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Recitals Australia Junior Series – Max Junge, voice, Sean Zhang, solo piano

Wed 10 Jul @ 12:30 pm

Recitals Australia Presents –
Max Junge, voice, with Sachiko Hidaka, piano
Sean Zhang, solo piano

North Adelaide Baptist Church Hall – Tynte Street, North Adelaide
Tickets $10 (online or at the door, card only). Purchase online at https://recitalsaustralia.org.au

Max Junge, voice | Sachiko Hidaka, piano

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Come, All Ye Songsters Of The Sky from The Fairy Queen

George Frederick Handel (1685-1759)
Art Thou Troubled

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Eight Songs Op. 52
iv Maigesang (Song Of May)

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
Poems Of Eduard Mörike
xxviii. Gebet (Prayer)

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
Già Il Sole Dal Gange from Over The Ganges, The Sun…

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
Notte (Night)

Michael Head (1900-1976)
A Piper

John Ireland (1879-1962)
Sea Fever

Sean Zhang, piano

Bach, J.S. (1685-1750)
Prelude And Fugue No.16 In G Minor, BWV 861

Haydn, J. (1732-1809)
Variations In F Minor, Hob Xvii:6

Chopin, F. (1810-1849)
Nocturne In F Minor, Op. 55 No.1

Chopin, F. (1810-1849)
Etude In F Minor, Op. 25 No.2

Bartók, B. (1881-1945)
Román Népi Táncok (Romanian Folk Dances) Sz 56/ Bb 68
i. Bot tánc / Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)
ii. Brâul (Sash Dance)
iii. Topogó / Pe loc (In One Spot)
iv. Bucsumí tánc / Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
v. Román polka / Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
vi. Aprózó / Mărunțel (Fast Dance)

2’30” | 4’ | 2’15” | 2’20” | 2’40” | 3’ | 1’20” | 2’ | 4’30” | 12’ | 5’40” | 1’50” | 6’20” |

Max is a 14-year-old classical singer and chorister who aspires to become a professional opera and concert singer. He joined his first choir at the age of four, commencing classical singing and piano lessons at seven. His first solo public performance was singing the treble role in Once in Royal David’s City at the Darwin Carols by Candlelight at the age of eight.

Max has had the privilege of singing with Australia’s foremost treble choirs, including Gondwana Voices (2023 ensemble in residence for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) and Young Adelaide Voices First Concert Choir. An emerging tenor, Max is now a member of Gondwana Singers.

In 2023, Max was fortunate to receive the Grade 7 Singing Prize from the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB). He was also awarded the Ralph K Hatcher Memorial Scholarship at the Balaklava Eisteddfod, for the male classical singer with the most potential and the Sieben-Scott Prize for 2024 from the Metropolitan Male Choir of South Australia.

On the opera stage, Max made his debut as Miles in State Opera South Australia’s production of The Turn of the Screw in 2022. He also performed in Opera Australia’s Madama Butterfly (regional tour) and State Opera South Australia’s Boheme on the Beach as a member of the children’s chorus.

Max has enjoyed success in competitions and eisteddfods, being awarded numerous first-place prizes. He is a regular performer at concerts, festivals, fundraisers, and masterclasses.

Max enjoys exploring a diverse repertoire, including arias, art and folk songs, and sacred music, in various languages. He particularly enjoys singing pieces from the Baroque and Romantic periods and enjoys working with contemporary Australian composers to introduce new works to audiences.

Committed to becoming a well-rounded performer, Max also studies drama, dance, and theatre sports. He enjoys photography in his spare time.

Sachiko Hidaka is originally from Japan and is an Adelaide-based accompanist and repetiteur. In Adelaide, Sachiko completed LMusA(Piano) under the guidance of Audrey White OAM and participated in Accompanists’ Guild of South Australia’s Répétiteur Mentorship Program in 2013. She is an accompanist at the Elder Conservatorium and for Cantamus Choir (Blackwood). Sachiko has been a repetiteur for several productions by Co-Opera, including Eugene Onegin (2016), La Bohéme (2017), and the Barber of Seville (2018).

Sean (Shengxuan) Zhang is ten years old, and began learning the piano when he was five. His current teacher of 3 years is Gil Sullivan. In September 2023 Sean passed the ABRSM 8th Grade piano exam with the highest pass the ABRSM can offer. Between 2021 and 2023, Sean has competed in numerous Adelaide Eisteddfod Piano Competitions, winning first prizes in many diverse sections:-French composition (Open age), Baroque Era Piano Solo(15 years and under),Romantic Era Solo (12 Years and Under), and Australian Composition Solo (12 Years and Under)

For his consistent and outstanding performances, in 2023 Sean was awarded the Dulcie Holland Medallion by the Adelaide Eisteddfod for being the most promising “Pianist 12 Years or Under”.

Sean also studies violin, and his current teacher is Minas Berberyan. In the past few years, he has also won many prizes in the Eisteddfod String division.

Sean has been a member of the St Peter’s College Junior School String Orchestra, Chamber Strings, Junior School Swing Band, and Percussion Ensemble.

Your support enables us to play a special role in the musical life of Adelaide. Recitals Australia annually provides over 100 performance opportunities, and support through our skills and development programs, for South Australian emerging artists. We hope to see you there.



Wed 10 Jul
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm


North Adelaide Baptist Church
154 Tynte Street
Adelaide, 5006 AU
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