About Us

'Fragments' is an international collaboration of leading Australian and Hungarian artists with a focus on showcasing the chamber music of the most influential Hungarian composers of the 20th and 21st century - Bartók, Ligeti, Kodály, and Kurtág. Performances combine soprano, violin, cello, and piano to showcase virtuosic works, Australian premieres, and new cutting-edge visual techniques designed to enhance the musical experience and accessibility to this rarely heard music. 

JUDIT MOLNAR
 

Judit was born in Miskolc, Hungary and graduated from the world famous Liszt Academy of Music in 2008. She performs at solo and chamber concerts, festivals, oratories and operas in Hungary and across Europe- Italy, Austria, Germany, Czech, Poland, Slovakia and UK- as well as in her adopted country Australia. During her time of study, she won several prizes for her singing, she made her operatic debut in the role of Adina in L'elisir d'amore. Judit sang the role of Musetta (La Boheme), Lola (Cavallerie rusticana), Fáni ( Az igazmondó juhász), Spirit and First Witch (Dido and Aeneas), and Serpina (La serva padrona). On the concert stage Judit has performed as soloist with the North-Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Interoperett, Lehar Festival Bad Ischl, Queensland Pop's Orchestra, Vienna Pop's Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in diverse repertoire ranging from Handel's oratorios to spectacular New Year's Eve Galas. In addition to her onstage roles, Judit has recorded two albums, a Christmas special O holy night and My beautiful homeland featuring popular Hungarian songs and arias by Kodály, Erkel, Lehár and Strauss. She is also an active chamber musician: in addition of being a founding member of the 'Arioso Chamber Ensemble' she is the soprano soloist of the 'Artico Ensemble' and the artistic director of “Fragments”. Based in Brisbane, since 2012. Judit was granted a most prestigious Distinguished Talent Visa by the Australian Government as an internationally recognised artist with exceptional and outstanding contributions to the arts. Aside from her singing engagements Judit has taught at the Miskolc University Bartók Béla Music Institute as a Lecture of Voice whilst living in Hungary. Judit is currently enrolled in doctoral studies at Griffith University focusing on the vocal chamber music of György Kurtág.

BRIELEY CUTTING
 

Australian pianist Brieley Cutting is an experienced piano teacher, director of concert events, and concert pianist who now primarily specialises in chamber music performance. Her career to date has shown her commitment to supporting Australian musicians, music-making in her local area, and the integration of classical music performance into contemporary society. Brieley has been a recipient of numerous awards, including those from the Australian Music Foundation, Tait Memorial Trust, and Griffith University, and many prestigious scholarships, such as an Australian Postgraduate Award, Churchill Fellowship and a David Paul Landa Scholarship. As well, her innovative chamber music concert series in Brisbane, DeClassified Music, has been recognised with a Creative Sparks Award from the Brisbane City Council, and she has been a piano competition prize-winner, including second placing in the Kerikeri Piano Competition in New Zealand (2010) and keyboard winner in the Symphony Australia ABC Young Performers Awards (2006). As a concerto soloist Brieley has performed with orchestras such as the Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, and critical appraisal has lauded her playing for its “myriad of different colours” (Auckland Scoop, New Zealand) and “technical expertise” (The Age, Melbourne). In 2017 Brieley was awarded a Doctorate in Music Arts from Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium, and she is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and alumnus of the Australian National Academy of Music. 

GUEST ARTISTS

Graeme Jennings - violin

Monika Koerner - flute

Nathan Smith - cello

Rianne Wilshcut - clarinet

Istvan Horkay- 2D visual art

 

Stephen Danzig - 3D visual art

Graeme Jennings 

Graeme Jennings is an Australian violinist and violist and a former member of the legendary Arditti String quartet (1994–2005). He has toured widely throughout the world, made more than 80 CDs, given over 300 premieres and received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Siemens Prize (1999) and two Gramophone awards.

Active as a soloist, chamber musician, ensemble leader and conductor, his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez and beyond. He has worked with and been complimented upon his interpretations by the leading composers of our time. Graeme is a member of Australia's internationally acclaimed new music ensemble ELISION, as well as the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Lunaire Collective and the Kurilpa String Quartet. In 2009 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Violin and Viola at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. In 2012, he was appointed violin lecturer at the Darmstadt Summer Courses held biennially in Germany.

 

Monika Koerner

Critically acclaimed by The Age as 'a player of insight, proficiency and personality', Austrian flutist Monika Koerner has established herself in Brisbane as a sought-after chamber musician, soloist and orchestra musician since moving here in 2014.

