The Guild places special emphasis on educational projects which encourage young pianists to perform with other musicians.
Junior Ensemble Musicians (JEM) provides an opportunity for pianists in primary school to experience the art of chamber music. The pianists are joined by other instrumentalists or singers, also of primary school age, to participate in a masterclass and public performance.
YOUNG ACCOMPANISTS’ SHOWCASE
Conducted by Dr Diana Weekes
Sunday 20 May, 2018 at 2:00pm
Berenice Harrison Studio, 35A Orlando Ave, Hampstead Gardens
Pianists: Adden Chin, Yena Kim, Alexander Protheroe, Chris Tang, David Zhang
Guest Artists: Mitch Berick (clarinet), Irina Lioubimova (piano), Damien Mansfield (piano), Thomas Saunders (piano)
- Andante from Sonata in D K448 for Two Pianos (Mozart)
Yena Kim piano 2 and Damien Mansfield piano 1
- Sonata for 2 pianos – i Prelude Poulenc
David Zhang piano 2 and Thomas Saunders piano 1
- Solo De Concours Messager
Alex Protheroe piano and Mitch Berick clarinet
- Scaramouche Op165b Suite pour Deux Pianos Milhaud
Chris Tang piano 2 and Irina Lioubimova piano 1
- Rhapsody in Blue for 2 pianos Gershwin
Adden Chin piano 1 and Thomas Saunders piano 2
An honours arts graduate from the University of Melbourne and the recipient of a DAAD
Scholarship for study in Germany, Diana Weekes began studies in musicology at Munich
University before transferring to the Hochschule für Musik, where she completed a
Masters degree in solo performance and pedagogy. A major prize-winner in international
competitions in Finale Ligure, Terni, Senigallia, Vercelli and Bolzano, she gave recitals and
broadcasts in England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland before returning to Melbourne in
Since 1981 Diana has lived and worked in Adelaide, where she has performed for the
ABC, Recitals Australia, the Adelaide Festival and Barossa Music Festivals. Formerly a
lecturer in music at the Flinders Street School of Music, from 2002 to 2010 she was a
Senior Lecturer in Keyboard at the Elder Conservatorium, Coordinator of the Chamber
Music program, and Head of Undergraduate Studies. Widely experienced in the art of
duo piano playing and accompanying, she completed a PhD in musical composition in
2007. From 2011 Diana joined the part-time staff and continued her piano teaching; she
also supervised several PhD candidates and in 2013–14 acted as Coordinator of the
Honours Research Seminar.
Diana now teaches privately and has become interested in translation (German to
English). Her first major work, Albrecht Dümling’s The Vanished Musicians: Jewish
Refugees in Australia, was published by Peter Lang (Oxford) in April, 2016.
MITCH BERICK began playing the clarinet at the age of eight in his childhood home of
Newcastle, NSW. He attended Newcastle Conservatorium where he graduated with first
class honours and the University Medal after studying with Frank Celata from the Sydney
Symphony and Margery Smith. Mitch then travelled to London to take up a scholarship at
the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Mark Van der Weil of the
Philharmonia Orchestra and Nicholas Rodwell of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera
House, Covent Garden. He also had bass clarinet lessons with Richard Addison of the
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra during his time there. Upon returning to Australia Mitch
undertook further study at the Australian National Academy of Music with David Thomas
from the Melbourne Symphony and subsequently took up the position of Principal Bass
Clarinet with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in August, 2010.
Mitch has performed as guest Principal Clarinet with the Australian Chamber Orchestra
on a number of occasions and has also been guest Principal Clarinet with the Tasmanian
Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.
Mitch has also performed extensively with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Mitch has a strong interest in all types of performance and as such has performed
chamber music at many venues throughout Australia including Melbourne’s Melba Hall,
Adelaide’s Elder Hall and live for ABC Classic FM. Mitch also made his concerto debut
with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2014.
IRINA LIOUBIMOVA graduated from the Central School of Music of the Moscow State
Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and the St Petersburg State Rimsky Korsakov Conservatoire
with qualifications as a concert pianist, chamber ensemble soloist, accompanist and
piano teacher. She has performed as a solo pianist and chamber musician in Moscow
and around the former Soviet Union. During this time, Irina also worked as a repetiteur
for singers and ballet performers at the Bolshoi Theatre.
