Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation

We are delighted to have such a strong connection with the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation http://www.jsrbfoundation.com/awards-prizes/tait-memorial-trust/ . For the past 36 year’s, the aim of this non-profit Australian organisation has been to raise money to help assist our most talented young opera singers fulfil their given potential. With the development of the Foundation…

Thomas Rann, Cello to play with the Australia Quartet 31st October, Sydney Opera House

Australia Quartet celebrates Halloween with Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (‘Transfigured Night’), Schumann’s beloved Piano Quartet and Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin’s irresistible work, ‘Scherzino’. Tait Awardee, Thomas Rann was recently in London….wonderful artist Description Australia Quartet celebrates Halloween 2013 with a one-night-only concert on Thursday 31 October at Sydney Opera House. Transfigured Night, Schoenberg’s gothic masterpiece anchors…

Samuel Johnson, Baritone – Winner of German Operatic Award 2014

Breaking NEWS 25-year-old Australian baritone Samuel Johnson, has won the prestigious German Opera Award in Sydney today and will be off to Cologne Opera! Samuel is also the 2013 recipient of the RJ Hamer Opera Scholarship presented by the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. Samuel is currently completing his Masters in Operatic Performance, at the…

Southbank Sinfonia – Sir Charles Mackerras Chair

For the last few weeks the Southbank Sinfonia’s General Manager, James Murphy has been holding auditions in Australia to find new players for 2014 and to select  the recipient for the prestigious Sir Charles Mackerras Chair. The chair is exclusively for a young Australian orchestral musician to honour the memory of the great Australian conductor,…

Dominic Natoli – Debut as Otello with Opera Queensland

Delighted to read the news that Australian Tenor, Dominic Natoli has made his debut as Otello with Opera Queensland. Dominic, from Melbourne, has now sung 13 Verdi tenor roles in opera houses all over Europe and now the great Moor himself in Queensland. A former student of the great Italian baritone, Afro Poli and Tenor,…

Hoang Phan wins ABC Young Performer of the Year

The Young Performer of the Year for 2013 is Melbourne pianist Hoang Pham. The Tait Memorial Trust are delighted that Tait Awardees, Hoang and Stefan did so well in this prestigious competition. Congratulations to you both. Stefan Cassomenos, Andrew Kawai and Hoang Pham all performed concertos in tonight’s grand final from the Melbourne Town Hall,…

Connor Barlow – 3rd Year, English National Ballet School

The Tait Memorial Trust are delighted to support Connor Barlow for the 3rd year of his studies at the English National Ballet School. We support two other dancers in 2013, Calvin Richardson and Sophie Moffatt both at the Royal Ballet School. Connor Barlow started dancing at a local Sydney School at age six; taking classes…

ABC Young Performers Award 2013

Delighted to report the great success of two of our Awardees in the ABC Young Performers Award 2013. The 12 finalists have now been reduced to 6 overnight after outstanding performances from everyone. Two of the remaining finalists on piano are Stefan Cassomenos and Hoang Phan. Stefan has performed for the TMT in London at…