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AUSTRALIA'S DEDICATED BACH ENSEMBLE

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - MADELEINE EASTON

PATRON - SIR JOHN ELIOT GARDINER

'With fire in her belly and a spirit of enterprise, Madeleine Easton is a musician after my own heart. Her project of forming and moulding a 'Bach Akademie Australia' is much sexier than its title suggests.  Knowing Maddie as I do, it will combine cutting edge scholarship, imaginative musicianship and playing of dazzling virtuosity. Australian audiences are in for a treat -  of superb music-making which she and her colleagues will, no doubt, communicate with skill, charm and real flair.' 

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

About

 

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Bach Akademie Australia’s raison d’etre is  to create a natural extension of my work over the last 15 years in Europe. During this time, I have worked closely with some of the world's greatest Bach exponents such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, John Butt, Peter Shrier, and Richard Egarr from whom I have learnt and absorbed an enormous amount. The very name itself, ‘Bach Akademie’, is intended to resemble as European an ensemble as possible, thereby bringing the great musical tradition of Europe to Australia. Most importantly, the music will be at the heart of the undertaking. I believe the time is right in to create an ensemble such as this to enrich and enhance the musical life of my country.

Close links are being forged with academic institutions around Australia to establish an atmosphere of learning and education around the ensemble. Every international soloist performing with the Akademie shall give masterclasses, individual lessons and lectures in Australia to impart their learning and performance skills whilst in Australia, therefore enhancing the entire Australian early music world. 

I am extremely fortunate to have the support of Sir John Eliot Gardiner who is the patron of Bach Akademie Australia. As a result, I have had the opportunity to perform at the Bach Festival in Leipzig where Sir John Eliot Gardiner is the current president where I will continue to perform every year. I have also received pledges from international experts in Bach performance world wide such as Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey, James Gilchrist, Carolyn Sampson, Neil Brough, Leo Duarte, Jasu Moiso, Anneke Scott, Michael Niesemann, Reginald Mobely, Hiroski Amako and Adam Woolf to travel to Australia to perform with the orchestra and further our education goals.

Bach Akademie Australia will aim to perform all of Bach's music, coming up with inventive and interesting concerts within the context of series of concerts, or one off performances.  A Cantata series will be established in collaboration in order to properly explore and showcase these wonderful works. There will also be an annual St Matthew and St John Passion With my fellow musicians and Sir John Eliot Gardiner's support, we will bring to Australia an ensemble of the absolute highest standards and put Australia on the map as a place of international regard and repute for the performance of J.S Bach.

 

 

MADELEINE EASTON

 Photo courtesy of Bridget Cambridge

Photo courtesy of Bridget Cambridge

The Australian violinist Madeleine Easton is an established star on the international stage known for her versatility and expertise in the world of violin playing. Throughout her career, a desire to combine period and modern playing has led to unique opportunities for playing with many wonderful and varied ensembles world wide. She performs at the highest level both in Europe and in Australia, appearing as both soloist, concertmaster and director of some of the worlds most respected ensembles and orchestras.

 

 
"Under precise and accurate guidance from artistic director Madeleine Easton, who conducted with her violin bow as is the European custom, Bach Akademie Australia produced a lush, full ensemble sound that truly did allow the beauty of Bach to wash away the concerns of the outside world." Canberra City News
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Photo courtesy of Steven Godbee

Education and awards

Madeleine studied with Alice Waten and Chris Kimber at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with first class honours. Along side her degree, she studied baroque violin with Lucinda Moon. She was awarded scholarships and was successful in competitions winning the Sydney Conservatorium Concerto Prize with Bartok's 2nd violin concerto, and was a finalist in both the 1999 Richard Goldner Concerto Competition and the 1998 Gisbourne International Music Competition in New Zealand. In 2000 she was a recipient of a full scholarship to attend the Meadowmount Summer School in New York State winning the chamber music prize, and a year later won a place to study at postgraduate level at the Royal College of Music with Dr Felix Andrievsky where she graduated with distinction winning the String Prize for most outstanding performer.

