Episode 2 Guest Mentor: saxophonist Joseph Lallo

Joseph Lallo is a Saxophone Lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and performs internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. He is the Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Saxophone Festival, and a member of the chamber music ensembles ‘Collide’, with cellist Yelian He and pianist Yasmin Rowe, and ‘Duo Obax’, with oboist Briana Leaman. Passionate about performing new Australian music, Joseph has premiered over 30 works for saxophone, and in 2021 recorded for ABC Classics. 

Episode 2: pianist Ben Fu

16-year-old Ben Fu was born in China, and began his piano studies at the age of 7. Ben has won several first prizes since 2019 after coming to Australia, mostly recently being the first prize of 2020 Boroondara Eisteddfod piano concerto competition.

Episode 9: cellist Jun Gardiner

Jun began learning the cello with Suzuki music teacher Takao Mizushima in Sydney at the age of 5. He relocated back to Melbourne in 2016 and completed his Suzuki study under Shoreh Phillips and currently studies under Michael Dahlenburg, cellist in the Australian String Quartet.

Episode 4: Tenor Leighton Triplow

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).