20 Episodes, 40 Gifted Musicians/Performers
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Master Chefs Kings of the Kitchen
UltraCars - Beyond Sportscars
The Royal Jewellers
Kiss of Art
Born in Aleppo, Syria into a musical family of six boys and three girls, François discovered the double bass at the age of thirteen when one of his brothers brought an instrument home and allowed him to experiment with it. When the family moved to Beirut, Lebanon he found an old copy of Edouard Nanny's Contrabass Method in a tailor shop and with some difficulty, since he read neither music nor French, began to teach himself. After nine years of work in Beirut, François saved enough money to move to Paris for a year. He was eager to go to the Paris Conservatory, meet with Monsieur Nanny and show him what he was able to do with the bass. When he applied at the Conservatory he was disappointed to learn that Nanny had died in 1947. He was also told that auditions were to be held in three days and that he would never have enough time to learn the required pieces. He asked for the music anyway and returned three days later to finish first among the applicants. However, his stay at the Conservatory was a brief one, since it didn't take very long to see that he was not only far ahead of the other students but of the professors as well! While in Paris he began to earn his living as an accompanist for Jacque Brel, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Becaud, Michel Legrand and others. In 1963 he made his first of many solo record albums. Although never advertised or promoted, the Phillips album Bass Ball became one of the most sought after recordings of its time. From 1964 he became active composing much music for movies and the theater. At the same time he started to play solo recitals, first in France, then throughout Europe. His American debut was in Carnegie Hall in 1975.
Kate studied Early Music (Recorder) and Composition at the Victorian College of the Arts with Mary Finsterer, Mark Pollard and Brenton Broadstock, graduating in 1996. Kate received a NUFFIC scholarship from the Dutch Government in 1998 and moved to The Netherlands to study composition with Martijn Padding, Louis Andrieson and Gilius van Bergeijk at the Koninklijk Conservatory, and Carnatic (Sth Indian) music studies with Rafael Rainer at the Sweelink Conservatory, Amsterdam.
New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes has rapidly established a name as an important rising star of the operatic world, with appearances in San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Washington, Munich, Hamburg, the Chatelet, Paris, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera to his credit . His opera engagements include Count Almaviva in Cincinnati and Washington, Don Giovanni for Opera Australia, Henze’s L’Upupa for Hamburg Opera, Lescaut in Leipzig, Billy Budd in both Santa Fe and Sydney and his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Peter Grimes and Antony (Barber's Antony and Cleopatra) for New York City Opera. Future engagements include Count Almaviva in Washington; Stanley in Melbourne; Escamillo in Munich and at the Metropolitan Opera; and his first Scarpia in New Zealand.
The Australian mezzo-soprano, Sally-Anne Russell, has performed in concerts, recitals and on the operatic stage in America, The Nederlands, Austria, the UK, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Japan and Canada. Most recently Sally-Anne made her Washington DC debut as Ursula in Beatrice et Benedict for Washington Concert Opera at the Kennedy Centre and a 2nd season for the Carmel Bach Festival in California. Operatic roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere de Seviglia (New Zealand), Mistress Quickly in Falstaff (UK), Lucienne in Die Tote Stadt (Spoleto, Italy), Amastris in Xerses (Oper der Stadt Köln, Germany), Suzuki in Madame Butterfly (State Opera of South Australia), Dido in Dido & Aeneas, and fifteen roles as a resident principal for the Victoria State Opera. Sally-Anne Russell also received much acclaim for her performance in the roles of Juno/Ino in Semele for Pinchgut Opera. Sally-Anne Russell appears with all the Symphony Australia Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Bach Ensemble and at all of the major Australian Festivals.
Designer and builder Wayne Stuart believes that if the piano is to remain a vital musical force it must continue to evolve. This concept is the driving force that inspired him to choose as his life’s work the redefinition of the limits of the piano. The dream was to create an instrument that would offer a broader palette of musical expression through greater clarity and tonal richness.
