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To fulfill their long-held dream of sharing the intimate stage of chamber music together, Arna and Alex Morton have collaborated with outstanding pianist, and fellow Kiwi, Liam Wooding to establish Melbourne's premier horn trio.

While the canonic classics of Brahms and Ligeti continue to be crowd favourites, The Morton Trio is committed to discovering and performing lesser known works from the genre and have plans to further expand the horn trio repertoire through new-work commissions and their own arrangements. The Morton Trio adds even more flexibility to their programming by selecting duos for either violin or horn with piano, and hopes to collaborate with other established ensembles and artists to explore more of the chamber music repertoire. The Morton Trio has just returned from a New Zealand tour with Chamber Music New Zealand as part of their Encompass Regional Series following their series of UK concerts in July with the Royal Overseas League.


L I A M

W O O D I N G

PIANO

Liam Wooding is a pianist, performing music across a variety of forms and genres. In 2019, Liam will perform throughout New Zealand, England, and Melbourne as a musician at the Australian National Academy of Music.  Performing and commissioning music by New Zealand composers is central to his musical practice. Liam received a Lilburn Trust Performance Prize for his performances of New Zealand works and has been the resident pianist for the Nelson Composers Workshop. In 2018, Liam was the pianist in  Playpen  - a performance and recording project featuring the music of Janet Jennings. The concert was recorded live for the SOUNZ Resound Project, and CD recording will be released mid-2019. This year Liam will premiere Reuben Jellyman's  Concertino for Piano  at ANAM, made possible through support by the Wallace Arts Trust. You can find out more about Liam's work in NZ music at  SOUNZ: Centre for New Zealand Music.   Liam performs with the Melbourne-based ensemble,  The Morton Trio.  Highlights in 2019 include undertaking professional development in England as recipients of the Pettman/ROSL Chamber Music Scholarship and performing across New Zealand as part of the Chamber Music New Zealand 2019 Concert Series. He also plays with the Tasman Trio, who will perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra.  Liam has participated in courses and residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada), Skidmore College (USA), and Four Winds (Australia); concertos with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as a prize winner in the National Concerto Competition, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, and on several occasions with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.  Liam studied at the University of Auckland and the University of Waikato where he studied with Rae de Lisle and Katherine Austin. He now studies under Timothy Young at ANAM.

Liam Wooding is a pianist, performing music across a variety of forms and genres. In 2019, Liam will perform throughout New Zealand, England, and Melbourne as a musician at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Performing and commissioning music by New Zealand composers is central to his musical practice. Liam received a Lilburn Trust Performance Prize for his performances of New Zealand works and has been the resident pianist for the Nelson Composers Workshop. In 2018, Liam was the pianist in Playpen - a performance and recording project featuring the music of Janet Jennings. The concert was recorded live for the SOUNZ Resound Project, and CD recording will be released mid-2019. This year Liam will premiere Reuben Jellyman's Concertino for Piano at ANAM, made possible through support by the Wallace Arts Trust. You can find out more about Liam's work in NZ music at SOUNZ: Centre for New Zealand Music.

Liam performs with the Melbourne-based ensemble, The Morton Trio. Highlights in 2019 include undertaking professional development in England as recipients of the Pettman/ROSL Chamber Music Scholarship and performing across New Zealand as part of the Chamber Music New Zealand 2019 Concert Series. He also plays with the Tasman Trio, who will perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra.

Liam has participated in courses and residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada), Skidmore College (USA), and Four Winds (Australia); concertos with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as a prize winner in the National Concerto Competition, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, and on several occasions with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Liam studied at the University of Auckland and the University of Waikato where he studied with Rae de Lisle and Katherine Austin. He now studies under Timothy Young at ANAM.


