The International Research Centre for Youth Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Australia Piano Quartet (APQ), Ensemble in Residence, present the inaugural UTS MusEd program based on new Australian repertoire. The program has been developed by highly-skilled, experienced music educators Robyn Staveley, Peta Harper, Australia Piano Quartet and celebrated composers Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin, Lachlan Skipworth and Jack Symonds.
The UTS MusEd Resource Kit is a comprehensive and innovative teaching tool designed to develop connected, social, emotional and intellectual music knowledge and appreciation. The Kit assists teachers and students to meet the syllabus (HSC Music Courses 1, 2 & Extension with content applicable to Stage 5 music) requirements in a practice-based and fully integrated way featuring; key lesson plans, repertoire, video tutorials and techniques in performance, listening and composition.
This program provides it all; from all the teaching materials and how to teach them, to opportunities to speak to the composers and players of a professional, small ensemble. This will be a great kick start for the deep immersion into Australian repertoire.
For each piece of repertoire, the Kit contains the analysis, excerpts, focused questions and musical knowledge terms and ideas, opportunities for ensemble, sequenced activities to immerse the student in being a musician, and deep engagement through improvisation and composition, using ideas from the Australian repertoire.
The UTS MusEd Kit and program focus on 5 contemporary (written within the last 15 years) Australian music scores and recordings performed by the Australia Piano Quartet. The authentic learning experience is designed to support teachers and students to develop their own personal responses to composition ideas from the repertoire, and have the opportunity to watch, hear and discuss these with the composers and players.
MUSED LAUNCH: SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE 2017
MusEd program was officially launched on 27 October 2017 at the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House. The launch included a premiere concert. The highly acclaimed Australia Piano Quartet (APQ) performed newly commissioned works by Australian composer Ross Edwards together with vibrant works by Elena Kats-Chernin and other composers from the syllabus. The attendants experienced the excitement of APQ live and engaged in a direct and personal dialogue with the composers and musicians in the intimate Utzon Room.
- ROSS EDWARDS – ‘EMERALD CROSSING’ – 1999
- ROSS EDWARDS – ‘SEA STAR DANCES’ – 2017
- ELENA KATS-CHERNIN - ‘WINTER’ – 2010
- LACHLAN SKIPWORTH – ‘POLYCHRONIC’ – 2016
- JACK SYMONDS – ‘RESPONSORIUM’ – 2015
Rarely have I been so impressed by a new ensemble. A combination of formidable pedigree of training, flawless technique, impressive musical intelligence, profound sensitivity and performance élan leads me to draw the analogy of there being evidence here of the ingredients of a true vintage wine which can only get better with age.
David Barmby, Arts Hub December 2015
The Australia Piano Quartet has been Ensemble in Residence at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) since 2012. Their busy performance schedule includes a series presented by the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre, as well as international tours throughout Europe and Asia. Following a successful debut at London’s Barbican Centre in 2015, APQ returned to the UK in 2016 for performances at Wigmore Hall and Oxford’s Holywell Room and also toured China and France.
In addition to their exploration of canonic masterpieces of the piano quartet repertoire, the ensemble are committed to unearthing neglected works of past and present, while championing the creation of new work. To date, they have commissioned over 20 new piano quartets from a diverse range of established and emerging Australian composers, including Elliott Gyger, Elena Kats-Chernin, Jack Symonds, Paul Dean and William Barton.
As Ensemble in Residence at UTS, APQ actively collaborates across multiple disciplines and engages in a uniquely innovative dialogue with the wider community of students, academic staff, guest artists and the general public. In 2016 they created a new composition with inventor Dr Jordan Nguyen, which enables individuals with high-level disability to perform with APQ using cutting-edge technology. APQ have further expanded its existing music education and outreach programs, encompassing mentoring of talented young instrumentalists and workshops and performances in association with the International Research Centre for Youth Futures through the IMC Sky High program. They remain personally committed to learning about how music occurs through providing quality music to students who may never have the opportunity to engage with classical music, or professional musicians.
APQ’s performances have been broadcast on Foxtel Arts (2015 Helpmann Awards), ABC Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. In 2017, the ensemble will release their first disc, Mozart’s complete works for piano quartet.