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13 September 2017

Freedman Classical Fellowship to Matthew Kneale

Matthew Kneale Image: Matthew Kneale  

Melbourne bassoonist Matthew Kneale has been selected as the winner of the $20,000 Freedman Classical Fellowship after his performance at the final Freedman Fellowship concert at the ABC's Eugene Goossens Hall in Sydney on Saturday 9 September. The other two finalists were flautist Tamara Kohler and pianist Alex Raineri.

'Our winner, Matthew Kneale, is a passionate advocate of repertoire for the bassoon and has an extraordinary rapport with audiences. We were especially captivated by Matthew's complete immersion in music-making - it's as if his whole being is one with his instrument and every note of the music he is performing', commented the judges.

Matthew Kneale is a multi-dimensional performer who is passionate about bringing the bassoon out from its background role in orchestras and ensembles, and claiming its status instead as a solo instrument. Important in his strategy is the commissioning of major new works for bassoon from Australian composers.

A graduate of the Australian National Academy of Music, Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts, Matthew maintains an active career performing chamber and orchestral music in Australia and Asia. As bassoonist of Arcadia Winds and Ensemble Francaix, he has emerged as one of the leading musicians of his generation, taking both of his groups on tours around China and Japan in 2017.

With his prize money, Matthew plans to undertake an international concert tour, with repertoire including a new work for bassoon and string quartet by Holly Harrison, and Katy Abbott's solo bassoon work MultiSonics.

The Freedman Fellowships in classical music and jazz are managed by the Music Trust. The Freedman Classical Fellowship is funded by the Freedman Foundation, which assists talented young Australians in the arts and supports important medical and scientific research. The Freedman Classical and Jazz Fellowships are administered by the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA).

> More information about the Freedman Fellowships (Music Trust)


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