Diana Weston – fortepiano

Diana Weston is a musician living in Sydney. Since changing her career path from medicine to music, gaining her Masters in Music in 2008 with a study of harpsichord continuo styles, she has been involved with many musical activities and projects including festivals and concerts, operas and recitals. She is the director of the ensemble Thoroughbass which she formed in 2009.

 

A recording artist for the Australian label Wirripang, Diana has also acted as music director for Ondine Productions and is in demand as a free-lance harpsichordist. She has commissioned a number of works by Australian composers for her ensemble Thoroughbass including Magpie Baby: A Childhood Suite by Nadje Noordhuis (2013), Flying West by Ann Carr-Boyd (2014), The Birch Tree by Elena Kats-Chernin (2014), Suite for Diana by Ann Carr-Boyd (2015) and Flutter-by, the Butterfly by May Howlett (2015).

 

Recordings include: Bach and Harmonious Euphony: Music for 2 harpsichords with Monika Kornel (2010), Blue Skies, Magpies and Goldfish: Music for harpsichord, recorders, voice and cello by Australian women composers (2013), Flying West: the music of Ann Carr-Boyd, a double CD (2014/15), The Birch Tree: music based on folktunes (2015). All recordings include works by Australian composers. Major projects with Ondine Productions over the last few years have included Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero (fully staged); Philip Glass’ Akhnaten (a scented opera), Legacies of Love and Loss: lieder recital with international soprano Claire Primrose; Britten’s Phaedra/Gorecki’s Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra.

 

Publications: Magpie Baby: A musical storybook for the pre-reading child.

 

In 2016, Diana is delighted to be associated with keyboardist Michael Tsalka, both in Australia where they have given concerts together, and in Europe. Two new works have been dedicated to them – Crimson Rosella by Australian composer Ann Carr-Boyd and Toccata by Leonardo Coral of Mexico. A recording of these, together with arrangements of a number of Vivaldi’s violin concertos, is planned.