Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony for Strings Op 110a
Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor
Mozart: Wind Serenade No 10 K361

paul-terracini:  Conductor
Lily Dai:  Cello

Free Sunday Afternoon Chamber Music

Free Concert - donations welcomed

KPO Strings and Winds

Lily Dai

Growing up in a musical family, where her father and brother were pianists and her mother was a singer, music has constantly surrounded her home. Naturally, she began playing the piano at the age of 3 and asked her parents for a cello which she received as a gift for her 5th birthday. Lily then began learning the cello under her father and studied under two senior lecturers at the Sydney Conservatorium - Georg Pederson at the age of 9 and Susan Blake at the age of 12.

Throughout those years she has been a part of the Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium as a scholarship holder for 9 years where she studied music theory, musicology and performance under mentor Joy Lee. During this time, she participated in the Tchaikovsky Youth Cello Competition in Russia at 13 and later won the Barbara Robinson Award at the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2018. She completed the LMusA diploma in cello in 2017 with distinction and graduated in the class of 2020 at the Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) with a full music/principal’s scholarship. She participated in Encore 2019 and was a nominee for Encore in 2020. During her senior year she received scholarships from the Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal College of Music (RCM) and The Juilliard School which led her to study under the guidance of Richard Aaron at Juilliard. She is currently in the class of 2023 studying with Richard Narroway at the Melbourne Conservatorium, University of Melbourne on a full scholarship.

Paul Terracini

Dr Paul Terracini was born in Sydney and has enjoyed a career in Australia and internationally as an instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and conductor. He has held permanent positions as Principal Trumpet in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; Lecturer in Trumpet, Brass Ensemble and Big Band at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music; and Solo Trumpet in the Danish Chamber Players, Denmark.

As an instrumentalist, he performed as soloist in Australia, Europe, USA, and Asia. Within Australia, his solo performances included concertos with the Melbourne, Queensland, West Australian, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

Paul Terracini has appeared as an opera conductor at the German Rossini Festival in Bad Wilbad, for the Danish Bel Canto Society in Copenhagen, and the Storstroms Symphony Orchestra, also in Denmark. Since assuming the role of artistic director of the Penrith Symphony Orchestra in 2010, he has, apart from programming and conducting the symphonic repertoire, pioneered the performance of chamber opera in western Sydney. For many years he has been invited as a guest conductor/composer to music schools and universities in Europe, USA, China, and Australia. He appears regularly as conductor for the Conservatorium High School, in Sydney. As a choral conductor, he has recorded for ABC Classics with Ars Nova Copenhagen, and the Sydney based choir, Cantillation.

As a composer and arranger, his music has been heard throughout the world in a variety of genres, performed by, amongst others, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, the Danish Chamber Players, the Australian Brass Quintet, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Brass, and at festivals and conferences on every continent. His music for the two part ABC television series, Hymns of the Forefathers, in which he developed many of the traditional English hymns into symphonic poems, received international acclaim and was released on CD and DVD by ABC Classics. His title music for the television series, Classical Destinations, which was produced for three seasons, was featured on the ‘Number 1 Classical Album of the Year,’ released by Decca.

His new CD, Paul Terracini: Music for Brass, was released on the Tall Poppies label in May 2015. On this recording, he conducted his own music with Sydney Brass, featuring members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Paul Terracini also holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, having earlier completed a Bachelor of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). His book, John Stoward Moyes and the Social Gospel, was published in 2015.