Adam Chalabi and Anna Grinberg present the world premiere public performance of a recently commissioned violin sonata by renowned Australian composer Paul Stanhope.

Adam and Anna will curate a brief journey through the history of the piano and violin sonata, charting the evolution of this hugely evocative musical form that has produced countless masterworks across centuries of composition to the present day.

They are joined by Paul Stanhope who will discuss the background of the sonata and provide insight into the working processes between composer and performer with specific reference to extracts from the piece. The presentation will conclude with the premiere performance of the complete three movement work.


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Associate Professor Adam Chalabi
Adam Chalabi

Adam Chalabi holds the position of Associate Professor at the School of Music at the University of Queensland. He is first violinist of the internationally renowned Tinalley String Quartet and held the position of Concertmaster of Orchestra Victoria from 2009-2014 before assuming the Artistic Directorship of the company from 2013-2014. He has appeared as guest concertmaster with major Australian orchestras including the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and previously held the position of Head of Strings at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Born in 1977 Adam Chalabi began his violin studies at the age of 4 with the Suzuki Method. His early teachers were Alison Apley and Felicity Lipman. He subsequently attended the junior department of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Purcell School of Music before completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the tutelage of
Maciej Rakowski.

In 2001 Adam won a position in the Zürich Chamber Orchestra 1st violin group and in 2004 was appointed to Principal 2nd violin. In Switzerland he also worked as Principal 2nd violin in Camerata Bern and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and more recently as Guest Concertmaster of Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg in Austria and Suedwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim in Germany.

Adam has appeared as soloist with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra playing Barber Violin Concerto and the Zürich Chamber Orchestra in performances of Bach, Vivaldi and Schnittke Concerti. He has given performances of Nielsen Violin Concerto in England and Sweden and the rarely performed Alban Berg Chamber Concerto. He has recorded numerous acclaimed CDs for the Decca, ABC Classics and Capriccio labels with Tinalley String Quartet, UQ Chamber Players and Linos Ensemble.

Adam plays on an 1805 Joseph Panormo violin. He is also very grateful to have been supported by the Countess of Munster, Ian Fleming and Lawrence Atwell Charitable Foundations.

Dr Anna Grinberg is Piano Performance Fellow and Lecturer at the School of Music, University of Queensland. She has an international profile as a pianist, teacher, and academic, and collaborates widely with orchestras, composers and other performers.

Anna Grinberg

Anna’s engagements have included solo and chamber music performances at prestigious venues in the United States, including Royce Hall in Los Angeles and New York's Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in Europe, Israel and China. She has performed as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Paul Mellon Chamber Orchestra.

She performs as a member of the Viney-Grinberg Duo, ensemble-in-residence at the University of Queensland, exploring both existing and new repertoire. Through the duo she has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works for piano duo from composers in Australia and the United States, with funding from sources such as the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Fromm Foundation, Harvard. This work has been featured on three compact disc releases by ABC Classics and Tall Poppies, and has been nominated for an Australian Music Centre/APRA Award for Excellence.

After completing postgraduate studies at Yale University (with Boris Berman) and SUNY Stony Brook (with Gil Kalish), Anna served on the piano faculties of Chapman University and California Institute of the Arts prior to her current position at the University of Queensland.

In 2020 Dr Grinberg released a recording on Naxos that consisted of commissioned new works for two pianos.


About 2022 Live at UQ Concert Series

The University of Queensland, School of Music is proud to present our Concert Series for 2022. In reflecting the School's role in the broader South-East Queensland community, we have designed a diverse and exciting program. With established international and national artists performing, as well as our own emerging student artists, this year is set to be a vibrant, creative, and energetic time at the UQ School of Music. We look forward to connecting with you, as you explore this concert series, listen to our streamed and recorded concerts, and visit us at the St Lucia campus or browse through our website


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