New Zealand born pianist/composer Mike Nock is one of the acknowledged masters of jazz with over twenty-five years working in the USA with many of the world's top jazz musicians such as: Coleman Hawkins,Yusef Lateef, Dionne Warwick, Michael Brecker, etc... His compositions have been commissioned and performed by such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (USA), Australian Chamber Orchestra, Synergy, Melbourne Windpower, Ensemble 24, The New Zealand String Quartet, Dunedin Civic Orchestra (NZ) and Umo Jazz Orchestra (Finland) .
Adam Cook's SONGS FROM THE YELLOW BEDROOM [with Lord of the Rings actor David Wenham], Mahler's The Song of the Earth Van Gogh's Letters to Theo Part operatic song cycle, part dramatic performance, Songs from the Yellow Bedroom realises the original vision of the late Australian director Richard Wherrett to produce a concert staging of Gustav Mahler's song-symphony, The Song of the Earth, interspersed with the letters of Vincent Van Gogh. Mahler and Van Gogh were almost exact contemporaries, only eight years apart in age. Mahler wrote The Song of the Earth, a masterpiece of orchestral colouring, in 1908. Van Gogh similarly found solace in nature and rural life. Letters from Van Gogh, written in his greatest period before he shot himself in 1890, intersperse Mahler's score. Vincent van Gogh - David Wenham, Conductor Diego Masson, Director Adam Cook
Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea (born June 12, 1941) is a multiple Grammy Award winning American jazz pianist, keyboardist, drummer, and composer. He is known for his work during the 1970s in the genre of jazz fusion. He participated in the birth of the electric fusion movement as a member of Miles Davis' band in the 1960s, and in the 1970s formed Return to Forever. He continued to pursue other collaborations and explore various musical styles throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He is also known for promoting Scientology
Charles Dutoit has been Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal since 1977. Their musical partnership is recognised today as one of the most successful in the world. In September 1990, Charles Dutoit also became Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, replacing Lorin Maazel. In September 1996 he was also appointed Principal Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. In addition to his summer activities with the OSM, Charles Dutoit is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of North America's most prestigious summer festivals: the Philadelphia Orchestra? concert series at the Mann Music Centre in Philadelphia and at the Saratoga Performing Arts Centre in Saratoga Springs, New York. Charles Dutoit has received numerous awards and distinctions. He holds honorary doctorates from both the Universit? de Montr?l and the Universit? Laval. In 1982, Charles Dutoit was named 'Musician of the Year' by the Canadian Music Council; in 1988, the same organisation awarded Maestro Dutoit the Canadian Music Council Medal in recognition of his exceptional contribution to music in Canada. Also in 1988, the government of France made Charles Dutoit an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 1991, Charles Dutoit was made an Honorary Citizen of the city of Philadelphia. In June 1994, the Canadian Conference of the Arts awarded Maestro Dutoit their Diploma of Honour for distinguished service to the arts in Canada.
MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE
Dame Elizabeth Murdoch, Lady Primrose Potter, Andrew Nicol [ARUP] & Marco Van Pagee
Andrew joined Arup in 1995. He is currently Principal of the Acoustics team in Australia and specialises in buildings for the performing arts. He is a musician and acoustic designer and has 15 years of experience working in Australia, Europe, America and Asia.
Marco van Pagee was born in Middelburg, The Netherlands, where he studied violin with Davina van Wely and viola with Jurgen Kussmaul at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag. Marco was principal violist with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra and the Elizabethan Theatre Trust Orchestra. Marco is a founding member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (the former Rantos Collegium), Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, coordinator of chamber music at the Australian National Academy of Music and founder and musical director of the Geminiani Chamber Orchestra.
Gordon Kerry's orchestral music has been commissioned by the ABC, BBC, Symphony Australia, Ars Musica Australis and the Australian Youth Orchestra. Most recently he has completed a major work for Gondwana Voices and the WASO to be performed in October 2005. His extensive body of chamber music has been commissioned for or premiered by Musica Viva Australia, Wigmore Hall, London as well as independent ensembles in Australia, Germany, the USA, Sweden and Russia. and he has held fellowships from the Australia Council, Peggy Glanville-Hicks Trust and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, USA.
