About Sonus Piano Quartet

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Sonus Piano Quartet 

Sonus formed about ten years ago and still retains all founding members.  

Individually they are each accomplished musicians, well known to Sydney audiences.  Together they celebrate the sound of art and have thrilled audiences with their passionate and dynamic performances.

 

 

Sonus Aiko Goto

 

Violinist Aiko Goto has been a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 1998. She began her violin training with the Suzuki Method, then studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and the Juilliard School in New York.

Aiko has been a member of Japan’s Saito Kinen Orchestra since 1995 (directed by Seiji Ozawa) and has been Concertmaster for several of its programs since 2014. She has played annually in Nobuko Imai’s Viola and Chamber Music Festival. Since 2000,   Aiko has held annual charity concert at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra and she has held solo recitals around Australia and Japan. In 2011 Aiko was invited to be Guest Director and soloist with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. 

Aiko enjoys teaching and sharing her love of music with young musicians. She is a mentor for the ACO Emerging Artists Program and ACO Collective, and has led the ACO Academy program annually since 2012. Since 2017, she has been a tutor of the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in Japan.

In 2016, Aiko received a commendation from the Japanese Foreign Ministry on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Japan and Australia.

 

Sonus J Cronin

Violist, Jacqueline Cronin, has performed widely throughout Australia with numerous ensembles and orchestras, including the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. Most recently she has appeared as Guest Associate Principal Viola of the Opera Australia Orchestra. Jacqueline is also an active chamber musician, performing regularly in festivals across Australia, and with the Sydney Omega Ensemble, Sonus Piano Quartet and the Seraphim Trio.

Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the Canberra School of Music and a Masters of Music Performance from the University of Melbourne. In 1999 and 2000, Jacqueline held full scholarships at the Australian National Academy of Music, studying with various Australian and international violists. In 2002, Jacqueline was a recipient of the Ian Potter Foundation which enabled further studies overseas. Jacqueline was also selected to take part in the Sydney Symphony Fellowship program.

 

Sonus Tim Nankervis

Cellist, Timothy Nankervis, is a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has won numerous awards for cello performance, and for chamber music as a member of the acclaimed Seraphim Trio. Tim has performed widely throughout Australia as a soloist and with the Seraphim Trio, and has broadcast regularly for the ABC and MBS music stations across the country. He has performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto, Brahms Double Concerto and Dvorak Cello Concerto with orchestras in Sydney and Queensland, and he has performed as soloist with Orchestra Victoria, playing Tchaikovsky's 'Rococo' Variations. Tim is a member of the Australian World Orchestra and performs regularly with ACO.

Tim is passionate about music education, teaching privately and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He also tutors regularly for the Australian Youth Orchestra and Sydney Youth Orchestra.

Sonus Brenda Jones

Pianist Brenda Jones enjoys a diverse career as a performer and music educator.  She is highly regarded as a collaborative pianist, playing duo recitals with principal musicians from the ACO and the Sydney Symphony as well as touring with the ACO on their national concert series.  Brenda was recently a featured guest pianist on tour with the Australian String Quartet, performing at Ukaria and at the Dunkeld Festival. 

 American born and trained, Brenda studied with renowned pedagogue John Perry at USC, where she obtained a BM and MM with academic distinction before furthering her studies with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School in London. She was named a Gilmore Young Artist and a finalist for Presidential Scholar of the Arts. 

Brenda was a major prizewinner in the 2003 Dublin International Piano Competition and a Semi Finalist in the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition.

Brenda has had solo engagements with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, YMF Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and the Irish National Symphony. In 2016 she founded Forest Piano Academy, and in 2019 joined the faculty at the Sydney Conservatorium High School, where she teaches piano majors and wrote the Keyboard Musicianship program. Her prize-winning students have won honours in many prestigious competitions, including the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship and the Canada International Piano Competition.