Rachmaninoff's sonata for cello and piano is surely one of the highlights of the Russian Romantic chamber music repertoire.  Written for cellist Anatoliy Brandukov (the 'best man' at the composer's wedding) the work displays all of the great expressive (as well as technically-mesmerising) qualities of the instruments. Fans of the ever-popular "2nd Piano Concerto" will love this smaller masterpiece, composed in the same year of 1901.

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Paul Stender - cello

Having returned from Vienna in 2009, Paul has been working with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony, having toured internationally with both orchestras. He has appeared as Guest Principal Cello with ACO Collective and played Principal and Associate Principal with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
As a chamber musician Paul has been fortunate enough to collaborate with numerous esteemed artists including Andrew Haveron, Andreas Ottensammer, Natalie Chee and Suzie Park and is currently cellist with the Omega Ensemble.

During his time in Austria, Paul studied cello at the Universität für Musik Wien with Vienna Philhamonic principal cellist Wolfgang Herzer, whilst touring and performing throughout Europe as a freelance cellist.
Prior to his move overseas, Paul completed a Bachelor of Music with David Pereira at the Canberra School of Music.