Elgar's Enigma

Sunday 8 September, 3.00pm
St Ives Uniting Church, St Ives

Douglas St, St. Ives         Directions

Colin Piper:    Conductor
Marina & Justine Marsden: Violin & Viola

Kats-Chernin: Heaven is Closed
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante K364
Elgar: Enigma Variations


Adults $40
Pensioner $30
Student/junior $12


Come to a magnificent and inspiring concert to hear the KPO perform Elgar’s masterpiece “The Enigma Variations” partnered with Elena Kats-Chernin’s orchestral picture, ‘Heaven is Closed’, and Mozart’s engaging Sinfonia Concertante for solo violin and viola. We are delighted to welcome back Colin Piper to conduct this concert. Marina and Justine Marsden, sisters in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, join together to be vibrant soloists in this remarkable work of Mozart’s. The work is richly scored with an added sumptuousness derived from a divided orchestral viola part. The work comprises three movements, the middle Andante movement being especially ravishing with an intimate dialogue between the two soloists.



Marina Marsden studied violin at the Sydney Conservatorium with Alice Waten. She then studied for a Performer's Diploma in Vienna with Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet) with the assistance of an Australia Council Grant, a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee award and Austrian Government stipends. While in Europe she also had lessons with Josef Suk, Sándor Végh, Valery Klimov, and Valery Gradov. In 1990, Marina Marsden was appointed as a Concertmaster of the Bruckner Orchestra in Austria, and was Associate Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra from 1992 until 1994. As soloist, she has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra symphony orchestras, and the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra.


Justine Marsden

Justine Marsden began piano studies at the Sydney Conservatorium with Nancy Salas, followed by violin studies with Alice Waten. She attended the Conservatorium High School, where she studied viola with Winifred Durie and Alex Todicescu, and completed her Bachelor's degree with Merit at the Sydney Conservatorium in 1984.


Colin Piper

Colin's first musical studies were piano lessons from the age of six.  He completed the Diploma course studying piano and percussion at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music and joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1968, having graduated through the ABC's National Training Orchestra scheme.