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The connection between artist and audience is what makes the Kawai Piano Series a special experience. Head of Piano Studies at the Australian National Academy of Music, Timothy Young is among Australia's most prominent and versatile pianists.
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Kawai Piano Series - Timothy Young with Rudy Hawkes

Venue Concert Hall, QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane
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Dates 7 Aug 2012

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The connection between artist and audience is what makes the Kawai Piano Series a special experience.

Head of Piano Studies at the Australian National Academy of Music, Timothy Young is among Australia's most prominent and versatile pianists. In addition to the virtuosic demands of Rachmaninoff's Études-Tableaux, Timothy's performance of music from Petrushka will feature dancing by Australian Ballet rising star Rudy Hawkes, choreographed by Lucas Jervies.

PROGRAM
Stravinsky
Three pieces from Petrushka

Rachmaninoff
Études-Tableaux Op.39


As part of the Kawai Piano Series, audiences have the opportunity to be part of a thrilling range of musical encounters showcasing pianos and piano playing at the highest level. The music presented is diverse and rich in its depth and technique. Experience some of history's most seminal works for piano performed by exciting young talent as part of the Kawai Piano Series.

Timothy Young
Timothy Young, Piano
 
For over ten years Timothy has been a Resident Artist and Faculty member at the Australian National Academy of Music and is currently Co-ordinator of Piano. In a wide-ranging repertory he performs regularly in recital as a soloist and in partnership with leading Australian and international musicians and ensembles. He is also a founding member of Ensemble Liaison, which is Ensemble in Residence at Monash University, Melbourne.
 
Timothy received his Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne with first class honours as a student of Ronald Farren-Price and Mack Jost. He then continued his studies in Europe with Lidia Baldecchi-Arcuri, receiving his Diploma with a rarely awarded distinction from the Ministry of Education and as dux of his year at the Nicolò Paganini Conservatorium in Genova, Italy.
 
A first-prize winner of piano and chamber music competitions including the Premio Kawai-Tortona, the Palma d'Oro-Finale Ligure and the 1st Chamber Music Competition of Liguria, Timothy concertised widely in Italy for almost a decade. He was invited to perform works by Luciano Berio in the composer's presence and was a member of the contemporary Orfeo and Aulodia ensembles. He performed in numerous festivals including Chiavari, Bordighera, Ravello and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
 
Timothy has been a guest lecturer for the music faculties of Melbourne University, the Victorian College of the Arts, Griffith University and has taught and lectured at the Australian Institute of Music, Sydney. He has also been a jury member on both national and international piano and chamber music competitions.
 
Timothy is a Melba Artist, and has recorded many CD's. His most recent releases have received international critical acclaim and include a solo CD of the piano works of George Frederick Boyle, duos with violist Roger Benedict, violinist Ray Chen, soprano Cheryl Barker, and chamber works with Ensemble Liaison. He has also recorded with Darryl Poulsen, David Pereira and Ensemble Liaison for the Tall Poppies CD label- also to critical acclaim. For the radio Timothy has recorded for the RAI in Italy and in Australia for the MBS networks and ABC-Classic FM.


Rudy Hawkes
Photo Credit: James Braund
Rudy Hawkes, Dancer

At the age of seven, Ipswich-born Rudy joined his local dance school, where he spent several years learning jazz, tap, and contemporary ballet. He studied at the Shayne McCormick Dance Centre and Brisbane Dance Centre before joining the Queensland Dance School of Excellence. He moved to Melbourne in 2002 to take up a position at The Australian Ballet School. In 2004 Rudy was selected to participate in a student exchange to New York and Toronto, taking classes with the American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company. He joined The Australian Ballet in 2005 and was promoted to soloist for the 2011 season. Rudy has enjoyed working with many choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon, Stephen Page and Stephen Baynes.

Repertoire Highlights
  •     Onegin in John Cranko's Onegin 2012
  •     Ceyx in Tim Harbour's Halcyon 2010
  •     Octavian in Graeme Murphy's The Silver Rose 2010
  •     Prince Partner in Graeme Murphy's Nutcracker - The Story of Clara 2009
  •     Stephen Page's Rites 2008
  •     Rat Pack member in Stephen Baynes' Raymonda 2006
  •     Stephen Page's Amalgamate 2006
  •     Jiří Kylián's Forgotten Land, Stepping Stones and Petite Mort 2005



Lucas Jervies, Choreographer

Lucas' choreographic engagements include commissions by; The Australian Ballet - 2005, Korzo Theatre - 2007, A.R.D.T International Benefit Gala - 2008, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam -  2008, 2009 & 2010, Noverre Society Stuttgart Ballet - 2009 & 2010, JACK Productions - 2010 & 2011, The Australian Ballet School - 2010 & 2011, Co Darts University for the Arts - 2010, Milwaukee Ballet - 2011 and Expressions Dance Company - 2011.

With Robert Curran, Andrew Killian and Laura Tong, three senior members of The Australia Ballet, Lucas co-founded JACK Productions in Melbourne to produce independent ballet-theatre. Lucas is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art (Directing) at NIDA.

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12:34 PM - 10/08/2012
By Janelle Colquhoun
As the blurb says, being up close and intimate at the Kawai Piano series is one of its biggest assets. Timothy Young's piano playing was excellent, and including a dancer for the Petrushka was a brilliant idea. the audience wer thoroughly drawn into the story as Rudy Hawkes danced, changed costume and character, hid, ran from the choreographer's noose and interacted with the piano. A thoroughly enjoyable concert.


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