WPO SOLOISTS - 2019
Phillip Shovk is considered to be one of Australia's foremost concert pianists, chamber musicians, accompanists and pedagogues. After initial lessons with Anatole Mirosznyk he continued his studies with George Humphrey at the Sydney Conservatorium High School from where he graduated with the Frank Hutchens Prize for being the most promising performer of his year. He then furthered his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory, studying with Professor Valery Kastelsky (himself a student of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus ) and graduating as a Master of Fine Arts with highest marks in all musical subjects.
In 1987 he became a Laureate at the Vianni di Motta competition in Lisbon and in 1988 at theSydney International Competition, where he was awarded the Hephzibah Menuhin Prize and the Best Australian Pianist Prize. He was awarded a Best Accompanist prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994. He has performed to great acclaim in Russia, Georgia, Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Singapore, New Zealand, China , USA, Spain , Norway and the UK. Phillip Shovk has also adjudicated at many of Australia's leading competitions including the Sydney International Piano Competition, Sydney Eisteddfod, Yamaha Youth Competition, Hephzibah Menuhin Competition and others. He has also been a jury member of Concours Animato in Paris, the New Zealand National Concerto Competition and the Singapore National Piano Competition and has taught at the Conservatoire Rachmaninoff in Paris, the Australian Institute of Music and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and is presently Lecturer in Piano and Accompaniment at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Phillip Shovk’s CD releases include Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky on the Master Performer’s label and Mozart Violin Sonatas arranged for 2 pianos with colleague Daniel Herscovitch for Toccata Classics.
Darcy is an experienced and passionate orchestral and chamber musician, having been involved in numerous Australian and Sydney Orchestra programs since 2012, including the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camps, Seasons, the elite Chamber Players programs, and the 2016 Australian Youth Orchestra's International tour. At the 2017 AYO National Music Camp, Dauth was appointed Concertmaster of the Alexander Orchestra, having held the position of Associate Concertmaster the previous year. While performing with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Dauth was also invited to perform with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and to participate in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Fellowship Program. He also regularly performs with AYO’s Momentum Ensemble, which has included being mentored by international artists Nicolas Alstaedt, Vilde Frang and Lawrence Power at the UKARIA 24 Festival in 2018. Darcy has participated in programs at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), performing alongside violinists Richard Tognetti and Anthony Marwood. Darcy has also performed in numerous solo and chamber music masterclasses, with artists such as Ray Chen, Sitkovetsky Piano Trio and the Brodsky String Quartet. He is currently completing further violin studies in Sydney under Janet Davies, since completing his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, where he was taught by Michele Walsh from 2015 - 2017. Of all his performances Darcy is most proud of playing in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s sold-out concert in the Het Concertgebouw.