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



July 23, 2016


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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s latest production of “Blazing Baroque” features stunning concertos, rare combinations of instruments and powerful masterpieces all performed by today’s baroque stars, at the City Recital Hall in Angel Place, Sydney.

With a program that includes music by Vivaldi, Telemann, Sammartini and Fasch, the audience will experience the passion, intensity and drama the performers bring to the stage. Modern and edgy in their time, these compositions are brought to life by the stars of the Brandenburg, with their unique flair, dynamic playing and exciting and challenging exploration of period music, the musicians are modern baroque stars. They bring a vibrant energy to the stage, engaging the audience with an intimacy as if they were in the salon of a great house in the 18th century. This is a celebration of the orchestra and the music.

Artistic Director and Conductor, Paul Dyer AO said “Sometimes ABO audiences just want the Brandenburg. They are devoted to the players and they love pure baroque music with a passion.  This is the perfect program for our loyal and cherished fans.”

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear stunning baroque concertos in rare combinations of instruments.

The spotlight will also be on the musicians as they take turns as soloist.

Blazing Baroque will be performing at City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place Sydney from 27 & 29 July and 3, 5 & 6 August at 7 pm
 with a Matinee on 6 August 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