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Photo courtesy of Nick Gilbert

Director and concertmaster

Foremost, Madeleine is forging a career as a director and concert master. She has performed as both guest and permanent concertmaster of many leading orchestras worldwide. Engagements include the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid under the batons of Thomas Hengelbrock and Paul McCreesh, the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra of Lisbon, The English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Kings Consort, The Gabrieli Consort, the Musicians of the Globe, The Independent Opera Company, London Orchestra da Camera, Orchestra Nova, the Guildford Philharmonic, Bath Philharmonia, Southern Sinfonia, Florilegium, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Ballet Orchestra of England. She was appointed concertmaster of The Hanover Band in 2006 and continues to perform with them as both leader, director and soloist.

Madeleine also performs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, and the Orchestra Revolutionaire et Romantique.
Her special talent of combining both period and modern styles of violin playing has led her to form a special relationship with the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has directed the Bach Cantata Series since it's inception in 2009, has directed the Baroque Orchestra, the first year String Orchestra and the Modern Instrument Period Orchestra. Other educational opportunities have included teaching period style on modern instruments for the World Orchestra at the Schleswig Holstein Festival in Germany, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Monash University in Melbourne.

Madeleine has performed on many award winning recordings including the Bach Cantata series with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, the recently released Bach B minor Mass recording with the same ensemble, Haydn's 'Creation', Mendelssohn's Elijah and Mozart's C Minor Mass with the Gabrieli Consort to name a few. She has released the complete piano trios of Alexis de Castillon with her piano trio 'Trio Castillon', available on Peyrole Records. She has also recorded the Antoine Reicha Bassoon Quintet and variations with the all Australian ensemble, 'Island' available on the ARS label.

Concerto performance now forms a large part of her life. Orchestras of which she has performed with include La Philharmonie de Toulouse, the New Queens Hall Orchestra, London Orchestra da Camera, the Bath Philharmonic and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. In addition, she was the concerto soloist for the prestigious London Conducting Workshops in 2012.

Madeleine is proud to be part of the internationally acclaimed Australian World Orchestra. She is also the artistic director and founder Australia's newest dedicated Bach ensemble, 'Bach Akademie Australia'.

Madeleine plays on a 1682 Giovanni Grancino violin and a 1704 Jo. Bapt. Rogeri baroque violin.

2018 season

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The sacred music of J.S Bach

21st April - 8pm

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISIS CATHOLIC CHURCH

457-459 OXFORD ST, PADDINGTON, SYDNEY 2021

Bach Akademie Australia is pleased to present a program of sacred Bach Cantatas and two wonderful instrumental and solo works. We begin with the hauntingly beautiful early masterpiece of Bach’s; ‘Actus Tragicus’ featuring the rare combination of baroque Recorders and Viola da Gambas along with our four magnificent vocal soloists.To perform the astonishingly difficult but joyful Brandenburg Concerto no.2 is Richard Fomison, Australia's foremost specialist on the natural Trumpet.  Next is Daniel Yeadon and Neal Peres da Costa performing one of the rarely heard Viola da Gamba Sonatas. To conclude, we present one of Bach's major Leipzig cantata BWV 175 which will once again feature Viola da Gambas, recorders plus oboe, trumpets, strings and our four superb vocal soloists . 

Full Program:

Bach Cantata BWV 106: 'Actus Tragicus'

Bach Brandeburg Concert no.2 BWV 1047 - Soloist: Richard Fomison

Bach Viola da Gamba sonata no.3 in G minor BWV 1029 -  Daniel Yeadon & Neal Peres da Costa

Bach Cantata BWV 175: 'Er rufet in seinen Schafen'

Vocal Soloists: Susannah Lawergren - Soprano, Toby Cole - Alto, Richard Butler - Tenor, Andrew Fysh - Bass

(Daniel Yeadon and Neal Peres da Costa appear courtesy of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music)

Tickets: www.floktu20181.com

         

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RICHARD FOMISON, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music has performed internationally  with ensembles such as the Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, the Gabrieli Consort, Florilegium, Ex Cathedra, Academy of Ancient Music ,Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Kings Consort, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie Bremen. Whilst being in demand as a freelance modern trumpet player, Richard is also a specialist on the Baroque Trumpet and has been invited as Principal Trumpet to perform with Canadian based group Tafelmusic, Santa Fe Baroque Orchestra (New Mexico) , Le Concert Lorrain and recorded Bach's B Minor Mass with the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra in partnership with the famous Thomas Kirche Boys Choir.

