Category Archives: Australian Artists

Nicole Canham

Nicole Canham

Churchill Fellow, Nicole Canham works in mainstream classical performance specialising in chamber music, and collaborates with a range of artists from outside the world of music – theatre, film, photography, visual art and dance – exploring connections between artists and audiences. Recent work has included concerts with the quartet Clarity, participation in Chamber Made Opera’s performance and recording of Helen Gifford’s Exile, launched as an i-pad application, and residencies with new media artist Sarah Kaur at Punctum Live Arts, Victoria and the Mexican National Centre for New Music and Sonic Arts. Engagements in 2010 included concerts with Claude Delangle for Henri Selmer, Paris as part of their Concerts at La Fontaine series, performances at the UNAM Esceula Nacional de Musica Clarinet Festival, the 12 Nights Festival of electro-acoustic music, Miami and the Morelia International Film Festival. In November she performed with duo partner Sarah Kaur (new media artist) at the Visiones Sonoras Festival, Mexico. Nicole is currently engaged in a major commissioning project of new works for tarogato and electronics, and in the last 12 months has premiered 10 new works in concerts in Australia, France, Mexico and the USA. She is currently engaged in an international collaborative project called Hourglass, working with a team of Mexican and Australian composers, video and installation artists. With the company Polyartistry she is developing a project involving crowdsourcing and experimental opera in partnership with Opera Australia.

After completing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance at the Australian National University School of Music, Nicole undertook post graduate study with renowned French clarinettist Philippe Cuper at the CNR de Versailles, obtaining her Prix de Perfectionnement and returning to Australia in 2003. Specialising in chamber music performance and presentation, Nicole has performed at festivals around Australia, including The Castlemaine State Festival, Four Winds, The Camden Haven Festival, The Adelaide Fringe Festival, The Darwin Youth Festival and the National Folk Festival. With the quartet Clarity, Nicole has performed internationally throughout Belgium, France and the UK, making their international debut at St-Martin-in-the-Fields. Her orchestral experience includes performances as part of the Australian Youth Orchestra Camerata, and with the Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Canberra Symphony and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestras. Nicole’s discography includes recordings for The Anthology of Australian Music, and the Tall Poppies and Move labels. She has been a Move Records artist since 2005.

Jess Voigt

Jess Voigt

Jessica Voigt is a young Victorian-based saxophonist who completed her Bachelor of Music Performance (VCA) HONS (Monash) in 2010. Studying principally with Michael Lichnovsky, Jessica has also worked with saxophonists Barry Cockcroft, Ian Godfrey, Lachlan Davidson, David Gardner, Michael Duke, Niels Bijl and Kenneth Tse.

Jessica has performed for 3MBS’ Live at the Convent concert series and was also featured in a recording of Katie Abbott’s ‘Egyptian Wish’ on her Sunburnt Aftertones chamber music CD. She has performed with various Orchestras across Melbourne and Geelong, including as soloist with the Stonnington Symphony and Geelong Community Orchestras, and as a guest member of the Melbourne Youth, Heidelberg Symphony and Preston Syphony Orchestras.

Jessica was the winner of the Geelong Advertiser Regional Music Award in 2008, which allowed her to attend European University of Saxophone in the South of France in July 2009.

In 2011, Jessica won the Powercor Star Search and has been accepted into further graduate studies with Dr Kenneth Tse at the University of Iowa.

Joseph Lallo

Joseph Lallo

Joseph Lallo is an Australian classical and contemporary saxophonist. He is currently studying in Bordeaux, France, under the direction of Marie-Bernadette Charrier. In 2009, Joseph completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne with Barry Cockcroft and Ian Godfrey, and was awarded the Catherine Grace McWilliam Bequest for achieving the top result in the degree. He was also awarded the 2008 Rogowski Saxophone Scholarship, and the 2009 Donovan Johnston Travel Scholarship. In 2011, Joseph performed in Paris at the Association des Saxophonists conference on ‘Saxophone and Electro-Acoustic Music’. He has performed twice as a soloist on 103.5 3MBS Melbourne Radio, and was a soloist in the 2008 Showcase Concert for Melbourne University.

Peter Jenkin

Peter Jenkin

Peter Jenkin (Clarinets) Born in London, Peter grew up in Adelaide, where he studied with Alan Bray and David Shepherd. He began his professional career as principal clarinet with the State Opera of South Australia. After completing a music degree at Adelaide University he studied with Antony Pay in London and worked with the London Sinfonietta and the Nash Ensemble, and also the Britten Pears Orchestra. Subsequently he was principal clarinet in l’Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon.

Since 1985 he has freelanced in Sydney, often appearing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as guest associate principal clarinettist.He is now with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He has recently given many premieres of solo clarinet works, including those of Margaret Sutherland, Riccardo Formosa, Greg White and Roger Dean. A recording of his performance of a work of Rolf Gelhaar is available on Etcetera; and he is featured on austraLYSIS’ cd Windows in Time. He has worked with many ensembles, including recently that for Calculated Risks Opera Productions piece ‘Tales of Love’, and was a founder of the Sydney Alpha Ensemble. He is also on the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His first solo CD was released by Tall Poppies, with the financial support of the Australia Council, and he has edited music of Margaret Sutherland (Currency Press).

