Colin Forbes

Beethoven Piano Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

26 July 2014

Sonata no. 12 in A-flat major, Opus 26 (Funeral March) (1801)
Sonata no. 8 in C minor, Opus 13 (Pathétique) (1789)
Sonata no. 30 in E major, Opus 109 (1820)
Sonata no. 26 in E-flat major, Opus 81a (Les Adieux/Das Lebewohl) (1810)

5 May 2012

Sonata no. 16 in G major, Opus 31, no.1 (1802)
Sonata no. 19 in G minor, Opus 49, no 1 (1805)
Sonata no. 20 in G major, Opus 49, no. 2 (1805)
Sonata no. 21 in C major (Waldstein) Op. 53 (1803)
Sonata no. 24 in F-sharp major (A Thérèse) Opus 78 (1809)
the Andante Favori (1804).

7th June 2009

Sonatas no. 5 in C minor, Opus 10 no. 1
Sonata no. 18 in E flat minor, Opus 31 no. 3
Sonata no. 25 in G major, Opus 79
Sonata no. 27 in E minor, Opus 90
Sonata no. 31 in A flat major, Opus 110)

Colin also gave a short Beethoven piano recital in November 2008 in memory of the Revd Rob Lamerton, rector of St Philip's and long-time friend of CAMRA. That afternoon, Colin played Beethoven's Rondo in G Opus 5 no.2, Polonaise Opus 89 and Sonata no. 4 in E flat.

Colin Forbes

On graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Colin Forbes became Lecturer in Piano at the Conservatorium as well as pianist and percussionist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He later joined the Australian Opera as a repetiteur and has also worked with other leading concert organisations including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Synergy and the Australia Ensemble. A study tour of Germany took Colin to the Essen Hochschule to study piano with Paul Badura Skoda. Colin subsequently taught and performed in Germany. On returning to Australia he became Head of Keyboard at Ascham School in Sydney, later moving to Canberra in 1992 to take up the position of repetiteur at the Canberra School of Music. Colin gave sonata recitals with the violinist Erich Binder (Concert Master of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) on both of his visits to Australia.

In 1997 Colin helped to establish the Canberra Academy of Music and Related Arts, where he is currently Artistic Director and principal piano teacher. Under CAMRA's auspices, Colin has performed the complete piano sonatas of Mozart, prepared the music and staging of award winning productions of several Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, The Beggar's Opera, the liturgical opera Ordo Virtutum by Hildegard von Bingen, and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.

Colin has given many concerts in Canberra as both soloist and accompanist. In association with St Philip's, he has prepared and conducted numerous orchestral masses and directed performances of Handel's Messiah and Bach's St John Passion.