Chamber Music Concerts
Cello and Piano Duo
Martin Penicka (cello)
Jennifer Marten Smith (piano)
The programme will include:
Suite No. 1 in G major - J.S. Bach
Sonata No. 2 in D major Op 58 - F. Mendelssohn
Sicilienne - M. von Paradis
Hamabdil - G. Bantok
Souvenir Russe - J. Isserlis
Langsam (No.2 from 5 pieces in Folk style) - R. Schuman
Le Grande Tango - Astor Piazzola
Sunday 27 September 2015, 3pm
Kettering Community Hall, Channel Highway, Kettering, 7155
Post-concert afternoon tea will be served.
Art Exhibition by local artist John Weight
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Martin studied with Lois Simpson and Julian Smiles at the
Australian Institute of Music. He graduated in 2002 with the degree of
Bachelor of Music (Performance) with first class honours. During his studies,
he played in many
chamber ensembles, most notably with the award-winning Con Brio Trio. In 1999
Martin Penicka took part in a tour to the USA organised by the Performing
Arts Unit to complement the Art Express exhibition in the Corcoran Gallery,
A solo artist in the Symphony Australia Conducting Program in 2001, Martin
Penicka has been a casual member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He was a
semi-finalist in the 2004 Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards and the
2MBS FM Young Performers Award. Martin Penicka has been an ANAM Academy
Musician at the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2006 and 2007, Martin
was involved in the Sydney Symphony fellowship program. Martin joined the TSO
in August 2008.
Martin regularly plays in chamber music ensembles around Tasmania and has
appeared on several ABC classic FM Sunday Live Broadcasts.
Jennifer grew up in Tasmania and at age 12 was invited to study with
Professor Gediga-Glombitza at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. At age 16 she
made her public debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as soloist in
Schumann's A minor Piano Concerto, having previously recorded the
Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Concerto with the TSO. Two years later she performed the
Rubinstein Piano Concerto No 4 with the TSO and, that same year, was the
youngest graduate of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where she was
awarded a high distinction as a double major in piano performance and
accompaniment. Other concertos in her repertoire include works by Beethoven,
Brahms, Dohnányi, Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky, and she has appeared
as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Niedersächsisches
In 1989 she began work as a repetiteur with the State Opera of South Australia
and subsequently joined the Victorian State Opera Young Artist Programme.
Between 1997 and 2001 she was repetiteur at the Staatsoper Hannover and was a
full-time member of the music staff with Opera Australia from 2001 to 2012.
She has more than 90 operas in her repertoire. Jennifer, a member of the
Kettering Piano Quartet, is now living in Hobart, and is in demand as a
soloist, accompanist and vocal coach.
As an art student attending the University of south Australia, John mainly
studied drawing and sculpture. However, he has, since then, worked with a
variety of mediums including pastels, charcoal, oil pastels, conte,
acrylic, oils and watercolour. The framing of his works is, he believes, an
important aspect of presenting the finished product and worthy of much
consideration before exhibiting.
He has lived in Tasmania for almost three years and find the interest in
fine art encouraging. He has participated in some regional art classes and
immensely enjoyed doing watercolours with Terry Gough, a highly regarded
local artist. The landscape and coastline of Tasmania are inspirational and
lately he has worked on still life and landscapes, mainly with watercolours.