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  • Nicholas Kennedy pianist
  • Martin Lijauco pianist

Date: From 29-10-2017 to 29-10-2017

Time: 16:00

Price: $25

On Sunday 29th October at 4pm at OLGC Catholic Church Forestville, Wyvern Music Forestville presents its final concert for 2017, continuing its “Rising Young Pianists” series by showcasing two young talents of the Australian keyboard scene, Nicholas Kennedy and Martin Lijauco. The concert will feature some of the greatest composers of keyboard music from Bach, Mozart, Brahms and Chopin to 20th Century Russia with Shostakovich and Kapustin’s classical and jazz fusion and 21st Century Australia with celebrated composer Carl Vine (AO).


Born in Sydney in 1996, Nicholas Kennedy holds the Chapple-Bremner Scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is currently completing a Bachelor of Music (Performance) in the class of Clemens Leske. An inaugural member of the Conservatorium’s Rising Stars program, Nicholas made his concerto debut in 2014, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kuring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a semi-finalist and prize-winner in the IX Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, and received second prize equally on cello and piano at the 2016 Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition. He has performed in the Theme and Variations Emerging Artists Series, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Australian Showcase of the XI Sydney International Piano Competition, and collaborated with the Australia Piano Quartet. In 2017, Nicholas won the Mary Greville and Bert Coughtrey Scholarship for overseas study, with which he hopes to pursue postgraduate studies in the UK or USA.


Martin Lijauco is completing a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Clemens Leske, after which he plans to study overseas with a focus on accompaniment. Born in 1994, he began piano at age six at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s ‘Open Academy’ program and continued studies at the Conservatorium High School, having quickly excelled with achievements in local Eisteddfod competitions and AMEB examinations. At the Con High, Martin extensively performed as a solo pianist and chamber musician, including performing in a broadcast of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Although his musical training has largely revolved around Classical repertoire, Martin also plays regular contemporary gigs which include a residency at The Grace Hotel in the Sydney CBD. He currently volunteers and serves as a Youth Music Coordinator at his local parish where he often co-ordinates the music for mass services, as well as performance sets for charity concerts which have helped his youth group to raise thousands of dollars towards ministerial services.

Tickets at door: (including refreshments): $25 - full, $20- concession, $15– students, (children under 16 are free).

Enquiries: Wyvern Music Forestville- Ph/Fax: 9416 5234


Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 9 Currie Rd, Forestville, NSW, 2087

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