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26/07 - 04/08/2019

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott

Advanced Winterschool Group Sessions

Each day throughout the Advanced Masterclass Program students get the opportunity to attend daily group sessions with their peers and hear guest presenters from the world-class line up of musicians performing at AFCM 2019. These sessions are only available for students enrolled in the program and provide an opportunity to interact with musicians in a small and interactive setting. 

Session times and dates will be confirmed 1st July 2019.

Connor D'Netto, Australia

Collaborative Music Making – composer and performer approaches to collaboration, technology, and creating new experiences for classical music.

Connor (b. 1994) has been described as “the model contemporary Australian composer” by ABC Classic FM. His music balances rhythmic drive, heartfelt lyricism drawn from his background as a vocalist, textures expanding the limits of instrumental sound, and delicate incorporation of electronic elements. He has been commissioned across Australia and abroad, held residencies with American collective Bang On A Can, and been awarded prizes including the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018 and the Australian New Works Award 2015. Currently, Connor is studying his Master of Music as a Tait Trust Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London and holds a Bachelor of Music with First-Class Honours from the University of Queensland.

Christopher Lawrence, Australia

Want to be a Professional Musician? What NOT to do in the 21st Century.

Christopher Lawrence is a writer, broadcaster, interviewer and recording producer. His work in the studio has been awarded three ARIAs for Best Classical Album, an International Emmy for Performing Arts, and the Critics Choice at the Cannes Classical Awards in France. In this Winterschool session he describes the best - and worst - attributes for artistic and professional success in music, citing his own experiences of over 40 years.

Christopher Lawrence’s career spans more than 40 years of broadcasting, most notably on ABC Classic. He has also been a successful orchestral and opera recording producer, winning three ARIA awards and an International Emmy. The author of four books that have been published in Australia, the US, UK, Hungary and China, Christopher was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Communications by the University of Central Queensland in 1999 for his achievements in media.


Dene Olding/Dale Barltrop, Australia

Balancing orchestral and ensemble life.

 Hear from two of the countries leading violinists and their journey balancing life as a member of a leading ensemble and with orchestras.

 Dene is currently first violinist with both the Goldner String Quartet and the Australia Ensemble @ UNSW. He is also Concertmaster Emeritus of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and is Artistic Advisor of Michael Hill International Violin Competition in NZ and Australia’s Young Performers Awards.  In addition, he has many solo and recording credits to his name with major conductors and orchestras including many world premieres.

 Dale has performed as a chamber and orchestral musician across the globe. In addition to his position with the Australian String Quartet, he serves as one of the Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist and director with the Australian World Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and guest director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata of St John’s Chamber Orchestra.



Charles Owen, UK

The power of piano !

Charles will share his ideas and insights into the art of collaboration in piano chamber music including suggestions on how to approach balance issues, the psychology of positive rehearsals and the ability to develop listening skills.

Charles has enjoyed an extensive international career performing a wide-ranging repertoire to outstanding critical acclaim. His chamber music recordings include the cello sonatas of Rachmaninov and Chopin with Natalie Clein, the Stravinsky Piano Ballets and Rachmanino Suites with Katya Apekisheva and the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Piano Quintet with the Sacconi Quartet. He is a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School, Co-Artistic Director of London Piano Festival and was appointed Steinway & Sons UK Ambassador in 2016.

Amy Dickson, Australia/UK

Breathing for Life !

An exploration of the way we breathe and the impact that has on us physiologically and emotionally, whilst performing and also in everyday life.

Named the UK’s Young Australian of the Year 2016 and Grammy™ nominated twice, Sony Artist Amy was recently named one of the six best classical saxophonists [BBC Music Magazine]. As well as her commitment to music education and mental well-being through music, Amy is deeply passionate about developing new repertoire for the saxophone.

Ruth Wall, UK

A lesson in harp history

Ruth will introduce her instruments and play short examples of ancient and modern tunes and techniques used on the various harps

Scottish harpist Ruth Wall specialises in the development and performance of new music. She is regarded as one of the UK’s leading harpists – performing on lever harp, buzzing Renaissance bray harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and concert harp. Ruth performs as a soloist and as part of ensembles and bands in UK and abroad.

Timothy Constable, Australia

Gain an insight into Rhythm in music.

 Timothy is an award-winning percussionist and composer and has been a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2014. A compelling, creative and sensitive performer, he has performed as concerto and chamber music soloist at the majority of Australian classical music festivals and around the world.

Pavel Fisher, Czech Republic

Prepare to improvise

An interactive session on improvisation and a session covering folk music.

Born in Zlín, Pavel Fischer was one of the co-founders and leader of the much lauded Škampa Quartet, a group with which he regularly gave concerts at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and around the world. More recently Pavel has dedicated time to teaching giving masterclasses for the Royal College and the Royal Academy in London, at the Concertebouw and the Quartet Academy in Amsterdam. He is violin tutor at the RNCM in Manchester and at the Birmingham Conservatoire. His informed interest in music of other genres has produced many successful collaborations and as a composer his works have been performed in the UK, Carnegie Hall and in the Dvořak Hall in Prague.

Stay tuned as more sessions are added to this list.

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