Josephine Allan

Australian Hometown(s): Canberra & Sydney
Education: Australian National University; Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Originally from Canberra, Josephine studied there with Ann Thompson, John Winther and Larry Sitsky before moving to Sydney for postgraduate work with David Miller and Nikolai Evrov. She combines a busy performing and teaching career with her work in the Ensemble Studies, Vocal, and Conducting Units at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

As the Sydney Symphony’s Principal Keyboard from 1996 to 2012, she has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, and Edo de Waart. She has also performed with a diversity of other companies, such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Australia Ensemble, the Song Company, Cantillation, the Seymour Group, Alpha Ensemble, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and Opera Australia.

As Sydney Philharmonia Choir’s Principal Accompanist for many years, Josephine has experienced all the major choral works both in rehearsal and performance. She also works with many other choirs, including Gondwana Choirs, Willoughby and Warringah Choruses, Cantillation and many others.

Last updated 2018

Stefan Cassomenos

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: University of Melbourne; Australian National Academy of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Melbourne pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos is one of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians. He has been performing internationally since the age of 10, and is now established as one of Australia’s leading pianists. As the recipient of multiple prizes including the Second Grand Prize in the prestigious International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn 2013, Cassomenos has performed throughout Europe and Asia, and now performs regularly in Australia, Germany and the UK. He has performed concertos with several major Australian symphony orchestras, as well as orchestras overseas.

Cassomenos is a founding member of chamber ensemble PLEXUS, which since launching in 2014 has commissioned and premiered over 100 new works. Cassomenos’ own compositions are regularly commissioned and performed throughout Australia. Cassomenos and violinist Monica Curro were the Artistic Directors of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival in 2019.

Last updated 2020

Tamara-Anna Cislowska

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognised pianists. Soloist, recitalist and chamber music specialist, she performs in Australia and worldwide in repertoire spanning three centuries, to critical and public acclaim, and is also renowned for her writing as a presenter on ABC Classic FM radio.

Tamara has won international prizes in London, Italy and Greece, including the Rovere d’Oro, and in Australia has earned awards such as ABC Young Performer of the Year, a Freedman Fellowship from the Music Council of Australia, the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and  the 2015 ARIA for ‘Best Classical Album’.

Last updated 2018

Bernadette Harvey

Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: ?

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Currently Lecturer in Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Bernadette enjoys a happily balanced career as performer and teacher.

Her numerous appearances at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival have included collaborations with Marc-Andre Hamelin, the Tokyo and Shanghai Quartets amongst many others. A recent US tour included solo recitals and master classes at the University of Arizona, the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University in which her performance of Carl Vine’s Sonata #1 and Ross Edwards Sonata Indiana was reviewed as “nothing less than spectacular” (Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times, March 27 2015).

Her latest CD recording includes the world premiere recordings of Ross Edwards Piano Sonata and Night Songs and Mantras, with other works by Carl Vine, available on the Tall Poppies label. She has recently finished recording another world premiere by Ross Edwards, Sea Star Fantasy for solo piano, which will be included in a retrospective recorded collection of the composers works. In 2016, Bernadette continued her focus on new commissioned solo piano works by Australian composers, as well as maintaining her collaborative performances in various festivals around Australia (Arts in the Valley – Kangaroo Valley NSW, Southern Highlands Festival NSW and the Stradbroke Island Chamber Music festival QLD).

In 2016, Bernadette was one of two nominated by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to take part in the University of Sydney’s Women’s Leadership program, fostering female academic talent and leadership. Through this program, Bernadette hopes to foster closer ties to the Refugee community in Sydney (a process she launched this year in a benefit concert for Refugee Week), and strengthen the connection between her research into injury preventive piano technique and her teaching practice.

Last updated 2018

Kathryn Selby AM

Australian Hometown(s): Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Curtis Institute of Music, USA; Bryn Mawr College, USA; Juilliard School of Music, USA

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Hailed by the Australian press as a ‘formidable talent’ and ‘Australia’s pre-eminent chamber music pianist’, Miss Selby is the Artistic Director and founder of both the popular nationally touring Selby & Friends concert series and A Little Lunch Music at Sydney’s City Recital Hall. She was honoured with being appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia, receiving the ‘AM’ on Australia Day 2013. She is the recipient of both the prestigious Churchill and Australia Council Fellowships. She began her piano studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and then attended the famed Curtis Institute of Music and Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, and earned her Master’s degree from New York’s Juilliard School.

