Clarinet & Guitar

Internationally acclaimed recording artists Peter Handsworth (‘clarinetist extraordinaire’, Adelaide Advertiser) and Oliver Fartach-Naini ('virtuoso with a flourish of fine feeling at his finger tips', Nordsee-Zeitung Bremerhaven) have converged their musical journeys into the formation of DUO NEXUS. Their recently released CD “Tango” is an eclectic compilation of compositions by Astor Piazzolla, Coco Nelegatti, Ian Seaborn and Stephen Whittington. Three of the five works on this album are world premiere recordings.

Peter Handsworth began his formal studies in clarinet with David Shephard at the Elder Conservatorium. As a recipient of a QEII Silver Jubilee Trust Award and ABC Young Performers Award he undertook postgraduate studies with Professor Wolfgang Meyer at the renowned Hochschule für Musik in Karlsuhe, Germany. This was the beginning of a successful international performing career that has taken him to all parts of the world.
Peter Handsworth has been invited to perform and teach at numerous international music festivals including Lochenhaus, Schleswig Holstein, Weimar festivals and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. He has recorded widely, including an EMI Classics recording “Blues for Sabine’ with Sabine Meyer and Eddie Daniels and two contemporary music CD’s with the MOVE label. He has been recorded by the South German and Bavarian Radio and is a regular contributor to the ABC recording archives. Peter Handsworth is a strong advocate of new music and is a core member of the Soundstream Collective, a progressive contemporary music ensemble based at the University of Adelaide.
Following the appointment as Professor in Clarinet at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, Peter Handsworth became Senior Lecturer in Woodwind and subsequently Head of the School of Music at Monash University in Melbourne. Peter Handsworth has held the position of Principal Clarinet in orchestras in Germany and Spain, including the Württembürgische Kammerorchester and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, and as guest principal in a number of Australian orchestras.
As the inaugural conductor of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Peter Handsworth has also conducted the SL Wind Orchestra in Stockholm, the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra and directed the Monash Chamber Orchestra and Monash Wind Symphony. As a keenly motivated educator he has conducted at the South Australian State Music Camp and has appeared previously as a guest conductor with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra. In 2013, Peter Handsworth was also appointed conductor of the Adelaide Youth Sinfonia. He currently teaches clarinet and chamber music at the Elder Conservatorium.

Oliver Fartach-Naini looks back on a long series of exciting projects with which he has delighted audiences the world over. The CD Persian Art Music CD „Didar – Live in Berlin“ with Majid Derakhshani (Composition, Tar, Voice), Thea Nielsen (Flute) and Amir Abbas Zare (Daf) is one of his ventures discovering new horizons. His Deutsche Grammophon recording of Schubert's "Winterreise" in Ludger Vollmer's arrangement for viola (Richard Yongjae O'Neill) and two guitars topped the South Korean Classical Charts for three months after its release in early October 2007. Oliver Fartach-Naini has performed extensively as a soloist, with orchestral accompaniment, in duo with Korean guitarist Lee Song-Ou, German flautist Thea Nielsen and as a member of the quintet "Tango Concertante". Tours, Master Classes, Festivals, Radio and TV appearances in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA have brought him international acclaim. To date Oliver Fartach-Naini has released 9 CDs for the German Labels Deutsche Grammophon, Kreuzberg Records, Acoustic Music Records as well as Credia Classics and Ethnoclassics. Oliver Fartach-Naini endorses “La Bella” strings. The German publisher “Edition Margaux” created the “Collection Oliver Fartach-Naini” which is a selection of the numerous pieces composers from all over the world have dedicated to Oliver Fartach-Naini and his ensembles. 
Oliver Fartach-Naini was a student of Laurie Randolph at the "University of the Arts Berlin" and for postgraduate studies at the Academy of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig and has participated in many international master classes including Eduardo Fernandez, Alvaro Pierri, Abel Carlevaro, Thomas Müller-Pering, Pepe Romero, Hopkinson Smith and Nigel North.
Now a passionate educator himself, Oliver Fartach-Naini teaches guitar and chamber music at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music. His strong interest in teaching is documented in his thesis on early childhood guitar pedagogy submitted for his first University degree in Berlin. More recently, as the repertoire consultant for the current AMEB classical guitar syllabus Oliver Fartach-Naini published 7 graded repertoire books with instructional commentary and compiled a 1000 work repertoire list in 2011.



CD TANGO will be released on November 6th 2015 at the Adelaide Guiar Chamber Music Festival!
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