Wednesdays from 1 – 2pm with Simon Moore OAM

Each week Simon spends an hour in conversation with one of the greatest musicians, singers, composers or conductors, along with up-and-comers and others who influence our arts landscape.

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19 June – Nicolas Alstaedt

French-German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most sought after and versatile musicians today, performing repertoire spanning early music to the contemporary, as a soloist, conductor and artistic director. He’s performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic, to name only a few. His conducting has taken him to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra and more. As a chamber musician he’s collaborated with Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen and Pekka Kuusisto, amongst many other, and has recorded 15 albums.

In this conversation Nicolas enthusiastically talks about his craft and shares music from his contemporaries who inspire him most. He articulately describes the variations between the different ensembles with which he has collaborated. His energy and insights shine a fresh light into the works he performs.

Nicolas Altstaedt is in Australia to guest direct the Australian Chamber Orchestra until 30 June.

12 June – Vov Dylan

A  global artist who has enjoyed chart-topping success, international tours, and celebrated collaborations, violinist Vov Dylan enjoys taking audiences to a place where the classical meets the contemporary, coalescing with world music and jazz. 

He’s premiered works by some of this country’s finest composers, including Elena Kats-Chernin, Margaret Brandman and Ann Carr-Boyd. He has two new albums coming soon – Elevation, featuring the works of those composers as well as Stuart Greenaum, Ross Edwards and others, plus La Vida Apasionada, an album of works of Margaret Brandman.

Vov talks about his life as a working musician – from serenading in biker bars through to introducing international audiences to Australian works, plus how a couple of bottles of Bollinger may well have been the deciding factor for a career in music!

5 June – Katie Noonan

A singer songwriter who has proven herself as one of this country’s most hard-working, versatile, and prolific artists, Katie Noonan flourishes in every genre. She performs and composes across classical, jazz and rock music. She’s recorded a massive 28 albums, with a 29th on the way, garnering 28 ARIA nominations including five wins. Having already been part of her indie rock band, George,  producing highly successful albums including Polyserena which went triple platinum, she went on to found her jazz trio, Elixir. In 2021, she founded the Australian Vocal Ensemble (AVÉ), a vocal quartet with a special focus on new Australian compositions.

Katie discusses the full breadth of her remarkable musical journey, and the other artists who have inspired her along the way.

Katie Noonan and the Australian Vocal Ensemble join the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs for their annual Chorus Oz concert on Sunday 9 June in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. She and fellow AVÉ member, Andrew O’Connor, have composed An Instrument of Peace, a new work which will be performed at this concert alongside Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.

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