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Gordon Atkinson
Although born in Melbourne, Victoria and retiring there in 2005, Gordon Atkinson spent much of his life in England and North America. Following study in Melbourne with A.E.H. Nickson, he attended the Royal College of Music in London from 1950 to 1953, where Harold Darke, Patrick Hadley and William Lloyd Webber were among his teachers.  Gordon has composed a number of organ works as well as vocal works ranging from anthems for various combinations of voices and instruments to a set of songs for soprano and oboe.  In 2008 he was elected President of the Society of Organists in Melbourne.
 
Lotte Betts-Dean
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Lotte Betts-Dean is an established lyric mezzo-soprano who has appeared as soloist for several ensembles, and is a regular artist with Victorian Opera. Lotte enjoys an active concert schedule, having made her acclaimed festival recital debut last year at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival. She has been a multi-award winner in the finals of the National Liederfest in 2011 and 2012, and reached the 2012 finals of AME's Opera Scholar of the Year Competition. She completed her BMus at Melbourne University with High Distinction in 2012. We are grateful for the connection between this festival and the Mietta Song Competition in Melbourne: in 2012 Lotte won both second prize and the MRIMF prize, which brings her to Mildura this year.
 
Andrea Dainese
Andrea Dainese, flautist, graduated with full marks from the Conservatorium “C. Pollini” in Padova, Italy. He then specialised in Zurich, and with A. Vendramelli for chamber music. From 1990 to 1995 he studied at the Winterthur Conservatory (Switzerland), receiving the Concert Diploma and the Soloist Diploma. He is a versatile musician and is well-trained in all musical genres. From 1986 to 1992 he collaborated with “I Solisti Veneti”, participating in international music festivals and in the recording of several albums. In 1994 he won first Prize with his trio in the “Citta di Grosseto” Chamber Music Competition. He is currently solo flautist for the ensemble “Interpreti Veneziani”, with whom he has made numerous recordings and tours internationally.

Giancarlo di Vacri
Giancarlo di Vacri graduated in violin studies at the “B. Marcello” Conservatorium in his native city of Venice, and later pursued studies on the viola in Florence, where he post-graduated with distinction. Di Vacri then furthered his studies in Cremona.  An active chamber musician, he founded the prize-winning “Quartetto Marciano”. He has been a member of the “Quartetto Fonè”, and has also performed with other renowned musicians, chamber ensembles and orchestras. Since 1998 he has been first soloist in the ensemble “I Solisti Veneti”.  In 1997, with pianist Massimo Somenzi he founded the “Quintetto Lorenzi”, and in 1999, with harpist Elisabetta Ghebbioni and flautist Andrea Dainese he founded the Trio Leonardo. In 2010 Giancarlo di Vacri was invited to become a permanent member of the “Quartetto di Venezia”, ensemble of international repute.
 
Elisabetta Ghebbioni
Harpist Elisabetta Ghebbioni graduated with a perfect score from the conservatorium “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza, Italy, where she was born. She later went on to specialise with renowned teachers in Milan and Paris. She was First Harp with the Lecce Symphony Orchestra for many years, and actively collaborates with important Italian institutions such as RAI, Teatro La Fenice and Filarmonica della Scala. With Andrea Dainese and Giancarlo di Vacri she founded the Trio Leonardo, which specialises in a repertoire of rarely heard works and performs across Europe, and previously in Australia. Currently, she holds the title of Director of Harp Studies at the “B. Marcello” Conservatorium in Venice.
 
Davide Monti
Davide is a highly flexible and charismatic violinist thanks to an eclectic education and to his collaborations with internationally renowned musicians and ensembles. Apart from his role as a soloist, he often works with both small groups and orchestras, being admired for his natural and risk-taking approach to music. A fundamental part of his aesthetic is researching improvisation and musical rhetoric which are applied fields in the art of historically informed performances. This is what he teaches during masterclasses and lectures around the world. His violin is an Italian instrument from the beginning of the 18th century, kindly on loan from the Paternostro family.
 
Dr. Jacqueline Ogeil
Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed Woodend Winter Arts Festival, which she formed in 2004, and Director of the baroque ensemble Accademia Arcadia, Ogeil is also a harpsichordist, organist, fortepianist, scholar and is the inaugural Director of Duneira, Mt Macedon. Her academic articles have been published internationally with a further article on D. Scarlatti to be published in Spain this December. Ogeil is regularly broadcast on ABC FM and 3MBS FM and has appeared in a Paul Cox movie The Human Touch. Ogeil has recorded on historical keyboards in Portugal, Italy and the United Kingdom, including the first CD recording on the world’s oldest playable piano still in its original form. She has recorded eleven CDs and ABC Classics re-released her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 2010.

David Paterson

Being an alumnus of both the Royal College of Music (London) and the Australian National Academy of Music, David has featured on ABC Classic FM, Radio National, 2mbsFM and 3mbsFM and has performed in many of the major concert halls and venues in Australia, Romania and the United Kingdom. David continues to work as a pianist specializing in chamber music and completing commissions in addition to his quest to promote active listening amongst his audience.


Massimo Scattolin
After a number of meetings with Andres Segovia, Massimo Scattolin began his concert career as a soloist, since developing his chamber music and orchestral activities to include some of the best-known concertos for guitar and orchestra. Composers such as Astor Piazzolla and Violet Archer have written music for him, and subsequently he has risen to the attention of international audiences and has been described by critics as one of the best guitarists of our time. He has worked with the main European television networks, as well as with great theatre actors such as Cucciolla, Pagliai and Gassman. He regularly takes part in international festivals and is the first Italian guitarist to have held master classes at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg. Massimo is founder of the Paganini Consort and Guitarland ensembles, and plays a “lattice braced guitar” made in Italy by Enzo Guido.
 
David Selig
David Selig, born in Melbourne, moved to Paris in 1976 where he studied piano at the Conservatoire. He pursued further studies and subsequently won prizes at the Sydney piano competition and the inaugural accompaniment competition in the Hague. As soloist David has performed in many of the great concert halls, such as Salle Pleyel, Concertgebouw, and Carnegie Hall. His love of chamber music has led him to collaborate with many renowned artists. In 1989 he participated in the inaugural recital series at the Bastille Opéra, and his début recording (Villa-Lobos) was released. This season’s concerts will take him to Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), London (Wigmore Hall), Poland, Germany and Australia. In 2011 he was appointed professor at the Lyons National Conservatoire. He is director of the chamber music festival “Les Journées Romantiques”, held on a Parisian barge.
 
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