Sunday 30 June, 2019
3:00pm - 3:45pm

Hanson Dyer Hall, The Ian Potter Southbank Centre, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Ticket Price
Adult: $25
Concession: $15

This programme captures how the old and new can converge to create a genre that celebrates the diversity and rethinking of music making so prominent in 2019. Combining the foundational medium of Western classical music, the string quartet, with the most recent addition to the reed family has yet to yield a “standard” practice of saxophone quintet composition of those hailing from any country or musical preference. Swiss-German Adolph Busch’s neo-romantic approach in his Quintett for Alto Saxophone and String Quartet is contrasted by Australian Jeremy Rose’s inclusion of hybrid Greek/gypsy-Balkan improvisation in his 1st movement of “Between Worlds” further juxtaposed by UK-born Michael Nyman’s (screen composer of “The Piano”) preference for driving rock rhythms and power chords in “Shaping the Curve”. Add to latter work cross-disciplinary animation by Griffith University Film School Senior Lecturer in Animation, Dr. Louise Harvey, and a performer who firmly believes that the saxophone is an instrument for all genders makes for a good argument that saxophone repertoire will never ossify.


Dr Diana Tolmie has led an impressive life as a freelance woodwind specialist exploring a multitude of genres, performing in countless interstate and international tours, plus live radio and television broadcasts. Appearing with many Australian professional orchestras and the acclaimed Malaysian Philharmonic, Diana has additionally explored chamber music with her nationally recognised group Collusion, which continues to commission, record and perform Australian new music and dance collaboratives.

A recipient of the Churchill Fellowship Award and the Queen Elizabeth Trust Scholarship, her more recently Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts funding has contributed to her saxophone activities. This included her featured solo with the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra in the 2015 XVII World Saxophone Congress; and the commissioning and recording of new Australian works for the Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra. Diana is full time Lecturer, Professional Practice at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University passionately teaching performance, pedagogy, musicians’ health and vocational preparation.

Her teaching excellence has been recognised and awarded an AEL Group Learning & Teaching Citation (2014), and a Highly Commended in the “Employability within the Curriculum” category of the Griffith University Awards for Excellence in Teaching (2016). She is currently endorsed by D’Addario Woodwind.


The Kalon Quartet formed in 2017 at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Kalon’s energy and blend of sound is at the core of the group’s identity and continues to set them apart from other string quartets. They have travelled to various destinations as a group, allowing them to gain experience and draw from the influence of many different musical cultures. In late 2017, the quartet went to Ulsan, South Korea, where they participated in a week-long intensive chamber music program alongside students from the University of Ulsan. The quartet was invited to perform in Parliament House in Canberra where they played for several high-ranking government officials. Recently, they returned from Fort Worth, Texas, where they took part in the 2018 Mimir Chamber Music Festival. Here they received extensive coaching from internationally acclaimed artists and were given the opportunity to perform as part of the Mimir Emerging Artists Program.

Diana Tolmie - Saxophone
Kalon Quartet


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