Streeton Trio members
Meet the musicians who form the Streeton Trio.
Bernadette Harvey’s career as a pianist commenced early when she won her first medal in the Sydney Eisteddfod at the age of two and a half. She went on to win the ABC ‘Young Performer of the Year’ and performed in recitals and as a soloist with all the Australian Symphony Orchestras, presenting eight different piano concertos. In 2000, Bernadette was awarded a Centenary Medal by the then Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, for her contributions to Australian Music. She also received the Australian Music Centre’s award for the Promotion of Australian Music as well as the Best Performance of an Australian Composition in 2001 as part of Australian Virtuosi.
Ms Harvey has recently completed a national tour for Musica Viva with internationally renowned Chinese cellist, Jian Wang which included solo piano works by Carl Vine and Kevin Puts. These concerts were broadcast for ABC Classic FM. In 2009 and 2011 Bernadette was a guest artist at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival in Tucson, Arizona. There she worked with such artists as Ani Kavafian, Joseph Lin, Antonio Lysy, Paul Coletti and Alan Vogel. In March, 2012 she presented the world premiere of a piano quintet by Pierre Jalbert, and performed with the Tokyo Quartet. Carl Vine’s Piano Quintet, Fantasia, was premiered in 2013 with the Shanghai Quartet in Tucson and again in Australia for the Melbourne Festival in October 2013. She and the Shanghai Quartet presented the Australian premiere of the Bright Sheng Piano Quintet, Dance Capriccio. Bernadette also performed with American clarinetist, David Schifrin at his Phoenix Chamber Music Festival in 2012. Bernadette performs regularly for Musica Viva Australia, her most recent appearances being on a national tour with Chinese cellist, Jian Wang and at the 2014 Huntington Festival.
Bernadette maintains her work as a soloist, recently performing with the Auckland Philharmonic (Rachmaninov Paganini Variations, October 2013). She has had several new works written for her, including the Piano Concerto, Rubia by Melbourne composer Tim Dargaville which she premiered in Melbourne in 2003 with the Academy of Melbourne Orchestra. Through assistance form the Australia Council for the Arts and the Freshwater Festival of Chamber Music, Bernadette has commissioned five new solo piano sonatas by Australian composers, Matthew Hindson, Melody Eötvös, Jane Stanley, Aristea Mélos and Tim Dargaville. Acclaimed Australian composer, Ross Edwards, composed a new solo piano sonata for Bernadette in 2011 and together with his Night Songs and Mantras, Carl Vine’s Piano Sonata 1 and Anne Landa Preludes, has just completed its world premiere recording for release in 2015 under the Tall Poppies label. Her recent solo performance in Perth elicited the following critique: “Gifted with a rare physical control of the instrument and intellectual and interpretative qualities to match…dispatched with a Horowitz-like virtuosity…blisteringly virtuosic…It drew me to the edge of my seat.” (Neville Cohn, West Australian).
Bernadette is a core member of the Sydney Soloists (consisting of the principal wind and string players from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra) and is enjoying a busy schedule as a duo performer, working with Diana Doherty, Sara Macliver, Claire Edwardes and Natsuko Yoshimoto. Bernadette frequently appears on Sunday Live, most recently with Claire Edwardes in June 2013 and Zoltan Szabo, 2012 and has enjoyed collaborations with Michael Kieran Harvey (Australian Virtuosi), the New Zealand String Quartet, Emily Beynon and many others. Bernadette performed to critical acclaim at the 2008 Huntington Festival both as a soloist - performing Alternating Current by American composer Kevin Puts - and as collaborator, most notably with international cellist Jian Wang performing the Brahms cello sonatas. Other regular festival appearances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Castlemaine Festival, Victoria, the TURA Festival, Perth, Four Winds and Aurora, amongst others.
In 2009 Bernadette performed Stockhausen’s Kontakte in Perth, Brisbane and the Sydney Opera House with Percussionist Claire Edwardes to critical acclaim. These performances came on the back of performances of Harrison Birtwistle’s Axe Manual for the same combination at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Aurora Festival. Bernadette enjoys the challenge presented by such complex works and collaborations. As Artistic Director of her own Freshwater Chamber Music Festival, she regularly commissions new works by Australian and overseas composers.
Following early studies in Australia Bernadette traveled to Canada, England and France studying for a short time with Robert Silverman and Cecile Ousset. After a brief return home, she won several overseas scholarships and two Australia Council Grants, which provided the means for further study in the USA. Bernadette studied with Nelita True and was her Teaching Assistant at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and graduated with a Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts.
As a Fellow of the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival she studied with such musicians as Henri and Genevieve Dutilleux, Gil Kalish, Reinbert de Leeuw and Julius Levine. She went on to teach at the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music in Boston and Cambridge, Massachussets.
