Stephanie McCallum & Erin Helyard in Duo

We’re delighted to welcome two world-class pianists to the Sydney Piano World stage!
Program:
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) – Masques et bergamasques Op.112 (1919) 
                                                 -Ouverture  
                                                 -Menuet
                                                 -Gavotte
                                                 -Pastorale
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)- Fantasia in F minor D.940 (Op. posth.103) (1828) 
 
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) – Tombeau de Couperin orchestral suite (1919) 
                                                  –Prélude. Vif  
                                                  -Forlane. Allegretto
                                                  -Menuet. Allegro moderato  
                                                  -Rigaudon. Assez vif
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) – Sonata for four hands (1919)  6 minutes
                                                     -Prelude
                                                     -Rustique
                                                     -Final

Stephanie McCallum is a piano soloist, known internationally for her work on the reclusive Romantic composer, Alkan, and nationally for her many recordings and work championing unusual, new, and Australian repertoire. Currently an Associate Professor of Piano at Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney, Stephanie has performed internationally in recital, as soloist with major Australian orchestras, and with AustraLYSIS, Sydney Alpha Ensemble, ELISION, Australia Ensemble, ACO, Kammer, Halcyon and other groups. Her live solo performances of Alkan have been described by critics as ‘titanic’, ‘awe-inspiring’, ‘stupendous’, ‘virtuosic pianism of the highest calibre’ and ‘one of the glories of Australian pianism’. She appears on over 50 CDs including 19 solo albums ranging through Liszt, Weber, Magnard, Xenakis and premiere recordings of Alkan, Kats-Chernin and even newly transcribed Beethoven. Her 2013 Alkan bicentenary discs on Toccata Classics were described on BBC3 by Kenneth Hamilton as ‘really fantastic playing – stylistically exactly right, with an individual voice’- and her recent Ropartz disc of premiere recordings, also on Toccata, has attracted much international acclaim.

For more reviews and a complete list of recordings, please visit www.stephaniemccallum.com

Erin Helyard has been acclaimed as an inspiring conductor, a virtuosic and expressive performer of the harpsichord and fortepiano, and a lucid scholar who is passionate about promoting discourse between musicology and performance. Erin graduated in harpsichord performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first-class honours and the University Medal. He completed his Masters in fortepiano performance and a PhD in Musicology with Tom Beghin at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal. He was named the Westfield Concert Scholar (Cornell) on fortepiano for 2009-2010 and from 2003 to 2012 Erin was a central member of the award-winning Ensemble Caprice (Montreal). Helyard is particularly active in reviving in both score and performance neglected seventeenth- and eighteenth-century opera. As Artistic Director and co-founder of the celebrated Pinchgut Opera and the Orchestra of the Antipodes (Sydney) he has forged new standards of excellence in historically-informed performance in Australia. In 2017 he won a Helpmann Award for Best Musical Direction for Handel’s Saul at the Adelaide Festival in a fêted revival of a Glyndebourne production directed by Barrie Kosky. 

Stephanie McCallum and Erin Helyard in duo
Their recent disc Le Prophète TRPTK005 was reviewed by Dr Richard Shaw in the London Alkan Society Bulletin 94 (2017): 23-25: “McCallum’s distinctive, soloistic singing line is imaginatively supported by Helyard’s very fine accompaniment, always alert, but daringly in the background…Both have the digital mastery and imagination to coax a vast range of colours and characters from the keyboard. All their choices of characterisation seem in sympathy with the musical writing, and they never lose that invisible thread that projects from the concert platform to the auditorium. That’s a remarkable feat for a recording. By rights this CD should be in for several awards. It should certainly be on the shelves of every serious performing institution, and in the hands of all who value vital and creative piano playing of the highest quality, not to mention listeners who love to explore rare repertoire. A remarkable achievement.”

 

Where: Sydney Piano World 

390 Eastern Valley Way Chatswood NSW

When: Sunday 16th September 2018 – 5:30pm

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