Hailed by the Australian press as a ‘formidable talent’ and ‘Australia’s pre-eminent chamber music pianist’, Miss Selby is the Artistic Director and founder of both the popular nationally touring Selby & Friends concert series and A Little Lunch Music at Sydney’s City Recital Hall. She was honoured with being appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia, receiving the ‘AM’ on Australia Day 2013. She is the recipient of both the prestigious Churchill and Australia Council Fellowships. She began her piano studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and then attended the famed Curtis Institute of Music and Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, and earned her Master’s degree from New York’s Juilliard School. She is currently studying for her PhD.
Miss Selby has won prizes at numerous international competitions and has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras and with her many brilliant colleagues in performances and festivals internationally and in Australia.
Miss Selby has recorded extensively including an all-Gershwin disc for the NAXOS label, two solo piano recital discs for ABC Classics label, a chamber CD with Canberra Wind Soloists and another with artists from the Australian Festival of Music, and with Macquarie Trio Australia, discs of Beethoven and Piazzolla piano trios and the complete piano trios of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Dvorak.
Peter Garrity graduated with 1st Class Hon from Canterbury University, N.Z. where he studied with Jan Tawroszewicz, then moved to Sydney to work with Charmian Gadd at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He completed his Masters in Violin Performance at the University of Colorado where he was studying on a full scholarship with the Takács Quartet in their Graduate Quartet Programme. During this time his quartet was invited to perform Mendelsohn’s Octet with the Takács Quartet. They also won the Denver, YMF (Young Musicians Foundation) Chamber Music Competition and was resident quartet at the Brevard Music Festival, where they worked with musicians such as Jamie Laredo, Sharon Robinson and principal violist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Randolph Kelly. He has played chamber music in festivals throughout Europe and worked with teachers such as Roland Vamos and Patricia Kopec. Peter studied viola in Pittsburgh for the next 6 years with Randolph Kelly, Atar Arad and Toby Appel at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities. During that time he won substitute violist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and was able to work with top conductors such as Mariss Jansons and frequently tour the major concert halls and festivals of Europe and USA.
Scott Davie is well known to audiences throughout Australia as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has released several CDs and some of his major performances have been broadcasted live on radio and television. The recipient of numerous awards and prizes, he completed his undergraduate degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he later completed both masters and a PhD, focusing on melodic language of Sergei Rachmaninoff. Scott has made an intensive study into the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, this academic research has taken him around the world to perform and lecture on Rachmaninoff’s work. in 2012, Scott performed the original version of Rachmaninoff’s Fourth Piano Concerto (1926) at the Australian Première, with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, at the Sydney Opera House to capacity.
Chris Howes is a French Horn player, teacher and conductor. Having graduated from the QLD Conservatorium with a Dip of Music, and Sydney College of Advanced Education with a Grad Dip Ed, Chris is especially well known for both his classroom and private Instrumental teaching. Chris has worked with the Tasmanian Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and toured with artists such as Luciano Pavarotti. Other performing ensembles include the Terracini Brass Ensemble, Philharmonic Brass Copenhagen and the Australia Ensemble at the University of NSW. Chris has taught and run the instrumental program at Newtown Performing Arts High School for over twenty years and was Head of Music at Kinross Wolaroi in Orange. Chris has also been a guest lecturer at Shenyang Conservatorium in China and teaches French Horn at the University of NSW. Currently Chris works at three Catholic schools in Ashfield (Bethlehem College, De La Salle College and St Vincent’s Primary School) as well as engagements with the Conservatorium High School and St Ignatius College Riverview.
New Zealand born Mark Walton is a highly respected and popular figure in the Australian and New Zealand musical scene and widely acknowledged as a virtuoso clarinet and saxophone performer, inspiring teacher and sought-after composer.
For many years Mark held the position of Chair of Woodwind, then Chair of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music but for the past 12 years shared his time between Australia and New Zealand.. Mark has performed in many parts of the world, recorded numerous solo albums, composed a large number of works many of which have been performed far and wide.
Mark was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 2005 for his contribution to music education especially in rural and regional Australia.