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The Sydney Consort

Sydney Consort

The Sydney Consort is one of Australia’s most dynamic early music ensembles. Originally consisting of three members, the group brings together Australia’s finest musicians and singers to a small chamber orchestra of up to fifteen performers. Formed in 1997 and led by artistic directors Monika and Stan Kornel, the Sydney Consort is an ensemble dedicated to bringing beauty and wisdom of Baroque music to a rapidly growing audience. The ensemble has performed music ranging from the 16th to 18th Century, as well as contemporary Australian music, and with concert themes such as English, French, German and Italian Baroque, Music and Poetry, and the J.S. Bach concertos. 
In the year 2000, the Sydney Consort celebrated the vocal and instrumental music of Bach, commemorating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death with spectacular concerts at the St James’ Church. Frequently, the ensemble invites other well known and talented Australian artists, instrumentalists, and vocalists to further enrich performances and broaden the repertoire. The Sydney Consort performs regularly with Sydney actors and poets as a consequence of an ongoing relationship with the Poets and Writers Society. A concert of 17th Century English music and Shakespearian sonnets was a particularly successful product of this union of arts. A Christmas Cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti was performed for the first time in Australia by the Sydney Consort, from a copy of the only one manuscript belonging to a parish Library in Germany.
The ensemble appears regularly on classical radio programs and on Sunday Live ABC Classic FM. From 2004 the group appeared for Musica Viva Australia with concerts in Sydney and NSW (countrywide program), and since 2005, the Sydney Consort performed on their European concert tour in Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark and Poland. The ensemble has been invited to return to Europe in 2011 and will perform in Luxembourg, Germany, Copenhagen and festivals in Poland.
The Sydney Consort has recorded five CD’s with invited musicians.
Monika Kornel started her piano studies at the Primary Music School in her hometown Torun (Poland) since she was seven years old. After a successful entry, Monika studied at the State Conservatorium of Music, where she received her Diploma in Music and Piano Performance. During her last years of school she was nominated for performances with the Pomeranian Symphony Orchestra playing the piano concertos by Grieg, Beethoven and Rachmaninov and with the Torun Chamber Orchestra the F Minor concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach.
With her husband, violinist, Monika has performed extensively, giving violin and piano recitals in Poland, Venice, Verona, Canberra and Sydney. 
After furthering her studies at the Academy of Music in Lódz (Poland), Monika moved to Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Music degree in piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the class of Professor Nikolai Evrov. Here she broadened her keyboard studies by including the harpsichord, taking lessons with Paul Dyer and Ray Harvey. 
In 1995, she participated in master classes with Robert Woolley in London and Bob van Asperen in Amsterdam. In December 1995 Monika was invited to perform the harpsichord concertos of J.S.Bach with the Torun Chamber Orchestra. 
On her return, Monika enrolled for the harpsichord and early music course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and in 1999, she completed her studies with Paul Dyer and was awarded a Master of Music degree in performance.
 
Monika performs regularly as both soloist and continuo player with a number of well known ensembles and orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Orchestra, SBS Orchestra, the St Laurence Baroque Orchestra, Marais Project, Salut!Baroque. In 1998, she also appeared in the Sydney Bach Festival and regularly participating in major music festivals and concerts in Australia. 
Since 2005 Monika performed on European tours with the Sydney Consort at music festivals and organized concerts in Italy, Luxembourg, Denmark, Germany and Poland. Monika was invited back to Europe this year and in 2011 will perform at European Festivals. She will also perform in the USA in 2011/2012.
This year, in Australia, Monika will take part in The Camden Haven and Armidale Bach Music Festival, as well in the Resonate series (NSW Gallery) and The Brandenburg Concerti, among other music commitments. 
Hans-Dieter Michatz has a long-standing reputation for his elegant and exciting performances on baroque flute, recorder, and modern flute. He has appeared in a great number of Australia’s prime musical events and Festivals, and as a guest artist with many of this country’s foremost Early Music Ensembles and Orchestras. Presently, he is principal flute in the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
His CD of Telemann’s ‘Sonate Metodiche’ has gained critical acclaim in Australia 
and overseas and was ‘Editor’s Choice’ of ‘Soundscapes’ magazine.
He has also worked as an orchestral and choral conductor, for scenic productions of Handel oratorios in Canberra, as well as with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Sydney Chamber Choir, ACO Voices, and the Melbourne Collegium Baroque Orchestra, amongst others. Apart from his performing career, Hans-Dieter has been a dedicated teacher and tutor at tertiary and secondary institutions, including The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and Sydney Universities, The Universities of NSW and Western Sydney, Newcastle University, Sydney Grammar School, and at various Festivals and Summer Schools.  He is also the editor of the succesful Flute Series 1 Books for the AMEB. For several years running, he has been invited to conduct flute-masterclasses at the reputable Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany.
Hans-Dieter regularly performs in Europe, to critical acclaim, with the Hannover-based Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach Ensemble, The Hannover Fancy and Trio Chardin, Amsterdam. Recent engagements include the EXPO 2000 cultural program and the international festival ‘Niedersaechsische Musiktage 2001.  
Hans's instruments are: Ganassi in c'' (Fred Morgan Workshop, voiced by N. Ronimus) Treble after Stanesby sen. by Matthiessen&Walberg, voiced by N. Ronimus.
 
