Dr Louise Devenish and Aura Go are two exciting new appointments to join the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

DR LOUISE DEVENISH

Louise DevenishWe are thrilled to announce Dr Louise Devenish has accepted an ongoing contract at the School of Music, with a view to establishing a percussion department. Dr Devenish was also successful in securing a prestigious Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (ARC), which she will undertake for her first three-years at Monash University.

Dr Devenish is a contemporary percussionist whose creative practice blends performance, collaboration and artistic research. A passionate advocate of new music and Australian music, Louise has commissioned over 50 works for percussion, and her performances are acknowledged for their ‘dazzling vitality’, ‘stunning virtuosity’, ‘interpretive flair and technical brilliance’. Louise is a core artist with Australia’s leading percussion group Speak Percussion (VIC), theatre percussion project The Sound Collectors and chamber ensembles Decibel and Intercurrent.

With these ensembles and as a soloist, Dr Devenish develops new works exploring graphic notation, post-instrumental practice and collaborative creativity, performing around Australasia, Europe, North America and the UK. Louise comes to us from the UWA Conservatorium of Music, is a Churchill Fellow, and published her first book "Global Percussion Innovations: The Australian Perspective" on Routledge last year. Her DECRA project is entitled The role of post-instrumental practice in twenty-first century music”

You can read more about Dr Devenish at www.louisedevenish.com.au/.

AURA GO

Aura GoAustralian pianist Aura Go has been appointed Program Coordinator of Piano; a position she will undertake from 2020. In doing so, Aura will bring her collaborative, inventive and talented approach to music making to not only the piano program, but all the students, staff and friends of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.

Aura Go has been soloist in concertos ranging from Bach to Gubaidulina, has directed concertos and large-scale collaborative works from the keyboard, is a sought-after chamber musician and recitalist, a passionate advocate for new and Australian music, and brings her imagination and adventurous spirit to older music with a special affinity for the music of Mozart.

As soloist and chamber musician, Aura has performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Huntington Estate Music Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Rauma Festivo, PianoEspoo Festival among others. Collaboration is a central part of Aura’s musical life. She enjoys a longstanding partnership with Tomoe Kawabata as the KIAZMA Piano Duo. Their CD, Five Rocks in a Japanese Garden, features first recordings of works by significant contemporary Japanese composers. Currently the duo is developing a fresh take on J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue for one and two pianos, and a new interdisciplinary work in collaboration with acclaimed dancer/choreographer Kristina Chan and director Clare Britton. As performer/educator, she has been a visiting artist at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus (Denmark) and the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (Poland) and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas (USA). She has taught piano at the Sibelius Academy (Finland) and Yale College (USA).

Aura completed her early musical studies in Melbourne at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music. Following postgraduate studies at the Yale School of Music, Aura was based in Helsinki for seven years and is a doctoral candidate at the Sibelius Academy. In 2018-19 Aura was a Musica Viva FutureMaker artist.

You can read more about Aura Go at www.aurago.net.

Aura Go and Dr Louise Devenish have been appointed from 2020 alongside Professor Deborah Cheetham AO as Professor of Practice, Dr Nicole Canham as Lecturer in Clarinet and Program Coordinator of Wind, and Dr Anna McMichael as Lecturer in Violin and Program Coordinator of Strings.