About The Music
Joining with virtuosic performers from one of the country’s foremost musical institutions [The Australian National Academy of Music], French Conductor/Clarinetist Paul Meyer and Principal Cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra Timo-Veikko Valve, Omega Ensemble expands to present symphonic chamber repertoire in our most comprehensive collaboration to date.
Timo-Veikko “Tipi” Valve is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, performing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader on both modern and period instruments. Tipi has performed as a soloist with all major orchestras in Finland and as a chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. His instrument is attributed to both Giuseppe Guarneri (filius Andreæ) and Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri (del Gesù) from 1729.
Internationally recognised for his wide repertoire and an interest in modern works for clarinet, Paul Meyer began studying clarinet as a child and made his solo debut with the Symphony Orchestra of the Rhine at the age of 13. Subsequent to further studies, he came to the attention of the venerable clarinetist Benny Goodman, resulting in an influential and important musical friendship. Meyer has since gone on to an illustrious career as a performer and conductor.
In this concert Omega will perform some of the most technically demanding and most beautiful chamber works in the repertoire, including the wonderfully lyrical Siegfried Idyll composed by Wagner as a birthday present to his second wife Cosima and one of the great works of the late 20th century, the highly complex Chamber Symphony by John Adams.