Percussionist Angus Wilson + pianist Alex Raineri bring together the familiar sounds of Gershwin alongside new sounds by three of Australia’s most vibrant compositional voices. Commissioned in 2020 for the 3rd Brisbane Music Festival, works by Jodie Rottle, Samantha Wolf and Hannah Reardon-Smith each in their own unique way comment on the strangeness that was the year 2020. Wilson + Raineri have performed together in some of the worlds top contemporary music festivals (including BIFEM, Bendigo and Darmstadt, Germany) and have given Australian premieres of duo works by John Luther-Adams, Xenakis, Birtwistle, Aperghis, and many others. 

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Angus Wilson is an in-demand freelance percussionist performing in a wide range of styles and genres with a focus on new music and collaboration. He is a founding member of ‘Kupkas Piano’; a Brisbane based contemporary music ensemble.

Angus has performed a significant amount of the contemporary canon of chamber music involving percussion, including Australian premieres of works by composers such as Steve Reich, Morton Feldman/Samuel Beckett, George Aperghis and Beat Furrer. He has premiered over 35 new Australian works. 

Angus has been a regular casual member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for 9 years and has also performed with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, eighth blackbird, Kroumata Percussion, The Whitlams, Hilltop Hoods and Horrow Show among many others. Some notable festival appearances include Brisbane Music Festival, Brisbane Festival, Bangalow Music festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music and the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music 2014/2016 in Germany. 

Angus currently holds percussion tutor positions at Loreto College, St Rita’s College and the Young Conservatorium, Griffith University. His former students can be found in schools across Brisbane inspiring the next generation of percussionists. 

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. He is the Artistic Director of the annual Brisbane Music Festival and is a passionate exponent of contemporary music having given over 130 World Premieres to date.

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, Twoset Violin, 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.

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 2021 Live from UQ

The School of Music is proud to present a series of virtual and in-person concerts involving our performance and academic staff together with current and past UQ students, ensembles in residence, and affiliate ensembles . If you would like to receive regular updates on School of Music events, consider signing up to our Friends of Music Newsletter.

We are excited to offer this - and all livestreamed concerts - to our entire community free of charge. However, we hope you will consider making a gift to the Friends of Music Scholarship Fund, which supports our student musicians.

In 2021 the Live from UQ series will seat a total of 60 live audience members and will be livestreamed through our YouTube and social media platforms. Audiences must register to attend concerts in-person. 

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