Katia Beaugeais

Katia Beaugeais

Katia Beaugeais is a French-Australian composer and saxophonist based in Sydney. Katia has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has done a number of solo recitals featuring her own compositions on ABC Classic FM, 2MBS-FM and at international new music festivals. Katia won the Fellowship of Australian Composer’s Encouragement Award in 2006 for her first orchestral work, Aurora Australis. Two of her chamber works have been premiered by the Sydney Symphony Fellowship players: Atlantis (2006) and The Last Flight of Saint-Ex (2008).

Last year, Katia performed to international acclaim by winning the prestigious 2010 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) Young Composer Award for her soprano saxophone piece, Sound Box which she performed in a live broadcast on ABC Classic FM during the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days festival. As part of the 80 works selected from more than 700 from 52 countries, her composition was voted best piece out of the 43 selected entries from artists aged under 35, by a distinguished panel of international experts.

This year in April, Katia was guest composer at the 2011 ISCM World New Music Days in Zagreb (Croatia) for the premiere of Manifesto pour la Paix (Manifesto for Peace) for winds, strings, piano and alto saxophone, which was performed in the closing ceremony by Ensemble Zeitfluss from Graz, Austria. She was also invited to perform a saxophone recital at a special reception for the Australian Embassy in Croatia where she premiered Sounds from Bondi for soprano saxophone, specially composed for this occasion.

Katia recently gained a Master of Music degree in Composition with High Distinction under the guidance of Matthew Hindson at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She teaches composition and chamber music ensembles at the Sydney Conservatorium and saxophone at MLC School.

Nicholas Russoniello

Nicholas Russoniello

Originally from Wollongong, Nick has performed in various settings both in Australia and abroad, especially in Italy. In 2010, as a member of the New Reed Quartet, Nick performed as a soloist with the Orchestra Dell’ Academia di Schio, Vicenza. Nick has performed throughout Italy with the Syrinx Quartet, including for the prestigious La Societa Dei Concerti Milan. The Syrinx Quartet was the 2009 winner of the Conservatorio di Milano’s Ferrero chamber music competition. At home in Sydney, Nick performs regularly in the Duo Histoire with Murilo Tanouye (guitar), giving concerts throughout Australia. Duo Histoire’s self-titled debut recording (2008) has been played on radio stations across the country, including ABC classics and 2MBS radio, Sydney.

Nick’s studies in saxophone began at Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he graduated from the Bachelor of Music (performance) course with first class honours. As a student of the SCM, Nick received a number of awards and scholarships which allowed him to pursue international study. In 2004 and 2006 Nick attended the European Summer Saxophone University in Gap and in 2007 was awarded a BBM travel scholarship to travel to London and Paris for lessons with teachers including Marie Bernadette Charrier, John Harle, Jean Denis Michat and Christain Wirth. In 2010 Nick completed his post-graduate diploma with full marks at the Conservatorio di Musica Di Milano “G.Verdi” where he studied with Marco Bontempo and Mario Marzi.

Nick became a member of Continuum Sax in 2011.

James Nightingale

James Nightingale

James Nightingale is one of Australia’s leading classical saxophonists and is the alto saxophonist with Australia’s premier saxophone quartet, Continuum Sax. He is the President of the New Music Network and served as Vice-President from 2004 to 2007. During this time he has been at the heart of the direction of the NMN, serving as artistic director of the Concert Series (2007-2010) and the NMN Mini-Series (2005-2008).

James has a strong interest in Australian music and works by Barry Cockcroft, Paul Stanhope and Stuart Greenbaum have been dedicated to him. He has recorded a solo CD, Drive, of Australian music for saxophone and his playing is featured on CDs of music by Andrew Ford, (Harbour, TP 128), Andrée Greenwell (Dreaming Transportation ABC records), and Raffaele Marcellino (Heart of Fire ABC Classics). In 2011 James was awarded a grant to commission a new work for solo saxophone from the composer Brian Howard (to be premiered in 2012).

James has performed regularly as a casual saxophonist with Sydney’s orchestras since 1993, performing with the Sydney Symphony on their tour of Italy in 2008 and recording Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances under the direction of Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting in 2007. James performed as soloist with the Sydney Symphony for ABC Televisions Quest ’95 program, and was a finalist in this competition as a member of the Senarius Saxophone Quartet.

James completed a PhD at the University of Queensland in 2010 and holds a Master of Music (performance) degree from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. James was awarded the prize of ‘Student of the Year’ at the Sydney Conservatorium on completing his Bmus in 1992.

James has extensive experience as a saxophone teacher, including fourteen years as a member of part-time casual staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (1996-2009). He was the consultant editor for the AMEB Series 2 grade books for saxophone (released in 2008).

