Episode 4: boy soprano Anderson Mokyiu and pianist Warren Kusuma

L-R: Boy soprano Anderson Mokyiu and pianist Warren Kusuma. Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

This week’s episode will feature performances from boy soprano Anderson Mokyiu and pianist Warren Kusuma. Their programmes will feature works from composers including Mozart and Mahler, Beethoven and Kats-Chernin. Continue reading to learn more about Anderson and Warren.

Boy soprano Anderson Mokyiu

Boy soprano Anderson Mokyiu
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Anderson Mokyiu is a talented and charismatic 13-year-old boy soprano from Melbourne. He has been singing since the age of 6 years old and is currently under the tutelage of Susan Breen-Clarke. Anderson is also proficient in playing the Double Bass and Classical Guitar.

Anderson’s love for singing blossomed when he started singing treble in various choir groups. At the age of 9, Anderson was awarded a scholarship to sing in the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir directed by Dr Daryl Barclay. At the age of 11, he was appointed as Head Chorister by the Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral the Very Reverend Werner Utri and the Director of Music, Dr Philip Matthias.

During the Covid lockdown period, Anderson recorded vocals for a leading Australian music education company, Take Note Music. The 2020 Take Note digital music education material is being circulated in primary schools within Australia during the remote learning period. Many children and teachers have benefited from this resource, which has allowed for the continuation of music education online. 

In 2022, Anderson has received several vocal awards in local and National competitions, including first prize in the Monash Youth Music Festival under 14 Vocal Section, as well as the best diction and understanding of the German language award in the 40th National Liederfest Secondary School Section.

Apart from singing, Anderson is also fully involved in the school’s music and drama department at St Kevin’s College. In Year 6, he was the Junior School Music Captain and joined St. Kevin’s College Symphony Orchestra playing the Double Bass. In thefollowing years, he was accepted to be part of the Senior Guitar ensemble and was the first Year 7 Double Bass student in college history to join the College Big Band 1. Anderson’s musical talents also extend to acting as he played the principal role of MrToad in St. Kevin’s College Year 7 Play, Mr Toad’s Mad Adventures. His passion for music and performing has led him to excel in various musical roles both in and out of school. 

Outside of school life, Anderson is an active member of the Melbourne String Ensemble and Children’s Chorus of Opera Australia and Victorian Opera. He made his debut with Victorian Opera in December 2022, playing the role of Tiny Tim and Children Scrooge in the world’s premier season of A Christmas Carol at the Palais Theatre by Composer Graeme Koehne and writer Anna Goldsworthy.

Anderson will perform:

  • A.Caldara: Sebben, crudele
  • W.A.Mozart: Komm, Liebe Zither 
  • C.Franck: Panis Angelicus
  • G.Mahler: Fruhlingsmorgen
  • R.Heagney: Poppies

With associate artist Isaac Mouskovias.

Pianist Warren Kusuma

Pianist Warren Kusuma
Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Warren is a 15 year old pianist living in Melbourne.  He has been playing the piano since he was six years old and his current teacher is Yii Ying.  Warren is currently studying for his AMus diploma at the same time as undertaking VCE Music Performance at John Monash Science School and hopes to continue his musical studies into the future at a tertiary level.  He is looking forward to appearing on The Talent as it will allow him to practice performing and receive feedback on some of his VCE repertoire.  Outside of music, Warren enjoys studying science, going to the gym, and playing basketball.

Warren will perform:

  • E.Kats-Chernin: Butterflying
  • L.V.Beethoven: Sonatina in Eb Major no.1 Allegro Cantabile
  • F.Liszt: Sonetto 104 del petrarca

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