2019, with a program featuring orchestral works, world-premieres and specially-commissioned pieces.
Australian Chamber Orchestra partners with University of Melbourne
Students and staff at the University of Melbourne will have unparalleled access to education and research opportunities with a $1 million partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO).
Alumni stories: Eugene Ughetti
The percussionist, composer, conductor and artistic director of Speak Percussion is known for tackling complex and ambitious art music projects. Here, he discusses his time at the Victorian College of the Arts.By Stephanie Juleff