Continuum Sax

Continuum Sax

Continuum Sax, Australia’s foremost Saxophone quartet, performs a unique repertoire that explores the intriguing, exciting and expressive world of the saxophone. Their concerts have been enjoyed by a wide range of audiences, including performances at the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days, the 2008 Restrung Festival, the 2005 Melbourne International Festival of Single Reeds, and the 2002 Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference. Continuum Sax has often featured on ABC Classic FM, for whom they have presented Sunday Live and performed for the Australia Day outdoor broadcasts from Hyde Park (2008 and 2009).

Their repertoire has been developed through engagement with leading Australian and international composers. Rosalind Page, Damien Ricketson, Brian Howard, Robert Davidson, Stuart Greenbaum, Paul Stanhope, Barry Cockcroft, and Matthew Hindson, amongst others, have contributed works that exploit the sonic dexterity and rhythmic fluency of the quartet. Continuum Sax has presented Australian premieres of compositions by Elena Firsova, Franco Donatoni, Salvatore Sciarrino, Gavin Bryars, Perry Goldstein, Rolf Gehlhaar and Jacob TV.

In addition to their performance schedule, the quartet is active in education, having performed and workshopped student compositions for MLC School’s Australian Music Days, and presented composition and performance masterclasses for Newcastle University. In 2008 Continuum Sax recorded a large number of educational works for Sax has released two CDs, CONTINUUM (2001) and ICON (2005). Their recording of Matthew Hindson’s Videogame Dreaming is due to be released in 2011.

Continuum Sax is a member of the New Music Network.

Continuum Sax are:
Christina Leonard – soprano saxophone
James Nightingale – alto saxophone
Martin Kay – tenor saxophone
Nicholas Russoniello – baritone saxophone

Martin Kay

Martin Kay
Martin is a freelance saxophonist, clarinetist and composer, the tenor saxophonist with Australia’s premiere saxophone quartet Continuum Sax, alto saxophone diva/composer with the experimental trio Song Fwaa, and clarinetist with the ever quirky Fantastic Terrific Munkle.

Martin studied at the Queensland  Conservatorium of Music (Bachelor of Music – Honours) and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Masters of Performance). In between these two courses he was based in London, where he furthered his studies with Kyle Horsch and John Harle. He was selected as a core member of the Australian National Academy from 1997-1999 during which time he studied with Dietmar Wiesner and Cathy Milliken of Ensemble Moderne on the interpretation of Stockhausen and Cage, and received a scholarship to observe Marie-Bay Bernadette’s saxophone class in Bordeaux. In 2001 he received a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to study improvisation in New York with Tim Berne, George Garzone and Michael Formanek.

Martin was a featured soloist on Tim Davies’ 2010 Grammy-nominated track ‘Counting to Infinity’. He has recorded albums with Song Fwaa (Ligeti’s Goat), The Reaston Kay Effect (The Reaston Kay Effect), The Fantastic Terrific Munkle (Cahoots, Music to Dance To), Continuum Sax (Continuum, Icon), Jeff Usher’s Jazz Unit (From Leaps to Bounds), and Sousaphonics (Sousaphonics).

Martin has appeared with classical, jazz, cabaret and pop artists Manhattan Transfer, George Benson, Shirley Bassey, James Morrison, Kenny Rogers, Tim Minchin, Meow Meow, Ben Folds, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Six Pack Symphony (Combining Topology,  Clocked Out Duo, Wood, Brodsky Quartet, Continuum Sax, David Chesworth Ensemble), Terra Australis, Seymour Ensemble and Australia Ensemble.

Martin currently lectures in saxophone at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. His compositions are sought by saxophonists internationally and are published by Reed Music.

Lawrence Dobell


Lawrence Dobell was born in Melbourne and studied clarinet at the Victorian College of the Arts. He held the position of Principal Clarinet with the Australian Youth Orchestra for four years and toured with them to China in 1979. In 1982 he won the Victorian State Finals of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition, and in the same year was appointed to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, becoming Principal Clarinet in 1985.

In 1987, he represented Australia in the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo, and in 1989 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship which enabled him to undertake a study tour of the United States and Europe, incorporating the orchestras of Chicago, Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam.

Lawrence Dobell has appeared as soloist with the SSO on numerous occasions. He performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto under Stuart Challender, and in 1989 he gave the Australian premiere of John Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto, a work he performed again in 1997 under the baton of Marin Alsop. He also featured as a soloist in the opening concert of the SSO’s European tour in 1995, performing Berio’s Concertino with concertmaster John Harding.

Other solo appearances with the SSO include the Adagio from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in the 1996 Swoon concert, Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes, Krommer’s Concerto for two clarinets and orchestra with Francesco Celata, and Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs under Mark Elder in 1997. He has also performed as a soloist with the Melbourne and Adelaide symphony orchestras, and the AYO.

Lawrence Dobell is an active chamber musician, having been a member of the Seymour Group and the Australian Wind Virtuosi, and appearing numerous times as a guest artist at the Huntington Festival.