Muses Piano Trio are some of Australia’s leading and most exciting musicians in contemporary classical music, known for their edgy, spine tingling and virtuosic performance style: Christa Powell (violin), Louise King (cello) and Therese Milanovic (piano).
Muses Trio celebrate music composed by women, performed by women, and focus on bringing this relatively unknown, yet vastly deserving collection of works to the stage and enthralled audiences. Signatures of their carefully curated public performance events are guest speakers/ performers with an inspiring cause, and a focus on creating memorable experiences. Discovering, inspiring, collaborating, commissioning, connecting and supporting creative women to pursue and share artistic excellence drives the passion and impetus of their artistic focus. They have released two albums, The Spirit and the Maiden, and Celebrating Clara, and celebrated eight seasons together, with performances across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Northern NSW, Canberra and the Sydney Fringe Festival. This year, they are recording the next volume in ABC Classic’s Women of Note series, featuring living Australian women composers.
“an edgy, compelling, powerful, memorable and often-moving performance”, “spine-chilling” Catherine Lawrence, Anywhere Festival 2016
“..the performers are to be congratulated on choosing such an imaginative programme”.. “committed and passionate” Musicweb-international.com CD Review
“..unique among chamber music ensembles” “…wonderful tribute to the veritable wealth of classical music composed by women” Readings review of Spirit and the Maiden CD
“…when they perform together, something magical happens…held audience members in the palm of their hands the minute they stepped on stage.” Hushbiz.com
Louise King is an exciting example of an independent contemporary classical musician. A refined English cellist with extensive international experience and training, she is an inspiring concert artist, teacher, recording artist, adjudicator and event producer. As Artistic Director of Cello Dreaming she runs a busy private teaching studio, produces and presents community and professional concerts, workshops, collaborative performance projects, mentors emerging young musicians, and is Music Director for the Southern Cross Soloists Winter Music School and tutors for the Australian and Queensland Youth Orchestras.
Louise King moved to Australia in 2003 after working extensively throughout the UK, Europe and Asia, and now works as a freelance musician performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Topology, The Queensland Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Endeavour Trio, Tulipwood Quartet and Chamber Orchestra. Louise records and performs as session musician for singer songwriters such as Katie Noonan and international touring artists such as Il Divo and Josh Groban. She enjoys collaborating with composers, choreographers and artists to create new performance works for her instrument. www.cellodreaming.com.au
Therese Milanovic is in demand as both performer and pedagogue. She has performed with Topology since 2009, including collaborations with the Brodsky String Quartet, Grant Collins, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, national tours, performances in Indonesia and Singapore, and a tour of the Netherlands and Belgium with the Kransky Sisters. Previous performance highlights with Collusion include ABC broadcasts, Musica Viva Country Wide and Musica Viva In Schools touring. In addition to performing new music, Therese loves performing chamber music with kindred spirits, including bringing lesser-known repertoire to the stage.
In 2009, Therese completed her training with the Golandsky Institute in New York to become the first certified Taubman Instructor in Australia, the subject of her completed PhD. She is now Master Faculty with the Golandsky Institute (USA). In addition to her Brisbane studio, Therese regularly teaches and presents around Australia, and has been a Keynote Speaker at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference and the Western Australian Pedagogy Convention. Skype lessons allows her to work with pianists across Australia and internationally, and to also continue her own learning with Edna Golandsky and John Bloomfield. www.topologymusic.com , www.theresemilanovic.com
Highly respected performance musician, collaborative artist and music educator, Christa is as comfortable lending her talents to an orchestra as she is in character wardrobe, playing on stage with Led Zeppelin or playing solo violin as an integral part of the choreography in Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Christa Powell is a uniquely talented woman whose technical skill and innate musicality is a major source of inspiration to those she teaches. Christa is a founding member and director of Topology, one of Australia’s leading creative arts organisations. As well as creating the award winning program Top Up, Christa has managed the day to day business of Topology over the past two decades, molding, shaping and refining the organisation into the respected arts organisation it is today.
After completing B Mus Hons, Christa spent several years in London with Emmanuel Herwitz of the Melos Ensemble and playing with the Olyver Gypsy Ensemble. Returning to Brisbane, Christa obtained her Masters of Music in performance research in 1996 before co-founding Topology in 1997. Outside of Topology, Christa performs a wide range of chamber music, her long held passion. She plays with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, guests for visiting international acts and teaches violin privately and at various educational institutions. www.topologymusic.com