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Virtuoso 2 | Matthew Fagan (Guitar) and Nicholas Young (Piano)
7 October 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT$10 - $25
Tickets: Adult $30, Concession and AGB Member $25; Special Seniors Price for Seniors Month $25 , Student $10 – Tickets available from the Gallery 5320 5858 or online.
Join one of Australia’s finest exponents of the guitar, 10 String Spanish Classical Guitarist, Matthew Fagan and one of Australia’s most captivating and versatile pianists and ‘Young Steinway Artist’ Nicholas Young for a concert of Classical, Spanish and Jazz music at its emotive and technical best.
Be prepared for a fascinating combination of 10 String classical guitar with concert grand piano with stunning arrangements of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Rodrigo’s Spanish Guitar Masterpiece Concierto De Aranjuez, excerpts from Concierto for Classical Guitar and Jazz piano from Claude Bolling and a unique interpretation of Issac Albeniz Asturias “Leyenda” combining the original piano score with a flamenco guitar flavour.
Sydney-born, currently Melbourne-based pianist Nicholas Young completed his Bachelor studies in Sydney and Masters studies at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. As a ‘Young Steinway Artist’ Nicholas joins the celebrated community of today’s most acclaimed pianists and has enjoyed a diverse career as a solo, chamber and orchestral pianist.
He has been a major prize winner of several national and international competitions, and has performed concerti with the Vienna International Orchestra and Adelaide, West Australian, Queensland and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras.
This will also be the debut of Nicholas sharing his hidden talent on classical guitar in a duo guitar performance with Matthew. Guitar was Nicholas’s first instrument, and he was awarded his Associate Diploma in Guitar (ATCL) in 2010.
The majority of the guitar and piano repertoire in this concert program is featured on Matthew’s CD Virtuoso 2- A Homage to my Ancestors which is the second recording in the project Virtuoso, a dedication to Matthew’s ancestors the Parkes family.
Cecil and Kingsley (Milton’s brothers) were prodigious violinists who also played high level piano. Cecil and well known pianist May Broderick (Cecil’s wife) with cellist made up the Strad Trio and featured on Australian’s first Music Film produced by Frank Thring Senior from EFTEE productions. Cecil Parkes was a child prodigy violinist who toured with international star soprano Dame Nellie Melba performing in patriot concerts around Australia and toured the USA at the age of 13.
This will be a truly special classical, flamenco and Jazz program performed with passion, renewed vigour and virtuosity.
NICHOLAS YOUNG – Piano
Born in Sydney and currently based in Melbourne, pianist and Young Steinway Artist Nicholas Young has regularly concertised throughout Australia and Europe, appearing as soloist with the Vienna International, West Australian, Queensland, Adelaide and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras.
An avid supporter of new music, he has given national or world premieres of several works including Calogero Panvino’s ‘Sonata 101’ (2010), Huck Hodge’s ‘Omen, unscroll a canon war! (Hommage à Nancarrow)’ (2010) and Hakan Ulus’ ‘Gumu’ah’ (2015) and ‘Alaq’ (2015).
Nicholas’ past national accolades include Keyboard Winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, Second Prize of the 2012 Australian National Piano Award, and Winner of 2 of Australia’s most prestigious piano awards the 2016 Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod and Michael Kieran Harvey Piano Scholarships.
During his overseas studies, supported by the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, Nicholas received First Prize of the 2015 ‘Grand Prize Virtuoso’ International Music Competition (London), Third Prize of the 15th Rome International Piano Competition, and Honourable Mentions at the 7th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (Vienna) and 1st International Cochran Piano Competition.
In 2013, Nicholas graduated from a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours and received a University Medal; Nicholas undertook Masters studies at the Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg with Claudius Tanski, where he had master classes with Dmitri Bashkirov, Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, Dominique Merlet and Jaques Rouvier among many others. Nicholas went on to graduate with Distinction and the highest possible grades in all performance and academic components.
MATTHEW FAGAN – 10 String Guitar and 6 String Nylon Classical Godin Guitar
Matthew Fagan has long been established as one of Australia’s finest exponents of the guitar. Matthew has toured with Billy Connolly, The Buena Vista Social Club, Shirley Bassey, Natalie Cole and Michael Crawford. Matthew’s virtuosic rendition of Bach’s famous Toccata in D Minor featured on ABC TV.
Matthew has performed in more than 120 countries worldwide as a soloist, with orchestra and bands including extensive touring across Europe, South America, Alaska, Canada, China, Japan and South East Asia.
Matthew’s music education has been at the Victorian College of the Arts (Performance -Classical and improvisation), Monash University (Ethnomusicology, Composition Education) and a Masters PHD of Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne. Matthew has studied and/or performed with masters John Williams, Paco Pena, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Joe Pass amongst others.