She appears regularly as principal flute with Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. 

The 2018 season has seen her as guest artist with Ensemble Q, performances with Neil Finn and Eskimo Joe and in 2017 she was guest artist with Southern Cross Soloists and QSO Chamber Players. 

Monika was born in Salzburg and holds a MA degree from the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna having studied with Prof. Wolfgang Schulz. She undertook further studies with Auréle Nicolet, Peter-Lukas Graf and a series of private lessons with Emily Beynon.

In Vienna she has performed with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Tonkünstlerorchester,  Mozart Orchester Wien, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and in Australia the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra. 

Festival credits include Wien Modern, Carinthischer Sommer, Allegro Vivo, Brisbane Baroque Festival, Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane Festival.

Monika is founder of Brisbane based chamber group Ensemble Trivium.

Nathan Smith

After completing his musical studies at the Conservatoire Regional de Marseille and Conservatoire  Regional de Paris, France, Nathan has enjoyed a diverse musical career. Nathan has worked in conjunction with a number of leading composers in Europe for the commissioning of new pieces, as well as working with early music ensembles specialising in the music of the Baroque era. Limelight magazine has described him as "golden-toned".

Nathan was for a number of years, the cello solo in L'Ensemble C Barré, a contemporary music ensemble based in France, and since his return to Brisbane in 2013, Nathan has established himself as a sought-after chamber musician and educator. Nathan has performed as soloist on a number of occasions with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, in which he is an artistic associate, and plays regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. 

Rianne Wilschut

was born in Heerenveen, Holland, and began her clarinet studies at the Conservatorium of Music in Zwolle. In 1994 Rianne moved to Rotterdam to obtain a postgraduate degree in Music Performance with Flemish clarinettist Walter Boeykens followed by a higher Diploma in Chamber Music. During her career, Rianne has won numerous awards and competitions including “The Young Soloist Competition” in Rotterdam. Since her arrival in Australia she has been in demand as a freelance player, working with The Queensland Orchestra, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (including its recent European Tour), Orchestra Victoria, Chamber Made Opera, contemporary music ensemble “Libra” and Operalive. She has contributed to numerous CD recordings and features on several scores of Australian produced films. Rianne is an active chamber musician: she is afounding member of Artico as well as Ensemble Entourage (currently enlisted by Musica Viva for their In Schools program), and of The Lunaire Collective, Ensemble in Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She is undertaking Doctoral Research through Griffith University where she lectures in clarinet and directs the Conservatorium Clarinet choir, and maintains an active private teaching studio.

Istvan Horkay

After graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Budapest, he was invited to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, where he received his Master of Fine Arts. He continued his Studies at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, and did additional Post graduate work at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. Horkay studied under the Internationally known Artist and Theatre Director Tadeusz Kantor as well as Professors M. Wejman, J. Nowosielski, and Palle Nielsen. He received Diplomas in Graphic Arts, Painting, and Film Animation. Istvan Horkay, freelance graphic artist, poster designer, animator and filmmaker has a great significance in Hungarian cultural life and his international fame as a designer is also well-known. He works in an extremely conscious way, for him, to be up-to-date and to be modern mean the constant analysis and courageous innovations of the thematic and formal elements, and also the consequent avoidance of the usage of common places.

The works of Istvan Horkay were appreciated by several of the most relevant issues of Graphic Design and he was invited to participate in important international exhibitions such as the 2005 New Media Installations at QUT Art Museum, Brisbane 2012 The Little Mermaid,  ANU Art Gallery in Canberra with Peter Greenaway. Istvan Horkay is an active member of the Hungarian Poster Association. www.horkay.com

 

Stephen Danzig

Steve Danzig is an Australian artist working in digital media. He is the founder and Executive Director for the International Digital Art Awards (IDAA); 2004 Garnts Assessor National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA); Founder Australian Digital Art Association, Board Member Digital Academy University of North Carolina Pembroke, Member Academy for Electronic Arts-New Delhi, India; Juror, Museum of Computer Art-NYC, USA, Juror International Symbolist Exhibition USA and Member for the International Association For Computer Graphics, Russia,. Steve lectures and exhibits internationally. His art is featured in both hard copy publication and on many leading international CG web-galleries. More than 32,000 references to his work can be found on the Internet. His IDA website supports more than 75,000 members - attracting more than 9 million people each year. Steve works collaboratively with many prominent artists, including Laurence Gartel, US artist/photographer and early digital art pioneer. Projects include a series of digital movies and music videos as well as preparing a Gartel retrospective and emerging artist's exhibition. www.stephendanzig.com

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