ARTIST PROFILES - a weekend of concerts


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Louise Devenish: Music for Percussion & Electronics - Sun 20 May, 5pm @ Z Ward, Glenside

SUN 20 MAY, 2.30P

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Davide Monti is a violinist who combines his infectious energy with an exceptional talent of being a completely natural performer. A much sought-after director, soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician, his playing has been described as “phenomenal”, a “top solo violinist” with “incredible freshness” where “all appears extraordinarily spontaneous and organic”. His prize-winning recordings include his version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons which has been reviewed as “definitely one of the best versions of the decade”. After the degrees from the Conservatories of Parma and Verona, Davide’s playing has evolved and developed thanks to his ongoing research on historical practices, and many collaborations with great musicians of our time, each noteworthy for their own individual approach to music, inluding Ton Koopman, Michael Radulescu, Gabriel Garrido, Alberto Rasi, Stefano Veggetti and Susie Napper, Stanley Richie, Emma Kirkby, Roberta Invernizzi and Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

Davide is known for his passion and charisma, and for creating a special sound.  He was guest director and soloist with Tafelmusik Toronto in 2014. Due of the depth of research and syntony achieved, he is also noted for his work with small chamber groups including Ensemble il Falcone, Accademia Strumentale Italiana, and Arparla with his wife, harpist Maria Christina Cleary.

Davide focuses on the art of improvising, where the experience of extemporaneous communication parallels other art-forms such as jazz, theatre, traditional music, dance and fencing. He considers the score to be a canvas in which each performance and interpretation is different and vital. Davide regularly gives master-classes in Conservatories and Universities throughout the world, always emphasising the role of improvisation in historical informed practices. . In 2015 he founded The International School of Improvisation which dynamically embraces a multidisciplinary approach. Davide likes to speak with his violin, a Guadagnini dated 1766. 


Louise Devenish is an accomplished musician whose artistic practice lies at the nexus of performance, research and education. Key projects include APRA AMC award-winning solo series Music for One Percussionist, co-directing The Sound Collectors duo, percussing for Australia’s leading percussion group Speak Percussion (Vic) and acclaimed electroacoustic sextet Decibel (WA). 

She regularly performs throughout Australasia, Europe, North America and the UK; highlights include performances at the Nagoya and Shanghai World Expos, Ojai Music Festival, Tage für Neue Musik, The Barbican’s Sound Unbound and Tongyeong International Music Festival. 

A passionate advocate of new and Australian music, Louise has commissioned over 50 works for percussion and premiered countless others. Her solo album music for percussion and electronics was released on the Tall Poppies label in 2017. 

A 2018 Churchill Fellow, Louise’s research is published widely, including a special issue of Contemporary Music Review titled Moving Forward: Percussion Explorations in twenty-first-century Australia and a forthcoming book on Australian percussion history for Routledge’s Research in Music series. Louise is Head of Percussion at the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music. The percussion program is designed to produce exceptional performers who are also articulate, thinking musicians. She also teaches courses in world music, aural, performance practice and artistic research for undergraduate, honours and HDR students. Louise won the 2016 UWA Teaching Excellence (Early Career) Award for her teaching and course development.

More information can be found at Louise Devenish's website


At 34, Joseph Tawadros is established as one of the world’s leading oud performers and composers. A virtuoso of diversity and sensitivity, Joseph performs in concert halls worldwide and is known for his brilliant technique, deep musicianship and joyous style of performance. His drive to push musical boundaries has led to many collaborations with significant performers and a solid repertoire of innovative, original music. He has recorded 14 albums and has received 12 nominations and achieved four ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards. Joseph’s 2018 album, released in April, is The Bluebird, The Mystic and The Fool.

Born in Cairo, and a  resident of Sydney since he was 3 years old, Joseph was nominated for Young Australian of the Year in 2014, received the NSW Premier’s medal for Arts and Culture in the same year and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (AM) for his services to music and composition in 2016. Joseph is acknowledged for expanding the oud’s notoriety in mainstream western culture and has also been recognised in the Arab world on panels and oud festivals.

He has toured extensively in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East, and has collaborated with celebrated artists. He has performed and recorded with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of Ancient Music in London, making him the first and only Australian composer whose music has been performed by this prestigious orchestra. He has regularly performed with the Sydney, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony orchestras.

Joseph is currently based in London, UK but travels often to perform including Australian tours each year.  In 2018 Joseph performs in Australia and Japan with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and his own band then returns to London for a solo oud recital for the BBC Proms. Joseph is the first world music artist to present a solo concert of original contemporary music for the Proms.

David Monti performs with Adelaide Baroque Orchestra at Elder Hall on Sat 19 May, 2.30pm

Soundstream with Tura New Music and the National Trust of SA presents LOUISE DEVENISH: MUSIC FOR PERCUSSION AND ELECTRONICS as part of South Australia's History Festival, on Sun 20 May at 5pm at Z Ward. Features works by Australian composers Andrián Pertout, Stuart James, Cat Hope and Kate Moore.  

The Joseph Tawadros Quartet is presented by Recitals Australia on Sunday 20 May, 2.30pm
at Elder Hall.