Sarah Chen, a student of Dr Mark McGee, is a 15 year old studying Year 12 at Tintern Grammar School who is both passionate about and talented at playing classical music for both piano and violin.
Kelsy De Prada is an emerging flute and piccolo player based in Melbourne. Aiming to inspire the next generation of musicians and audiences, her performances are characterised by a focus on beautiful sound and lyrical melodies.
Our second performer on The Talent tonight is pianist Ray Liang.
Our first performer for Episode 6 of The Talent next week is percussionist Therese Ng!
Ukrainian-Australian violinist Markiyan Melnychenko has been described as “an artist of patrician sensibility, spectacular technique”, and “possessing an extraordinary combination of bravura, brains and elegance”. He is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue.
Dorothy began playing and performing at the piano at a young age and her enthusiasm for music has only increased. Born in Melbourne, she attended school there and began learning from Dr Mark McGee.
Chelsea started playing the violin at 5 years old. Since then, she has participated in a range of competitions including the South Eastern Music Festival where she won first prize, the Glenn Waverley, Manningham and Boroondara Eisteddfods.
Our guest mentor on The Talent tonight is renowned mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell.
16 year old Ben Fu was born in China, beginning piano studies at the age of 7. He is now a Year 10 student of Patterson River Secondary College.
Australian high tenor Dr Leighton Triplow specialises in the performance and study of early music, particularly that of the English Baroque. He completed a PhD in his mid-20s at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Dr Erin Helyard, Dr David R. M. Irving, and Liane Keegan with a thesis and performance folio exploring constructs of gender performativity and character realisation in the secular songs of English Restoration composer Henry Purcell (1659–1695).