After winning various prizes in numerous international competitions, Bernadette returned to Australia where she was immediately offered the Artistic Directorship of the 1997 Australian Women’s Music Festival. Currently, she is Lecturer in Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Apart from her activities as a performer, Bernadette is researching into the area of injury preventive keyboard technique, encouraging her students to form healthy practice habits and ensuring them a long and happy career with their instrument.
"Eloquent, silver-toned violinist" (The Strad magazine), Emma Jardine has performed as recitalist and chamber musician across Europe, UK, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia. Born in Australia, Emma played for several years with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and also as soloist with the Camerata Menuhin (Switzerland). She has been engaged as Guest Principal and also Guest Associate Principal Second Violin of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and also performed with the Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. Her solo performances have been broadcast on ABC FM, 3MBS and 2MBS FM radio stations, as well as on Australian television. From 2004-2005, Emma was an Academy Musician at the Australian National Academy of Music and was selected as one of the “Best Concertos of 2004”. Emma also holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts. She completed her Masters degree in 2011 with High Distinction, at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, Switzerland, in the class of Mihaela Martin. Previous teachers include Pierre Amoyal (Conservatoire de Lausanne), Gyulla Stuller (Morges Academy), Nelli Scholnikova (Australian National Academy of Music), Igor Osim (Salzburg Mozarteum), Miwako Abe (Victorian College of the Arts), Nathan Gutman and Alice Waten (Australian National Academy of Music).
Emma has been winner of numerous competitions and scholarships, including awards from the Australia Council, Ian Potter Foundation, Victorian College of the Arts, IMS Prussia Cove, Siena Accademia Musicale Chigiana and Salzburg Mozarteum.
Emma has established a career as one of Australia's leading chamber musicians. She is Artistic Director of the Oberon Chamber Music Festival and gives regular masterclasses and performances across Australia.
Also a passionate pedagogue, for several years, Emma was Artistic Director of Bougy Music Camp in Switzerland, an intensive Chamber Music school for talented children.
Emma now lives in the Blue Mountains with her three children, Jessica, Asher and Clara, and enjoys playing violin with them!
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Rachel Siu started learning the cello at the age of five with Renat Yusupov. Her father was a loyal music lover, and curiously asked if she would be interested in a string instrument, and played a video recording of a Brandenburg Concerto by Bach. She picked the cello, simply because it was a large instrument. Rachel recently completed her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, where she was a Kovner Fellow, and a recipient of the William Schuman Commencement Prize. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard in 2019. Her previous teachers include Peter Rejto and Susan Blake.
Since debuting as a soloist at the age of seven at the Sydney Town Hall, Rachel has performed in Europe, Asia, America, and Australia, and has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, and LGT Young Soloists, working under the baton of conductors such as Thomas Adès, and Long Yu. She has performed in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Alice Tully Hall, Xinghai Concert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Musikverein.
Rachel most recently won the Gold Medal prize at the VIII David Popper International Cello Competition in Varpalota, Hungary.
At the age of 11, Rachel became the youngest winner in the 33-year history of the National Youth Concerto Competition in Australia. Rachel was the winner of The Juilliard School Concerto Competition in 2017, where she performed the Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor with The Juilliard Orchestra. She performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall for the first time when premiering a movement of Julian Gargiulo’s Cello Sonata No.2 for the 2019 Getting to Carnegie International Competition, for which she received first prize. She was also a prizewinner of the IX Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in Morelia, Mexico in 2019. This year, she was awarded an alumni award from the MLC School Sydney for outstanding international achievements.
Rachel is an avid chamber musician, having performed frequently with her piano trio in Sydney, after winning Australia’s National Musica Viva Chamber Music competition in 2012. She has performed with many musicians, including Glenn Dicterow and Karen Dreyfus, and has coached with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Hsin-Yun Huang, Yo-Yo Ma, and Laurie Smukler.
She has had the honor of playing in masterclasses for cellists such as Lynn Harrell, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. She was described as fearless by Yo-Yo Ma in an interview with South China Morning Post.
Rachel is also a passionate teacher of both cello and music theory, having taught lessons in private, and at schools such as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School. She now currently holds a position as faculty at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, where she teaches university students. She completed her teacher training program at The School for Strings in New York, earning her Suzuki teaching certificate.
In January of 2019, Rachel travelled with select cellists from all around the world for the Scandinavian Cello School to perform at the Musikverein for the 78th Vienna Philharmonic Ball.
Rachel is currently a member of LGT Young Soloists. She was a recipient of the Australian Music Foundation Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award and the American Australian Association Dame Joan Sutherland Award.
Rachel was born into a creative family, although she is the only musician. She finds joy in rock climbing, outdoor activities in general, reading, and baking, and has recently been making resin pieces for friends and family.