Prizewinning violinist returns to Taree

Linda Gilbert will conclude her Australian tour in her hometown of Taree this Sunday. Photo by Modnoe Foto.

Linda Gilbert will conclude her Australian tour in her hometown of Taree this Sunday. Photo by Modnoe Foto.

VIOLINIST Linda Gilbert will wrap up her 2014 tour with a recital in Taree this Sunday.

"It's so special to end my series of concerts with a performance in my hometown and always so nice to catch up with old friends from many years back," said Linda (pictured).

"We so appreciate the unique warmth and great interest of our Taree audience. I am looking forward to Sunday immensely."

The recital will be held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church Hall on the corner of Cowper and Gipps streets in Taree, starting at 3pm.

The performances this year have taken place in regional NSW as well as venues in Sydney and Adelaide.

"It's been an absolute pleasure to play with several different pianists on this year's tour, all of whom are enormously talented artists based in Sydney: Paula Lu, Katerina Makarova, Nadia Koudasheva and Paul Cheung."

Linda, 27, said she and Paula look forward to presenting a wonderful selection of music in Taree, which includes something for everyone.

"Solo and duo works by one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time, JS Bach (with second violin soloist Li-Ren Sheng) will open our program, followed by the warm and lyrical, yet passionately dramatic Violin Sonata in A by French romantic composer Caesar Franck. It's such an exciting work to perform and we know the audience will love it very much. The Franck Violin Sonata is universally recognised as one of the cornerstones of concert violin repertoire and is undisputedly regarded as one of the finest works written for violin and piano.

We continue in the second half with Beethoven's endearing Romance in F and delightful virtuoso miniatures by Fritz Kreisler and Pablo de Sarasate.

Sunday's recital will culminate in the spectacular Suite in A minor by nineteenth-century Norwegian composer Christian Sinding.

"It has been a delight to also include at selected concerts in this year's Australian tour, double concerti by J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi, collaborating on these occasions with second violin soloists Li-Ren Sheng and Leo Novikov."

Linda has been studying the violin since she was six, made her solo recital debut at age 19 and has won major prizes and special awards at numerous competitions in Australia.

She went onto study in Sydney with the distinguished professor Shi-Xiang Zhang for five years before, in 2008, she travelled to Russia to participate in Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory's International Summer School.

Linda is currently furthering her study at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory majoring in violin performance, and will start her second year of Undergraduate Diploma study in September 2014 with professor Viktor Pikaizen.

"I'm looking forward to exciting new opportunities in 2nd Year in the areas of chamber music (piano trio, string quartet) and the study of violin pedagogy."

She is also preparing for further recitals in Europe/USA and plans to enter several international violin competitions within the next two to three years.

Linda will be joined in her recital by acclaimed musicians, pianist Paula Lu and violinist Catherine Sheng.

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, who is studying the Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Paula has obtained both her AMusA and LMusA diplomas and was schooled at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School from Years 7-9 under the tutelage of P. Rickard-Ford.

In 2009, she accepted a full music scholarship offer at Ravenswood School for Girls and began studies with K.Makarova. Currently she is a student of N. Sheludiakova at the Conservatorium.

Paula has also been the recipient of many prizes and special awards over the years.

Another guest performer is , who studied violin performance at the University of Newcastle under Elizabeth Holowell - a respected violinist and pedagogue, where she was awarded her Master of Music degree.

Whilst at University, Catherine lead both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She was also concertmaster of the University Opera Orchestra for Riders to the Sea by Vaugh-Williams and section leader for various other operas. In 1999, she won the Valma Barker Memorial Prize for Strings.

Catherine continues with her passion for playing with Newcastle's Christ Church Camerata, and Lake Macquarie Philharmonia Orchestra. She also teaches violin and musicianship across the Hunter.

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