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.
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.
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.
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.