Born in Canberra Stan Kornel began his violin studies at the age of nine with renowned French violinist Josette Esquidin –Morgan. He later studied with Ernest Lewellyn at the Canberra School of Music. When he was 12, Stan, together with his elder siblings, formed the Kornel String Quartet and performed in Canberra and Sydney. 
Travelling to Poland in 1969, Stan began studies at the Bydgoszcz Conservatorium of Music. These continued at the Academy of Music in Lódz.  In 1976 he was awarded the bronze medal in the International Henryk Wieniawski Youth Competition. He was also placed second in the Pomeranian Violin Competition. 
During his studies, Stan was appointed assistant concertmaster of the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also leader and soloist of the Torun Chamber Orchestra and String Quartet. He later became the co-concertmaster of the Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra in Lódz. During this time he recorded many sound tracks for movies, animation and educational films with numerous ensembles. 
In 1983 Stan was awarded his Master of Arts Degree and Diploma with Distinction from the Academy of Music in Lódz, studying with the acclaimed professor Zenon Ploszaj, a juror at international violin competitions.   
From Poland Stan moved to Italy, working in opera theatres in Milan and Venice. He also worked in Verona during the famous Arena Summer Festival. During his time in Italy, he formed two string quartets. He was also the soloist in performances of Vivaldi concertos. 
In August 1987, Stan returned to Australia. He became a permanent member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a position he still holds.
Stan’s passion for early music leads him, with his wife, to form The Sydney Consort. In 1994, he studied baroque violin and viola d’amore in London with Catherine McIntosh, and in The Hague with Sigiswald Kuijken, and played both instruments in the1998 Sydney Bach Festival. Stan has also led the St Laurence Baroque Orchestra. 
In addition to CDs with The Sydney Consort, Stan has recorded Irish folk music and works by the Australian composers Dulcie Holland, Derek Strahan and Alan Holley.
Stan’s violin was made about 1770 by an unlabeled Italian luthier, probably G.Panormo. Miroslaw Baran made his viola d’amore in Poznan in 1986 and his bows were made to order in America by Ralph Ashmead in 1995. 

The Sydney Consort is one of Australia’s most dynamic early music ensembles. Originally consisting of three members, the group brings together Australia’s finest musicians and singers to a small chamber orchestra of up to fifteen performers. Formed in 1997 and led by artistic directors Monika and Stan Kornel, the Sydney Consort is an ensemble dedicated to bringing beauty and wisdom of Baroque music to a rapidly growing audience. The ensemble has performed music ranging from the 16th to 18th Century, as well as contemporary Australian music, and with concert themes such as English, French, German and Italian Baroque, Music and Poetry, and the J. S. Bach concertos. 

In the year 2000, the Sydney Consort celebrated the vocal and instrumental music of Bach, commemorating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death with spectacular concerts at the St James’ Church. Frequently, the ensemble invites other well known and talented Australian artists, instrumentalists, and vocalists to further enrich performances and broaden the repertoire. The Sydney Consort performs regularly with Sydney actors and poets as a consequence of an ongoing relationship with the Poets and Writers Society. A concert of 17th Century English music and Shakespearian sonnets was a particularly successful product of this union of arts. A Christmas Cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti was performed for the first time in Australia by the Sydney Consort, from a copy of the only one manuscript belonging to a parish Library in Germany.
The ensemble appears regularly on classical radio programs and on Sunday Live ABC Classic FM. From 2004 the group appeared for Musica Viva Australia with concerts in Sydney and NSW (countrywide program), and since 2005, the Sydney Consort performed on their European concert tour in Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark and Poland. The ensemble has been invited to return to Europe in 2011 and will perform in Luxembourg, Germany, Copenhagen and festivals in Poland.
The Sydney Consort has recorded five CD’s with invited musicians.