Miss Selby has won prizes at the Van Cliburn Competitions, the William Kapell Competition, the Bruce Hungerford Memorial award in New York, the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York, as well as the Ferruccio Busoni Competition giving her a debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall. She spent the summer of 1982 at the Marlboro Music Festival, participating at the special invitation of Rudolf Serkin. During the same year she won the Astral Foundation of New York career development grant. In 1987 she was appointed by Affiliate Artists as Xerox Artist for the 1988-89 season.

Miss Selby has performed with the American Chamber Orchestra and was a founding member of the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Group. Those she has been guest artist with include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, San Francisco Philharmonic, Hartford Chamber Orchestra, the ACO, and the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. She has performed at the Athens, Spoleto, Caramoor, Aspen, Marlboro, Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, ASQ Festival in Victoria, Sydney Mozart and Sydney Festivals. She has performed with the Tokyo, Endellion, Goldner and Australian String Quartets amongst others.

Miss Selby created the successful four-year series “Selby & Friends” when she returned to Australia in 1988 with the sponsorship of IBM Australia. This series was recreated in 2006 and now tours nationally presenting an annual 5-series subscription season.

Also in 1988 Ms Selby was officially appointed the first Musician-in-Residence at Macquarie University, Sydney. She held this position until 1992 at which time she merged her Residency into the creation of an ensemble in residence at Macquarie University – the popular Macquarie Trio which toured and recorded from 1992 – 2006.

Miss Selby has been a presenter of her own program on 2MBS-FM in Sydney and a presenter for ABC Classic FM. Her former piano trio, TRIOZ, was the first ensemble-in-residence at the prestigious City Recital Hall, Sydney from 2008-2011. She teaches privately both advanced piano students and chamber music ensembles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Miss Selby has recorded extensively including an all-Gershwin disc for the NAXOS label, a solo piano recital disc for the ABC Classics label, a chamber CD with Canberra Wind Soloists and another with artists from the Australian Festival of Music, and with Macquarie Trio, a series of discs for the ABC Classics labels of Beethoven and Piazzolla piano trios and the complete piano trios of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Dvorak.

Last updated 2018

Timothy Young

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: University of Melbourne; Nicolò Paganini Conservatorium

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Timothy Young is one of Australia’s most prominent and versatile pianists. Currently the Head of Piano and Chamber Music at the Australian Academy of Music and a founding member of Ensemble Liaison, he performs regularly in recital as a soloist and in partnership with leading Australian and international musicians and ensembles.

He studied at the University of Melbourne with Ronald Farren-Price and Mack Jost before completing his Diploma with distinction from the Nicolò Paganini Conservatorium in Genova, Italy under the direction of Lidia Baldecchi- Arcuri and Massimiliano Damerini. While studying in Italy Timothy won several first-prizes in International Music Competitions including the Premio Kawai-Tortona and the Palma d’Oro-Finale Ligure, along with other major prizes in the Premio Venezia and the Sanremo Classico International Piano Competition. A personal highlight was a special performance playing works by Luciano Berio for the composer’s 70th birthday celebrations in Genova.

In recent years Timothy has toured Australia with violinist Ray Chen for Musica Viva and New Zealand with Ensemble Liaison for Chamber Music NZ. Performed with the Australian String Quartet, the Tin Alley String Quartet, the Australian Brass Quintet, the Australia Ensemble, the ANAM Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Frequent festival appearances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville,  Huntington Festival, Queensland Biennial Festival of Music, the Australian Piano Duo Festival, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Port Fairy Festival, Bangalow Music Festival, Melbourne International Festival of Brass, the Utzon Room music series at the Sydney Opera House, Canberra International Music Festival, the Aurora Festival (ISCM), the Perth Concert Hall Summer Series, Perth Festival, Woodend Festival, the Novi Sad Music Summer Festival in Serbia, the Kotor Arts International Festival in Montenegro and recently the opening recital at the Capraia Festival of Music in Italy.

Timothy has a keen interest in Australian composers of the past and his internationally acclaimed discography includes a recent release for Heritage Records UK with Penelope Thwaites featuring the complete two piano music of Percy Grainger. For the Melba label in Australia he has recorded a solo recital of works by the Australian George Frederick Boyle. Other recordings feature collaborations with Ensemble Liaison and violist Roger Benedict, violinist Ray Chen and soprano Cheryl Barker.  For Tall Poppies he has recorded with cellist, David Pereira and Ensemble Liaison. 

Last updated 2020