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Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (also known as the ASO) was founded as a 17 player radio ensemble in 1936, in Adelaide, South Australia. The orchestra reformed in 1949 as the 55 member South Australian Symphony Orchestra. It reverted to its original and present title, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, in 1975, and currently comprises 74 permanent members. Its music director since 2004 has been Arvo Volmer.

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Karita Mattila

Born on September 5, 1960, in Somero, Finland; married Tapio Kuneinen, 1992. Education: Graduated from Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. Addresses: Record company--Ondine, Inc., Fredrikinkatu 77 A 2, 00100 Helsinki, Finland, e-mail:, phone: +358 9 4342 210, fax: +358 9 493 956. Finnish opera singer Karita Mattila is one of the world's premiere divas, having earned the title through consistent and solid work that astounds and mesmerizes audiences across the globe.

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Ivo Pogorelich

Ivo Pogorelić (Serbian: Иво Погорелић) (born October 20, 1958 in Belgrade, Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia) is a Croatian pianist. He received his first piano lessons in Belgrade when he was seven. Five years later, he was invited to Moscow to continue his studies at the Central Music School with Evgeny Timakin. Later he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. In 1976 he began studying intensively with the pianist and teacher Aliza Kezeradze, who passed on to him the tradition of the Liszt-Siloti school. They were married from 1980 until her death in 1996.

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Edward Rogers

Edward Rogers is a Los Angeles based musician and composer for film, television and videogames. He has written the music for several critically acclaimed television series, including NYPD Blue (ABC), Over There (FX), and Warehouse 13 (Syfy) as well as numerous films, advertising spots and television movies. In 2010 he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music" for the Warehouse 13 theme.

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Janine Johnson

Known for the intricate artwork with which she adorns world-class harpsichords, the multitalented Janine Johnson is also a gifted harpsichordist and pianist in her own right. Her style of playing is elegant yet extremely agile, and she has performed extensively in the Bay Area and beyond. Ms. Johnson began her musical studies on the modern piano and started playing the harpsichord as a teenager. She majored piano performance and two dimensional art at California State University, Northridge and began building and decorating harpsichords in earnest at this time.

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Hilary Hahn

At the age of 29, Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is one of the most compelling artists on the international concert circuit. She was named "America's Best" young classical musician by Time Magazine in 2001, and appears regularly with the world's great orchestras in Europe, Asia, and North America. Highlights of Ms. Hahn's 2008-2009 season include the recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and some of the Bach arias with singers Matthias Goerne and Christine Schaefer.

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Chooka Parker

Chooka Parker is a self-taught pianist, who featured on Australia's Got Talent in 2011.
He composes his own music, and does variations on others. He has a unique gift of
communicating through his music. He will go down to the level where people are at,
then lift them to a higher level. His music is described as ecclectic with a classical base.
He has been described as a 'genius, prodigy and freak.'
He recently won the 'People's Choice Award' at the Musicoz Awards at only 18. He has
just returned to Australia's Got Talent as a special guest where he made up another

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Արամ Խաչատրյան

Aram Ilyich Khachaturian, (Russian: Аpaм Ильич Xaчaтypян or Aram Il'ič Hačaturjan) (1903 - 1978) was a Russian composer of Armenian origin. He was born in Tbilisi, Georgia (then a part of pre-Soviet Imperial Russia) to a poor Armenian family. In his youth, he was fascinated by the music he heard around him, but at first he did not study music or learn to read it.
In 1921, he traveled to Moscow to join his brother, unable to speak a word of Russian.

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