In 2013 we had Petrichor - Rowan Hamwood (Flute), Xina Hawkins (Viola), and Jessica Fotinos (Harp) - who performed in Shared Sounds.
Comprising of award-winning individual artists in their own right, Petrichor met and formed in 2012 with the express intention to play Claude Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp in a performance for Viola Week at the Australian National Academy of Music. The original idea was to come together just for this piece, then go separate ways, but something special happened and it was decided that the chemistry within the group was exciting and worth pursuing. The group fittingly baptised their ensemble with an original name, a word that is highly evocative, sensory, new and first coined by two Australian researchers. Petrichor have since presented a number of self-curated concerts in which they have offered refreshing programs to various parts of the community, in unique, intimate and imaginative settings. Passionate about expanding the repertoire for this medium, they have commissioned work from young Australian composers and continue to encourage new projects with composers and artists from all art practices.
Petrichor has presented concerts in Melbourne at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Loop Bar, Conduit Arts and Medley Hall. In 2012 the group was selected for the finals of the ANAM Chamber Music Competition and in 2013 was Ensemble-In-Residence with Melbourne’s Forest Collective.
At the end of 2013, Petrichor was awarded the inaugural John and Rosemary Macleod Travel Scholarship from ANAM to pursue further training outside Australia. Hence, 2014 is full of exciting plans including a residency at the Centre Intermondes, France, in August-September, a mentorship in Berlin and other activities to be announced!