Introducing Our Accompanist Dewi Liu

Dewi Liu

Dewi Hsuan-Yu Liu joined the Sydney Male Choir as accompanist in September 2013. She holds a Master of Music Studies degree from Sydney Conservatorium in Piano Accompaniment. As well as working with the Sydney Male Choir, she can be found active in collaborating with other soloists, choirs and chamber music. She is also a piano pedagogue.

Dewi was a finalist in the Sydney Conservatorium Piano Concerto Competition 2011, and played at the premier of “Opera at the Phoenix” in Australia. Since 2013 she has been pianist and choir accompanist at the National Australian Braille Music Camp, where she also began transcribing braille music. In 2015 Dewi was granted a full pianist scholarship to participate in Bel Canto Summer Voice Program in Munich.

Dewi has developed a great working relationship with the SMC and with our previous Music Director Dr Houston Dunleavy, and this, coupled with the precision and sensitivity of her playing, greatly enhances the effectiveness of rehearsals and the success of performances.

She is currently an active rehearsal pianist in Monday Nightingale Choir, Sydney International Grammar School Choir and the official pianist in Sydney Male Choir since 2013.

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Introducing Musical Director Keiren Brandt-Sawdy

Keiren joined the Sydney Male Choir as Musical Director in 2017

Prior to this he studied piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. While he was an undergraduate, he appeared as the musical director of the Sydney University Dramatic Society’s production of The Threepenny Opera.

After graduating in 2013, he enrolled in the Masters Conducting course at the Conservatorium. During this time he was Musical Director and Composer for the Sydney University Arts Revue and composed music for the Sydney University Dramatic Society’s production of Much Ado About Nothing as well as being assistant to performances by the Conservatorium Choir and Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem, 2014), The Early Music Ensemble (2015) and the Opera Unit (Malcolm Williamson’s English Eccentrics 2015). 

In 2015 he graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium’s Masters programme, conducting Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Paul Stanhope’s Jetstream for his graduation concert. Since his graduation Keiren has been engaged as the assistant conductor for Pinchgut opera and in 2016 he was appointed musical director of Operantics.

With Operantics he has conducted the Australian Premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Opera, Mansfield Park and La Sonnambula. Keiren works regularly as a guest conductor with community orchestras and choirs around Sydney.

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David Hobson Announced as Headline Act for Sydney Town Hall Concert

Australian tenor and composer David Hobson is one of Australia’s best-known operatic, concert and stage performers, with a repertoire that spans the gamut of musical styles from Baroque through to Pop.

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David made his name with Opera Australia in his award-winning performance of Rodolfo in La Boheme directed by Baz Luhrmann (filmed in the early 1990s to world wide acclaim). He has gone on to become a well regarded classical performer, major recording artist, most recently a music theatre leading man and a frequent television performer on shows like Carols by Candlelight, Carols in The Domain, Spicks and Specks, Dancing with the Stars, It Takes Two and a presenter on Foxtel’s Studio. He has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in the Great Hall in Canberra and sung at the AFL Grand Final.

His many roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Saville), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Lindoro (L'Italiana in Algeri), Eisentein (Die Fledermaus), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance),Marco (The Gondoliers), Ralph Rackstraw (H.M.S. Pinafore), the title roles in Orphee and Candide, The Architect in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder and Aristaeus/ Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld). His international roles include Chevalier Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons with Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson for San Francisco Opera. On the musical theatre stage, he starred as Caractacus Potts Potts in the Australian premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and, more recently, played the role of Buddy in the concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl opposite Caroline O’Connor.

Much in demand as a concert performer and recitalist, he frequently appears in oratorios such as Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and orchestral works like Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn and Zender’s powerful interpretation of Schubert’s Winterreise. Solo concert highlights include A Little Closer at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall in 2008 and Am I Really Here? at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2010. He has also toured nationally with Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Yvonne Kenny, Marina Prior, Rachael Beck and performed in the 2016 Broadway to La Scala concert tour of Australia and New Zealand. David is a regular performer on, and Ambassador for, Bravo Cruise.

He has recorded numerous albums with many reaching No 1 chart status and has won awards including Operatic Performer of the Year, the Sydney Critics Circle Award, The Age Performing Arts Award for Best Performer in Opera and an Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Award.

Most recently, David and his friend of 25 years, comedian Colin Lane, created a cabaret show where a comedian and an opera singer’s worlds collide. It has been performed at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Festival of Voices in Hobart and The Spiegeltent Hobart, receiving rave reviews.

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