Ayse Goknur Shanal (soprano)
Born in Brisbane, Lyric Soprano Ayse Gӧknur Shanal has won awards and scholarships
including the Australian Singing Competition, Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship and
Award, Opera Foundation’s Metropolitan Opera Award (New York), McDonald’s Operatic
Aria, Queen’s Trust for Young Australians, Symphony Australia’s Young Performers Award Vocal Category, Australian Music Foundation Award (London), Countess of Munster Scholarship (London) and Lorelei Prize at Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition (Germany).
In 2013, she received the Most Outstanding Singer Award in Sydney Eisteddfod’s Victoria Jennifer Warren Accompaniment Award.
As a soloist, Gӧknur has appeared with the symphony orchestras in Sydney, West Australia, Melbourne, Adelaide and with Willoughby Symphony and Sydney Sinfonia. She has also performed with Opera Australia’s touring company, OzOpera singing the role of Mimì in La Bohème.
Gӧknur holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts Degree from University of Wollongong. She has
studied at Royal College of Music, in London, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and
Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, in New York, as an
After taking a break from singing, Gӧknur completed a Graduate Law Degree at University of Western Sydney. In 2013, she returned to the music profession, her performance schedule rapidly filling up. Engagements included A Baroque Evening with Handel with Countertenor Peretta Anggerek, roles in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, John Rutter’s Magnificat, with conductor Paul Terracini and two recitals as part of Willoughby Spring Festival, and performances for Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation.
Gӧknur won the 2014 National Liederfest Competition, held in Melbourne and will release her debut CD this year.
In October Gӧknur will perform the role of Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue for Harbour City Opera.
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Leigh Harrold (pianist)
South Australian Leigh completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at The University of Adelaide with concert pianist Gil Sullivan. During this time he was a National Finalist in the Young Performer Awards and a recipient of the prestigious Beta Sigma Phi Classical Music Award.
He moved to Melbourne in 2003 to take up a full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the mentorship of Geoffrey Tozer and in 2004 was made the Academy Fellow - the first person in the institution's history to be chosen as such after just one year of study. In 2008 he was named The Advertiser Musician of the Year.
Leigh has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Australia as both soloist and chamber musician, including concerts at Australia House in London, the Royal Academy of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Harare International Festival of Arts, and concerto engagements with many Australian orchestras.
In 2007 he undertook an extensive tour of the United States and Canada where he gave lectures on and performed the solo piano music of the American composer Robert Muczynski.
Internationally he has collaborated with Thomas Reibl, lecturer in viola at the Salzburg
Mozarteum; Michael Cox, principal flautist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Daniel
Gaede, ex-concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; London flautist Wissam
Boustany; New York violinist Charles Castleman; Swedish cellist Mats Lidstrom; and British pianist Mark Gasser.Other significant international collaborations have included performance and studies with Andrew Ball at the London Royal College of Music; Sophie Cherrier at the Paris Conservatoire; New York-based pianist Lisa Moore and English composer Peter Maxwell Davies.
In June 2002, Leigh traveled to the Orkney Islands to perform a concert of Maxwell Davies' works in the presence of the composer.
Leigh is a founding member of the Kegelstatt Ensemble and the contemporary music group Syzygy Ensemble – both winners of major national awards - and has an internationally acclaimed piano duo with London-based pianist Coady Green with whom he regularly tours through Europe, Australia and Africa.
He is a recording artist for ABC Classics and in 2010 released his debut recording for Sony with soprano Greta Bradman.
He is currently on the Associate Faculty at ANAM, and performs regularly as orchestral
pianist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
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