Festival Performers

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th May 2019

Piers Lane AO

Piano Recital - $80

Friday 3 May, Arrive 7pm, Festival Opens 7:30pm, Recital 7.45pm

Kangaroo Valley Hall

Piano Trio with Andrew Haveron & Umberto Clerici - $85

Saturday 4 May, 2pm for 2.30pm start

Hausmusik 1A - Serenata, 5 Keoghs Road, Kangaroo Valley

Piers is one of the finest pianists Australia has produced.  In this recital Piers will play music by Bach, Chopin, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Grainger.

Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire.

Recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and several sold-out solo recitals at Wigmore Hall.

Piers Lane has recently been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia. He was the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music from 2007 until 2017 and also directed the annual Myra Hess Day at the National Gallery in London from its inception in 2006 until 2013. From this sprang his collaboration with actress Patricia Routledge on a theatre piece devised by Nigel Hess, exploring Dame Myra’s work throughout the Second World War. This show, entitled “Admission: One Shilling”, has been performed over 70 times, throughout the UK at many festivals and theatres and recently throughout Australia and Belgium.

Piers has recorded over sixty CDs on major labels, primarily with Hyperion Records. Awaiting release are another Piers Goes to Town recital disc, concertos by Ferdinand Ries, and a sonata disc with violinist Tasmin Little. Recent releases include concertos by the Australians Alfred Hill and George Boyle, a Franck, Faure and Szymanowski disc with Tasmin Little and works by Borodin, the ninth disc he has recorded with the Goldner String Quartet.

Many composers have written for him and he has premiered works by Brett Dean, Dave Heath, Colin Matthews, Richard Mills, Carl Vine, Benjamin Wallfisch and Malcolm Williamson.

Piers Lane goes to town - Piers Lane
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Wayne Stuart OAM

Wayne Stuart OAM - 'It's what's inside that counts'  


Saturday 4 May, 9.30am

Kangaroo Valley Hall

Wayne Stuart OAM is the maker of the famous Stuart & Sons concert pianos. Wayne will bring two of his latest creations to the Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival to be played at recitals during the Festival.  


On Saturday 4 May, Wayne will present a talk on the history and principles of manufacture of his wonderful Australian-made instruments.

For the past 30 years, Stuart & Sons has carved an enviable worldwide reputation as designers and manufacturers of the highest quality, hand-crafted and uniquely Australian concert pianos. Company founder and designer Wayne Stuart has created technologically and musically advanced instruments, which have given pianists opportunities beyond imagination. These Australian designed instruments are veneered with beautiful Australian timbers and are objects of great beauty as well as functioning superbly to enhance and support the music making of the world’s finest performers. New technology inside the piano ensures a clearer and longer lasting sound.  

No Moon At All - Kevin Hunt
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Country - Kevin Hunt
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Native Sky - Bill Risby
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Watch Your Back - Bill Risby
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Unknown Track - Bill Risby
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Andrew Haveron

Piano Trio with Piers Lane & Umberto Clerici 

Hausmusik 1A - Serenata, 5 Keoghs Road, Kangaroo Valley

Violin & Cello Recital with Umberto Clerici 

Hausmusik 2B - Blackrock, 679A Mt Scanzi Rd, Budgong

Andrew has performed concertos with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis (LSO), Sir Roger Norrington, Jiří Bělohlávek (BBCSO), Stanislaw Skrowachewski (Halle) and John Wilson (CBSO), performing a broad range of well known and less familiar repertoire.

In 1999 Andrew was appointed first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet. A busy schedule saw the quartet perform and broadcast in their unique style all over the world collaborating with a varied selection of outstanding artists such as Anne-Sophie Von Otter, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Dmitri Ashkenasy and Alexander Baillie through to their iconic ‘cross-genre’ work with Elvis Costello, Björk, Paul McCartney and Sting. Andrew recorded more than fifteen albums with the quartet, many of which received industry awards such as “Diapason d’or” and “Choc du Monde”.

