"... her fingerwork pristine and phrasing beautifully conceived." - The Australian on Meta Weiss

" ... stylish and technically immaculate ..." - Adelaide Advertiser on Daniel de Borah

Colleagues at the Queensland Conservatorium and brilliant soloists in their own right, Meta Weiss and Daniel de Borah unite to form a compelling duo. Their program presents two much-loved gems of the Romantic Violin and Piano repertoire, here re-imagined through the warmth and lyricism of the cello.

About the performers

Meta Weiss (cello)

Photo by Juli L. Weiss

American cellist Meta Weiss (pronounced MAY-ta) made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. An acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, and artist, her performances have taken her to venues throughout the US and internationally, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Melbourne Recital Centre.

She has garnered top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Washington International Competition, Schadt Cello Competition, and Yamaha’s Young Performing Artist Award among others.

Her album Entendre (Sono Luminus) is the winner of the Violoncello Foundation Listener’s Choice Award. Other albums include A Dué Celli, recorded with cellist David Requiro as the Weiss-Requiro Duo, and a forthcoming album of Czech Piano Trios with the Streeton Trio on the Decca Label.

Weiss received her Bachelor of Music from Rice University, and Master's of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at The Juilliard School. She is Senior Lecturer in Cello and Head of Chamber Music at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Weiss performs on a Gioffredo Cappa cello, c. 1690, generously provided for her by an anonymous supporter.

DANIEL de BORAH, piano

Photo by Darren James

Daniel de Borah has emerged in recent years as one of Australia’s foremost musicians, consistently praised for the grace, finesse and imaginative intelligence of his performances. His busy performance schedule finds him equally at home as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

Since his prize-winning appearances at the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition, Daniel has given recitals on four continents and toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom and Australia. As a concerto soloist he has appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and in Australia with the Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Daniel has partnered many leading soloists and ensembles at festivals including the Huntington Estate Music Festival, Musica Viva Festival in Sydney, Adelaide Festival, Canberra International Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. In 2015 Daniel joined the Australia Piano Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Born in Melbourne in 1981, Daniel studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Music, London. He now lives in Brisbane where he serves on the faculty of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.



Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op.78

I. Vivace ma non troppo

II. Adagio

III. Allegro molto moderato


César Franck (1822-1890)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major (1886)

I. Allegretto ben moderato

II. Allegro

III. Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato

IV. Allegretto poco mosso



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