Our aims for the Clunes Music camp are:
Accompanying family and friends welcome
Individuals are welcome but formed groups are preferred
Engage the Clunes community in our activities, its businesses and restaurants
Utilise the rich and diverse performance venues that Clunes has to offer
Residency at Wesley College, Clunes Campus
Engage Professional Musicians as Tutors
Simon Oswell - Artistic Director
Simon Oswell (viola) trained in Australia and the United States.
He gained awards in the National Concerto competition and co-founded the Petra String Quartet. Simon has performed and recorded as a soloist and chamber musician in Australia, Europe and South East Asia and subsequently in the United States in the LA based chamber music groups, the Capitol Ensemble and Pacific Serenades. In California he occupied several Principal Viola positions including the Hollywood Bowl, and recorded for the motion picture industry. Since returning to Australia Simon has appeared as Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Australian World Orchestra, Ensemble Liaison, Firebird Trio, Wilma and Friends, and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Recent highlights have included performances in the UK at the Oxford May Chamber Music Festival and the North York Moors Festival. He currently teaches at the University of Melbourne.
RANTOS – TILLES DUO - Violin and Piano
It was Vienna, Austria, the city of music where Greek-born Spiros Rantos and Israeli-born Brachi Tilles started their musical partnership. They performed and recorded in most of the musical centres of the World. They came to Australia in 1976 as Artists–in Residence for six months at the Victorian College of the Arts and decided to stay permanently. From 1978 to 1985 they taught at the University of Southern Queensland. In 1985 they moved to Melbourne and in 1996 to Brisbane. Over the years they have performed repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary including special projects such as their Balinese “fusion” CD with Balinese Gamelan, performances for BEMAC, ABC “live’ broadcasts and various solo appearances in Queensland, Victoria and overseas festivals. From 1980 to 2003they produced the AMEB Violin syllabus tapes for“Tonart” and later for the AMEB label. Their recent Australian performances include Recitals in Montville, Woodford festival, the Sacred Music festival, at the Queensland Performing Arts Center and the 4MBS festival. In 2010 they appear in recitals and chamber music concerts in Brisbane, Gold coast, Toowoomba and Melbourne.
Their playing combines Viennese finesse with Mediterranean temperament. Central European refinement and Southern charm and warmth give special magic to their performance.
SPIROS RANTOS Violinist/Conductor
Spiros was born in Corfu, Greece, grew-up in Athens and pursued his musical studies in Vienna, Austria, with violinists E. Melkus and R. Odnopossoff and composer F. Neumann. He won prizes at the International competitions of Colmar, France and Forte dei Marmi, Italy.
From 1964 to 76 he lived in Austria where he was member of the Bruckner Symphony Orchestra, Capella Academica Vienna (an orchestra specializing in original baroque instruments), Musica Antiqua Vienna, the Clemencic Consort, Ensemble XX Century and the Capella St Emeram in Regensburg, Germany.
International touring took him to many countries as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician and he recorded for various labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi, Adelcord and Grevillea Records (over 55 records). He is also frequent guest performer and conductor for National Radio and television broadcast companies in Europe, Asia and Australia.
Spiros came to Australia in 1976 as a member of the Vienna based chamber music group “Ensemble I”. He taught at the Victorian College of the Arts (76-77 and (86-92), the Melbourne College of Advanced education (86-88), the University of Melbourne (89-95). From 1977-85 he was senior lecturer at the USQ (Toowoomba) and has helda senior lecturer position at the University of Queensland, Brisbane (1996-2008). In the early 80’s he joined B. Chapman to create the “Tonart Productions” which recorded the AMEB syllabuses for several instruments including the violin. In 2002 he recorded the last series (7) for the official AMEB version of the current violin syllabus.
He is the founder, artistic director and conductor of the “Rantos Collegium” later renamed to the “Melbourne Chamber Orchestra”. The orchestra has been an integral part of cultural life in Victoria from 1984 to 1996 participating in many major festivals, touring country centers wit the Victorian state Opera and presenting its own series in Melbourne and periphery. MCO toured the USA, Europe and East Asia and was invited to participate at all Spoleto festivals during the late 80’s in three continents.
In 1990-92 Spiros was the musical director of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and from 1987-97 he was the director of the Chamber strings of Melbourne, a youth
Violinist and conductor Tor Frømyhr, born on 1953, is Head of Strings and Senior Lecturer in Violin and Viola at the ANU School of Music, Canberra, Australia. He has toured extensively nationally and internationally with many chamber ensembles including Rialannah String Quartet, Australian Contemporary Music Ensemble, Queensland Piano Trio, Ensemble I, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Alpha Centauri Ensemble. He has performed as soloist, conductor and concertmaster with a number of Australian orchestras and conducted and performed in festivals throughout Australia, Scandinavia, USA, Germany, France, UK and Italy. Performances have included many world and Australian premieres includings works of Larry Sitsky, Peter Sculthorpe, Henryk Górecki, Leanne Bear, Andrew Ford, Pēteris Vasks, Michael Smetanin, Colin Brumby, Richard Mills, Philip Bracanin, Steve Reich et.al. He continues an extensive performance and conducting career with regular appearances with the Canberra Symphony and in chamber music, concerto and solo recitals throughout Australia. As Director of the ANU Contemporary Music Ensemble and the ANU Chamber Orchestra, he has had an active participation in the creation of new works and maintains close links with many of Australia’s foremost composers.
After undergraduate studies in Hobart with the renowned teacher Jan Sedivka, Tor was awarded an Australia Council Post-graduate Performance scholarship for continued advanced study. While in Tasmania he conducted the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and after moving to Queensland in 1980 to teach at the University of Queensland, conducted for many years for the Queensland Youth Orchestra Organization. He was made an honorary life member of QYO after many years of contribution to the development of that organization.
Important orchestral positions have included Associate Concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Guest Principal Viola of Tasmanian Symphony, Principal Viola with both the Queensland Philharmonic (now absorbed by QSO) and Canberra Symphony and 12 years as Concertmaster of the Canberra Symphony. As one of Australia’s leading pedagogues of his generation, his extensive teaching experience has included Faculty of Saarburg International Summer School in Germany and positions at the Tasmanian Conservatorium, Melbourne University, University of Queensland and the Queensland Conservatorium as well as the ANU School of Music. A significant number of his students continue to attain a high professional status both within Australia and overseas as performers and teachers
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