A QandA with Professor Karl Kramer

The following is the complete transcript of questions and the answers given by the Dean and Principal of the Sydney Conservatorium – University of Sydney, Professor Karl Kramer in February, for the purposes of an article to be printed in the March 2015 Fine Music magazine. On April 17, Professor Kramer tendered his resignation from … Read more

Con Centenary

Designed as horse stables for Governor Macquarie, the building affectionately known as the ‘Con’, will celebrate 100 years of existence this year. Now ranked as one of the finest music schools in the world, the Sydney Conservatorium is living up to its founder’s initial objective. Henri Verbrugghen, who was Director from 1915-1921) had a vision … Read more

Sounds and Souls

Sounds and Souls: How music teachers change lives By Ruth Bonetti Published by Words and Music, The Gap, 2013 ISBN 9780957886186 This is the ninth book from Australian-based author and music teacher, Ruth Bonetti. Bringing a wealth of knowledge, years of experience and up-to-date information about the art of teaching (particularly as it pertains to … Read more

Elgar, Britten, Walton

Li-Wei Qin (Cello) London Philharmonic Orchestra Zhang Yi (Conductor) ABC 481 1243 In this recording we find a stunning soloist, Li-Wei Qin who, from an early age, made huge strides in the concert world. Now 39, Qin is one of the world’s great cellists, who had lived and studied in Australia for a number of … Read more

Essential Keyboard Excerpts from Great Ensemble Literature

The Rest: Reference & Enrichment for Pianists (Essential Keyboard Excerpts from Great Ensemble Literature) Selected and annotated by Janis Cook Published by Janis Cook 2014 (http://cookandco.com.au/shop ) Oftentimes, students and teachers can find anthologies of piano arrangements of orchestral music, but this new book is a completely new idea. The extracts contained therein are exactly … Read more