Andrew is also in great demand as on orchestral leader and enjoys frequent invitations to work with all the major symphony orchestras in the UK and many further afield. In July 2007 he became leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, broadcasting frequently on BBC Radio 3 and enjoying many appearances at the Proms including the famous “Last Night”.  At the request of conductor Valery Gergiev he also led the ‘World Orchestra for Peace’. Andrew has also been the leader of ‘The John Wilson Orchestra’ since its inception. Most recently, Andrew has been appointed leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

In 2004 Andrew received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent for his services to music.  He plays on a violin made in 1709, by Carlo Tononi.

He became Joint Concert Master of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2012.

Umberto Clerici

Piano Trio with Piers Lane & Andrew Haveron 

Hausmusik 1A - Serenata, 5 Keoghs Road, Kangaroo Valley

Violin & Cello Recital with Andrew Haveron 

Hausmusik 2B - Serenata, 5 Keoghs Road, Kangaroo Valley

Soloist, chamber musician, principal cellist, teacher, cultural innovator: Umberto Clerici’s multifaceted artistic and creative activity can be summed up in these five dimensions.

Born in Turin, Italy, Umberto began studying cello at the age of 5, continuing later at the Conservatoire of Music in Turin. Clerici mastered his art with Mario Brunello and David Géringas, both of whom opened to him new musical dimensions of fantasy and rigour.

At the age of 19 he won the Italian Regional Orchestras contest, and began his career as a soloist. Other international prizes followed: the Janigro Competition in Zagreb and the 2011 International Tchaikovsy Competition (the only Italian cellist in the history of that competition, other than Mario Brunello, to be a Prize winner). 

Clerici has played as a soloist all over the world including, among many, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Moscow Russian State Orchestra, the Philharmonia Wien, the Zagreb Philharmonic, Rome, Milano and Florence Orchestras. He has performed in the prestigious concert halls of Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Great Shostakovich Hall in Saint Petersburg and the Parco della Musica Auditorium in Rome. In 2012 he also played Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo theme with the Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

While his solo concerts increased in number, Clerici maintained his chamber music and teaching, finding that these gave him even greater satisfaction than pure performance. At the age of 23 he became assistant Professor at the Salzburg’s Mozarteum Summer Academy.

He joined the Trio di Torino in 2001, but also pursued separate projects with Luis Lortie, Jeffrey Swann, Itamar Golan, Sergej Krilov, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Andrea Rebaudengo, Mario Brunello.Wishing also to explore the orchestral repertoire and experience a wider music ensemble, Clerici chose to embark on playing in the orchestra, as the principal cellist, with Lorin Maazel’s Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra. For 4 years Clerici he was Principal cello the Teatro Regio di Torino.

In 2014 Clerici was appointed principal cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and Cello Lecturer at the Sydney University. He made his debut as a soloist with SSO in 2017 with his interdisciplinary project centred on Strauss’ Don Quixote.

He recorded concertos, solo and chamber music and, in 2017, he realized 2 new solo recordings for ABC Classic. 

Umberto plays a 1722 Matteo Goffriller from Venice and a 1758 Carlo Antonio Testore from Milan.


Acacia Quartet

Classic Chamber Music

Hausmusik 1B - Blackrock, 679A Mt Scanzi Rd, Budgong

Maitland & Morpeth String Quartet, with Jillian O'Dowd

Kangaroo Valley Hall

The Acacia Quartet is made up of Lisa Stewart - violin; Myee Clohessy - violin; Stefan Duwe - viola and Anna Martin-Scrase, cello.


In eight years Acacia Quartet have won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs.

Acacia have recorded six albums, with ‘Blue Silence’ earning a nomination for an APRA-AMCOS Art Music ‘Award for Excellence’.

Acacia are passionate about supporting Australian composers, working with young musicians, and sharing their love of music with audiences of all ages. Their performances feature regularly on radio stations around the world.

Acacia’s engagements in Australia include the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall Sydney, Melbourne Recital Hall, as well as extensive touring through regional NSW and Victoria.

