2013 October 25


Bach Inspirations

Music by JS Bach, CPE Bach, Rachmaninoff, Bolling and Mendelssohn, for flute, cello and piano.
Performed by Bridget Bolliger, Susan Blake and John Martin.





Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach | Hamburger Sonata in G Major for flute and basso continuo
1. Allegretto
2. Rondo

Johann Sebastian Bach | from Cantata No. 147
arr. J. Martin
‘Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring’

Mendelssohn | Sonata No. 2 for cello and piano Op.58.
1st movement, Allegro assai vivace

Johann Sebastian Bach | Sonata in E flat Major for flute and basso continuo BWV 1031
1. Allegro moderato
2. Siciliana
3. Allegro

Rachmaninoff | Vocalise Op. 34, No. 14
(arr. cello / piano)

Carl Maria von Weber | Trio for Piano, flute and cello in G Minor Opus 63
1. Allegro moderato
2. Scherzo – Allegro vivace
3. Schafers Klage – Andante espressivo
4. Finale – Allegro

Claude Bolling | Suite for flute and jazz piano trio
‘Baroque and Blue’

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Flute Bridget Bolliger

image_BridgetBolligerThe internationally renowned Swiss-Australian flautist, Bridget Bolliger, has achieved acclaim for her work as soloist, chamber musician and educator.

As a 15 year old, Bridget performed Jacque Ibert’s Flute Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and from the age of 16 began to win first prizes in national and international awards, scholarships and competitions, namely the Mattara Spring Festival Concerto Competition, the UBS Flute Competition in Zurich, the music scholarship Migros Ernst-Goehner Stiftung of Zurich, the Kiefer Hablitzel Music Award in Bern.

After completion of her studies, Bridget was appointed Principal Flute with the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra and later the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a Guest Principal with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Opera Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Queensland Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

As soloist, Bridget has performed concerti with major orchestras throughout Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and Brazil, and duo concerti with Peter-Lukas Graf and the renowned harpists Elena Zaniboni and Marielle Nordmann.

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Cello Susan Blake

photo_SusanBlakeSusan Blake graduated as Student of the Year from the Sydney Conservatorium of music in 1978. She won the ABC Concerto Competition in 1977, performing the Elgar cello concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, followed by a national tour.

After winning a Churchill Fellowship, Ms Blake completed postgraduate studies at the Basel Music Academy, studying with Heinrich Schiff, graduating in 1982 with the Solistendiplom.

In 1995, Ms Blake completed further specialist study in Baroque and Classical ‘cello with Anner Bylsma.
Since 1985, Ms Blake has been Lecturer in cello and chamber music at the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and was appointed a Senior Lecturer in 2010. Ms Blake regularly gives summer courses in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong.

As well as teaching, Ms Blake is a frequent soloist with orchestras and ensembles in Australia and Europe and records for ABC Radio, ABC Classics, Sounds Australia and Tall Poppies.
Ms Blake has extensive interest in 18th century music, performing regularly with other specialists playing on original instruments.

Susan Blake plays a ‘cello made by Giovanni Grancino in Milan in 1701.

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Piano John Martin

image_JohnMartinJohn Martin’s work is very familiar to concert goers and listeners to Australia’s classical radio networks. He has been featured three times on ABC Classic FM’s Drive Time segment ‘On the Verandah’. He is a former recipient of grants for overseas study from the Australia Council Music Board and Opera Foundation.

The first half of 2012 saw John touring Australia and New Zealand  for the second time in ‘Dickens’ Women’ with acclaimed British actress Miriam Margolyes, after which he performed in a series of recitals as half of the Jacono-Martin Duo with violinist Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich, along with other concert and show engagements.

John was M.D. several times for ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ winner Mark Vincent, and for many years has also been M.D. for The Australian Tenors and ‘Remembering the Carpenters’ with Lisa Budin. He has just done four shows as M.D. for Marina Prior and David Hobson. For many years he has performed in partnership with Australia’s best known singers and instrumentalists, and is current vice–president of Art Song NSW.

In addition to his work as a performer, John is now gaining a reputation as a composer with over two dozen works published.

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