July 29, 2017


new-dmitry-header.jpgA magical evening of music which had the audience clamouring for more was performed at the City Recital Hall in Angel Place recently when The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra welcomed back Russian violinist, Dmitry Sinkovsky, one of the world’s most dynamic young baroque music stars, for a return season.

With a program that included Italian, German and French music by baroque masters Vivaldi, Locatelli, Telemann, Leclair and Aubert featuring violins and horns, I thought the evening could not get any better until Dmitry Sinkovsky wowed the audience with his singing.

A star student of the iconic Moscow Conservatory, where Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich once taught and Rachmaninoff studied, Dmitry was groomed for an international career on modern violin but changed focus in 2005 and pursued specialised early music training in Moscow, Montreal and Holland. He is now a highly regarded laureate in many European violin competitions, including first, audience and critic’s prizes in the coveted Music Antiqua Competition in Bruges and is in great demand as a soloist and director, not only for his musical prowess, but also his charisma on the concert stage.

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Dmitry performs on an exquisite Francesco Ruggeri violin that was made in Cremona in 1675 and made available to him by the Netherlands based Jumpstart Jr Foundation, which identifies the world’s leading young and gifted musicians and provides them with precious gut-string period instruments crafted by the old masters.

As guest director and soloist on baroque violin, Dmitry will be touring with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Sydney and Melbourne, plus making his debut in Brisbane.

Sydney: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place on 2 & 4 August at 7pm.

Melbourne: Recital Centre on 5 August at 7pm & 6 August at 5pm.

Brisbane: QPAC on 8 August at 7.30pm.

Sandra Tiltman



February 5, 2017
Brandenburg Choir

Brandenburg Choir

Australia’s Brandenburg Orchestra, the five time ARIA Award winning baroque orchestra, is opening their 2017 season with Handel’s Messiah. The world’s most performed baroque work is being played for the very first time by the Brandenburg in Sydney and Melbourne from 22 February 2017.

The Messiah was first performed almost 275 years ago in Dublin, where women were urged to wear dresses without hoops and men not to carry swords, so they could fit more people into the Musik Hall. It still fills recital halls around the globe and is a tradition for concertgoers across all ages.

Artistic Director, Paul Dyer

Artistic Director, Paul Dyer

Artistic Director Paul Dyer promises a Messiah like no other, having assembled an international soloist team, featuring Spanish Soprano, Greek Alto, American Tenor and Australian Bass. Paul commented “Over three years of planning, negotiating, crossing fingers and toes has resulted in one of the most magnificent seasons we have produced yet at the Brandenburg. We’ve got it all: old friends return, new friends join us and I get to tick something off the bucket list when I conduct Handel’s Messiah for the very first time. I can’t wait to share this very special season with you!”.

Paul added “Handel was the greatest composer that ever lived. I would uncover my head, and kneel before his tomb.” That’s what Beethoven said about Handel, the great master of the baroque and composer of what must surely be the world’s most performed concert work, the oratorio, Messiah. The iconic Hallelujah chorus is guaranteed to fill your hearts with joy. Who doesn’t experience an endorphin rush when they hear or perform it? The Messiah brings people such overwhelming pleasure and it is easy to understand its phenomenal popularity.”

Along with the Brandenburg Choir and Orchestra, featured soloists include Spanish soprano Lucía Martín-Cartón, winner of the Renata Tebaldi International Voice Competition who toured Australia in 2015 as a guest artist with Les Arts Florissant.

Greek countertenor Nicholas Spanos, won Best Young Artist of the Year in Greece and his recording in the title role of Handel’s Tamerlano won the prestigious ECHO Klassik Award.

Sydney based, American tenor Kyle Bielfield is a Masters graduate of New York’s prestigious Juilliard School. His career covers classical and pop/electronic music as well as opera performances in the US and Canada.

Messiah Soloists

Messiah Soloists

Australian baritone David Greco, who recently returned to Sydney after eight years study and work in Europe, is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague in The Netherlands. David has a long association with the Brandenburg, returning to Australia to perform as a soloist on numerous occasions. As a young singer, he was a member of the Brandenburg Choir.

Sydney: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place on 22 & 24 February plus 1, 3 & 4 March at 7pm
with a Matinee on 4 March at 2pm.

Melbourne: Recital Centre on 25 February at 7pm & 26 February at 5pm.

