Second Place!!!! Wooooohooooo! Over October and November 2015 I competed in the 2015 ‘Casino Austria Rising Stars Award’ Competition Final. I am pleased to announce that I made it into the finals, and came 2nd. The final round of the competition was recorded live, and parts were broadcast nationally throughout Austria. Here are some photos from the final round […]

Who was Fanny Hensel? Is that what I hear you asking? Well! Hamburg-born Fanny Hensel (1805 – 1847) was the musically-gifted eldest sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn. Although she wrote about 500 musical compositions, she was not permitted to pursuit it professionally, largely due to the fact that her father believed that “Music should be an […]

It is always a pleasure to do session work with the Max Steiner Orchestra. This is a Vienna-based Orchestra which performs film & video game music for recording sessions and live performances. At the end of August, the full-sized orchestra bundled into MuTH – the Concert Hall of ‘Wiener Sängerknaben’ to record a Piano Concerto and […]

Under the baton of Maestro Kurt Masur! Just spent the week performing Schumann’s 4th Symphony & Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture with the Aurora Festival Orchestra! Loved his unabashed shouts whilst rehearsing the clarinet solo in the Wagner… “MORE EROTIC! You are Venus, the most beautiful women in the whole world. She is the embodiment of EROTIC! […]

We performed Schubert’s glorious beast of an Octet to a packed house in Vänersborg, Sweden! Just thinking about the buzzing energy from my wonderful colleagues + the enthusiastic audience plants an unwipeable smile on my face!!! Octet in F major, D.803, Franz Schubert Violin – Gordon Nikolic Violin – Anna Göckel Viola – Rachel Roberts […]

It was a joy to perform in this beautiful secluded Romanesque church (bathed in the the evening Tuscan sun!) as apart of the Italian 2015 Chigiana Music Festival! Ponte Spino Church, Sovicille – Tuscany, Italy!    

Spent the Easter in a whirlwind of inspiration with two fantastic weeks of marvellous music directed by oboist Nicholas Daniel in Aldeburgh, England. Programme: Richard Strauss – Serenade Op 7 Stravinsky – Symphonies of Wind Richard Strauss – Symphony for Wind ‘Fröhliche Werkstatt’ Great music, lovely new friends and the seaside… basically I was in […]