Jon Rose was born in 1951 in Rochester, UK, Jon Rose started playing the violin at seven years old, after winning a music scholarship to King's School Rochester. He studied violin with Anthony Saltmarsh (exponent of the Knud Vestergaard 'Bach' bow). He gave up formal music education at the age of 15 and from then on was primarily self-taught.Throughout the 1970's, first in England and then in Australia, he played, composed and studied in a large variety of music genres - from sitar playing to country & western; from 'new music' composition to commercial studio session work; from bebop to Italian club bands; from big band serial composition to sound installations. In 1977-78 he studied jazz arranging and counterpoint with Bill Motzing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. He became the central figure in the development of Free Improvisation in Australia, performing in almost every art gallery, jazz and rock club in the country - either solo, with fellow improvisers like Louis Burdett, Serge Ermoll, Edy Bronson, Jim Denley or with an international pool of improvising musicians called The Relative Band.
John Bolton Wood Born, Australia. Music Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, London Opera Centre. Winner Green Room Awards, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Colonel Frank (Die Fledermaus), Major-General Stanley (Pirates of Penzance), Lord Mountararat (Iolanthe) OA repertoire: Alcindoro/Benoit (La boh?e), Fra Melitone (La forza del destino), Dr Bartolo (The Barber of Seville), Somarone (Beatrice and Benedict), Sacristan (Tosca), Talbot (Maria Stuarda), High Priest in Samson and Delilah, Rigoletto, Riccardo (I puritani), Malatesta (Don Pasquale),
Sally Matthews was the winner of the 1999 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She studied with Cynthia Jolly and Johanna Peters and completed the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2000. She was a member of The Royal Opera Vilar Young Artist programme from 2001 to 2003 and currently studies with Paul Farringdon. In January 2001 she made her Royal Opera House debut as Nannetta Falstaff under Bernard Haitink going on to sing Susanna in Act II of Le Nozze di Figaro in Bernard Haitink’s Farewell Gala concerts, Pamina Die Zauberflöte with Philippe Jordan and Iris Semele with Sir Charles Mackerras. She has since returned to the Royal Opera house to sing Sifare Mitridate and Anne Truelove Rake’s Progress. She made her debuts at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden as Pamina Die Zauberflöte and in Munich, singing the title role in Cavalli’s La Calisto in a new David Alden production at the Bayerische Staatsoper; with Netherlands Opera singing Fiordiligi in a new production of Così fan tutte and in Australia singing the title role in Rusalka for Opera Australia. She recently returned to Munich to sing the title role in Alice in Wonderland, a new commission written by Unsuk Chin for the Bayerische Staatsoper and made her debut in Vienna with Blanche Dialogues des Carmelites at the Theater an der Wien.
The Bent Leather Band - One of Australia’s most innovative and creative musicians, Stuart Favilla specialises in synthesiser/ computer music performance. He has been recognised internationally both for his talent and for the innovations he has contributed to this field. Stuart has toured with Joanne Cannon to Denmark and Hong Kong and has had recordings selected for release by the International Computer Music Association.
Frank began playing guitar at age 7 in Canberra, Australia, where he was born and raised. He was influenced by the blues playing of Jimi Hendrix. John Mayall, and Eric Clapton. In his mid-teens he discovered Steely Dan, The Brecker Brothers and Chick Corea, which pointed him in a jazzy direction. In 1982 at 23 he decided to leave his home to study at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Hollywood. He graduated with the highest honor, Student of the Year, and was offered a teaching position which he kept for four years. During this time he was playing the local jazz club circuit with his own band, and already had published his first book, "Speed Picking." In 1986 he signed a three-album contract with a small label called Legato and began his recording career. The same year he was recruited by Jean-Luc Ponty to tour. Shortly after that tour, he auditioned for Chick Corea and began a six-year, five-record and Grammy award-winning period with him. Chick helped expose Frank to the world, for which he is grateful. "Playing with Chick was like dream come true," says Frank. That same year, Ibanez guitars approached him to endorse their guitar, which culminated in a long relationship and spawned the Frank Gambale model guitar, which was first on sale worldwide in 1987.
