Maria Lindsay and Daniel Rojas are two of Sydney’s most unstoppable performers. Bringing you the fiery and the sweet, they will remind you why the short repertoire for violin and piano, rich, lovingly and perfectly crafted, is forever young.
Maria Lindsay has an active career as soloist, chamber musician, artistic director, ensemble leader and teacher.
She makes frequent appearances as soloist as well as guest concertmaster with various Sydney orchestras, including many performances of the stunning Violin Concerto dedicated to her by the legendary Tommy Tycho. She is Founder and Leader of the Lurline Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble of 11 superb string players who bring the sumptious repertoire of the genre to life.
Maria has held positions with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the elite Australian World Orchestra. She has performed contemporary chamber music with Klangforum Vienna, the Seymour Group Sydney, Alpha Ensemble and Ensemble Offspring, has made on-stage theatre appearances and recorded and broadcast for the ABC and Fine Music Sydney. She teaches at Sydney Conservatorium and UNSW.
Dr Daniel Rojas is renowned as an award-winning composer specialising in the rich and vibrant Latin American aesthetic, as well as an acclaimed pianist specialising in Latin and tango music, and stunning improvisations at the keyboard. Composer-in-Residence for Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in 2017, Rojas is one of the few composers who performs his own work - bringing real, inimitable warmth and verve to every performance - and is widely recognised as Australia’s tango piano specialist.
In his work as a composer and improviser, Rojas draws from a broad musical palette that includes Latin American indigenous, folk, classical and popular traditions, and Western contemporary classical and jazz languages and techniques.
Maria and Daniel first worked together when Daniel performed his Piano Concerto no. 1 with North Sydney Symphony, with Maria as Concertmaster. It was immediately clear that the musical connection between the two was quite extraordinary. They soon continued working together in the tango ensemble Orquesta La Luna, which has been performing with outstanding success and causing quite a stir in Sydney’s tango community.
The two then decided to build on their natural rapport by working as a duo. The result is what you will hear in their Humph Hall recital, when they will bring to the stage a collection of the most enduring music for violin and piano, the dramatic, the heartfelt, the nostalgic and the virtuosic.
Works such as Elgar’s Salut d’amore, Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, Ponce’s Estrellita, the heart-stopping Carmen Fantasy by Sarasate as well as some authentic Tangos and newly-penned works by Daniel Rojas himself.