£8.00 – £10.00
Tait Tuesdays at Home
Tuesday 7th July – 9pm AEST | 8pm NZST | 7pm BST
In support of the Tait Emergency Relief Fund for Australian & New Zealand Artists
Rebecca Chan and Friends
Romance and fairytales
Rebecca Chan, violin
Sascha Bota, viola
Cameron Roberts, piano
Mozart sonata for violin and piano K454
Beethoven romance in F
Robert Schumann Märchenbilder (viola and piano)
Clara Schumann Romance op.22 no.1
Lachlan Skipworth (Australian composer) ‘Ode’
Rebecca Chan was born in Melbourne and studied violin with Alice Waten at the Australian National Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium and with William Hennessy at Melbourne University, where she also completed degrees in Medicine and Arts.
Rebecca has played as soloist with many of Australia’s major orchestras, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide, Tasmanian and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has been the winner of the string section and Nelly Apt Scholarship in the ABC Young Performers Awards, the ANAM concerto competition and the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and was a prizewinner at the International Citta di Brescia Violin Competition.
As a chamber musician, Rebecca has toured around Australia, Europe and Asia and played in numerous festivals around the world. She is a member of the Australia Piano Quartet and the Hamer Quartet (winners of the first prize, the audience prize and Musica Viva award in the 2009 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition).
Rebecca has been guest concertmaster with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and guest principal second violin with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Bern and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Rebecca was a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra from 2010-2015. She has also been a member of the Australian World Orchestra and is a core member and regular guest director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Rebecca is the ensemble leader of the Australia House Ensemble.
Alexandru-Mihai (Sascha) Bota
Alexandru-Mihai (Sascha) Bota was born in Timisoara in a family of musicians. Playing both modern and baroque viola, his career as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player has taken him all around the world. He has recently relocated to London after spending 5 years in Sydney as a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Rainer Schmidt from Hagen Quartet and composer György Kurtag marked strong influences on his musical understanding and approach to scores. He had since had the opportunity to play in chamber groups with musicians including Thomas Zehetmair, Benjamin Schmid, Leonidas Kavakos and principal players of the Berliner Philarmonie, the Doric Quartet and the Hagen Quartet. As a member of Mozart Quartet Salzburg he toured around Europe performing complete Mozart quartets and his contemporary composers.
Sascha began his musical studies at the age of 5 first on violin and then viola, winning first prize for 5 consecutive years at the Romanian Youth Music Competition. He won a full scholarship to study with Gérard Caussé at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid and then continued his studies with Thomas Riebl at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, completing his master’s degree in Solo Viola cum laudae in 2008. In 2010 he went on to a post graduate quartet course in Basel with Walter Levin from the LaSalle Quartet.
Sascha began his experience as an orchestral musician in the European Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Stade-Hamburg. He became a member of Camerata Salzburg in 2007 and has often played as principal viola, including on several international tours with conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington and Leonidas Kavakos. In 2007 he won the audition for the Solo Viola of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Sascha was also associate principal viola with Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, working with conductors such as John Eliot Gardiner, Louis Langrée, Sir Roger Norington, Philippe Herreweghe, Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher, Heinz Holliger and Dennis Russell Davies In 2012 Sascha successfully auditioned for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and was appointed as a core member shortly after. He played as co-principal viola from 2012-2015 and acting principal viola 2015-2017 and had a major role in curating chamber music programs and education.
Sascha has performed all around Europe, Asia, America and Australia, playing concerts regularly in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, the Musikverein, Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Festivals he often played at include Salzburger Mozartwoche, Salzburger Festspiele, Salzburg Dialoge, Klanguspuren Schwaz, Festival Aix-en-Provence, Encuentro de Música de Santander, Festival Mitte Europa, Maribor Festival, Tanglewood, and the International Viola Congress in Würzburg with Thomas Riebl.
As a soloist, Sascha has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Banatul amongst others, in venues around Europe and Australia including Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Spain, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Kunst- und Kongresshaus Luzern, the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre.
Since relocating to London in 2017, Sascha has been playing as guest principal with a number of orchestras, including the Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Academy of Ancient Music, English Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra as well as chamber music with the principals of LSO and St.Martin in the Fields orchestra.
In addition to his activities as a classical musician, Sascha is dedicated to jazz and other forms of improvised music and regularly appears at jazz concerts and festivals.
Sascha plays on a brescian copy English viola from 1830, a Hill&Sons modern bow 1910 and J.Dodd classical bow from 1820, His baroque viola is made by Jan Pawlikowsky.
Australian pianist Cameron Roberts performs throughout the UK, Europe and Australia as a soloist and chamber player. He frequently plays with the world’s finest instrumentalists, including, most recently, Jacques Zoon, Emmanuel Pahud, Francisco López, Rebecca Chan, Sascha Bota, Beate Altenburg and Plural Ensemble.
For many years, Roberts was an associate artist and teacher of chamber music at the Escuela de Música Superior Reina Sofía, Madrid. He has recorded several acclaimed albums, including Goldberg Variations and Original Transcriptions (2006), Original Piano Transcriptions (2009), The 3 Brahms Violin (Flute) Sonatas with Jacques Zoon (Vox Animae, 2016) and, newly released Flute Perspectives 2 (Move, 2020) – an album of Australian flute music with Derek Jones. He currently prepares a solo piano disc, Bach: an intimate portrait.
As a student, Roberts studied with Mack Jost, Ronald Farren-Price and Michael Kieran Harvey at the Australian Academy of Music. Now, in London, he is also a specialist teacher of elite-performance piano technique, fine-motor skills learning and injury prevention (a topic in which he holds a PhD, a medical degree) and is about to publish a book, ‘The Clear-Thinking Pianist’. – www.cameronroberts.com.au