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M O R T O N

FRENCH HORN

Alex is a Melbourne-based horn player and is in demand across Australia and his native New Zealand as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. He thrives on a variety of genres, from baroque to the bleeding edge of modern music.  Alex completed his studies at the New Zealand School of Music before moving to Melbourne to further his training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), under the tutelage of Sydney Symphony Principal Horn, Ben Jacks, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Horn, Andrew Bain. Whilst at ANAM, Alex was awarded the Musica Viva Prize for the ANAM Chamber Music Competition, performing the Penderecki Sextet, and has performed at both the Ukaria Festival in Adelaide and the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.  Alex is currently on contract as Associate-Principal Horn with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra having recently completed a contract with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2018 and freelancing regularly with all the major orchestras throughout Australasia, including the Sydney, Queensland, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.

Alex is a Melbourne-based horn player and is in demand across Australia and his native New Zealand as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. He thrives on a variety of genres, from baroque to the bleeding edge of modern music.

Alex completed his studies at the New Zealand School of Music before moving to Melbourne to further his training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), under the tutelage of Sydney Symphony Principal Horn, Ben Jacks, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Horn, Andrew Bain. Whilst at ANAM, Alex was awarded the Musica Viva Prize for the ANAM Chamber Music Competition, performing the Penderecki Sextet, and has performed at both the Ukaria Festival in Adelaide and the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.

Alex is currently on contract as Associate-Principal Horn with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra having recently completed a contract with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2018 and freelancing regularly with all the major orchestras throughout Australasia, including the Sydney, Queensland, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.


A R N A

M O R T O N

VIOLIN

Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Arna moved to Wellington in 2009 to complete her Bachelor and Masters in Violin at the New Zealand School of Music under Helene Pohl of the New Zealand String Quartet. In 2014, Arna moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she has just completed her PhD in Violin Performance at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, supervised by Dr Curt Thompson & Dr David Irving. During her candidature Arna was a recipient of the Australian Postgradute Award, an Academic Assistant, a Casual Lecturer in Violin, and has been the Concertmaster of the University's Symphony Orchestra since 2015. In 2018, she founded the Faculty of Fine Arts & Music's Concertmaster Mentorship Programme which involved mentoring emerging ensemble leaders.  Arna's research focuses on Britten and his Violin Concerto, which she performed with the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2016 as winner of the 2015 MCM Concerto Competition. Arna was also a prizewinner in the 2016 Gisborne International Music Competition and joint-winner of the 2013/14 New Zealand National Concerto Competition, going on to perform both Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto and Ravel's Tzigane with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Arna is also in demand throughout Australasia as a chamber musician, having performed in the Adam Chamber Music Festival and toured with Chamber Music New Zealand as first violin of the Troubadour Quartet in 2017. In 2019, Arna toured the United Kingdom with the Royal-Overseas League, performing at esteemed venues, such as St Martin’s in the Fields and St James Piccadilly, and has recently returned from a tour of New Zealand with Chamber Music New Zealand as a founding member of Melbourne’s premier horn trio, The Morton Trio.

Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Arna moved to Wellington in 2009 to complete her Bachelor and Masters in Violin at the New Zealand School of Music under Helene Pohl of the New Zealand String Quartet. In 2014, Arna moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she has just completed her PhD in Violin Performance at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, supervised by Dr Curt Thompson & Dr David Irving. During her candidature Arna was a recipient of the Australian Postgradute Award, an Academic Assistant, a Casual Lecturer in Violin, and has been the Concertmaster of the University's Symphony Orchestra since 2015. In 2018, she founded the Faculty of Fine Arts & Music's Concertmaster Mentorship Programme which involved mentoring emerging ensemble leaders.

Arna's research focuses on Britten and his Violin Concerto, which she performed with the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2016 as winner of the 2015 MCM Concerto Competition. Arna was also a prizewinner in the 2016 Gisborne International Music Competition and joint-winner of the 2013/14 New Zealand National Concerto Competition, going on to perform both Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto and Ravel's Tzigane with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Arna is also in demand throughout Australasia as a chamber musician, having performed in the Adam Chamber Music Festival and toured with Chamber Music New Zealand as first violin of the Troubadour Quartet in 2017. In 2019, Arna toured the United Kingdom with the Royal-Overseas League, performing at esteemed venues, such as St Martin’s in the Fields and St James Piccadilly, and has recently returned from a tour of New Zealand with Chamber Music New Zealand as a founding member of Melbourne’s premier horn trio, The Morton Trio.