Dvorak - ‘Dumky’ Trio op. 90
Beethoven - 'Ghost’ trio op.70
Kodaly - Duo for violin and cello op.7
The Orpheus Piano Trio formed in early 2012. Comprising pianist Helena Kernaghan, violinist Kaori Sparks & cellist Sam Goble, the trio enjoy the challenge of being an interstate, rural dwelling ensemble with members calling Albury & Castlemaine home. All members of the Orpheus Piano Trio are established performers in their own rights, and have gained experience performing and studying internationally throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.
In 2012 Orpheus Piano Trio presented a program of works by Schubert and Brahms for their concert series The Light & the Dark. These performances were well received by large crowds at venues in their hometowns, and they also performed at Melbourne’s Bennetts Lane jazz club for the 2012 William Poskitt Memorial Fundraiser concert. Their 2013 concert series featured works by Beethoven, Brahms & Debussy, with successful performances as part of their regional tour in Albury, Wodonga, Bright, Wangaratta & Wagga Wagga. The Wangaratta concert was recorded live and released as their current CD.2014 included performances at The Capital Theatre Bendigo, St Matthews Church Albury & Holy Trinity Cathedral Wangaratta, with the inclusion of some duo repertoire and Shostakovich’s famous Trio Op.67. 2015 featured two performances in November – one at the Adamshurst Ballroom in Albury and Wagga’s Riverina Conservatorium with a program of all French works, featuring the magical Ravel Piano Trio.2016 is an exciting year for the trio as they are featuring as Ensemble-in-Residence for the 1st annual Albury Chamber Music Festival.
Helena Kernaghan finished her Masters in Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2005 under the tuition of Dr Donna Coleman. She commenced her studies in 1996 at the VCA under the tuition of Caroline Almonte, and soon established herself as an accomplished chamber musician, accompanist and soloist. In 1997 she established the Abraxas Piano Trio which featured Sam Goble on cello, and this was when Helena & Sam first began collaborating on musical projects. In 2002 she commenced her Masters degree and worked as an accompanist and performer until leaving Melbourne at the end of 2005. Performance highlights during this time included performing as soloist in Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques at Government House, a duo piano recital with Will Poskitt of Stravinsky’sLe Sacre du Printemps at the ABCs Iwaki Auditorium, and soloist in Gerswhin’sRhapsody in Blue with The Opus 21 Big Band. Since 2006 Helena has lived in Albury enjoying the challenge of teaching and maintaining an active performing life. In this time she has focused on family life, classroom and private teaching, MD work for productions, working with the Orpheus Piano Trio and continuing her work as a duo-pianist.In recent times she has performed with Donna Coleman, Shanul Sharma, Sally-Anne Russell and is currently Artistic Director for the Albury Chamber Music Festival.
Sam Goble finished his degree studying under Tim Walden and Josie Vains in 2006 at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1996 he was awarded a Melbourne Symphony Young Artist Award for which he chose the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto in A minor to workshop and broadcast. Other awards include the Piers Coepmore Scholarship for Cellists, and in 1999 he won the John Gaitskell Mensa Memorial Award for the most outstanding end of degree recital for that year. In 2000, Sam toured with the Cologne Youth Philharmonic through Wales and Northern France, in part as soloist. Returning to Australia in 2001, he in 2002 recommenced study for Honours, again at VCA. In 2004 he completed the first year of his Masters degree and went to Germany to study at the Hannover Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany for three semesters with Tilmann Wick, returning in 2006. He now works as a freelance cellist and teacher.
Kaori Sparks (nee Nogi) was born in Sukagwa City, Fukushima-ken, Japan. She began playing violin at the age of four and gained entry to the Musashino Music University in Tokyo. She studied violin, viola and piano there, graduating in 2002. She studied violin under Hiroshi Nishida, Robert Davidovich and Katsuya Matsubara; violin-piano duo with Georgi Badev, and chamber music with Sandor Nagy and Kalman Berkes. Kaori toured Europe as a member of the Tokyo-Budapest String Quartet, and Tokyo-Budapest Ensemble five times between 2004-2006, under the directorship of concert clarinettist and conductor, Kalman Berkes. She performed at various music festivals including: Zell am See Music Festival (Austria) in 2005-06; Salzburg Open Air Mozart Festival 2005; Budapest String Festival 2005-06. She also performed with the Salzburg Festival Orchestra and Hungarian National Orchestra. In 2005 the Tokyo-Budapest Ensemble received sponsorship from the EU Cultural Exchange Committee and held recitals at the Hungarian Embassy and Tsuda Hall in Tokyo. The latter venue saw the world premiere of Hungarian pianist/composer Gyorgy Vukan’s Five Jokes. Kaori scaled back her concert performances in 2007 and concentrated on teaching, both adults and children. She and her family relocated to Albury, Australia in early 2009.
Pianist: Helena Kernaghan
Violinist: Kaori Sparks
Cellist: Sam Goble