Acacia had their international debut in Vancouver, Canada at the Roundhouse in June 2016. The following year, Acacia Quartet were invited by the Christine Raphael Foundation to give their European debut, where they performed concerts in Berlin and recorded a CD with three string quartets by Günter Raphael, to be released in March 2019.

Lisa Stewart

Born in Sydney, Lisa began the violin aged 5 with Suzuki teachers Hiroko Primrose and Yasuki Nakamura. By 11 she was playing solos in Japan, the USA and New Zealand. Continuing studies with Christopher Kimber, Lisa won the Wenkart Competition, was finalist at the ABC Young Performers Competition and worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra before going to Germany to study with Proof Igor Ozim.

She has recorded French sonatas for the Klavins Music label and Bach concertos with Cologne Chamber Orchestra on the Naxos label. Lisa has also played as Guest 3rd Concertmaster with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Bernard Haitink.

Returning to Sydney in 2001, Lisa has been Guest Concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, West Australian Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

Myee Clohessy

Born in Sydney, Myee began the violin aged 10 with Ernest Llewllyn. Further studies were with Alice Waten at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music in London.

Whilst based in Europe, Myee was Concertmaster of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra for two years, won 1st Prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition in London and held Principal positions with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Arctimus Piano Quintet.

Since returning to Australia in 2002, Myee has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, recorded regularly for ABC Classics, toured extensively with Acacia Quartet and since 2015 has become the Artistic Director of the Bowral Autumn Music Festival.

Stefan Duwe

Born in Oldenburg, Germany, Stefan studied viola with Marcel Charpentier, Konrad Grahe and Emile Cantor at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and attended masterclasses with Thomas Brandis and Serge Collot.

From 1992 he worked with a number of orchestras including the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Theatre Nordhausen, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, Philharmonie Essen, Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Since immigrating to Australia in 2001, Stefan has worked with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and recorded the 6th Brandenburg Concerto for ABC Classics.

Since the formation of Acacia Quartet, Stefan has turned his focus to chamber music and teaching. He currently teaches at the Australian Institute of Music and the Mitchell Conservatorium.

Anna Martin-Scrase 

Born in Vermont, USA, Anna moved to Salzburg, Austria at the age of 16, where she lived for the next 10 years. She completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at Mozarteum University Salzburg, studying cello with Astrid Sultz, Michael Tomasi and Heidi Litschauer. Whilst in Austria, Anna performed with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, the Salzburg Cathedral Ensemble and at the Salzburg Festival with her quartet.

Since moving to Sydney in 2008, Anna has played Principal Cello with the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra and Pacific Opera and recorded for Vexations840, AFTRS, Sonar Music and a solo CD of Moya Henderson’s Ecstatic Exercises for Solo Cello.

Anna now concentrates her energies on Acacia Quartet and her teaching at Cranbrook School and in Manly.

Paul Goodchild with Sydney Brass

Spectacular outdoor brass concert 

Hausmusik 1C - The Bishop House, 741 Wattamolla Rd, Kangaroo Valley

Paul Goodchild studied trumpet in Sydney and Europe and was appointed a full-time member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at age 18, later becoming Associate Principal Trumpet. 

With the SSO, he has toured extensively throughout the USA, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Asia, as well as Singapore, China and Korea with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He is Principal Trumpet of many of Sydney's freelance orchestras and frequently performs with the Chamber Soloists of Sydney, Collegium Musicum at UNSW, Australia Ensemble, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has also been a soloist.

In 2009 he performed in the Townsville Chamber Music Festival and in the Sydney Festival with the London Sinfonietta and Morphoses Ballet. This year, he will perform at the International Trumpet Guild World Conference in Sydney. Leading Australian composers have written works for him, including Carl Vine, Ross Edwards, Barry McKimm, David Stanhope, Matthew Hindson and Paul Stanhope. In 2005 he gave the premiere of Alan Holley's trumpet concerto Doppler's Web with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, reprising it in 2006 with the Queensland Orchestra.

Paul Goodchild is Musical Director of the Waverley Bondi Beach Band and Director of Sydney Brass, one of Australia's oldest and most respected chamber music ensembles.

