Trio Anima Mundi
Trio Anima Mundi has become a significant and much-loved part of Melbourne’s chamber music life. Since 2008, TAM has been presenting concerts that bring an eclectic mix of repertoire from the great masters to little-known works. Praised as a ‘trio of vitality, charm and aplomb’ (The Age), the trio’s members – Kenji Fujimura (piano), Rochelle Ughetti (violin), Miranda Brockman (cello) – are seasoned performers and have gained a reputation for excellence and a sumptuous sound world, with performances being regularly broadcast by ABC Classic FM and 3MBS-FM.
Apart from its own annual subscription series held in Melbourne and regional Victoria, Trio Anima Mundi is a frequent performer at Music and Arts Festivals across Victoria including the Castlemaine State Festival, ‘Music in the Round’ at Monash University, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, Melbourne Chamber Music Feast, Montsalvat Chamber Music Series, Music at the Basilica, Barwon Heads Musical Society’s Chamber Music Series, the Ballan Feast and the Lyrebird Music Society concert series. Trio Anima Mundi recently performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Angus Christie. This CD release marks the debut recording for Trio Anima Mundi.
Dr Kenji Fujimura (piano) is a multi-award-winning pianist and composer, with many broadcasts on ABC-FM/TV, MBS-FM, BBC Radio3 and Bravo!Canada to his credit. Invitations to give concerts, masterclasses and act as adjudicator have taken Kenji throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. He has been described as ‘a grand artist with a magical sound, an accomplished technique and a superb understanding of all musical styles. He adds to this a vision of deep profundity.’
Kenji is a founding member of Trio Anima Mundi and the Blackwood Ensemble. As a pedagogue, Kenji has taught at university level for two decades, and is currently Deputy Head, Coordinator of Chamber Music and Coordinator of Theatre, Performance, and Music Graduate Program at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. He is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.
Rochelle Ughetti (violin) graduated with an honours degree from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2003 and continued her violin studies with Professor Maurice Hasson at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in both Australia and overseas. Along with solo performance, Rochelle is also an active participant in chamber music ensembles and has played with both the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. She has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and is a core member of the orchestra. She has also played with the London Chamber Players and participated in the ‘Encuentro De Musica y Academia De Santander’ in Spain. Rochelle joined Trio Anima Mundi in 2009.
Miranda Brockman (cello) has been a permanent cellist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1999. She completed a Master’s Degree in Music Performance at Melbourne University studying under Nelson Cooke. Her earlier teachers were Christian Wojtowicz, Marianne Hunt and Kate Finnis. She has performed as principal cellist in a number of Australian orchestras including the Australian Pops Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and as soloist with a variety of regional orchestras in Australia. Miranda is a keen chamber musician. As a child she played in the Brockman String Quartet and in later life was a member of the prize-winning Lyric Trio at Melbourne University. She is a founding member of Trio Anima Mundi and regularly appears in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series of concerts. Her playing has been broadcast over both ABC-FM and 3MBS-FM Australia.