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2013 Adjudicator Pianoforte


Janine Sowden



Janine Sowden’s London debut was reviewed by The Times in London as “…a delicate mixture of poetry with virtuosity.”


"Sowden's playing is by turns emotionally direct, sensitively voiced and fabulously powerful...BBC Music Magazine, London


Her international career has taken her to many major concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Barbican Centre in London. She has toured widely, with appearances in Poland, Germany, Russia, America, South Africa, France and Australia, where she has also recorded for the ABC.


Janine studied with Margaret Hair, Roy Shepherd and Ronald Farren-Price, graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. She won two scholarships from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust for Young Australians, which enabled her to study on the Advanced Solo Studies course with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


During her studies at the Guildhall School, she won every major piano prize and was awarded the coveted BP Scholarship and the Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix). She was later appointed to the teaching staff of the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Janine has recorded a number of CDs, including an album of Percy Grainger transcriptions. She regularly adjudicates and presents master classes and is presently a member of the teaching staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne.


More informatin about Janine can be found here.



Benjamin Martin


Identified by The Australian as ‘the best young talent for the new millennium’, pianist/composer Benjamin Martin has become known as an artist of exceptional versatility and subtlety of expression. A graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with the late John Browning, he has been described as ‘the consummate artist’ (The Age), and as a composer, ‘distinctive... arresting in style’ (New York Times).


He has received numerous awards including the Queen Elizabeth grant, first prize in the Hepzibah Menuhin Memorial Award, the Marten Bequest Scholarship and two scholarships to the Tanglewood Summer Festival (as pianist in 1987, and as a composer in 1988), where he participated in classes with Leon Fleisher and Leonard Bernstein.


Benjamin has featured as guest artist for most festivals and concert series in Australia. He regularly performs at the Melbourne Recital Hall and is the pianist for Firebird Trio and has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has toured the United States, Europe and Asia performing with artists such as Alina Ibragimova, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Dimitri Berlinsky, Boris Baraz, Eiji Oue, Lukasz Szyrner and Leonardo Altino. Benjamin’s own compositions have been performed in Europe and the United States.


Benjamin features in three critically acclaimed recordings for Tacet Records Stuttgart with the great German violist, Hartmut Lindemann and is a recording artist for Chandos and Melba Recordings. Benjamin is also a member of the teaching staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne.


More information abour Benjamin can be found here.


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