CULTURA - Francesco Celata and members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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Italian Forum Cultural Centre

23 Norton Street

#Shop 10

Leichhardt, NSW 2040


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Co.As.It. Presents


Italian Cultural Festival 2020

Join us at the Italian Forum Cultural Centre in the heart of 'Little Italy' to experience Italian culture through Folk Music, Comedy, Theatre, Symphony and Opera.


Performance by Francesco Celata and members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Francesco Celata

Francesco Celata joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1993 as Associate Principal Clarinet.

He has appeared as soloist on several occasions, including performances of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, Krommer's Double Clarinet Concertoa concerto written for him by Gordon Kerry.

More recently he appeared as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, under David Robertson at The National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing performing the virtuoso concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra, ‘Gnarly Buttons’ by American composer John Adams. He has also appeared as soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia.

On several occasions between 2003 and 2009 he appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra as guest Principal Clarinet, performing on international tours and recordings. More recently he appeared as guest Principal Clarinet with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London touring internationally and recording with them. Frank plays Principal Clarinet with the Australian World Orchestra, comprising 110 of Australia's leading musicians drawn from 47 orchestras around the world. He also serves on the board of the orchestra.

Frank has performed under many of the world’s leading conductors including Lorin Maazel, Ricardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit and Myun-whun Chung.

Frank is the founding member of one of Sydney's leading chamber ensembles, the Sydney Soloists, consisting of Principal Players from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The group has performed in numerous live national broadcasts for the ABC and has also recorded for them.

He is also a dedicated teacher, and since 1994 has taught clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium, where he is a Lecturer in Clarinet. He has taught many students who have gone on to leading positions in Australia and around the world. He has given masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatorium, Trinity College in London, The Australian National Academy of Music and was for several years, the Artistic Director of the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI). In 2013 he joined the staff of the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart for three years as Lecturer in Orchestral and Chamber Music where he headed the Woodwind department.

Kees Boersma

Born in the Netherlands, Kees Boersma graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts before returning to the Netherlands to study at the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam. He then worked with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for two years, performing at the Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, and on tours to Montreux, Lucerne, Paris, Vienna and Berlin. Returning to Australia, he performed as principal with the State Orchestra of Victoria and Australian Chamber Orchestra, before joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Principal Double Bass.

He was a founding member of contemporary music group ELISION, with whom he has recorded several CDs and toured Italy and Germany, including performances at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin. He also performs with the Sydney Soloists, and appears regularly with the Australia Ensemble. In 2004, he performed Schubert's Trout Quintet and Brett Dean's Voices of Angels with the Australia Ensemble during a national tour for Musica Viva. He also appeared in the inaugural Melbourne Spoleto Festival, performing chamber music with Joshua Bell, Colin Carr and Carter Brey. His musical interests include contemporary music and the solo double bass repertory of 18th-century Vienna, and in his solo appearances with the SSO he has performed Bright's Double Bass Concerto, Dittersdorf's Divertimento for viola and double bass, and Bottesini's Concerto for two double basses. In 2013 he gave the premiere performances of Mary Finsterer's double bass concerto, Lake Ice, commissioned by the SSO.

Kees Boersma plays a double bass made by John Lott Snr (London, c.1810).

Sandro Costantino

Sandro Costantino was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to Italian parents. He began his musical studies on the violin and joined the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional when he was 17.

In 1980, he moved to Portland, Maine, to study with the Portland String Quartet. It was during his studies with Julia Adams and the Portland Symphony Orchestra that he turned his attention to the viola.

Sandro Costantino moved to Italy in 1982 and studied with Armando Burattin at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Following his studies he worked with the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, the RAI Orchestra of Milan, and at the Teatro alla Scala.

In 1987, he moved back to the USA to undertake postgraduate studies with Walter Trampler and Louis Krasner at the New England Conservatory in Boston. While in Boston, he auditioned for the New Zealand String Quartet, and subsequently moved to Wellington. He spent the next few years performing with the NZSQ before returning to Italy where he worked with the Angelicum Orchestra of Milan and later with I Solisti Veneti in Padua.

In 1991, he returned to Wellington and joined the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He moved to Sydney in 1995 and joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra the same year.

Sandro Costantino plays an Arturo Fracassi viola made in Cesena in 1933.

Eliza Sdraulig

Eliza Sdraulig is a cellist from Melbourne. She has studied at The University of Melbourne, New England Conservatory (Boston, USA) and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). In 2018, Eliza was part of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artist program. She also performs regularly as a casual musician with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

An avid solo, chamber and orchestral musician, Eliza has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She was Principal Cello of the New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra (Boston, USA) and has performed at various festivals such as the Mimir Chamber Music Festival (USA), Australian Festival of Chamber Music and Huntington Festival.

Eliza is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Distinction Award (New England Conservatory), Victorian Government’s Creative Scholarship (Outstanding Undergraduate) for the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Gwen Prockter Violoncello Prize, Peg Oldfield Prize for Excellence in Performance and the Lilo Nassau Cello Scholarship.

Other performers to be annouced.


Thursday @ 6:30pm
Italian Forum Cultural Centre
23 Norton Street Leichhardt

NOTE: Please note that seating is not allocated. Maximum 4 tickets per person.

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