Gregory Kinda – piano
Gregory Andrew Kinda was born in Katowice, Poland. In 1983, his family immigrated to Australia. In 1984, at the age of 6, he became the youngest scholar to enter the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the preparatory department. In 1986 he moved to Papua-New Guinea, and in 1990 he returned to Poland. He studied at the Katowice Secondary Music School. In 1999, at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Gregory completed his Master of Arts degree in an accelerated three years instead of the usual five. He also studied post-graduate courses in Oslo, Norway and Gdansk, Poland. He returned back to Sydney in 2000. In 2003, he completed his Bachelor of Teaching degree at the University of Western Sydney. From 2001 to 2006 Gregory was a piano lecturer at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. From 2008 till 2010 he worked as a teacher at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Conservatorium of Music. Since 2010, he works as an Associate Artist at Trinity Grammar School in Summer Hill, NSW.
Gregory has performed in Australia, Poland, Norway, Germany, Russia, France, Czech Republic and Japan. He was the star performer in March 2010 at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place in Sydney, during the official NSW state celebrations for the 200th anniversary of Frédéric Chopin, where he played in the presence of the Polish Ambassador and the Governor of NSW Professor Marie Bashir AC.
His prizes at international competitions have included:
3rd Prize in the F. Chopin Competition in Szafarnia, Poland 1993.
Artistic Scholarship from the F. Chopin Foundation in Warsaw, 1994.
3rd Prize in the M. Magin Competition in Paris, 1995.
2nd Prize in the National Competition in Zagan, Poland 1996.
Jacqueline Kent – narrator
As well as playing flute for Mosman Symphony Orchestra – and presenting her own version of the plot of Carmen at several concerts – Jacqueline Kent is an author and book editor. She has written fourteen books including fiction for young adults, social history and biography.
Her first book, published in 1983, was Out of the Bakelite Box: The Heyday of Australian Radio, a social and oral history of Australian radio, drawing heavily on original interviews. In the Half Light: Life as a Child in Australia 1900-1970 (1988) consists of reminiscences of people from all walks of life, with emphasis on events and personalities in Australian life seen through a child’s eyes. A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, A Literary Life (2001) the biography of a pioneering Australian book editor, won the 2002 National Biography Award, as well as the Nita B. Kibble Award for Women Writers; it was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award. An Exacting Heart: The Story of Hephzibah Menuhin (2008), the story of the brilliant pianist and social reformer who lived all her life in the shadow of her violinist brother Yehudi, was the 2009 winner of the Nita B. Kibble Award and was shortlisted for the New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria Premiers’ Awards, the Adelaide Festival Literature Award, the Magarey Medal for Biography and a Walkley Award. Her biography of Australia’s first woman prime minister, The Making of Julia Gillard (2009), was a best-seller updated three times; its sequel, Take Your Best Shot (2012) analysed Gillard’s prime ministership.
Forthcoming books include the reissue of A Certain Style (September 2018), a memoir Beyond Words (February 2019) and a biography of pioneer Australian suffragist Vida Goldstein (2020).
She has written several entries for the Australian Dictionary of Biography and occasionally works as a book reviewer. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Graham Nichols – French horn
Since completing horn studies with Anthony Buddle at the Sydney Conservatorium, Graham has participated in music festivals in Germany, France and Japan and undertaken further study in Germany and England. Graham has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, the Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and as guest principal with the Queensland Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Graham also played French Horn and Wagner Tuba for the acclaimed 2004 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Graham is active as a chamber musician with a number of ensembles and occasionally appears in front of the orchestra as a soloist, nineteen times so far!
In the commercial music field, Graham has played in most of the major shows that have come to Sydney and has toured the country with many international artists (José Carreras, Barbra Streisand, Michael Ball, Michael Crawford, Andrea Bocelli, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Marvin Hamlisch, Rob McConnell) as well as with our home grown talent (Tina Arena, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Newton-John, Marina Prior, Anthony Warlow, David Hobson, Human Nature and numerous concerts with the late Tommy Tycho). Graham has also played in a number of television orchestras and can be heard performing in numerous TV jingles and station promos shown in Australia, New Zealand and throughout South East Asia.