Converting a 100 year old town hall with the largest symphonic organ in the southern hemisphere into a site-specific sound installation with interacting pre-composed and improvised live music performances.
Peter Knight curator/composer/performer Peter Knight is a Melbourne based trumpeter, composer, he features on more than 20 albums in a variety of genres and on numerous film soundtracks and has been active on the Melbourne jazz scene over the last decade with a variety of groups. He holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts and lectures in jazz studies part-time at Victoria University of Technology Sunbury and Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE.
Cameron Robbins curator, installation artist Camerons work has been largely based on interaction with natural forces and the elements. He has devised many ways of producing a kind of collaboration between artist and nature including using mechanical systems. Cameron? Drawing Machines transpose natural energies like wind, water, fire, and solar energy into strangely readable forms of ink drawings on paper, which take on the forms of the energy of their origins.
SCHAUPP & LACEY
Karin Schaupp is one of the most outstanding young guitarists on the international scene. She performs widely on the international stage as a recitalist, concerto soloist and festival guest, and has given countless recitals.
Karin Schaupp has appeared live on television in many parts of the world; in 1997 she performed live as a Special Guest Artist to twenty million viewers and listeners in China, on the occasion of China Radio International's 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Paul Capsis is one of Australia's most acclaimed and successful cabaret and concert artists. In 1993/94 he performed his unique one-man show Pack of Divas at the Adelaide Comedy Festival and in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 1995/96 his show Burning Sequins toured to Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Auckland and Australia. In 1997 Whole Lotta Capsis was seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Wellington Arts Festival and Glendi Greek Festival. In 1998, Paul performed In the Barrie Kosky directed Burlesque Tour for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and the Melbourne Festival. The following year he performed Paul Capsis Alive at the Metro Theatre in Sydney, Perth International Festival of the Arts, and the Hong Kong Fringe Festival. In 2002 Paul performed with Aron Ottignon in Capsis Vs Capsis in The Studio at Sydney Opera House. Capsis Vs Capsis went onto win a 2002 Helpmann Award for Best Live Music Presentation. A return season in Vienna of the hit Boulevard Delirium directed by Barrie Kosky saw Paul build his international reputation and followed on from a season of Volpone with Sydney Theatre Company in 2002. His powerful stage roles have also included Caucasian Chalk Circle and Cockroach Opera for Company B Belvoir St Theatre, Playgrounds for the Sydney Theatre Company and Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui for the Melbourne Theatre Company.
At six years old, Burton taught himself to play marimba and vibraphone and formally studied piano when in high school. Burton has cited jazz pianist Bill Evans as a main inspiration for his approach toward the vibraphone. Burton attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the early 1960s. After being named Downbeat Magazine's Jazzman of the Year in 1968 (the youngest ever to receive the title) and winning his first Grammy award in 1972, Burton began a now 36 year-long collaboration with pianist Chick Corea, recognized for popularizing the concept of jazz duet performance. Their half dozen recordings won the pair Grammy awards in years 1979, 1981, 1997, and 1999.
When Lifschitz played a long and demanding Schubert program at the International Piano Festival at Williams College-both sets of Impromptus, the Moments Musicaux, and the Drei Klavierstuecke, the program reminded us, among other things, of how young Schubert was when he wrote some of his greatest music. He too was very old while still very young. The program lasted 2 1/2 hours before the encores started, but it passed as in a single moment. I have heard only two other all-Schubert programs of this quality-a recital in Paris, 40 years ago, when Sviatoslav Richter played the last three sonatas, and the performance of "Winterreise" by mezzo-soprano Mitsuko Shirai and pianist Hartmut Hoell in Harvard? Houghton Library a couple of years ago.Lifschitz is an altogether exceptional pianist; whatever he sees or imagines in the music he can realize without obstacle at the piano. He never looks at the instrument or the keyboard, but instead turns his head to the side. He is not courting the audience, far from it; he is as likely to turn his head in the other direction and face the back wall. The reason for this, I think, is that he wants to bring his ear into more direct connection with the sound-and his ear is extraordinary, particularly in its sensitivity to details of dynamics, articulation, and, most of all, texture.
