Testimonials

Feature performance at Le Diner en Blanc event – March ’16

Dear Madeleine,

On behalf of the Diner en Blanc Perth Team, I would like to thank you for your beautiful performance on Sunday evening. It was truly magical. Our guests absolutely loved your performance!

Solo Violin – Wedding March ’16

Hi Madeleine, Just wanted to say a big thank you to you for your performance on saturday. Your music made everything so special.

Christmas Party – String Duo – Dec’ 15

On behalf of the Mental Health Advisory Council I’d like to thank you and your colleague so much for the beautiful music at yesterday’s Christmas Party. It was exactly what the members had in mind for a relaxed setting and the opportunity to mingle and chat….

Anna & Daniel – Wedding May ’15

Hi Madeleine, Thanks for your beautiful performance at our wedding, you looked at sounded the part and added a lot of elegance to the occasion. Thank you again.

Sarah & Adam – Wedding March ’15

I wanted to say a big thank you for providing such beautiful music at our wedding ceremony. Adam told me that as soon as you started playing he got a little teary whilst waiting for me to arrive.! He also loved that you were able to play Jerusalem. My friends and family commented on how emotive your music sounded in such a lovely setting. You were very easy to communicate with and helped me to feel relaxed in the lead up as well as on the wedding day. Thanks so much again and I wish you all the best in your music career.
– Sarah and Adam

ENGROSSING EXPERIENCE FROM CHAMBER TO KITCHEN.

Reproduced Review by Neville Cohn, West Australian, Saturday 18 April.
Alexandre Da Costa and Friends. WAAPA Music Auditorium. 17 April.
Fascinating fare which ranged from the profoundly moving to the delightfully ridiculous ensured an altogether engrossing evening of chamber music.
Violinist Alexandre Da Costa, Micheal Goldschlager (cello) and Anna Sleptsova (piano) gave an account of Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No 2 which riveted the attention. Written in 1944 in the aftermath of the Nazi’s siege of Leningrad, the work is the apotheosis of bitterness, despair and anger beyond anger – and the players did wonders in evoking the confronting harshness of much of the writing.
Relentless pounding piano chords and ear-grating dissonance on violin and cello – plus pizzicato that sounded as if ripped from violin and cello – brought us face to face with the composer.
At the other end of the mood scale is Bohuslav Martinu’s insouciant La Revue de Cuisine, music for a ballet about, of all things, kitchen implements. It’s delightful material, presented with panache by the Indian Ocean Ensemble, a newly established group of senior WAAPA students under the guidance of Da Costa.
These young player did well in conveying the essence of this tongue-in-cheek music. It is perhaps invidious to single out individuals but it would be ungracious not to mention the skill of Madeleine Antoine violin, Natalya Czernicziw (bassoon) and pianist Ryan Davies. Earlier we heard Martinu’s serenade and a movement from a divertimento by Joseph Haydn’s brother Michael.
This was in impressive debut by the Indian Ocean Ensemble.
As a curtain-raiser, we listened to Da Costa and Goldschlager in Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen’s reworking of a Handel Passacaglia.

From the sublime to the triumphant

The Australian. West Australian Ballet, The Quarry Amphitheatre, February 10.

“AS strains of music wafted into the Quarry Amphitheatre, and as the long train of her white dress trailed across the stage, guest violinist Madeleine Antoine created a sublime ambience for Ivan Cavallari’s Strings 32, the opening work of West Australian Ballet’s annual Ballet at the Quarry.

Just as Antoine was caught up in the strings of her instrument, so were the dancers in the elastic cords they pulled on to the stage from the wings, sometimes abruptly letting them go, or weaving a cat’s cradle of interesting patterns.

Strings 32 culminated in an impressive display of blue and white balloons held individually by the full company.

One of Cavallari’s last creations for the WAB — he leaves at the end of the year — Strings 32 was a fluidly executed enactment of the serendipity of human contact.”(Rita Clarke)

DANCE NEWS WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET AND SYDNEY THEATRE PRESENTS NEON LIGHTS

Published on 16th Oct, 2012 Article by: chrisduncan 2012-10-16 Webpage http://www.dancelife.com.au, Sydney Theatre

“Finally, outgoing Artistic Director Ivan Cavallari presents his stunning choreography Strings 32, set to the exquisite strains of Paganini and Kreisler performed live by guest violinist Madeline Antoine.”A lone violinist roams the stage, dancers are tethered to elastic strings which zip energetically across the stage…the strings are physical and emotional, as well as musical” The West Australian 2012″The show-stealer” The West Australian 2012″… a fluidly executed enactment of the serendipity of human contact” The Australian 2012″(Chris Duncan).

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