Formed in 1958 as The Sydney Brass Ensemble by the late Cliff Goodchild (1926-2008) (Principal Tuba, Sydney Symphony Orchestra) with four of his colleagues from the brass section of the SSO, the ensemble gained an immediate reputation as a dynamic group of fine instrumentalists.

Being members of the SSO offered exposure on ABC radio and television as well as through concerts and tours. Sometimes offering performances in regional New South Wales as an extension of an SSO tour or due to performances with Musica Viva. By the mid 80s, an increased concert schedule with the SSO combined with the retirement of Cliff from the SSO, led to a decrease in public activities by the ensemble.

In 1987 the ensemble was reformed by Cliff’s son Paul Goodchild (Associate Principal Trumpet, SSO). The newly energised ensemble was named Sydney Brass and comprises symphony and freelance musicians who perform regularly with the major orchestras of Australia.

This versatility enables Sydney Brass to perform music for quintet through to a ten piece ensemble from all facets and genres; from Renaissance (Gabrieli and Monteverdi) through to modern popular works such as Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and hits from the Beatles.

In this Hausmusik concert:

  • David Stanhope, Ceremonial Fanfare

  • Alan Holley, Canzona for Ligetti                

  • Giovanni Gabrieli, arr G Page  Canzona per Sonare #4

  • Vincent Plush, A Waltz for Jerry

  • W A Mozart, arr C Hendricks, Rondo from 4th Horn Concerto

  • A Mystery piece for French Horn

  • J Daniell arr D Basden, 3 Quadrilles from “La Militaire”

  • Robert Sims, Australian Folk Song Suite

  • Percy Grainger, arr J Kreines, Percy Grainger Suite


                                             -Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol

                                             -Six Dukes Went A-Fishin’

                                             -As Sally Say A-Weeping

Current Members of Sydney Brass

  • Paul Goodchild, Andrew Evans, Craig Ross (Trumpet)

  • Robert Johnson, Milen Boubbov, Bourian Boubbov (French Horn)

  • Scott Kinmont, Matthew Harrison (Trombone)

  • Antonio Neilly, Duncan Spry, Scott Frankcombe, Ed Diefes (Tuba)

  • Richard Miller (Percussion)


Natalia Ricci

Two Pianos, Four Hands with Michael Endres

Kangaroo Valley Hall

Australian born pianist Natalia Ricci enjoys a successful career as chamber musician, soloist and teacher, having performed and recorded internationally over the past 40 years in the USA, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe including the capitals of London, Paris, Oslo, Prague, Berlin and Madrid.

Natalia Ricci is the daughter-in-law of the great virtuoso violinist, the late Ruggiero Ricci. She  married Gianni Ricci, the great violin virtuoso's son and they ended up living iin Sydney where they have a thriving music teaching studio (both are outstanding piano teachers). Natalia also teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium.

Appearances in international music festivals have included the Gradus International Music Festival, Spain, the Banff Summer Chamber Music Festival, Canada, the International Bartok Festival, Hungary, the London Objective Music Festival, the Deia International Festival Mallorca and the Sydney Symphony Contemporary Music Festival.

The recipient of numerous international awards and prizes, Natalia has made many recordings for the BBC, ABC, Canadian, Italian, Norwegian and New Zealand national radios and has also appeared in live concert telecasts in Italy, Norway, Spain and Australia.

As a collaborative artist, Natalia is especially recognized for her work with string players and has performed with renowned artists such as Ruggiero Ricci, Leonid Gorokhov, Kolja Blacher, Adelina Oprean, and Martin Rummel.

Natalia received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati, USA and her Masters of Music from RNCM in the UK. Her most influential teachers have been the Hungarian pianists/pedagogues Bela Siki and Gyorgy Sebok, the Czech pianist Jiri Hlinka, and the Russian pianists Sulamita Aronovsky and Tatiana Nikolayeva.