Sandra Tiltman


August 26, 2016


Making his Australian debut, Japanese/American violin star, Shunske Sato, will lead the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra into the rarely visited territory of historically informed Romantic music, performed on gut strings. Together they’ll perform music of the Romantic giants Mendelssohn (a symphony written at the age of 12), Grieg (Romantic music inspired by the Baroque) and an epic and rarely heard violin concerto written by one of history’s greatest and most revered violinists, Paganini.

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Artistic Director, Paul Dyer commented: “Shunske Sato is a brilliant international talent, one of the most dynamic and exciting violinists of his generation.  He’s performing the Paganini Violin Concerto No. 4 on gut strings. Who does that? It is something only the bravest of the brave would dare to tackle!” Shunske said: “The violin I will be using is made by Auguste Bernardel in Paris in 1846, in those days it was quite the fashion to copy Paganini’s Guarneri violin Il Cannone and my fiddle is one of those, so quite appropriate to play his Concerto on it.”

Born in Tokyo, Shunske immigrated to the USA at the age of four, but now lives in The Netherlands. At the age of 12 he won the Young Concert Artists award, the youngest ever to date. He studied at the Juilliard School (New York), Conservatoire National de Région (Paris) and Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Munich). Shunske is the concertmaster for Concerto Koln and the Netherlands Bach Society and in 2013 he was invited to join the faculty of the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he teaches violin in the context of historical performance practice.

Shunske is enthusiastic about his Australian debut, saying “This will be my very first time in Australia, and there’s simply too much to look forward to. There is the famously flawless coffee, and the odd encounter with an exotic animal of course and I have many dear and close Australian friends and am terribly excited to finally get to know their home country. I’m also incredibly honoured to work with such a world class ensemble as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra on my very first trip. Starting at the very top and going upwards!”

Sato & The Romantics will be performing at City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place Sydney on 7, 9, 14, 16 & 17 September at 7 pm
plus a Matinee on 17 September at 2 pm.

Sandra Tiltman


March 2, 2016

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Mention the recorder and immediately images of primary school orchestras come to mind. Mention Maurice Steger and the recorder in the same sentence and a whole different image appears.

To say that Zurich based Maurice rocks the recorder like no one else on the planet is an understatement as he has redefined the recorder, the most frequently played instrument in the early 18th century. Playing at breakneck speeds, while never sacrificing the phrasing and technical brilliance, Maurice pushes the recorder to the edge of its physical and expressive limits. He is in high demand across the globe, both as a recorder player and as a conductor, performing and recording alongside renowned artists including Cecilia Bartoli, Hilary Hahn and Andreas Scholl. With a string of prestigious awards including Diapason D’or, BBC Music Magazine Award and 2015 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year, Maurice has taken the music world by storm.

With his revolutionary performance style, charismatic Maurice made his Australian debut with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra at concerts in Sydney and Melbourne during February 2016. He tailors his choice of instruments to the specific acoustics of the venue and prior to arriving in Australia, Maurice said “I’m packing 18 recorders for this tour, because every piece needs a different colour. I’ll probably use one per piece, but to find the best possible recorder I’ll bring two recorders for every work and choose in the hall”.

Maurice_Steger_©MolinaVisuals_07_l (1)I thoroughly enjoyed Maurice’s vibrant performance on the evening I went to the City Recital Hall. Paul Dyer, Artistic Director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra introduced Maurice to the audience, along with members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and immediately they started playing, I knew we were in for something special. The concert programme consisted of a selection of works including the most challenging, virtuosic piece Vivaldi ever wrote, the Concerto in G major for recorder, as well as Gallo, Telemann, Fiorenza, Handel, Rittler and Geminiani. The audience certainly approved of the music, judging by the loud applause and stamping of feet.

The Brandenburg Orchestra, whose name pays tribute to the Brandenburg Concertos of J.S. Bach, the musical genius central to the baroque era, celebrates the music of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Using original edition scores and instruments of the period, such as the harpsichord and baroque violin, which is almost always fitted with gut strings, compared to metal or synthetic strings on a modern violin, resulting in a warm, rich and textured sound, talent from today supplies the energy needed for playing these baroque and classical masterpieces.

Prior to leaving Australia, Maurice will be performing additional concerts at the City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney on Friday 4 March at 7pm and Saturday 5 March at 2pm and 7pm. Don’t miss this exciting performer.

Sandra Tiltman