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DANIEL YEADON is exceptionally versatile as a cellist and viola da gambist, performing repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary. As a chamber musician he has performed in many major venues and festivals throughout the world. He co-founded Ironwood, an Australian ensemble known for its presentations of the classics alongside new commissions for early instruments. Daniel is a part-time member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, has appeared as soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and has performed on several national chamber music tours for Musica Viva Australia. He performs every year with Pinchgut Opera. Originally from the UK, Daniel read physics at Oxford University and studied historical performance at the Royal College of Music in London. For many years he was a member of the renowned period instrument ensemble Florilegium and later joined the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. Daniel continues to be guest principal cellist with many of the period instrument ensembles based in London, including the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Daniel has made many award-winning recordings, including an ARIA winning disc of sonatas by J.S. Bach with Richard Tognetti and Neal Peres Da Costa; the J.S. Bach sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord with Neal Peres Da Costa; J.S. Bach cantatas and Brandenburg concertos with John Eliot Gardiner and English Baroque Soloists, in addition to many critically acclaimed recordings with Ironwood, Florilegium and the Fitzwilliam Quartet. Daniel is in much demand as a teacher. Associated with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 2005, he also has a key role in the education team of the ACO. He is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on the group learning experiences of students in tertiary music institutions.

           

BACH AKADEMIE AUSTRALIA 

AT THE CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

OPENING GALA: Friday April 27th - 7.30pm

Fitters Workshop, 11 Wentworth AveKingston, ACT, 2604

Bach Akademie Australia will perform in the opening gala of the 2018 Canberra International Music Festival in a program titled 'The Seasons' featuring some of G.F Handel's most beautiful arias. Joining Bach Akademie Australia to sing these masterpieces is soprano Kate Howden and countertenor Tobias Cole. 

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BACH ON SUNDAY: Sunday April 29th - 11am

Fitters Workshop, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACR 2604

Fresh from the success of our first complete season and a new ABC Classics recording, Bach Akademie Australia returns to Canberra with the finest baroque specialists including Richard Fomison on baroque trumpet and Daniel Yeadon on gamba and cello. A morning of rare masterpieces in the luminous acoustics of Fitters’ Workshop. 

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ISRAEL IN EGYPT: Monday April 30th - 6.30pm

Fitters Workshop, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACT 2604

From the plagues of Egypt to the parting of the Red Sea, Israel in Egypt counts amongst Handel’s most glorious and colourful achievements. Second only in popularity to Messiah, the work has grandeur and epic scale. Sumptuously laid out for double chorus and featuring intricate instrumental writing, nothing stands in the way of the composer’s imagination. Flies, frogs, locusts, horses and riders, hailstones, the parting of the sea – everything contributes to the story of the people of Israel returning to their homeland. Bach Akademie Australia joins Luminescence Chamber Singers and soloists Susannah Lawergren, Chloe Lankshear, Tobias Cole, Richard Butler, Andrew Fysh and Andrew O'Connor for this wonderful occasion. 

News & Updates

Look out for our first recording for the ABC on the radio soon, consisting of the wonderful Easter Cantata BWV 4: Christ lag in Todes banden and the joyous Brandenburg concerto no.4

REVIEWS:

Garrison Church, Sydney -April 29th 2017 - Limelight Magazine: Read full review HERE

Canberra International Festival - May 7th 2017 - Canberra City News: Read full review HERE

 

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