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CONCERT SERIES: Trio Anima Mundi


Montsalvat is proud to present a series of concerts by the international award-winning ensemble, Trio Anima Mundi.

Trio Anima Mundi presents their twelfth subscription series - Three's Company - in 2019. Trio Anima Mundi continues its 'Piano Trio Archaeology' mission of presenting rarely-heard works from the piano trio repertoire as well as works of the canon such as Ravel and Haydn.

Concert 1 juxtaposes one of the giants of the piano trio repertoire, Frenchman Ravel's epic work from 1914, with Englishman Harry Warner's USA Coolidge prize-winning composition from 1921.

Concert 2 presents the work of two composers whose careers included being that of a 'Kapellmeister'. This concert will also formally commence TAM's performance and/or recording of all 27 of Reissiger's piano trios.

Concert 3 brings us to the series title, Three's Company, with a look at two works which were arranged for piano trio by the composer...who needs dozens of players if it can be done by three..?!

Concert dates:
Concert 1: Barn Gallery, Saturday 23 March, 2pm
Concert 2: Barn Gallery, Saturday 22 June, 2pm
Concert 3: Barn Gallery, Saturday 26 October, 2pm

Ticket prices:
Subscriber: Adult: $120, Concession $90
Single Concert: Adult $45, Concession $35
*Concession rates apply to those with a valid student card, health care card, seniors health care card or pension card.
Online ticket sales only through Trybooking

For more information about Trio Anima Mundi and their program please visit the website here

International award-winning Trio Anima Mundi is one of Australia’s best-known chamber groups. Since their foundation in 2008 it has become renowned for its 'Piano Trio Archaeology' - the unearthing and performing forgotten works - and presenting these ‘findings’ alongside masterpieces of the piano trio genre and freshly-minted contemporary compositions.

Praised as a 'trio of vitality, charm and aplomb' (The Age), the Trio's members - Kenji Fujimura (piano), Rochelle Ughetti (violin), and Noella Yan (cello) - are seasoned performers and have gained a reputation for their sumptuous sonorities, immaculate ensemble, and masterly interpretation.  Recordings of the trio’s performances are regularly broadcast all over the world and the trio is frequently invited to perform on radio, at festivals and teach masterclasses, including the Castlemaine State Festival, Music in the Round, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, Melbourne Chamber Music Feast, Montsalvat Chamber Music Series, Ballan Feast etc. Trio Anima Mundi is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the International Academy of Musical Arts (www.iamusica.org) and undertook a concert and masterclass tour of China during December 2018 – January 2019 as part of their residency.

Trio Anima Mundi’s debut CD – Romantic Piano Trios – (Divine Art DDA25102) was selected as a Musicweb International Recording of the Year in 2013 and received rapturous reviews around the world.  Critics hailed it as '...a top recommendation' (Fanfare USA), and described it as '...beautifully recorded in well-balanced sound, with consistently affectionate performances' (Gramophone), and 'as to chamber music this has to be the CD of the year and, perhaps, many years to come.’ (Wright Music UK). A much-anticipated new CD by Trio Anima Mundi (English Piano Trios) will be released in Summer 2019.

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Dr Kenji Fujimura, Piano
Dr Kenji Fujimura is an internationally-acclaimed pianist and chamber musician. Recent CDs include: Romantic Piano Trios with Trio Anima Mundi (2013 Musicweb International Recording of the Year), Complete Violin Sonatas of George Frederick Pinto, and The Messiaen Nexus (2014 Limelight Chamber Music Recording of the Year) with violinist Elizabeth Sellars; William Hurlstone Complete Piano Music (Musicweb International Recording of the Month, May 2015; Fanfare USA Colin Clarke’s 2015 ‘Top 5 Want List’). Upcoming recordings include solo piano music by Theodore Dubois, Ernest Guiraud, Leo Livens and others, as well as piano trios by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Cliffe Forrester, Henry Warner, Rosalind Ellicott (Divine Art) and Algernon Ashton (Toccata Classics). 

Kenji is also a multi-award-winning composer.  His compositions have been performed throughout USA, Romania, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. Recent prizes include the Singapore Asian Composers Festival Award, William Lincer Foundation Award in New York, and the VirtualArtists International Composition Award.

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Rochelle Ughetti - Violin
Rochelle Ughetti graduated with an honours degree from the Victorian College of the Arts studying with William Hennessy and Miwako Abe in 2003. She continued her violin studies as a scholarship holder with Professor Maurice Hasson at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Rochelle graduated with distinction and qualifications including Postgraduate Diploma, Diploma and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the outstanding final recital.

Rochelle has performed as soloist with several ensembles, including the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Ragadolls Salon Orchestra and Speak Percussion. She has worked with the London Chamber Players, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and as a core member with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. She also participated in the intensive program ‘Encuentro De Musica y Academia De Santander’ in Spain in 2004.

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Noella Yan, Cello
Melbourne-based Singapore cellist, Noella’s playing has been recognised for her ‘expressive sound’ (The Straits Times) and of ‘exceptional talent and innate musicality, one with superb technique and interpretation.’ (Sina.com.cn) An avid musician of artistic, improvisational collaborations and new music, Noella has premiered numerous works with composers, dancers and visual artists including a world premiere of Bernard Tan’s Cello Concerto, written for her receiving  wide critical acclaim. Noella has appeared with numerous orchestras and given many concerts both as a soloist and chamber musician globally across many prestigious concert venues including Buckingham Palace, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kennedy Centre of Performing Arts, Southbank and Beethoven Haus. Noella is a member of Trio Anima Mundi and Ad Hoc Collective.

Earlier Event: February 7
EXHIBITION: Belinda Rogers
Later Event: February 8
CONCERT: Laura Vaughan - Viola da Gamba