Duo Trystero (tenor Robert Macfarlane and guitarist Alex Tsiboulski) perform in Canberra for the first time with a program of music by Hans Werner Henze, Benjamin Britten, Alexander Goehr and Gottfried von Einem on Thursday, 17 May 2012. The concert will be held at Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, ACT beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets at the door; $30/$20. Enquiries 0403 640 669. Website www.myspace.com/duotrystero
Both musicians with impressive credentials, Macfarlane and Tsiboulski came together in Adelaide in 2009 to form an independent series where, unconstrained by external considerations, they could develop performances of challenging contemporary works. Now in its third year, the duo’s repertoire has broadened to include music from Monteverdi to Britten and Henze, and has gained a devoted following and unanimous critical acclaim.
Guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski is winner of seven international competitions, including the 2000 Australian Guitar Competition and the 2006 Tokyo International Guitar Competition. His solo Naxos release Australian Guitar Music was nominated for ‘Best Classical Album’ at the 2010 ARIA awards.
Tenor Robert Macfarlane is rapidly developing a nationwide following for his exceptional oratorio and lieder performances. In a recent Australian review, Chris Boyd wrote, “Robert Macfarlane as the Evangelist has the heroic tenor, agile and youthful, one would kill to hear in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth. His singing was a delight.” He was winner of the 3rd Annual Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria competition for oratorio singing, and has presented Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise, Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Britten’s Michelangelo Sonnets, Fauré’s La Bonne Chanson and Poulenc’s Tel Jour Telle Nuit in Australia and abroad to critical acclaim. He has also performed principal operatic roles with State Opera of South Australia, Pinchgut Opera (Sydney), Co-Opera and Lyric Opera of Melbourne.
“Bold programming and consummate artistry in the persons of tenor Robert Macfarlane and guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski combined in a superb concert for voice and guitar.” Peter Burdon, The Advertiser (Adelaide)