Kettering Concert 2020-11-15
Jennifer Marten-Smith (piano), Luke Frost (piano)
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331 – Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791) (Jennifer Marten-Smith)
Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor Op. posth. 66 – Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) (Luke Frost)
Chaccone, transcribed from Partita No. 2 for Violin, BWV 1004 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) (arr. Ferruccio Busoni)
Vocalise from 14 Romances, Op. 34 – Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) (arr. Greg Anderson)
(Jennifer Marten-Smith and Luke Frost)
Sunday 15 November 2020, 3pm
Kettering Community Hall
Tickets only available on-line
$15 + small booking fee No door sales
Stay for the post-concert afternoon tea, meet and chat with the musicians.
Jennifer grew up in Tasmania and at age 12 was invited to study with
Professor Gediga-Glombitza at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. At age 16 she
made her public debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as soloist in
Schumann's A minor Piano Concerto, having previously recorded the
Rimsky-Korsakov Piano Concerto with the TSO. Two years later she performed
Rubinstein Piano Concerto No 4 with the TSO and, that same year, was the
youngest graduate of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where she was
awarded a high distinction as a double major in piano performance and
accompaniment. Other concertos in her repertoire include works by
Brahms, Dohnányi, Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky, and she has appeared
as soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Niedersächsisches
In 1989 she began work as a repetiteur with the State Opera of South
and subsequently joined the Victorian State Opera Young Artist Programme.
Between 1997 and 2001 she was repetiteur at the Staatsoper Hannover and was a
full-time member of the music staff with Opera Australia from 2001 to 2012.
She has more than 90 operas in her repertoire. Jennifer, a member of the
Kettering Piano Quartet, is now living in Hobart, and is in demand as a
soloist, accompanist and vocal coach.
Luke Frost is a Tasmanian classical pianist who has performed in concert series in Hobart, Kettering, Swansea, and the Huon Valley. Luke was awarded the Royal Over-Seas League Tasmanian Branch Prize in Classical Piano in 2020, and received the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music Scholarship in 2021.
In 2022, Luke performed works for solo piano alongside Jennifer Marten-Smith in a Concert as part of the Kettering Concert Series, and co-organised and performed in a fundraiser concert for Ukraine at the Hedberg in Hobart. In 2021, Luke gave a series of three classical piano recitals at the Salamanca Arts Centre, performing works by Chopin, Brahms, and Bach.
In 2020, Luke was invited to record Chopin’s Etude op.10 no.4 at the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Studio, which was featured in their Daily Dose online concert series. The same year, Luke performed works for solo piano and piano four-hands alongside Jennifer Marten-Smith in a pair of concerts.
Luke is currently teaching piano in Howden, and is in his final year of a Bachelor of Classical Performance with the University of Tasmania at the Hedberg.
Artist and Teacher Mahdi Chandler lives in Gordon, Tasmania, working from her studio located on the property. Mahdi uses mixed media techniques to
make 2D and 3D artwork that directly relates to the D’Entrecasteaux environment and the surrounding land, sea and skyscapes. During the covid closures and interstate teaching postponements, Mahdi has taken the opportunity to undertake some professional development,
participating in a range of workshops outside her usual fields of interest,
this has enabled her to work in some new and unexpected directions.