Len Vorster

Len Vorster is one of Australia's finest accompanists and is artistic director of Classical Palette (a series of Naxos recordings devoted to contemporary music), of the Schirmer Ensemble, and of Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.

Len Vorster left South Africa for Australia in 1983 after completing post-graduate piano studies with Lamar Crowson at the University of Cape Town. He made his concerto debut with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra in Mozart's Piano Concerto K456 in 1976. As concerto soloist he has recorded Michael Easton's Concerto on Australian Themes with the State Orchestra of Victoria for Naxos and premiered the work in Italy, Hungary and Germany. His recordings have received outstanding reviews from major publications around the world, as well as a Gramophone Magazine award for his recording of Holst's The Planets. His most recent CD recordings are with acclaimed tenor Ian Partridge of the complete songs and solo piano music of Lord Berners for the Marco Polo label; and the complete piano music and songs of Manuel de Falla (with soprano Merlyn Quaife). He has performed and recorded with Trevor Wye, Andras Adorjan, Susan Milan, Frederick Shade, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Carl Pini, Jane Peters, Asmira Woodward-Page, David Berlin, Georg Pedersen, Deborah de Graaff, Lauris Elms and Rita Hunter. He teaches piano at the University of Melbourne and at the Victorian College of the Arts. Len Vorster is artistic director of Classical Palette (a series of Naxos recordings devoted to contemporary music), of the Schirmer Ensemble, and of Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.

Len Vorster appears on

The Marvellous World of George Dreyfus, Volume 2

Performer: Piano

The second volume of marvellous music from one of Australia's favourite composers, George Dreyfus. This album provides a great insight into Dreyfus' multifaceted talents.

The Marvellous World of George Dreyfus, Volume 1

Performer: Piano

Marvellous music by the well-known Australian composer George Dreyfus, one of Australia's most animated musical personalities.

Burns and Beyond

Performer

This recording Burns and Beyond comprises a selection of songs written for voice and modern piano, and includes a performance of Percy Grainger's Three Scotch Folksongs which use ancient tunes of Scotland as inspiration.

Kuri: Romantic Flute

Performer

The young Australian/Japanese flautist, Masahide Kurita - "Kuri" for short - performs a selection of Romantic virtuoso works for solo flute and flute with piano, accompanied by Len Vorster. Repertoire includes Nielsen's Fantasy Pieces, the Donizetti Sonata, Lemmoné's Graceful Dance and Honegger's Danse de la chèvre.

Cornet Caprice

Performer

Brilliant cornet player Tom Paulin plays works by Bozza, Dreyfus, Arban, McCabe and more.