Masterclass with Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg

Friday 24 November 2017

Choral Assembly Hall

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers you the opportunity to attend a masterclass with acclaimed musicians Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg. You are invited to witness them working with talented students, workshopping techniques to perfect their craft in an ‘open lesson’ format.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music gratefully acknowledges the generous support of a private donor and Four Winds Concerts, Bermagui, producers of the Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg’s 2017 Australian Tour.

Dame Emma Kirkby feels lucky in many ways:  that she met renaissance vocal polyphony while still at school, that she studied Classics and sang with the Schola Cantorum at Oxford, and, best of all, that there she encountered  “historical” instruments known to Renaissance and Baroque composers, the lute, harpsichord, early piano, wind and string instruments, whose sound and human scale drew from her an instinctive response.  Beginning as a schoolteacher and amateur singer, she was soon invited to perform professionally with pioneer groups; and long partnerships followed in Britain and abroad, with ensembles, individual players, and record companies, so that now Emma’s voice and style are recognised worldwide. Emma was awarded a DBE in 2007, and in 2011 the Queen’s Medal for Music. Amazed by all this, she is nevertheless glad of the recognition it implies, for a way of music-making that values ensemble, clarity and stillness above volume and display; above all she is delighted to see a new generation of performers bringing their skills and enthusiasm to the endeavour, so that her chosen field is now peopled with young virtuosi, happy to play as soloists or in consort.

Jakob Lindberg, born in Djursholm in Sweden, was inspired first by the Beatles, then turned to classical guitar, studying at Stockholm University; later at the Royal College of Music in London he worked on lute repertoire with Diana Poulton, deciding finally to concentrate on renaissance and baroque music.

Working with BIS Jakob has made pioneering recordings, presenting a wide range of music on CD for the first time. He has brought Scottish lute music to public attention, demonstrated the beauty of the Italian repertoire for chitarrone and recorded chamber music by Vivaldi, Haydn and Boccherini on period instruments. He is the first lutenist to have recorded the complete solo lute music by John Dowland and his version of Bach’s music for solo lute is considered to be one of the most important readings of these works. Most recent are recitals of Weiss and of English Jacobean composers, on his newly restored lute, by Sixtus Rauwolf of Augsburg, c1595.

An active continuo player on theorbo and arch lute, Jakob is also much in demand as an accompanist; but it is particularly through live solo performance that he is known as one of the finest lutenists of today, with concerts all over the globe from Tokyo and Beijing in the East to San Francisco and Mexico City in the West. In addition to his performances, Jakob teaches at the Royal College of Music where he succeeded Diana Poulton as professor of lute, and in intensive courses worldwide.

ticket pricing
  • Free, bookings not required.