The GCYO has a strong and proud history with many leading musicians in Australia and internationally. As we begin preparations to celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2019, please take some time, to tell us about you! Please complete your information here. Thank you to all past Members for your contribution to our wonderful organisation! Alumni Concert date is Saturday 14 December 2019.

Kristian Bezuidenhout

Kristian Bezuidenhout 2010 Photo: Marco Borggreve

Kristian was born in South Africa in 1979.  He began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music and now lives in London.  After initial studies as a modern pianist with Rebecca Penneys, he explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette.

Bezuidenhout first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize as well as the audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition. Bezuidenhout is a frequent guest artist with the world’s leading ensembles including The Freiburger Barockorchester, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Orchestra of the 18th Century, English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Köln, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and Collegium Vocale Gent, in many instances assuming the role of guest director. He has performed with celebrated artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Ton Koopman, Christopher Hogwood, Pieter Wispelwey, Daniel Hope, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Viktoria Mullova, Carolyn Sampson and Mark Padmore.

Bezuidenhout now divides his time between concerto, recital and chamber music engagements, appearing in the early music festivals of Barcelona, Boston, Bruges, Innsbruck, St. Petersburg, Venice and Utrecht; the festivals of Salzburg, Edinburgh, Schleswig Holstein, Tangelwood and Luzern and Mostly Mozart Lincoln Center, and at many of the world’s most important concert halls including the Berlin and Köln Philharmonie, Suntory Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysées, Symphony Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Since 2009, Bezuidenhout has embarked on a long-term recording relationship with Harmonia Mundi.  Recent recordings include Volumes 1, 2 & 3 of the complete keyboard music of Mozart (prizes include Diapason D’or, a Caecilia Prize, and Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik); Mendelssohn piano concertos with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Schumann Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore (both won Edison Awards). His recording of Beethoven violin sonatas with Viktoria Mullova (ONYX label) won an Echo Award for the best chamber music album of 2011.  A disc of Mozart Piano Concertos (K. 453 & 482) with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra was released in November, 2012.

Pamela Jordan

Pamela commenced piano studies at the age of 7 and went on to graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1988, studying flute with Louise Dellit & Gerhard Mallon, piano with Enid Lane, and composition with Stephen Cronin. Since then, she has undertaken further flute studies and participated in Masterclasses with internationally renowned flautists. Pamela has been commissioned as a Composer. She was a Classroom Music Specialist Educator in Queensland from 1990 to 1999 and in NSW from 2004 to 2012. Currently she is committed to her teaching practise on the Northern Beaches, Sydney.

A favorite memory of GCYO was “Frank Schieblich yelling Sacre Blue at the orchestra when he was displeased!! :) but I also recall him telling me he can see what’s happening in the music by looking at my face”. Visit Pamela’s website.

Steve Newcomb

Steve is an Australian pianist and composer equally in demand for his unique touch on the piano, detailed writing, and comprehensive style of Steve_head shot side 2_lgearranging that explores the realm shared by jazz and new music.  He maintains an active solo career and shares the stage with a multitude of artists, performing in various styles and making “music in a knotty zone where Thelonious Monk meets classical music” (Sydney Morning Herald). Steve has written for a wide array of musical artists, from Ben Folds, Augie March, and The Panics in the pop world, to the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the classical world. He leads his own ensemble, the Steve Newcomb Orchestra, a large chamber jazz project realising original works for strings, winds, harp and voice with jazz trio, which can be heard on the debut album “Caterpillar Chronicles” on the Listen/Hear! label.

As an arranger, Steve has worked with countless artists and organisations and is sought after for his exploratory and “lavish” style (Sydney Morning Herald). Steve frequently collaborates with Australian vocalist Katie Noonan as arranger and composer, including the ARIA award-winning album First Seed Ripening (2011), the acclaimed circus cabaret LOVE SONG CIRCUS (2012), Transmutant (2015) and With Love and Fury with the Brodsky Quartet (2016). Based in Brisbane, Steve is Senior Lecturer, Head of Jazz and the Program Director of the Bachelor of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Steve completed both his Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Jim McNeely.

“Playing in the orchestra and big band at GCYO was a huge part of my learning as a musician. Exposure to new music, new experiences, and enjoyment in the social aspects of performing music with others. Many, many fond memories”. Best, Steve

Asher Yaniw

Asher graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2005 majoring in the violin. He is a very versatile musician and has a wealth of performance and recording experiences.  In 2002, Asher was awarded the Diploma Associate music Australia (AMusA) of the Australian Music Examinations Board in the subject of violin. His performances have lead him to meet and perform for celebrities such as Ricki-Lee Coulter, John Foreman and the current Governor-General of Australia Quentin Bryce.  For the last 7 years Asher has been leader of the Simply Strings Quartet who have performed at over 500 weddings/functions.  His performances have also included playing for Gold Coast Arts Centre musicals and Jupiter Casino shows, such as Les Miserables, West Side Story, My Fair Lady,  Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and ABBA MANIA. Asher is strings co-ordinator at Emmanuel College and was a conductor at the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra 2007 – 2012.  In 2005 he was also conductor of the Coastal Sounds Big Band. Asher enjoys the lifestyle that follows being a passionate musician and is enthusiastic helping students achieve their best. He is married to Belinda and has a son and daughter.

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Kim Kyle is a former member of the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra, having played the clarinet with the Orchestra during her later primary school years 1992-93.  In addition to the clarinet, Kim also enjoyed playing the flute, piccolo and keyboard and expanded her interests to singing in later years. Kim holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology and is currently employed as an Associate Solicitor with Adamson Bernays Kyle & Jones Lawyers on the Gold Coast.  She has two young sons whom she hopes will follow in her footsteps with her love for music, and is eager to ensure all future generations benefit from the excellence in music which the GCYO provides by utilising her legal and practical skills to complement the GCYO Management Committee.

The Norma Goldner Story

The Youth Orchestra could be said to have been the ‘baby’ of Norma Goldner, She was active in the Amateur Performing Arts and Light Opera on the Gold Coast, a journalist at The Gold Coast Bulletin, and a founding member of the University of The Third Age on the Gold Coast. Norma was Conservatorium trained and used to sing with Spotlight Theatrical Company formed in 1955 by Joyce Forbes, and the Gold Coast Little Theatre. Norma moved to the Gold Coast from Brisbane after her marriage to Ray Goldner, also a musician and journalist at The Gold Coast Bulletin. Ray Goldner “whose bass playing complemented his brother’s piano playing perfectly” according to John Dwyer’s article ‘Playback To The Past’ in the Gold Coast Bulletin November 25, 1991. He joined his brother Johnny in a very popular duo that played at Jim Cavill’s Surfers Paradise Hotel in the 1950s and 60s. The family connection to the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra was completed by nephew Richard Goldner who joined the Youth Orchestra in 1974 to play percussion. Richard pursued a career in music, first playing freelance backing artists like Rolf Harris, Jackie Love and ‘Wickety Wak’. He later played in ‘Streetlife’ then joined his wife Maryanne in her band ‘Nightflight’, a trio heard frequently around the Gold Coast. He moved on to an interest in MIDI Sequencing in his own home studio and undertook a career as an ambulance officer. In 1995 he became one of the first Paramedics in Queensland and now enjoys music as a hobby.