Acclaimed Sydney-based cellist and CP PRODUCTIONS director, Christopher Pidcock, enjoys a diverse career playing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Stalwart in contributing to the evolution of contemporary classical music, Christopher has worked with composers such as Georges Lentz, Alan Holley, Jon Rose, Hollis Taylor, Alex Pozniak, Celeste Oram, Kim Cunio, Mary Finsterer, Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe and Steve Mackey, as well as several young and emerging composers.
Christopher has performed as part of the Euro Arts Festival in Wuppertal, the International Music Institute in Darmstadt, as well as recitals in New York, Leipzig, Chicago, Tel Aviv and Moscow. Christopher’s awards include 2007 Gisborne International Music Competition (New Zealand) 1st prize, a Churchill Fellowship in 2008, the 2009 Nelson Meers Foundation Scholarship at the Sydney Eisteddfod, and Semi-finalist in the 2010 ABC YPA.
Christopher received his BM in Tasmania under Christian Wojtowicz, his MM under Uzi Wiesel in Sydney, and his Concert Exam with Hans Jørgen Jensen at Northwestern University, where he was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, working with Yo-Yo Ma and Riccardo Muti. Christopher became a full member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2013, which has fostered his love for contemporary music, especially under the artistic leadership of their chief conductor, David Robertson.
Christopher is a co-founding member of Sydney Piano Trio, with pianist/composer Jocelyn Ho, and is also the co-founder of a series in Sydney called Opus Now, which currently explores relationships between the Beethoven string quartets and contemporary music.
Christopher is a doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney, focussing on 19th century German romantic performance techniques and applying these to the late Beethoven cello sonatas.
Christopher is passionate about bringing together musicians and composers in Australia, to further strengthen (and reflect upon) our collective Austral musical language.
Opus Now Co-Founder
Freya Schack-Arnott is an Australian/Danish cellist who enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist and ensemble performer of classical and contemporary repertoire, curator and improviser within experimental music, electronics, popular and cross-disciplinary art forms.
In 2017/18 Freya appeared in a number of festivals including the Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Dark Mofo, Vivid Festival, Overground and Now Now Festival. Freya performs regularly with Sydney based contemporary ensemble Ensemble Offspring and in the Now Now and La la la series.
2017 also saw Freya co-founding the new monthly series “Opus Now” together with SSO cellist Chris Pidcock, featuring leading local and international contemporary and classical musicians, and the release of her debut album "Skur" with Danish experimental trio Skaft Økse og Sav.
New and upcoming releases include ‘FATEMAPS/ONE’ (2 cello/2 bass improvisations arranged by Clayton Thomas), EU band ‘Holm’ directed by Italian bassist Roberto Bordiga and Bonniesongs ‘Follow Me’ single and EP.
Ensembles and artists Freya has performed with include: Bang on a Can (USA), Ensemble Offspring (AUS), Eugene Chadbourne (USA), Oren Ambarchi (AUS), Speak Percussion (AUS), Liquid Architecture (AUS), Ensemble Midtvest (DK), Bae Il Dong (KOR), Brian Ritchie (US), Wilfred brothers (AUS), Clayton Thomas (AUS), Jon Rose (AUS), Sophia Brous (AUS), Peter Knight (AUS), Quiver New Music Ensemble (AUS), Fate Maps (AUS), Bonniesongs (AUS), Peerish (DK), Indianerne (DK) and Missy Higgins (AUS).
Alpha Gallery (home of the Opus Now concert series) is a non-for-profit community space located in the heart of Sydney's Inner West. Operating over the last ten years to provide affordable housing and an exhibition space to local artists working in a wide variety of mediums.
Alpha House Artists Co-operative is a registered charity and as such we provide a commission free space. We do however charge rental fees for exhibitions and rental for day/ evening events.
The Alpha Gallery Committee are volunteer creative-professionals, dedicating their time to support the influx of new approaches to contemporary art and the empowerment of emerging artists.