Recital four Harry Bennetts
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JANÁCEK Violin Sonata
PÄRT Fratres for Violin and Piano
FRANCK Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano
In 2016 at just 22 years old, Harry Bennetts won a two-year residency in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy through the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). This prestigeous award, which includes a significant number of performances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the duration of the residency, is the latest in a long list of awards and honours. In 2015, Harry won the Kendall National Violin Competition and the ANAM Concerto competition. He also performed the Sibelius violin concerto with the Maroondah Symphony Orchestra and toured with the
Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ACO as an Emerging Artist. Bennettsʼ enthusiasm as a chamber musician was rewarded in 2015 when he won the ANAM Chamber Music Competition with the Affinity Collective Quartet. In 2016, he toured with members of the quartet to Europe to attend the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove and to undertake tuition with members of the Doric, Belcea, Kuss, Brodsky and Noga string quartets, as well as give several performances. Seeing and hearing Harry Bennetts in the more intimate performance of the CSO Recital Series is a wonderful opportunity to meet one of symphonic music’s rising stars.
“I started at four years old, (so) I actually can’t remember much about beginning to play the violin. But coming from a musical family and having an older sister who was already learning the violin, it was natural that I’d want to imitate her. So I began learning, and was given my very own ‘violin’—rather a tissue box with a ruler taped to it with another ruler in place of a bow. It wasn’t a Strad but it was mine!”