Natalia joined the permanent staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1999 where she has taught in both the Piano and Ensemble departments. In 2009 she was invited to New Zealand for the year to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Piano at the University of Auckland. While there, she gave concerts in Auckland, the North Island and Tonga. As well as her class of Piano Performance majors, she taught Accompaniment at post-graduate and undergraduate level and coached Chamber Music. On her return from Auckland, Natalia took on the role of Keyboard Coordinator of Chamber Music at the Sydney Conservatorium coaching many chamber music groups in addition to her other teaching and accompanying duties.

Natalia has had extensive experience teaching piano at all levels from children to university students, in Norway, England, Spain, New Zealand and Australia. Together with her husband, Gian-Franco Ricci, she has given numerous master-classes and piano workshops in these countries and their students have enjoyed many successes in eisteddfods and competitions at local, national and international level.

Michael Endres

Two Pianos, Four Hands with Natalia Ricci

Kangaroo Valley Hall

Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner and his live performances have won critical acclaim all over the world. 

In addition to performing on the concert stage, Michael Endres is an award-winning recording artist with an extensive discography of 29 CD’s. Among his numerous prizes and awards for recording are the prestigious Diapason d’or (France) which he was recently awarded for the third time and the Choc du Musique which he has won twice. His solo recordings include cycles of the complete sonatas by Mozart, Schubert, Weber and the rarely heard English composer Arnold Bax, the complete works of Ravel and Gershwin as well as works by Schumann and the Barcarolles by Gabriel Faure. Michael Endres covers a wide repertoire including seldom played composers like Leopold Godowsky, Gabriel Faure, Charles Ives and Eduard Tubin. 

Leading US critic Richard Dyer from the Boston Globe recently referred to Endres as, ”one of the most interesting pianists recording today”, the New York Times wrote: ”the performances with pianist Michael Endres were revelatory” and the Gramophone Magazine stated: ”he is an outstanding Schubert interpreter”. 

Michael Endres plays at festivals in Europe, America and Asia including Newport (USA), Beethoven Fest Bonn and Salzburg Festival, and has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein Vienna and Suntory Hall Tokyo among many others. For many years he was associate artist for the legendary baritone, Hermann Prey, the Berlin Philharmonic soloists and the Artemis and Fine Arts String Quartets.

Michael Endres was a pupil of two of the world’s most prestigious teachers: Jacob Lateiner in New York and Peter Feuchtwanger in London. As a young pianist Michael won prizes such as the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich) and First & Special Prizes at the International Schubert Competition (Germany). 

He has a distinguished teaching career as Professor of Piano at the Cologne Hochschule, the ”Hanns Eisler Hochschule” in Berlin, the University of Canterbury’s School of Music in New Zealand, and since March 2014 as Professor of Piano the “Barrat Due” Institute in Norway. 


Kristian Chong

Great Classics for the Piano 

Hausmusik 2A - Serenata, 5 Keoghs Road, Kangaroo Valley

One of Australia's leading pianists, Kristian Chong has performed throughout Australia and the UK, and in China, France, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, and Zimbabwe.


His wide-ranging performance schedule finds him equally at home as concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. As concerto soloist he regularly appears with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras in the UK, New Zealand and China. 

For the Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival Kristian will perform two of the great classics in the piano repertoire: Brahms’ Variations on an Original Themeop 21 number 1 and Schubert’s Piano Sonata in BflatD 960

Described by The Age as ‘a true chamber musician at work’, Kristian is highly sought after with extensive collaborations leading instrumentalists and singers. His festival appearances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Adelaide Festival, Huntington Estate Music Festival, Mimir Chamber Music Festival and the Bangalow Festival.


Kristian studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Piers Lane and Christopher Elton, and earlier with Stephen McIntyre at the University of Melbourne where Kristian currently teaches piano and chamber music. His competition successes include the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award (keyboard) and the Australian National Piano Award.

Peter Coleman-Wright AO

Peter Coleman-Wright AO Sings - An Illustrated Journey through Grainger's Beautiful Vocal Settings

The Bishop House, 741 Wattamolla Road, Kangaroo Valley

Peter Coleman-Wright AO is widely considered one of the most versatile singers on the circuit today. He is equally at home on the opera, concert and recital platforms, where he has been performing all over the world for many years.

