Midnight Music

Date and Time
Thu 17 Nov, 6pm
Adult $25 / Student $10
The Lab (63 Light Square, Adelaide)
1 hour (without interval)

Esmond Choi
George Crumb

Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli commissioned a few composers, including George Crumb to write a short variation based on Thelonious Monk’s Round Midnight. Instead of compositing a short variation, Crumb expanded this variation idea into a suite containing nine contrasting movements. Named Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik.

Shawn Hui
Carl Vine

Michael Kieran Harvey, the dedicatee of Carl Vine’s Piano Sonata No. 1 described the piece as “characterised by intense rhythmic drive and building up layers of resonance”. The “intense rhythmic” drive derives from the relentless pulse and strict rhythm which allows the piece to glue together structurally despite the constant time signature and tempo changes.

Yundi Yuan

Shostakovich dedicated his Piano Sonata No.2 in B minor, Op.61 (1943) to Leonid Nikolayev, his former piano professor from the Leningrad Conservatory who had died from typhoid fever the previous year. Composed during World War II, the work was Shostakovich’s first piano composition since the 24 Preludes, Op.34 (1933) a decade earlier.

Adelaide based pianist Yundi Yuan studies piano with Dr Anna Goldsworthy and Mrs Eleonora Sivan. Yundi has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Australia. She has performed Shostakovich’s No.1 Piano Concerto with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, and has been invited to perform as a guest artist at the Freedman Classical Award in the Sydney Opera House. Other concert appearances have included Recitals Australia, Flinders University Lunchtime Concert, Urrbrae House Twilight Concert, The Firm New Music, and Tempo Rubato in Melbourne.

Yundi was the winner of the Recitals Australia Lunch Hour Award in 2018 and was also the winner of the “SA State Final of Young Virtuoso” competition, along with being a national finalist in the Fine Music Network’s Young Virtuosi Award in 2016. 

Yundi has recently completed a Master of Philosophy research degree from the Elder Conservatorium of Music with a full scholarship, under the supervision of Mr Stephen Whittington and Dr Anna Goldsworthy. She has been a recipient of the William Silver Scholarship, the Daisy Burmeister Salotti Pianoforte Scholarship and the Jack de Vos Scholarship.

Shawn Hui is currently an honours-year piano student at the Elder Conservatorium studying under Dr Anna Goldsworthy and Eleonora Sivan. In his undergraduate study, Shawn was the recipient of multiple scholarships, including the Muriel Perry Scholarship, and the Patrick Cecil Greenland Scholarship for Pianoforte.  Some notable concert appearances include performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in 2021, as well as being a finalist in the 2021 Geoffrey Parsons Award and the 2022 Collaborative Pianist Award. Shawn is also the recipient of Recitals Australia 2022 Elder Conservatorium Fellowship.

Born in Hong Kong, Esmond Choi is an Australian pianist and composer currently in his Honours year at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. He holds seven scholarships which include The Daisy Burmeister Salotti Scholarship for Pianoforte, The Diana Harris Prize for Accompaniment, and The Maude Puddy Scholarship. He has played for Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Nicholas Mathew, Paavali Jumppanen, Neal Peres Da Costa and Stefan Ammer. Esmond is the current pianist for the Novus ensemble, and organist for St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church. He has collaborated with numerous ensembles including the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and recently collaborated with the Elder Music Lab performing with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Currently Esmond studies with Lucinda Collins, Head of Keyboard at the Elder Conservatorium.


Esmond Choi
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik (Ruminations on 'Round Midnight' by Thelonious Monk)

Shawn Hui
Leggiero e legato from Piano Sonata No. 1

Yundi Yuan
Allegretto from Piano Sonata No.2 in B minor, Op.61

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