Paul Lewis is considered to be The finest British pianist in decades (The Observer) employs his formidable technique with great ease and thoughtfulness. The subtlety and lightness of touch he brought to his Musica Viva performances with the Leopold Trio in 2003 were something to behold, and anyone who was lucky enough to hear him then will be keen to do so again. His international reputation has further consolidated since that tour, a recent Wigmore Hall recital in London selling out months in advance. He first gained international recognition by winning 2nd prize in the 1994 World Piano Competition in London with his performance of Rakhmaninov's Third Piano Concerto. Still in his early thirties, he is Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, and in 2003 won major awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and The South Bank Show'.
David Chesworth is an Australian based composer, keyboard player and sound designer. Known for his experimental, and at times minimalist music, he has worked in rock groups, classical ensembles, theatre, opera and sound installations. Chesworth's parents moved the family from Britain to Melbourne, Australia in the late 1960s. Chesworth studied at Latrobe University, including time with tutor and composer Jeff Pressing. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he coordinated the venue "Clifton Hill Community Music Centre"
Antoinette Halloran is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and has an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Melbourne. Since graduating, Antoinette has appeared in many productions ranging from opera to musical theatre and cabaret. Music theatre highlights include roles in The Phantom of the Opera, A Little Night Music, Masterclass, Forbidden Broadway, The Merry Widow and The Opera Burlesque. For Oz Opera she has performed Mimi in La Bohème and the title role in The Ghost Wife at the Barbican in London. For Chamber Made Opera, she has performed roles in Motherland of the Foreign Son and Matricide—the Musical. In 2005 Antoinette was the winner of the Acclaim Awards (Australian Puccini Foundation) which enabled her to study and perform the roles of Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Prima Ancella in Turandot at the prestigious Torre Del Lago, Italy. Roles for Opera Australia include Mimi in La Bohème, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, Ellen in Lakmé and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore. She has sung Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte for Melbourne Opera. In 2006, Antoinette sang Fiordiligi for the inaugural season of Victorian Opera. She also featured as a guest judge and panelist on the ABC television series Operatunity Oz, and appears regularly on the hit ABC Television show Spicks and Specks. In 2007, Antoinette sang the title role of Rusalka, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Johanna in Sweeney Todd for Opera Australia. 2008 saw performances as Mimi for both Opera Australia and New Zealand Opera and Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore for Victorian Opera. Concert work includes the Mozart Requiem with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Carmina Burana with the Melbourne Chorale, El Nino with Sydney Philharmonia and Haydn’s Creation and Faure’s Requiem with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. She has appeared in concert with Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet for the Sydney Festival. Antoinette has also been engaged as guest soloist with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and recently released Puccini Romance for ABC Classics with tenor Rosario La Spina and The Queensland Orchestra. In 2009, Antoinette sings Cio-Cio-San and Stella for Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne and Minnie in La Fanciulla del West for State Opera of South Australia.
