FREE Lunchtime Concert: Kristen Cooke (Oboe) and Megan Barbetti (Flute)
Representing the Royal Over-Seas League
Madeleine Dring—Trio for flute, oboe and piano
Kristen Cooke Oboe
Megan Barbetti Flute
Ben Shoeman Piano
Canadian oboist Kristen Cooke is proud to be representing British Columbia, Canada as a ROSL BC Emerging Artist. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in oboe performance at the University of British Columbia. In Vancouver, Kristen maintains an active freelance career, playing frequently with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and her chamber ensemble, the Fireside Quintet. Outside of music, Kristen enjoys yoga, Highland dancing, and psychology.
Originally from Ottawa, Kristen holds the degrees of Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and Master of Music from Boston University. Her principal instructors have been James Mason (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony) and Mark McEwen (Boston Symphony), as well as masterclasses with Chip Hamann, Sarah Jeffrey, Alex Klein, and Hansjorg Schellenberger. Her additional studies have included two nation-wide tours with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, a tour to Korea with the Orford Orchestra, and summer training programs National Academy Orchestra, Atlantic Music Festival, NYO Canada, and the National Arts Centre Young Artist Program (Canada).
Megan Barbetti began learning the flute at the age of seven. Her music studies continued into high school, where she studied flute at Perth Modern School under the guidance of Neil Fisenden. On graduating, she was awarded the Dettman Scholarship to continue music studies at a tertiary level. Megan was also the recipient of a Delano Scholarship upon entering the University of Western Australia.
She is in her third year of a dual major in Music at UWA as part of the Bachelor of Philosophy course, and is studying flute under Mary-Anne Blades. In 2016, she was awarded the Ewen Prize for Music, and this year has been awarded the Lynn Kan Memorial Prize in Music. Megan was also one of three finalists chosen to perform in the VOSE Concerto Competition at UWA this year.
Megan is currently a member of the WA Youth Orchestra, and is principal flute with the WA Charity Orchestra. She has also played with the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
The South African pianist and Steinway Artist Ben Schoeman has won major prizes, including the first grand prize in the 11th UNISA Vodacom International Piano Competition, and the gold medal and Lorna Viol prize in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. In 2016, he was awarded the Huberte Rupert Prize from the South African Academy of Arts and Sciences for his contribution to music in his native country.
He has given solo, chamber music and concerto performances throughout Europe, Canada, the USA and South Africa in such prestigious concert halls as the Wigmore, Barbican, Cadogan and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London, the Cape Town City Hall and the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. He has performed at festivals in the United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa and Canada.
Ben Schoeman studied at the University of Pretoria, the International Piano Academy in Imola, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. His teachers include Michel Dalberto, Louis Lortie, Ronan O’Hora, Boris Petrushansky, Joseph Stanford and Eliso Virsaladze.