Episode 3: flautist Issie Brown and pianist Nicholas Khong

L-R: Flautist Issie Brown and pianist Nicholas Khong. Photo credit for Issie Brown: Daniel Spellman

Episode 3 of Season 1 of The Talent 2022 is here! Performing on the programme this week is flautist Issie Brown and pianist Nicholas Khong. You’ll hear them perform live to air a wonderful programme, and then receive immediate feedback on air from professional industry mentors.

Want to listen? Make sure to tune in every Tuesday night at 7pm to 103.5FM 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne. You can also stream the live broadcast at 3mbs.org.au or catch up later on our podcast! Just search for “The Talent 3MBS in your favourite podcast app and subscribe.

Scroll down to find out more about Issie and Nicholas, and more details about what they’ll be performing.


Flautist Issie Brown

Flautist Issie Brown.
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Passionate performer and educator, Issie Brown, was selected as soloist to play Ibert’s Flute Concerto with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra (2021). Issie has performed principal piccolo with the Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists (2015) and Melbourne Youth Orchestra (2017), and regularly played principal flute with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, including for for Beethoven’s Symphony no. 3 (2021) and Verdi’s Requiem (2019).

As a founding member of the Brisbane-based wind quintet, Delma Winds, Issie has performed extensively, including in Masterclasses with Diana Doherty (2021), and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Wind Quintet (2019). Delma Winds was also invited to play at the launch of the Queensland Ballet 2022 Season, and at the Kenilworth Arts Festival (2019).

After completing her AMusA, Issie was awarded the Leslie Barklamb Flute Award, which is offered to an AMusA flute candidate who demonstrates “exceptional performance skills”. She earned her
Bachelor of Music in Performance with Distinction at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, where her studies were guided by pre-eminent flautist, Virginia Taylor.

Issie is passionate about passing on her love of music, and has taught students across all ages and abilities. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, especially in French.

Issie will perform:

  • Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy for Flute
  • Ross Edwards: Nura (Mvt 2 and 3)

Pianist Nicholas Khong

Pianist Nicholas Khong.

Nicholas Khong is a Year 12 student, studying piano with maestro Mr. Glenn Riddle. At age 15, Nicholas was awarded the “Associate in Music, Australia” (AMusA) with Distinction (December 2020) and one year later, Nicholas attained his “Licentiate Diploma in Music”, Australia’ (LMusA) in December 2021. 

Nicholas won many prizes in piano competitions. Most recently, he won the 2021 Kault Piano Prize, awarded by the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association and 2nd Prize for the Ann and Chris Krans Music 2022 Award. In 2019, Nicholas won 1st Prize in the Bernstein National Piano Competition and various prizes in the Eisteddfod by the Bay, Nehama Patkin Memorial Award, 2020 Balwyn High School’s Music Scholarship, 2017 Waverley Music Eisteddfod, 2016 Melbourne International Music Competition, 2018 Best Haydn Performance, Music of The 19th Century, 2019 Best Mozart Performance, 2020 Best Debussy Performance in the Great Composers Competition. 

At the international front, Nicholas debuted at Carnegie Hall, NY in 2018 for the American Protégé Winners’ Recital. 

One of his favourite piano pieces is General Lavine, composed by fun and quirky Debussy. Music isn’t just a fun hobby, it was some sort of a refuge and ray of hope for him during stressful times. 

In addition to piano, he loves singing where he also won various prizes at Eisteddfods and Balwyn High School’s Music Scholarship. Nicholas also plays the violin and he is an active member of the school’s orchestra. 

He plans to continue his music studies into the tertiary levels with the hope to be able to “give back” his knowledge and skills to the younger generation. 

Nicholas will perform:

  • J.S. Bach: Prelude & Fugue in D Major BWV874
  • Fazil Say: Summertime Variations

Tune in to The Talent every Tuesday night at 7pm to 103.5FM 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne. You can also stream the live broadcast at 3mbs.org.au or catch up later on our podcast! Just search for “The Talent 3MBS in your favourite podcast app and subscribe.

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