In this video: Melbourne Art Song Collective (MASC) presents a concert that celebrates the songs of Claude Debussy. MASC has also commissioned new songs from four Australian composers in response to Debussy’s piano preludes.

The texts are taken from the work of Cassie Lewis’s recently published collection, ‘The Blue Decodes.’ Cassie is a Melbourne-born poet, currently resident in New York. The four composers whose new work will be featured are Matan Franco, Lisa Illean, Jack Symonds and Charlie Sdraulig. This concert was recorded in the Primrose Potter Salon at Melbourne Recital Centre in March 2018.

About Eidit Golder: Eidit Golder is a highly respected solo pianist and chamber musician. She received her musical education at the exclusive Talma Yalin School For The Performing Arts in Israel and the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1999, Eidit received first place at the Australian National Piano Award. She has made a number of professional broadcasts and recordings for the ABC, and has played at the Melbourne International, Port Fairy, Woodend and Castlemaine Festivals. Eidit completed her Masters at Melbourne University under Professor Stephen McIntyre, and is a laureate of the Advanced Performance Program, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Between 2005 and 2010 she was the pianist with Freshwater Trio, with whom she made numerous festival and concert appearances, including performances at the 2010 Vancouver International Music Festival. Eidit is currently Artistic Director of the Melbourne Art Song Collective (MASC), in addition to teaching at Scotch College and Sacre Coeur.

About Lotte Betts-Dean: Australian mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean’s performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song recital/chamber music, early music and non-classical collaborations. She has been based in London since 2014 and works internationally, most often in the UK and Australia. Lotte is Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia and is a member of London-based contemporary music group Ensemble x.y. She is also a City Music Foundation Artist for 2017-2019. Lotte is a regular collaborator with guitarist Andrey Lebedev with whom she has performed throughout the UK and recently presented a sold out Australian recital tour. This year, Lotte is one of the inaugural art song bursars with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust.

About Jack Symonds: Jack Symonds is a composer, conductor and accompanist, and Artistic Director of Sydney Chamber Opera. He studied composition at the Royal College of Music, London under Kenneth Hesketh and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he received the University Medal. Trained also as a pianist and trombonist, he continues to work regularly as an accompanist and pianist, giving the premiere of many new works as well as frequently conducting his own and others’ music, including Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (2017), Owen Wingrave (2013- Australian premiere) & The Turn of the Screw (2010), Dusapin’s Passion O Mensch! (2016 Sydney Festival- Australian premieres), Romitelli’s An Index of Metals with Ensemble Offspring (2015), Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill & Kurtág’s … pas à pas- nulle part… (2014 Sydney Festival), and many more. Click here to read more.

Teacher and Student Resources: Discover four songs written by four different composers for the same project. Explore the different compositional styles of composers Matan Franco, Lisa Illean, Jack Symonds, and Adam Yee, in intriguing songs for voice and piano.  Click here to download the Listen Up activities.

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