Date: Wednesday 26 September
Time: 1:15pm – 1:45pm
Place: St James’ Church
Alicia Crossley | recorder
Mikaela Oberg | recorder
Premiere Suite by Jacques-Martin Hotteterre
– Gravement-Les Croches egales
– Rondeau Tendre
Sonata in A minor TWV 40:141 by G.P. Telemann (1681-1767)
Sonata 1 in F Major by G.P. Telemann (1681-1767)
Alicia Crossley is one of Australia’s leading recorder players. She performs a wide variety of repertoire from renaissance dance tunes to contemporary electro-acoustic works with a particular interest in bass recorder repertoire.
In 2010 Alicia completed her Masters of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the instruction of recorder virtuoso Hans-Dieter Michatz. Since then Alicia has won several competitions and awards including the Don Cowell Memorial Trust Recorder Competition (2011), the Australia Council’s ArtStart Grant for emerging artists (2013), and the Fine Music 102.5 Kruger Scholarship (2014). In 2011, Alicia released her debut solo CD Addicted to Bass featuring seven newly commissioned Australian works for bass recorder, followed by her second solo CD Alchemy in 2015, which was nominated for Best Classical Music Album by AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association). Alicia is currently recording her third CD with the acclaimed Acacia Quartet and will also be featured on the soundtrack for Storm Boy (movie due for release early 2019).
An experienced recorder player, Alicia regularly performs throughout Australia and has toured in the USA and New Zealand. She has also presented works at a number of festivals and conferences including Metropolis (Melbourne 2017), Aurora Festival (Sydney 2012, 2014), Vivid Festival (Sydney 2013), Australasian Computer Music Conference (Brisbane, 2012), Electronic Music Midwest (Chicago, 2012), and SEAMUS (Minnesota, 2013). Alicia has had broadcast with ABC Classic FM, Fine Music 102.5, 2GB and Radio New Zealand, and has performed with notable artists and ensembles such as Neal Peres da Costa (Harpsichord), Daniel Yeadon (cello/viola da gamba), Hans-Dieter Michatz (recorder), Salut! Baroque, The Sydney Consort, and The Marais Project. Alicia is also a member of the unique and vibrant ensemble Duo Blockstix.
Alicia is a passionate supporter of contemporary Australian recorder repertoire and has collaborated with a number of Australian composers, premiering works by Julian Day, Daniel Rojas, Damian Barbeler, Stephen Yates, Paul Cutlan, Elias Constantopedos, Hayden Woolf, Tristan Coelho, Mark Oliveiro, Andrew Batt-Rawden, Chris Williams, Paul Castles and Alex Pozniak.
Born into a musical family in 1986 in Sydney, Mikaela began her studies on the recorder, flute and piano. She completed a double degree in performance and music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2007 where she also began her studies on the baroque flute.
In 2010 Mikaela left for postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague further specialising in period flutes with Barthold Kuijken. During this time she performed both in The Netherlands and abroad, including with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under the leadership of Frans Bruggen.
Mikaela returned to Australia in 2014 and has had the great pleasure performing historically informed programs with a large variety of local and nationally based ensembles such as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Bach Akademie Australia, the Muffat Collective, Salut! Baroque and the Australian Haydn Ensemble.