A native of Australia, the baritone has performed Onegin, Chorebe Les Troyens, Orestes Iphigénie en Tauride, Wolfram Tannhäuser, Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande (conducted by John Fiore), Germont La Traviata, Count Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro, Scarpia Tosca, Balstrode Peter Grimes, The Traveller Death in Venice, Macbeth in Macbeth, Don Giovanni, and Billy Budd for Opera Australia, winning both the Green Room and Mo awards for the latter. His performances of the title role in Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim won him the 2002 Helpmann Award as Best Actor in a Musical by the Australian Entertainment Industry Association. He created the role of Harry Joy in the highly acclaimed Bliss by Brett Dean, also singing the role at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011. At the Lyric Opera Queensland, he has performed both Germont and Onegin.

Peter Coleman-Wright AO was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne in 2010.

Susanne Powell

Grainger's Folk Song Collection

The Bishop House, 741 Wattamolla Road, Kangaroo Valley

Susanne Powell has had an extensive and distinguished career as a chamber musician, accompanist, orchestral pianist, academic and teacher.

Susanne studied piano with Nancy Salas and David Miller and bassoon with John Cran at the Sydney Conservatorium High School and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She graduated with Honours and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II scholarship for Young Australians to continue her studies with Professor Heinz Medjimorec in Vienna , Bruno Canino in Italy and Geoffrey Parsons in London. While in Vienna she was awarded an Austrian Government Scholarship.

A frequent performer and recording artist for ABC Classic FM, Susanne has undertaken national and international tours for Musica Viva Australia. She has participated in many Australian Music Festivals and was awarded the prestigious ACT Arts Creative Fellowship.

Artists with whom Susanne has appeared include Cho Liang ("Jimmy") Lin, Camilla Tilling, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Ilya Konovalov, Tina Gruenberg, Ofra Harnoy, Dene Olding, Roger Benedict, Kirsten Williams and Paul Goodchild.

A passionate orchestral pianist, Susanne appears frequently as principal guest keyboard with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and was invited to tour as the celeste player with London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev on their 2014 Australian tour. She has worked with conductors David Robertson, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, John Adams, Thomas Adès and Osmo Vänskä.

Susanne has been accompanist for the Jacqueline du Pré masterclasses in London's South Bank Summer Music series, the Britten-Pears Summer School in Aldeburgh and the Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival master courses in Germany.

Her performances at summer music festivals in Switzerland and Germany have attracted critical acclaim.

Susanne was a Senior Lecturer in Music at The Australian National University for many years and is a mentor and tutor for The Australian Youth Orchestra.

Dr Jane McKellar

Grainger's Folk Song Collection 

Hausmusik 2C - The Bishop House, 741 Wattamolla Road, Kangaroo Valley

Jane McKellar is a musician who has enjoyed a multidisciplinary career in music, higher education teaching, scholarship and administration, and public service and policy. She has also had her independent consultancy specialising in leadership, culture transformation, executive coaching, strategy, and project management for over twenty years. 

Jane’s PhD on Percy Grainger and his music has remained the benchmark international reference on this important Australian music subject for more than 30 years. She expanded her Australian Music expertise across genres, composition, performance and dissemination, in senior roles she held during the National Film & Sound Archive’s early years. She has also held senior academic positions at the Tasmanian Conservatorium and Melbourne University’s Faculty of Music, and a lectureship at the NSW Conservatorium.


In the field of leadership development and teaching she co-developed the innovative quantum theory Emergent Leadership model, teaching it in RMIT University’s MBA for several years. Jane has held senior public sector roles; at Arts Queensland she researched and wrote the Cultural Ministers’ Council’s Moral Rights paper, which led directly to the Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000, providing protection to creators of original works. More recently, she led the major project establishing the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation as an independent statutory authority.


As a leadership and culture transformation consultant, Jane’s public, higher education and the not-for-profit clients include public sector management agencies, major arts organisations, transport, justice, law, environment, universities, medical research and sport. Her coaching clients have included CEOs, Board members, executives, Ministerial Chiefs-of-Staff, senior academics, technical experts, managers and emerging leaders, research scientists, lawyers, professional musicians, and doctors. She also presents her empowering two-day writing workshop “It’s OK to Be You: Your Natural Writing Voice!” as a public program.


