Music - Term 4
Piano Trio Masterclass with the ANU Piano Trio at Mac.Robertson
Tuesday October 31 saw the Suzanne Cory High School Piano Trio consisting of Annie Pan 10R2, Julia Jeong 10B3 and Antonio Bal 11K1 participate and perform in a Chamber Music Masterclass at Macrob. The students were very fortunate to work with the Australian National University Piano Trio of internationally renowned musicians Tor Frømyhr (Violin), David Pereira (Cello) and Sonya Lifschitz (Piano). It was a great day and the students performed with aplomb. Here are some student reflections from the day.
Mr. Tony Paye
Director of Music
The piano trio of Australian National University in Canberra held a Chamber Masterclass for young musicians on Tuesday, 31st of October. As members of Suzanne Cory’s very own piano trio, Annie Pan, Antonio Bal and myself were privileged to meet and learn from three passionate, professional and motivating musicians. Sonya Lifschitz (pianist), Tor Fromyhr (violinist) and David Pereria (cellist), are all professors at ANU, and I took away so many things from what each musician shared. A lot of points resonated with me that day and left me contemplating, again, about whether I wanted to continue learning music at university or make the “safer” choice of taking a nursing, engineering or law degree. After a long period of consideration and mind-changing, I thought that I had decided that I wouldn’t choose music and closed that thought box. Inspiration opened up that box up again though and my love for music was reciprocated from seeing these professionals’ certainty of their love for music. As a cellist myself, I was truly inspired by David Pereria, whose insight helped me to see a musician’s life in a different light and had me reflecting on why I played. In short, I realised that right now is not forever and I still have much to learn, improve on and mature. So, instead of worrying about the decisions I’ll have to make and stressing over the uncertainty of my future, I decided that I would keep working on my musicianship as a cellist with all I have. Not just practise because I want to pass my next AMEB exam, but because I love playing. Being a musician is a constant goal-setting process and for now, I’m just going to make the most out of everything I do and embrace the unforeseeable journey that’s begun. Thank you Mr. Paye for this incredible experience!
Julia Jeong (10B3)
On the 31st of October 2017, a tremendous opportunity was presented to the members of the school piano trio in the form of a chamber music masterclass held at Mac. Robertson Girls’ High School. Led by David Pereria, Sonya Lifschitz and Tor Fromyhr, three prominent figures in the classical and contemporary world of music, the day was filled with vibrant performances, small group workshops and a short Q & A section. The passion and fervour towards music in the room was evident in the high quality of performances. From David, Sonya and Tor’s group performance on one of Josef Suk’s piano trios to David’s virtuosic performance of Bach’s Prelude no 1 on the cello to the various duets, quartets and octets by students, it was an eye-opening experience for Antonio, Julia and I as aspiring young musicians.
Undeniably, the most beneficial moment for me was learning that in a piano trio, to play the individual’s music section well is important, but mastery of the music is only possible when three musicians are able to come together and function as one. This day has enabled me to further appreciate the beauty of music, a channel for the emotions with a language and culture of its own.
Annie Pan (10R2)