From Russia … with Prizes!

The Galston Concert on Sunday 17 September offers stars of two generations.

Young talent will shine when prize-winning pianists Joshua Zhi and Leroy Ma will perform following their recent success at the Steps to Mastery piano competitions in St Petersburg, Russia, in June.

“Save for a dates clash, Joshua, Leroy and other young Sydney pianists who competed in Russia, would have entered our very own Mid-Year Mozart piano competitions in Galston” says concerts director Robert Harris.

“So it will be a special treat to hear them perform following their successes on the international stage.”

“Their teacher Dr Paul Rickard-Ford at Sydney Conservatorium is especially pleased that they’ll showcase their triumph for a local audience so soon after their return.”

Joshua will combine his youthful skills with professional players when he plays Haydn’s D major piano concerto with members of the Lurline Chamber Orchestra.

Leroy will offer a dazzling solo in a virtuoso work by Australian piano luminary Michael Kieran- Harvey.

The Lurliners offer their own array of youthful talents now further progressed through careers which have included membership of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony and collective world-wide plaudits.

Their Galston program offers music linked to the theme of youth – a Sonata composed by Rossini while still a schoolboy, a folk-style Suite by Holst composed for a school and a ‘concerto’ by the child prodigy Bizet who died tragically young.

Maria Lindsay, founder and leader of the Lurline, herself a past member of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, will offer the Carmen Fantasy by Spanish virtuoso violinist Pablo de Sarasate, based on favourite tunes from Bizet’s great opera.

The Galston performance starts at 2pm in Galston Uniting Church.

While tickets will be available ‘at the door’ bookings are advised through trybooking.com (search Galston).

Enquiries to Helen Jordan, Promotions Coordinator for the concerts team, on 0425 339 841.