Monika Kornel started her piano studies at the Primary Music School in her hometown Torun (Poland) since she was seven years old. After a successful entry, Monika studied at the State Conservatorium of Music, where she received her Diploma in Music and Piano Performance. During her last years of school she was nominated for performances with the Pomeranian Symphony Orchestra playing the piano concertos by Grieg, Beethoven and Rachmaninov and with the Torun Chamber Orchestra the F Minor concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach.
With her husband, violinist, Monika has performed extensively, giving violin and piano recitals in Poland, Venice, Verona, Canberra and Sydney. 
After furthering her studies at the Academy of Music in Lódz (Poland), Monika moved to Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Music degree in piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the class of Professor Nikolai Evrov. Here she broadened her keyboard studies by including the harpsichord, taking lessons with Paul Dyer and Ray Harvey. 
In 1995, she participated in master classes with Robert Woolley in London and Bob van Asperen in Amsterdam. In December 1995 Monika was invited to perform the harpsichord concertos of J.S.Bach with the Torun Chamber Orchestra. 
On her return, Monika enrolled for the harpsichord and early music course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and in 1999, she completed her studies with Paul Dyer and was awarded a Master of Music degree in performance. Monika performs regularly as both soloist and continuo player with a number of well known ensembles and orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Orchestra, SBS Orchestra, the St Laurence Baroque Orchestra, Marais Project, Salut!Baroque. In 1998, she also appeared in the Sydney Bach Festival and regularly participating in major music festivals and concerts in Australia. 
Since 2005 Monika performed on European tours with the Sydney Consort at music festivals and organized concerts in Italy, Luxembourg, Denmark, Germany and Poland. Monika was invited back to Europe this year and in 2011 will perform at European Festivals. She will also perform in the USA in 2011/2012.
This year, in Australia, Monika will take part in The Camden Haven and Armidale Bach Music Festival, as well in the Resonate series (NSW Gallery) and The Brandenburg Concerti, among other music commitments. 

Hans-Dieter Michatz has a long-standing reputation for his elegant and exciting performances on baroque flute, recorder, and modern flute. He has appeared in a great number of Australia’s prime musical events and Festivals, and as a guest artist with many of this country’s foremost Early Music Ensembles and Orchestras. Presently, he is principal flute in the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
His CD of Telemann’s ‘Sonate Metodiche’ has gained critical acclaim in Australia and overseas and was ‘Editor’s Choice’ of ‘Soundscapes’ magazine.
He has also worked as an orchestral and choral conductor, for scenic productions of Handel oratorios in Canberra, as well as with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Sydney Chamber Choir, ACO Voices, and the Melbourne Collegium Baroque Orchestra, amongst others. Apart from his performing career, Hans-Dieter has been a dedicated teacher and tutor at tertiary and secondary institutions, including The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and Sydney Universities, The Universities of NSW and Western Sydney, Newcastle University, Sydney Grammar School, and at various Festivals and Summer Schools.  He is also the editor of the succesful Flute Series 1 Books for the AMEB. For several years running, he has been invited to conduct flute-masterclasses at the reputable Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany.
Hans-Dieter regularly performs in Europe, to critical acclaim, with the Hannover-based Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach Ensemble, The Hannover Fancy and Trio Chardin, Amsterdam. Recent engagements include the EXPO 2000 cultural program and the international festival ‘Niedersaechsische Musiktage 2001.  
Hans's instruments are: Ganassi in c'' (Fred Morgan Workshop, voiced by N. Ronimus) Treble after Stanesby sen. by Matthiessen&Walberg, voiced by N. Ronimus. 

Born in Canberra Stan Kornel began his violin studies at the age of nine with renowned French violinist Josette Esquidin –Morgan. He later studied with Ernest Lewellyn at the Canberra School of Music. When he was 12, Stan, together with his elder siblings, formed the Kornel String Quartet and performed in Canberra and Sydney. 
Travelling to Poland in 1969, Stan began studies at the Bydgoszcz Conservatorium of Music. These continued at the Academy of Music in Lódz.  In 1976 he was awarded the bronze medal in the International Henryk Wieniawski Youth Competition. He was also placed second in the Pomeranian Violin Competition. 
During his studies, Stan was appointed assistant concertmaster of the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also leader and soloist of the Torun Chamber Orchestra and String Quartet. He later became the co-concertmaster of the Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra in Lódz. During this time he recorded many sound tracks for movies, animation and educational films with numerous ensembles. 
In 1983 Stan was awarded his Master of Arts Degree and Diploma with Distinction from the Academy of Music in Lódz, studying with the acclaimed professor Zenon Ploszaj, a juror at international violin competitions.   
From Poland Stan moved to Italy, working in opera theatres in Milan and Venice. He also worked in Verona during the famous Arena Summer Festival. During his time in Italy, he formed two string quartets. He was also the soloist in performances of Vivaldi concertos. In August 1987, Stan returned to Australia. He became a permanent member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a position he still holds.
Stan’s passion for early music leads him, with his wife, to form The Sydney Consort. In 1994, he studied baroque violin and viola d’amore in London with Catherine McIntosh, and in The Hague with Sigiswald Kuijken, and played both instruments in the1998 Sydney Bach Festival. Stan has also led the St Laurence Baroque Orchestra.  In addition to CDs with The Sydney Consort, Stan has recorded Irish folk music and works by the Australian composers Dulcie Holland, Derek Strahan and Alan Holley.
Stan’s violin was made about 1770 by an unlabeled Italian luthier, probably G.Panormo. Miroslaw Baran made his viola d’amore in Poznan in 1986 and his bows were made to order in America by Ralph Ashmead in 1995. 

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