John Pringle AM Background: Born, Australia. Awarded AM, 1988. Studied Melbourne, Rome. Helpmann Award 2004; several Green Room Awards
OA repertoire: Large repertoire includes: Mozart’s Figaro, Count, Don Giovanni, Leporello, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso, Papageno; Rossini’s Barber; Donizetti’s Malatesta and Dulcamara; Verdi’s Falstaff and Ford; Puccini’s Lescaut, Marcello, Sharpless, Gianni Schicchi, Ping; Beckmesser: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; title role: Eugene Onegin; Nick Shadow: The Rake’s Progress; Golaud: Pelléas et Mélisande, Dr Schön: Lulu, Politician: The Eighth Wonder, seven baritone roles: Death in Venice; and many baritone roles: operas of Janácek, R Strauss, Britten, Bizet, Prokofiev, Donizetti, Cilea, Shostakovich, Offenbach, Sullivan, Massenet, Gounod
Other Companies: Roles include Mozart’s and Rossini’s Figaro, Golaud, Ramiro, Shadow, Prus, Music Master, Storch in Intermezzo, Olivier in Capriccio. Appeared with Glyndebourne, Paris Autumn Festival, Cologne, Brussels, Paris Theatre Musical, Teatro Regio Turin, San Diego, LA; the State Companies
Born in Wales of Irish and Welsh parents, Dennis O'Neill is one of the world's leading Operatic tenors and has appeared for all the leading companies of the world. He has specialised in the works of Verdi and has so far sung twenty-one of his roles. He was awarded the 2005 Verdi Medal by the Amici di Verdi. He studied privately with the renowned Frederick Cox in Manchester and London and later in his career, following a Royal Society of Arts award, in Mantua with Campogalliani and in Rome with Ricci. He has enjoyed a long association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Remy Martin Opera Award, 1999. Green Room Awards 1999, 2000, 2001, Best Female Singer - Title Role, Lulu, 2003, Sofia: Il Signor Bruschino 2005. Mo Award and Helpmann Award: Lulu OA repertoire: title roles: Lakm?, Lulu, Pamina: The Magic Flute, Juliette: Rom? et Juliette, Almirena: Rinaldo, Illia: Idomeneo, Olympia: Les contes d'Hoffmann, Sophie: Der Rosenkavalier, Vixen: Cunning Little Vixen, Blonde: Abduction from the Seraglio, Morgana: Alcina, Marie: La fille du r?iment, Sofia: Il Signor Bruschino, Cherubino: Marriage of Figaro, Nannetta: Falstaff, Adele: Fledermaus, Sophie: Werther, Hero: Beatrice and Benedict, Servilia: La clemenza di Tito, Stasi: Gypsy Princess, Zwanntie: Batavia, Oscar: Un ballo in maschera, Yum-Yum: Mikado, Mabel: The Pirates of Penzance, Cleopatra: Giulio Cesare Other Companies: Ismene: Mitridate (2001 Sydney Festival); Belinda/1st Witch: Dido and Aeneas (The Mark Morris Dance Co.); Pro Musica Nipponia, MSO, TSO, QSO, WASO, ACO, NZCO, Sydney Philharmoni. Recitals - Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide International .
Carl Vine has a firmly established reputation as a prodigiously gifted composer. His catalogue includes some twenty works for dance, music for film and theatre, electronic music and numerous solo instrumental and chamber works. In more recent years, he has emerged as a composer of major orchestral works. His works are among the most widely performed in Australia. He was appointed Artistic Director for Musica Viva in 2000.
Lucky Oceans was born in Philadelphia in 1951 to a music-loving family who exposed him to jazz, classical, folk and experimental music. In 1970, he co-founded the Western Swing band he named Asleep at the Wheel and began playing the pedal steel guitar. With Asleep at the Wheel, he recorded 7 albums for major record labels and toured the U.S.A. and Europe for an average of 250 dates a year, winning the Grammy Award for ?est country instrumental? in 1978. In 1979, Lucky married Christine Haddow, an Australian who had been living in the US, and moved to her hometown of Perth, W. Australia where they raised a daughter and two sons. He toured and recorded with Paul Kelly, with Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, starting to use the pedal steel guitar in new ways. He also began composing and writing music for film and television. In 1993, he won a second Grammy Award for a recording he made with Asleep at the Wheel, Chet Atkins and others. In 1995, he began presenting the iconic Radio National world music program The Planet. Currently Lucky leads his own group, the Zydecats, and has received the accolade of 'possibly the most influential and imitated steel guitarist of his generation.
Simon Morris [Beares London], Richard Tognetti [ACO, Sydney]
An anonymous benefactor has offered the Principal Violinist and Artistic Director of the ACO [Australian Chamber Orchestra], a $10Million Violin, but needs Richard Tognetti to travel to Beares in London to listen to and select from the candidates - Stradivari or Guarneri.
Charles Beare has the reputation of being able to authenticate and pass on the best Cremonese Italian Violins to internationally renowned artists such as Nigel Kennedy, Mrostrapovich, Tognetti, Joshua Bell...the list goes on and on.