Artaria (2018)

Vaughan Williams, Bax, Britten, Finzi

Celia Craig

Named after Mozart’s first publisher, having debuted with his delightful Oboe Quartet, five of Australia’s world class musicians unite to explore some of the extensive repertoire for oboe and strings.

Combining a wealth of musical experiences, Elizabeth, Anne, Caroline, Michael and Celia can list Australian String Quartet, The Nash Ensemble, Australia Ensemble, Australian Chamber Orchestra, St Martin’s in the Fields, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Players, several BBC groups, London Symphony Orchestra, Abbey Road Studios, Selby and Friends among their credits and close working connections with some of the giants of the recent music world.

With a collective approach arising from style, training, nostalgia and the influence of new Australian perspectives, Artaria is uniquely placed to freshly interpret this soulful English repertoire.

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Celia Craig

English-born oboist Celia Craig studied at The Purcell School, The University of York and the Royal Academy of Music and emigrated to Australia in 2006, serving as President, Australasian Double Reed Society, 2007-2013. Celia has worked closely with Bernstein, Boulez, Carter, Adams, Berio, Ashkenazy, Gergiev, Haitink and many others during her distinguished orchestral career before leaving UK for Australia with her family in 2006, and was appointed Principal Oboe of the Adelaide Symphony in 2011.

Celia has performed as a Soloist at the Proms and at the Barbican and with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the jury for the 2015 International Oboe Competition in Tokyo and invited to adjudicate during BBC Young Musician of the Year and the ABC Young Performers Awards. As a chamber player, Celia has performed with The Australia Ensemble, London Chamber Players, Sydney Soloists, Jane’s Minstrels, and presented several recitals with Thomas Trotter, organ. Reviewers have described her as ‘eloquent’, ‘wonderful’, ‘beguiling’ and ‘charismatic’ with a ‘rich syrupy tone’.

Awarded a Scholarship at the Purcell School to study with Nicholas Daniel followed by a degree at the University of York, she continued her studies in London, where having been awarded two RAM Exhibitions, Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award, the Howard Craxton prize for Chamber Music and the Music for Youth National Oboe Prize, she was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1997 by the Directors.

Celia plays on a brand new Howarth of London ‘LXV’ oboe in cocobolo wood with gold keys.

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Elizabeth Layton

Elizabeth Layton is currently Head of Strings at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide. Born in London, she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and the Juilliard School, New York. Elizabeth has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout the UK and Europe and was Leader of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

She has toured and recorded extensively with the Nash Ensemble, giving concerts in Europe, North America, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand and was also a member of Trio Zingara. Among appearances at major international festivals, were recordings of complete piano trios of Beethoven (nominated for a Gramophone Award) and trios of Ravel, Schubert and Shostakovich. Other discs include violin and piano works of Schubert (Daily Telegraph ‘CD Choice’) as well as chamber music for DG, Hyperion, BIS and Chandos.

For over a decade, Elizabeth was Concertmaster of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, performing frequently for the BBC and making a number of CDs. Since moving to Australia in 2010, she has appeared regularly in recital and chamber music concerts and leads many Australian orchestras, including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

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Anne Horton

Anne Horton established an outstanding reputation nationally and internationally as a member of the Tankstream Quartet later becoming the Australian String Quartet. The Tankstream Quartet won several prestigious awards including first prize in the Cremona and Osaka International String Quartet Competitions.

Anne has performed in many major European cities including Hamburg, Berlin, London, Paris, Copenhagen, Cologne, Zagreb, Budapest, Belgrade, Frankfurt, Reggio Emilia and in New York.

Anne has been broadcast extensively in Australia on ABC Classic FM and has been featured on NDR (North German Radio), the BBC and Radio France and televised in Austria, Australia Denmark and Japan. Also, while a member of the ASQ she released several CDs for ABC Classic FM including works of Debussy, Ravel and Schubert.

Anne holds a Bachelor and Masters of Music Performance from The Australian Institute of Music under the tutelage of Alice Waten. At the completion of her Masters in 2004 she undertook further studies in the chamber Music class of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Cologne Hochschule fur Musik.

Anne has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with many highly acclaimed performers including Angela Hewitt, Sarah Macliver, Li- Wei, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Piers Lane.

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Caroline Henbest

Born in England, Caroline Henbest studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music with Robert Masters and David Takeno. After 10 years as violist in the Mistry string quartet, she moved to Australia to take up the position of Principal Viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Caroline has performed concertos with the ACO in Australia, USA, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Spain and the UK. She has regularly partnered Richard Tognetti in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Though she left the orchestra as a full time player in 2002, Caroline currently holds a part time position with the ACO.

Caroline has worked extensively as a teacher, having taught at Monash University, Melbourne University, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she fulfilled a year’s contract as Senior Lecturer.

In 2007 Caroline was a jury member for the 5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. She is a regular participant at chamber music festivals throughout the world, including the IMS Prussia Cove 2007 tour, which was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society chamber music award.

Since 2008 Caroline has been based in London and Sydney. She has performed as Guest Principal Viola with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Glyndebourne on Tour.

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Michael Dahlenburg

Michael studied cello at the Australian National Academy of Music and at the University of Melbourne – Conservatorium of Music, studying with Molly Kadarauch, Howard Penny and Timo-Veikko Valve.

Michael is a founding member of the Hamer Quartet, first prize winners, audience prize winners and Musica Viva Grand Prize winners for Best Ensemble at the Asia-Pacific Chamber music competition in 2009, and has performed and studied across Australia and Europe including performances at the Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Festival (UK) and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove. Hamer Quartet has been recorded on the Melba Records label and their first CD with New York Metropolitan Opera Singer Steve Davislim has been critically acclaimed.

Michael is also a core cellist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, guest Associate Principal with Orchestra Victoria, and was the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artist in 2008. He has worked with the ACO, ACO2 and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Michael has studied conducting with John Hopkins (OBE) at the University of Melbourne and with Christopher Seamen as part of the Symphony Services International Conductor Training. Michael has been involved with the Symphony Services International program since 2011 and has had the privilege of conducting both the Tasmanian Symphony orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 and 2012. As part of the Conductor Training program for 2013, Michael will be returning to the TSO and APO, as well as Sydney Sinfonia. 

As part of the Conductor Training program for 2013, Michael will be returning to the TSO and APO, as well as Sydney Sinfonia. Michael has conducted MCO both in city concerts and on regional tour, has also conducted several orchestral performances at the Australian National Academy of Music.

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Artaria (2018)

Vaughan Williams, Bax, Britten, Finzi

Celia Craig

Mastering Engineer: Neville Clark
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Kevin Roper and Richard Craig
Recording Engineer: Kevin Roper, Disk-Edits
Recording location: Jeffrey Kong Performing Arts Centre, Brighton Secondary School, January 2017
Recording Software: Pyramix

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