Rosanne Hunt and Niels Bijl in concert on 3BBR

Niels Bijl and Rosanne Hunt at Yarragon Studio

On Sunday 9th July from 4pm in the 3BBR-FM Concert Hall, Joseph Baraké presented a recent concert by the virtuoso Melbourne cellist Rosanne Hunt and local though international saxophonist Niels Bijl. This performance at the Yarragon Studio was worthy of any major world concert platform, with works by J. S. Bach, Bestiaire by Alphonse Stallaert, Mark Summer’s Julie-O and a selection of transcribed Bartok violin duos.

Rosanne Hunt, is a virtuoso cellist who comes from a musical family of string players. Her early studies were with her mother Marian Hunt and continued with the Dutch Master cellist in The Netherlands, Anner Bylsma. Rosanne is a founding member of the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra and a cellist with several of Melbourne’s professional orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony and chamber groups. Rosanne teaches cello at the University of Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts and privately. She has made a number of commercial recordings. It was in the Netherlands Rosanne first became acquainted the Dutch Saxophonist Neils Bijl and since his move to Australia they make their duet debut at the Yarragon Studio concert.

Niels Bijl is referred to as an International Saxophone Superstar! Born in the Netherlands Niels quickly established a passion for the saxophone having studied with Arno Bornkamp, and completing his studies at the Banf Centre for the Arts in Canada. Niels soon established a career performing with some of the world’s leading conductors, which included legendries like Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev and Maris Jansons, and major orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2020 he settled in Australia, after the past 20 years of international concert touring and giving Masterclasses. He has made Yarragon South his home and now collaborates in performances with the Melbourne Symphony and recently a lecturer at Melbourne University, a visiting artist at ANAM and currently teaches at Monash. Niels is a founding member of the Clinch saxophone quartet giving regular concerts around Australia. In November Niels performs in a Duet Concert with local pianist Brian Chapman at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

This concert was recorded for the 3BBR-FM Concert Hall by Garry Havrillay.

You can listen back to this broadcast until early August 2023 via the 3BBR FM Concert Hall program page.