Performance

Chamber music in the Polish mountains…

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Heading to Poland for a special night of chamber music with the amazing Alicja Śmietana & friends in the beautiful Dworek Gościnny in Szczawnica. And we are sharing the bill with one of Poland’s most famous mime-artists!

 

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BBC Proms with Nigel Kennedy, members of the Orchestra of Life and Palestine Strings

Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 2.22.12 pmHonoured to have been a part of this unique and historic BBC Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 8 August – a never-before-heard rendition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons featuring jazz, free improv and Arabic-inspired link sections with the very talented members of the Palestine Strings (ages only 13-23!).

Four and five star reviews rolling in from The Independent, The Guardian and The Times among others. Go Team! X

Excerpts from the concert can be seen here.


‘Orchestra of Life’ Strings in Jaworki!

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Following our ‘surprise’ appearance last night performing Czardas with the incredible Nigel Kennedy and his Band at Dworek Gościnny, Szczawnica, the Orchestra of Life Strings take the stage tonight at Muzyczna Owczarnia, Jaworki!

With very special guests Tomasz ‘Kukush’ Kukurba (Kroke) and Nigel Kennedy.

Program includes my arrangement of Vaughan-Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’ for solo violin and string orchestra. 🙂

Great vibes, gonna go off!


‘Orchestra of Life’ strings – a very special concert in Krakow

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Honoured to be playing in a very special concert in Krakow on 17 June – ‘Music Inspired by Friendship’.
This concert features members of the original Orchestra of Life strings founded by Nigel Kennedy in 2010, who accompanied him on extensive tours across Germany, UK, Poland and Switzerland.

Program includes: E. Grieg – Holberg’s Suite, A. Vivaldi – Concerto for 4 Violins in b minor RV-580, J.S.Bach – Concerto for Violin and Oboe in d minor BWV 1060 (Alicja Śmietana, Mariusz Pędziałek), A. Vivaldi – Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor RV 522 (Alicja Śmietana, Sonja Schebeck), M. Karłowicz – Serenade for String Orchestra.

Funds raised will go towards medical treatment for the great Polish jazz guitarist and our dear friend Jarek Śmietana. If you are anywhere near Krakow please come along.


International Space Time Concerto Competition

Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 2.27.59 pmLast night I was lucky enough to perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no.1 (mvts 2 & 3) with a fantastic orchestra formed for the finals of the International Space Time Concerto Competition in Newcastle, Australia. And as a bonus, I won my category of the competition!! 🙂

Fun times. Congrats to the other finalists and category winners and huge thanks to all involved.

For more info about the competition check out www.spacetimeconcerto.com and an interview I did for the competition can be found here.


Sydney Adventures…

SO excited to be on holiday back home in Sydney!!!

Had an awesome night playing at Kinetic Jazz 2012 (works by Richard Savery).

Also pumped to be sitting in with the brilliant Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the Finals of the Sydney International Piano competition and a little later this month, the premiere of Carl Vine’s Piano Concerto no. 2 at the Opera House! Nothing quite like playing at home. 🙂


Musikverein!

Buzzed after premiering Australian composer Chloé Charody‘s “The Phoenix” violin caprice at the Musikverein (Gläserner Saal/Magna Auditorium), Vienna, Austria on 15 May. Aussie Aussie Aussie!

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TschirgArt Jazzfestival

Guesting with Jazz Orchestra Tirol at this year’s TschirgArt Jazzfestival, Imst, Austria.

http://www.artclubimst.at/2012/tirolertag.htm


Nigel Kennedy & Orchestra of Life UK tour

Back on the road for January with Nigel Kennedy and the Orchestra of Life for a tour across the UK, including Cardiff and Edinburgh among others! Program featuring Vivaldi: Four Seasons and Kennedy: Four Elements


NYE in Vienna… Oh, and a world record!

Performing at the Vienna Konzerthaus on New Years Eve as part of the ensemble for The Igudes­man & Joo UNICEF World Record of the Most Danc­ing Violinists! And a very good cause. Congrats all round!

http://www.igudesmanandjoo.com/the-show/worldrecord/


Nigel Kennedy & Orchestra of Life Germany tour

Straight back onto the road for a month-long tour of Germany with Nigel Kennedy and the Orchestra of Life. Featuring Vivaldi: The Four Seasons and Kennedy: The Four Elements. 22 concerts in November, bring it on!


‘The Carnival’ returns to London’s West End

Charody Productions UK and Kompani Malakhi team up to co-produce ‘The Carnival’s return to London’s West End.

A little behind-the-scenes footage at the beginning of this:


‘The Carnival’ at Melbourne Fringe Festival

Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 2.43.59 pmPerforming at Red Bennies 21-25 September for ‘The Carnival’ Melbourne Fringe shows. Composed by Chloé Charody.

I will be doing some fire eating/taming as well as playing violin whilst flying. 🙂 Come on down!

An interview I did with Red Bennies:

http://www.redbennies.com/news/sonja-schebeck—the-carnival—21st-to-25th-september


Premiere of ‘Magdalene’ with the Dutch National Ballet

Priveleged to be performing tonight at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam as guest musician with the Dutch National Ballet for the premiere of the opera-ballet ‘Magdalene’, composed by Chloé Charody, libretto by Malcolm Rock and choreographed by Remi Wortmeyer.


‘The Carnival’ on London’s West End

Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 2.35.46 pm‘The Carnival’ (composed by Chloé Charody) will make it’s London West End debut at the Leicester Square Theatre on 18th March!

Featuring soprano Allegra Giagu, pianist Yulia Vorontsova and contortionist Delia du Sol.