In Australia she completed a masters degree in performance at the Elder
Conservatorium in 1998, studying with David Lockett. Irina has performed as a soloist
with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra as well as the Norwood Symphony
Orchestra and as soloist and chamber musician with Recitals Australia. Over many
years, Irina also has been working as accompanist at the Elder Conservatorium and the
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
DAMIEN MANSFIELD first came to attention as a vocal accompanist, aged 11, as
repetiteur for the school production of Pirates of Penzance, and later, while a medical
student, studied piano with Lance Dossor. He was a bassoonist in the Australian Youth
Orchestra 1964/65, and, as pianist, an SA finalist in the ABC Concerto and Vocal
Competition of 1972. He was in London for much of the 1970s, where he played for
several years in well regarded “opera workshops”, and regularly for Dame Felicity Lott
and Yvonne Kenny in the studio of noted singing teacher, Eric Vietheer.
performed widely in North America, in England and the Netherlands; the New York Times
critic, Robert Sherman, singled him out for strong praise when he appeared as
accompanist at the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1974. He resumed active musical work in
2013 after 40 years of medical practice. Recently he has appeared in several concerts
as pianist and organist with renowned singer Robert Dawe, and in chamber music with
members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
THOMAS SAUNDERS holds an honours performance degree in classical piano and a
graduate certificate in music teaching from the Elder Conservatorium. He has attended
summer schools in France with Jean Paul Sevilla (classical) and Melbourne with Joe
Chindamo (jazz). He teaches piano to primary and secondary aged students and
examines for the AMEB. In 2017 Thomas accompanied brass and woodwind
instrumentalists for honours and masters performance exams and for the State Band
Championships. In 2016 he was a contracted accompanist for the National Band
Championships at Gawler and in 2015 he was accompanist for 12 sell-out performances
of ‘Call Mr Robeson’ at the Adelaide Fringe featuring the music of Paul Robeson.
In 2011 Thomas premiered his piece ‘Firestorm’ for two clarinets and two pianos at the
Adelaide Fringe and in 2010 he performed his 2 piano work ‘Adelaidea- a tour of
Adelaide’ at the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringes. He has performed in the presence of
HRH Duke of Kent for the Adelaide RIAUS centre gala opening and been guest artist for
a science/music presentation with the popular science commentator Dr Karl Kruzelnicki.
Thomas has been repetiteur/keyboardist for many of the great musicals for amateur
theatre and schools over the last ten years, including two seasons of ‘Les Miserables’ in
2012, which involved using computer software to design over 200 keyboard sound
changes for each performance. He is currently in the initial stages of designing a
performance aimed at educating primary school students about classical music, utilizing
electronic instruments and multimedia.
ADDEN CHIN is 14 years old and is in Year 9 at Marryatville High School. He is a piano
Student of Gabriella Smart and is preparing for his Associate Diploma in Music exam.
He participates in the School Junior Choir, Jazz Band and School Orchestra.
Adden also plays the violin under the guidance of Keith Crellin and is preparing for
Grade 8 violin exam.
Adden has been awarded numerous AMEB piano prizes including the Gr7 George
Pearce Memorial Prize. He has been a Showcase performer in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Adden was a soloist in the Recitals Australia Autumn Series concert in April 2018.
YENA KIM is 14 years old and a year 9 student at Marryatville High School.
Originally learning piano in Korea, Yena’s family moved to Adelaide in 2015 and
she continued with her music studies and achieved Honours in her Grade 7 AMEB exam
in 2017. Currently she is having lessons with Gina Macri.
ALEXANDER PROTHEROE is currently a Year 11 student in the Specialist Music
program at Marryatville High School. He plays piano and tenor saxophone, studying with
Alexander Hanysz and Steve Eads respectively.
Alexander has learnt about accompanying skills by participating in the Junior Ensemble
Musicians program in 2012 and later in 2016 in the Young Accompanists’ Showcase.
Alexander is involved in several school ensembles and recently participated in
Generations in Jazz, a jazz festival, competition and learning opportunity for high school
bands and choirs hosted by James Morrison. Alexander is currently studying for the
AMEB grade 7 piano exam.
CHRIS TANG is a current year 11 student in Pembroke School. Learning the piano for
nearly 11 years, Chris has won several awards in the Adelaide Eisteddfod Piano
Competitions and is a recipient of the 2015 AMEB Piano Certificate of Performance
Prize. As a music scholarship holder, Chris actively participates in a wide range of cocurricular
activities, including playing the French horn in school bands and orchestras.
DAVID ZHANG is a year 9 student at Glenunga International High School. Since year 4
he has been learning piano with Gina Macri and is currently preparing for his Grade 7
AMEB exam. In 2012 David participated in the Junior Ensemble Musicians program and
enjoyed learning about accompanying. In addition to piano, David is involved in
orchestras both in school and outside of school. He plays violin in the school ensemble
as well as the Secondary School String Symphony.