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© 2019 by Clara Schumann Artistic Committee


Katarina Grobler

Katarina Grobler is a young Australian pianist based in Sydney, with a passion for performing works by modern, contemporary and lesser known composers. She is an international artist, having given performances across Europe in Germany, Lithuania, Slovenia and Croatia, and in notable venues including solo performances at the Sydney Opera House. In 2018, she also held the position of Vice-President at the Sydney University Piano Society, and remains active in directing various public concerts and events.


Panagiotis Karamanos & Modest Orchestra

Born in Athens, Greece, Panagiotis Karamanos is a passionate conductor, educator, and trumpet player. Panagiotis founded Modest Orchestra during his tertiary study in 2016 with a performance of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. Since then, he has  successfully directed and conducted seven dynamic concerts with the ensemble, including the Melbourne premier of Odysseus Live in collaboration with Luka Lesson in their 2018 season. The aim of the 'Modest Project' is to prioritise the educational experience of being in a large ensemble, and create the opportunity for members to experience playing significant parts in a wide variety of orchestral contexts.


Enrico-Sergio Mainas

Enrico Mainas completed his Bachelor of Music (Performance) Honours in 2018 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on a full scholarship, under the tutelage of Dr Paul Rickard-Ford. Since beginning his studies, his passion for performing has led him to become the recipient of numerous other prizes including the 2015 Theme and Variations Emerging Artists’ Series, two Henderson Travellers Scholarships, and the 2019 Mary Greville & Bert Coughtrey Scholarship. His playing has featured on Fine Music FM 102.5, including as a state finalist in the 2017 Fine Music Young Virtuoso Award. Enrico is also a passionate teacher and researcher, and is currently undertaking his Master of Music (Performance) supervised by Dr Daniel Yeadon and Dr Paul Rickard-Ford.


Mark Bosch

Mark Bosch is a versatile musician and writer who lives on Darug land in Southwest Sydney. He has played the violin since he was four years old, graduated from the Conservatorium High School in 2014, and has been a member of the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra and Modest Orchestra since 2017. Mark majored in French and Gender Studies at the University of Sydney, and is a Sydney Environment Institute Honours Research Fellow for 2019. He also writes as Lead Critic for the online youth classical music magazine CutCommon.


Verdy Guo

Verdy is a multi-instrumentalist who is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance (violoncello) at the Sydney Conservatorium. Prior to, he held the John Dorothy Vimpani Pianoforte Scholarship over the two years he majored in Piano Performance. Verdy has achieved a high level of expertise on both instruments; in 2014 he performed the 1st movement from Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with Trinity Grammar’s Symphony Orchestra in City Recital Hall, and was a featured soloist in the 2015 HSC ‘Encore’ at the Sydney Opera House. Since changing his major to cello, he has received numerous travel scholarships to support his studies with esteemed Professors such as Gunter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), Eberhard Feltz and Christian Wilm Muller. Verdy aspires to become a prolific performer and pedagogue so that he can share his love for music with all generations, young and old.


Chloe Lankshear

Chloe Lankshear is a Canberra soprano who is currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the guidance of Simon Lobelson. She has participated in innumerable Australian concerts and festivals, including the premier of Alice Chance’s song cycle ‘Fiat Lux’, with the Song Company in 2018, and Brett Dean’s ‘Hamlet’ for the Adelaide Festival in 2018. In March this year, Chloe performed a selection of early chamber music as part of Judith Neilson’s ‘Pheonix Central Park’ performance series at Dangrove Arts Facility and has been a featured soloist in R. V William’s ‘Sea Symphony’ alongside Baritone David Greco (Canberra). Chloe is a semi-finalist for the 2019 IFAC Australian Singing Competition, and hopes to specialise in historically informed music practices, contemporary chamber music and opera in future postgraduate studies.


Katarina Popovic

Katarina Popovic (AMusA, LMusA practical) is a current student of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music completing a Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree majoring in Violin. She appears regularly with the SYO, CYO and the Law Society Orchestra. During her 3 years in the SYO she has held associate principal positions and was also principal second violin in the SBS Radio and Television Orchestra. She has participated as an orchestral member and soloist in numerous national and international tours. Katarina is a versatile player performing a range of different genres including, Tango and Eastern styles such as Sri Lankan music.


Sutthi Sutontanyakorn

Sutthi Suton began life as a jazz musician, and after 10 years of study, made the transition to classical piano at age 17. He went on to win the Most Improved Pianist award at Knox Grammar two years in a row before graduating and being accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium in 2015. Since then, he has made a few notable competition appearances such as 1st place in the Shoalhaven Piano Championship, and 3rd place in the Kawai Piano Competition, as well as consecutive appearances as a finalist in the Sydney Conservatorium Piano Concerto Competition in 2017-18. He is currently working as an accompanist and piano teacher and is undertaking a Masters in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Phillip Shovk.