Jane has always had a strong musical interest in the folk songs collected by Percy Grainger during the early years of the twentieth century and in the various ways in which he transformed these melodies into settings of great beauty. 

Percy Grainger

Jillian O'Dowd

Maitland & Morpeth String Quartet

Kangaroo Valley Hall

New Zealand born, Jillian O’Dowd, is a graduate of Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney and has over twenty five years professional experience in Film, TV, Voice Artistry, Stage, Music Theatre, Cabaret and Rock ‘n’ Roll, as an actor, director, voice artist, producer, manager, singer, drummer and teacher, worldwide.

Jillian is the voice of the Narrator, Bluebird of Happiness, Big Brown Bear and Mother Deer for SLR productions Series 2 animation  ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ playing on ABC kids TV and OS networks. Her voice features as these characters and the Narrator in the Easter and Christmas specials playing worldwide 2018. Jilly is also the voice of multiple roles on ‘Nate is Late’ currently playing on Channel 9 and on UK/USA/French and German networks.

Jillian O'Dowd

Jillian’s numerous TV credits include Rake, Cold Feet, All Saints, Home and Away, Water Rats, Small Claims and Come in Spinner plus several commercials in Australia and the UK, including spots for the UK’s Channel 4 3D, BBC Radio 2 and Hurricane Media UK.  Film credits include The Three Stooges, Walking on Water, Dead Letter Office and the UK indie Diana Clone. She is starring as the comic lead in an RAA Storm commercial for Sth Australia and on line.

Jillian has been a rocking member of Baxter Stone and The Chocolate Dogs as their manager, drummer and singer 2013-2018 inclusive for select venues, festivals and private functions in NSW Australia.

Jillian’s directing credits include Independence and Love and Money for The London School of Dramatic Art at The Lost Theatre, The History of Theatre Live for Traffic of the Stage, UK tour. Jillian has been teaching drama/singing/drumming and directing the kids, teenagers and adults in NSW, since her return to Australia from the UK in 2012. Credits include The Apple Tree, Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, First, do no harm and One Time All week by Australian playwright Selena Hanet-Hutchins, and 2016’s ‘Shake your Speare’.

Jilly designs and delivers ‘The Four C’s Hub’ creativity & confidence workshops for primary schools. She has a TAE 40116 Cert IV in Training and Assessment, an LTCL teachers Dip. from London and a Bachelors Degree from NIDA.


Riley Nolan

2019 Bushwalk & Digeridoo 

Three Views Walking Track, Tallowa Dam

We are delighted to present the opportunity to accompany Riley Nolan and his didgeridoo on a walk in the Morton National Park. Riley is a proud young Walbunja man from the Yuin National Park on the south coast of NSW.

Some of you may know that the Walbunja are one part of the Yuin Nation whose ancestors lived along the entire South Coast from Cape Howe near the Victorian border to the Shoalhaven River. How long they have inhabited this country is hard to say but several tens of thousands of years is likely. With some confidence one can say that the sound of the didgeridoo has been heard here before now!

We think listening to the didgeridoo should be a part of every Kangaroo Valley experience!

Riley has played the yadaki (didgeridoo) most of his life, but in the last 5 years he has performed and played in bands and also many solo performances. He plays didgeridoo and guitar in the local band Gadhu Dreaming and rock band, The Drifting Doolagalhs. Typically, yadaki have a flared shape meaning that the mouthpiece end of the instrument is slimmer than the bell end. The bore in the neck region is narrow compared to generic didgeridoos, with the bore gradually widening towards the bell.  This provides the necessary compression in the air column which in turn aids backpressure and ease of play. Acoustic balance is also achieved with this sort of shape configuration giving bassy depth, higher frequency harmonics, and a nice spread of frequencies in between. 

The Three Views Walking Trackis in the eastern Kangaroo Valley section of Morton National Park.



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