Akemi Schubert was born in Tokyo, Japan and began piano lessons at age 3. She graduated from the prestigious Musashino Music College in Tokyo and studied further in Chicago with Deborah Sobol of the Chicago Chamber Musicians in 1990 Akemi attended the chamber music classes of clarinettists John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Michel Arringnon (Professor- Paris Conservatoire). Akemi has studied Alexander Technique with Heidi Winderl-Schanz and Nili Bassan.
She has been active as both performer and teacher in Japan and Australia, and has appeared in a variety of roles from concerto to recital and in collaboration with members of of Hiroyuki Iwaki's Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in their chamber music series from 1990-1995.
As a member of the Melbourne chamber music ensemble “Ensemblinx”, she has appeared regularly in recital and in live broadcast for the ABC “Sunday Live” series and for 3MBS.She regularly appears with her husband, clarinettist Robert Schubert in recital and has also performed with well-known bassoonists John and Lucinda Cran, percussionist Peter Neville & Speak Percussion and in recital with internationally acclaimed Canadian clarinettist James Campbell. She has also appeared in recitals with distinguished British pianist David Ward, in music for piano four hands and with violinist Isin Cakmakcioglu of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
In 2008 Akemi premiered the trio “Mozartiana” by internationally acclaimed composer Julian Yu with Robert Schubert (clarinet) and Rachel Atkinson (cello).
Robert Schubert graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1979, having studied with Isobel Carter-Stockigt and then returned to work with Phillip Miechel, completing a Graduate Diploma of Music in 1981. From 1983 to 1984, he studied clarinet with James Campbell at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada and with James Morton of the National Arts Orchestra of Canada, Ottawa. He then went on to study with Larry Combs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
He is a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique which he practices and shares with his students at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and in workshops and seminars in educational institutions around Australia.
In 1988 he was appointed Principal Clarinet with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Japan, under Hiroyuki Iwaki, a position he held until his return to Australia in 1996. During this period, he also performed as guest clarinet with the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo and the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. In 1991, he was a finalist in the Tokyo International Clarinet Competition. Always active as a chamber musician and soloist, he appeared frequently as soloist with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and in chamber music performances with the Ebony Ensemble, which he formed in 1993.
Japanese composer Tetsuya Nishibe wrote a clarinet quintet for him in 1993, and a particular highlight of his international career has been participation in the Affinis Music Festival Japan, which brings together professionals from around the world. Robert has given recitals in Australia, Japan and the USA, including many premiere performances of new works. He has recorded both standard and contemporary orchestral repertoire with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa on the Deutsche Grammophon, Victor and Sony labels. In Melbourne Robert performs regularly with the Melbourne Symphony and Orchestra Victoria. He has appeared in the Melbourne International Festival, the International Chinese Arts Festival and the Australian International Clarinet & Saxophone Festival as soloist, recitalist and with various chamber ensembles including his clarinet quartet Clarion214, and in live broadcasts for the ABC.
Mark Pollard and Julian Yu have composed clarinet quintets for Robert and he recorded Julian Yu's chamber music in 2000/2001 with assistance from the Australia Council. In June 2003 Robert performed contemporary Korean & Australian works with Melbourne's Trio Erytheia with assistance from the Australia-Korea Foundation. In 2002 Julian Yu wrote the Concerto on Chinese Themes for clarinet & string orchestra for Robert, who made the premier recording for the ABC in March 2004. He has also collaborated with Australian composer Peter Tahourdin (1928-2009). Tahourdin’s Clarinet Sonata (1962) and the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (2005) were both recorded by Robert for the ABC. The composer’s delight with the recordings was expressed by his writing two more clarinet works for Robert: Music for Solo Clarinet (2006), (which Robert premiered in December 2012) and the Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra (2007). In September 2012 Robert's CD of Julian Yu's clarinet music entitled China Wind was released on Move Records. In September 2012 he curated the performance event at the Alexander Technique and the Performing Arts international conference held at Melbourne University which included the world premiere, under Robert's direction, of Julian Yu's The Little Gecko for chamber ensemble, narrator and animation. In 2013 he gave the Chinese premiere of Yu’s Concerto on Chinese Themes at the Shanghai International Music Festival (MISA). He is currently recording a second album of the music of Julian Yu and will record the clarinet quintet written for him by American composer David Canfield in 2018.
Until July 2017 Robert was Lecturer in Woodwind (since 1996) and Alexander Technique (since 2008) at the Victorian College of the Arts, and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Cellist Kim Worley is a multi-faceted musician, combining singing, conducting and music education with his activities as an instrumentalist. A performance graduate of the Elder Conservatorium, Queensland Conservatorium and the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, Kim is currently studying in the first year of a Masters of Conducting course at the Elder Conservatorium.
As well as appearing as soloist with Melbourne ensemble Orchestra Nouveau, Kim has performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and Sydney Sinfonia. He was a founding member of the Eyre and Skyline string quartets and has appeared as guest artist with a number of ensembles in both Adelaide and Melbourne.
Stephanie Wake-Dyster completed her Master of Music in performance studying with Robert Schubert (former Principal Clarinet, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa), followed by a year of a Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies with Gregory Smith (Clarinettist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra). She is the recipient of numerous awards including an Adelaide Achiever’s Scholarship, The Christ Church Scholarship, Doris West Scholarship, Chicago College of Performing Arts Conservatory Scholarship and the Beta Sigma Phi Music Award.
Stephanie has performed in the St. Magnus Festival, Scotland with the Elder New Music Ensemble and been guest performer in the ABC’s ‘Sunday Live’ program and ‘The Firm’ and ‘Project 2’ concert series. She has recorded works by Australian composer Wendy Hiscocks with international pianist Roy Howat for the ABC and has recorded Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint with Tom Szucs. Stephanie has been soloist with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Unley Chamber Orchestra and Adelaide Youth Orchestra. She is an active chamber musician being a founding member of Kegelstatt Ensemble and has performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, Opera Australia, Adelaide Art Orchestra, Clarion214, Adelaide Concert Collective and for the Adelaide Festival Centre. She is a dedicated clarinet teacher and tutored at The University of Adelaide, State Music Camp of SA and Melbourne Summer School.
Anna Webb, Viola.
A founding member of Kegelstatt Ensemble, Anna performs extensively as a chamber musician in Adelaide and Melbourne. She also appears regularly in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra. Having a keen interest in historical performance practice, along with the modern viola Anna plays baroque viola and baroque violin. She also has experience in improvised performance in a contemporary classical context.
She has appeared in the Adelaide, Ozasia, Barossa, Coriole and Port Fairy music festivals and in the International Guitar Festival in Darwin, the St Magnus Festival in Scotland and the Holland Dance Festival. She has toured Europe, Australia and the South Pacific with the Australian Youth Orchestra. She is also highly regarded as a teacher of violin and viola, and has a background in languages and linguistics, and qualifications in Arts and Education.