UQ students come together to present a concert showcasing seminal works by iconic Australian composers of the 20th and 21st century. Together with Southern Cross Soloist pianist Alex Raineri, our students will guide you through the evocative musical landscapes of Carl Vine, Arthur Benjamin and Andrew Ford. The performance will also feature a world premiere of a piece written for this occasion by the composition students at UQ.


1) Sonata for Flute and Piano     Carl Vine

2) Swansong     Andrew Ford


Jemima Drews

Jemima Drews constantly searches for new ways to captivate her audiences. Her performances have been described as both theatrical and genuine. In 2020, Jemima was nominated for the Freedman Fellowship, and in 2019, was awarded the James Carson Memorial Prize, the ADFAS Bangalow Young Artist Award, and was a finalist for the O’Brien Family Prize.

Jemima is a Young Artist with the Brisbane Music Festival and a Next Gen Artist with the Southern Cross Soloists. Jemima has performed alongside musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, performed as a concerto soloist with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, and premiered works from several Brisbane composers. 

With a passion for orchestral music and experimental flute playing, Jemima continues to develop her performance skills with tutelage from Patrick Nolan through the University of Queensland. An honours student, Jemima is currently researching expressive control and artistry in the context of flute quartets. 

Liam Mallison

Liam is an enthusiastic young musician who brings an engaging and emotionally resonant performance style to the concert stage. He has a passion for new music and regularly performs new or atypical works in addition to traditional viola repertoire. Liam has been commended numerous times for his emotional engagement with his performances, as well as his enthusiasm in engaging audiences in informative discussions of the works he presents. Liam’s greatest musical passion is as a performer of chamber music; for which he regularly performs as a member of the Sunrise String Quartet and Pulse Chamber Orchestra.

Alex Raineri  

Described by Limelight Magazine as “a soloist of superb virtuosic skill and musicality”, Australian classical pianist Alex Raineri (b. 1993) is internationally active as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. International performances include tours throughout California, South-East Asia, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany and Austria.

Alex has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio NZ, California Capital Public Radio, ABC Classic FM and all of the Australian MBS Networks. As a concerto soloist he has featured with the Queensland, Tasmanian, Darwin and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Southern Cross Soloists, Orchestra Victoria, Four Winds Festival Orchestra, Bangalow Festival Orchestra and the Queensland Pops Orchestra.

Alex has been the recipient of a number of major awards including the Kerikeri International Piano Competition and Australian National Piano Award. Alex is the pianist with the Southern Cross Soloists and other notable chamber partnerships include; Andreas Ottensamer, eighth blackbird, ELISION, Sara Macliver, Natalie Clein, Greta Bradman, Li Wei Qin, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jack Liebeck, Kathryn Stott, Slava Grigoryan, Brett Dean and many others.

He is the artistic director of the annual Brisbane Music Festival and is a passionate exponent of contemporary music having given 129 world premieres and 89 Australian premiere performances to date. Discography includes; Transfiguration (2019), Inventions (2019), I’ll Walk Beside You – Teddy Tahu Rhodes & Southern Cross Soloists (2018 – ABC Classics) and braneworlds – Kupka’s Piano (2017).

About School of Music Virtual Concert Series

The School of Music is proud to present a series of world class live-streamed concerts and music based presentations from the Nickson Room on selected Fridays at 1-2pm AEST involving our performance and academic staff together with current and past UQ students and invited guest artists.

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