Dawn Upshaw in Recital

Saturday 1 December 2018  |  7:30PM

‘An astonishing performance from Upshaw…Her selfless, soul-baring performance was a career landmark.’

Financial Times

‘Cislowska’s playing was impeccable. She was in turns immensely powerful and charmingly vulnerable.’

The Age

Five-time Grammy Award winner Dawn Upshaw is joined by Tamara-Anna Cislowska (piano) and Nicole Divall (viola) for one night only at UKARIA Cultural Centre.

Dawn Upshaw | soprano
Tamara-Anna Cislowksa | piano
Nicole Divall | viola


Stephen Foster: Beautiful Child of Song
Ethelbert Nevin: Mighty Lak’ a Rose
Haydn Wood: Roses of Picardy
Rebecca Clarke: Chanson
Charles Gounod: Evening Song
Charles Loeffler: Sérénade from Quatre Poèmes, Op. 5
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op.3 No.2
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Six Songs, Op. 38
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Spring Waters, Op. 14 No.11


Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Debussy: Trois Chansons de Bilitis
Johannes Brahms: Geistlisches Wiegenlied from Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano, Op.91
Julius Röntgen: Der Schlaf (from Lyrische Gänge)
Paul Hindemith: Gute Nacht (from Die Serenaden, Op.35)
Charles Ives: Down East
Charles Ives: Songs My Mother Taught Me
William Bolcom: Song of Black Max
George Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me

Broadcast Partner: ABC Classic FM


Dawn Upshaw

Joining a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music, Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” prize, and in 2008 she was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Dawn Upshaw is featured on more than 50 recordings, including the million-selling Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Gorécki for Nonesuch Records. Her most recent Grammy was the 2014 Best Classical Vocal Solo Grammy for Maria Schneider's Winter Morning Walks on the ArtistShare Label.

Ms. Upshaw holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale, the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, Allegheny College, and Illinois Wesleyan University. She began her career as a 1984 winner of the Young Concert Artists Auditions and the 1985 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Young Artists Development Program.

Tamara-Anna Cislowska


Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s foremost and recognised pianists, performing in Australia and internationally to critical and public acclaim. Winning international prizes in London, Italy and Greece such as the Rovere d’Oro, and touring Japan and the USA as cultural ambassador for Australia, Tamara’s accolades also include ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship, an Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and the 2015 ARIA for 'Best Classical Album'. A regular broadcaster for ABC Classic FM, she presents ‘Duet’, with international and Australian soloists.

An acclaimed recording artist with five ARIA No.1 albums, most recently Into Silence recorded with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Unsent Love Letters: Meditations on Erik Satie, available on Deutsche Grammophon outside Australia. Tamara also edits for Boosey & Hawkes (Berlin).

Nicole Divall

A graduate of the Canberra School of Music, Nicole Divall left Australia in 1992 to begin graduate studies at the University of North Texas before entering the Emerson String Quartet Graduate Program in Hartford, Connecticut for two years as a member of the Canberra String Quartet. Following completion of that program, she received her Masters from the University of Michigan.

A prizewinner in the 1997 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, she has performed at numerous festivals in the US. An experienced Chamber musician, Nikki has appeared as guest violist with the St Petersburg String Quartet, the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, the American String Quartet and has performed Mendelssohn’s Octet with the Emerson Quartet.

Nikki has held the position of Principal Viola with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Cleveland-San Jose Ballet, the Cleveland Opera, and Cleveland’s baroque ensemble Apollo’s Fire. She has appeared as Guest Principal with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and joined members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for the premiere of their ensemble series in 2004. Nikki has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony on frequent occasions and her performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with Apollo’s Fire can be heard on the Electra label.

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