Milestones and Miniatures is the title of Peter’s next chamber music recital. The performance takes place at the Basil Jones Orchestral Hall of Queensland Conservatorium GriffithUniversity, 140 Grey Street South Bank, on Sunday 29 May at 3pm. Bookings open now at QTIX The program features Peter’s Streicher piano, which was built in Vienna in 1843. […]
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Rediscovered Voices is the title of Peter’s first concerts for 2022. Soirées Musicales presents two performances of this program, on Friday 13 May at 7.30pm and Sunday 15 May at 4pm. The Chambers at Somerville House in South Brisbane provides the ideal venue.
This ensemble’s performances are distinctive for the combination of elegant music and fine heritage venues. Accordingly, audiences greatly appreciate the synergy of music and architecture from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The group, comprising four singers and pianist, is also well-known for both its creative thematic programming and engaging presentation style.
Music by women composers from France, Germany, America and England is the focus of this special program. Though duly acknowledged during their lifetimes, each has been neglected until relatively recently. Nadia and Lili Boulanger, Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn, Amy Beach and Liza Lehmann each forged a unique creative path, against the odds of patriarchal dominance in the arts and society.
Soirées Musicales Quintette performs songs, duets, vocal quartets and piano pieces composed between the 1830s and the outbreak of World War One. Most of these works have not been previously heard in Brisbane concerts. The ‘Nonsense songs from Alice in Wonderland’, a song-cycle for four voices based on Lewis Carroll’s renowned fantasy novel, will be a particular highlight.
For more information, check out the ensemble’s website – bookings open now through 4MBS Ticketing. Tickets are available for Friday 13 May and Sunday 15 May 2022.
Peter Roennfeldt has more than 40 years of professional experience as a musician with a deep interest in the cultural history of his home state of Queensland, Australia. For 30 years until 2018 he taught at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane, including a 7-year tenure as its Director. This continues his connection in the honorary capacity of Professor Emeritus and occasional performances as pianist or ensemble conductor.
As an active musician, Peter Roennfeldt is well known for creative programming of diverse repertoire. In addition to chamber and solo piano music, he has a long involvement as director of vocal and choral ensembles from the keyboard. He is currently director-pianist of Soirees Musicales Quintette, and regularly presents chamber music recitals at the Queensland Conservatorium featuring his antique Viennese piano built in 1843.
As an active historian, Peter Roennfeldt continues to document and evaluate the contributions of past musicians, particularly those connected to Queensland. His investigation into cultural history including musicians’ careers, organisations and venues is informed by his knowledge of past performance practices. In addition to his many publications and articles, Peter’s research underpins his presentations in other formats including concerts and their printed programs, public talks and broadcasts.
As an active presenter, Peter Roennfeldt has a reputation for his informative and engaging style of communication. The ability to convey the essence of a topic is supported by his command of illustrative language and carefully selected imagery to present the outcomes of his research to both general and specialist audiences. He has delivered talks for local history, professional and community organisations and is a regular presenter on Brisbane’s community radio station, 4MBS Classic FM.