Russian-born flautist Zina Kaynarska is a well-known name in classical music. She is a winner of 1982 Ukrainian -Woodwind Competition and a First Prize winner of 1986 International Chamber Competition in Poland. She studied at Odessa State Conservatory, one of the oldest Russian institutions for concert musicians and music teachers.
Zina started her performing career as a Principal Flautist in the Ukrainian Symphony Orchestra, and later became a member of various Baroque and Woodwind ensembles with which she frequently toured Russia and Europe. She successfully combined orchestral performance with musical tuition. She was awarded with Commendation Certificate from Ukrainian Government for active work in the field of music and education.
Since arriving in Australia in 1996, Zina has given recitals at various venues in Sydney and Melbourne, including Sydney Opera House, Hamer Hall and Dallas Brooks Hall. She keeps teaching and has been granted AMTR Excellence Award 2004 "For Excellence in Teaching and the Running of a Music Teaching Business". She regularly performs at the Crown Casino, Hilton Hotel, German Lutheran Trinity Church, Armadale Uniting Church and other venues. She took part in various performances for special occasions such as BMW recital series in Sydney and Melbourne and the Ceremony of Paul Volenberg Monument re-opening where she gave a solo performance of Ernesto Bloch's "Abodah".
In 2012 Zina recorded new CD of classical, popular and music from movies. This CD features recording of "Sonata for Flute and Piano" written for her by Australian composer Phillip Gelbach.
Zina's repertoire includes arrangements of classical, jazz, popular and folk music. She performs solo, with backing tracks and with live piano accompaniment.
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Shannon is a specialist guitar teacher trained in the classical tradition and has a music degree from the University of Melbourne. His particular love of teaching comes from the sense of possibility that each student brings and the way in which the teacher's performance is enriched by the student's learning. He has a strong interest in the interaction of different styles of music, is very interested in composition and loves the simple musical expression of composers as far apart as J.S. Bach and Elvis Costello. He also loves the touch and feel of musical instruments, and has built his own marimba and various percussion instruments.
Shannon Millard studied music at the University of Melbourne under Ken Murray and Geoffrey Morris. He has participated in masterclasses with guitarists including Izhar Elias, Paul Beier, Jochen Schubert, and John Griffiths.
Shannon has an interest in a broad repertoire, but with a special focus on French Lute music of the 17th Century, German Lute music of the 18th Century, original guitar compositions of the 19th Century, and 20th Century avant garde. He maintains a busy schedule of teaching and performing.
Polina Roussou and her book
Echo of the Past follows the lives of a family of doctors during 1910-1980 and the consequences the events of these times have on their relationships. The story begins when a notable Russian physician from Moscow decides to send his son, Henry, to study medicine in Germany. The new life in Berlin captivates the young man and he falls in love with the country and its people. The suddenness of WWI makes his situation extremely complicated: he can't fight his own people, nor can he fight the people whom he had befriended in Germany. And above all, he is in love with Elzie. He will never leave her! A vacancy at Dr Kurt's Microbiology laboratory opens a new and exciting career for Henry to become a medical researcher. He stays in Berlin and marries Elzie. The political events of 1914 -1924 in Europe and Russia separate Henry from his parents for many years with no contact. His numerous attempts to find them fail. Unexpectedly, he receives a letter from a friend of his childhood telling him that his elderly parents are alive. He goes to Russia for a few days in the hope to bring them to Germany. But he never comes back...A love that was interrupted by the war brings forth a tragedy that has far reaching consequences. The book describes how the political situation that develops between Russia and Germany in the following years has disastrous repercussions for the citizens of both countries. The twisting plot masterfully creates an underlying sense of mystery to reveal how the pent up passions of individuals, caught in the devastation of a war ravaged Europe, must face the often cruel hand of serendipity. It is a well created story that weaves itself through a bygone era to resonate with universal truths and astonishing realizations. You may want to read it twice. M. J. Bedewi, is the writer.
About the Author Born in Moldova, Polina Roussou was educated in Chisinau University and Tiraspol Institute of Pedagogy. She started writing poems and short stories in her youth. Her narratives are about love, war and human relationships. One of her short stories, Two Days with My Father, was published in Melbourne, 2000. Echo of the Past, Polina's first novel, is an exciting and touching story about the deepest of human qualities that emerge in extreme situations, from romance to tragedy. The book gives a thoughtful insight into the way of life under the political regimes of Hitler and Stalin and the emotional turmoil both regimes have fostered. The book leads the reader into reflections about the destructive nature of war and the necessity for peace throughout all nations of the world. Polina lives in Melbourne with her husband, Caesar.
Reviews: Echo Of The Past by Polina Roussou
Review by Geoffrey Horn, /British Subject/ The story is beautifully written, the interest of page turning pure quality, and the prose is simple and magnificently expressed. Only a very special writer, particularly from your background writing under such duress as you had to experience, could have written such a story. The characterization is intriguing. You covered perhaps the entire gamut of human emotion without making it blatantly obvious by skilfully introducing the familiar problems associated with life which in itself would have been no easy task. Congratulations Among other outstanding characteristics your writing includes an excellent knowledge of history and relevant detail, all of which add to the authenticity of the story. It is, in fact totally believable, but always leads the reader to turn expectantly to the next page and learn more, surely a priceless gift to offer from any writer worth their salt. After all a story that has page turning quality is a story well written. I congratulate you on your command and understanding of the English language, by no means, the easiest language from an expressional point of view, to write about and upon. Speaking for myself, as a person from a different world of upbringing and ignorant of your own past way of life, I found it relatively easy to capture certain elements and understand them in a way that was impossible before reading your fine book. Yet, it was interesting to discover that emotions remain almost the same, as experienced anywhere no matter the background on the incumbents involved. I would highly recommend your work to all my readers. Well done!
Echo of the Past by Polina Roussou
Reviewed by Julia Valent, Melbourne, Vic. / extract/ This unique story weaves a tale around three generations. Intermarriage, war, prejudiced and persecution wreak enormous and long-term effects on the lives of the characters in the book. Much research must have gone into being able to tell all the various periods and points of view in the story, as it is told in its several locations and periods of history. The book opens with a mystery – who is this man going into the grave, leaving at least one angry woman led away by her adult children and one mystery woman alone at the burial. What is the story? Who are these women? Through the telling of the story of Ben during the holocaust of the Second World War led back through the generations to build a story of the family, and – for this reader at least- to presume some connection to the dead man whose story we want to know. The tale is written in an easy to read narrative and at times the characterization is so good that the characters ‘jump off the page’. The style is slightly old fashioned which suits the historical period perfectly. The work is presented as a fictional story, which leaves the writer licence to manipulate some of the events for the purpose of reader interest. A problem, writers always face when telling a story of many individuals over generations is how to manage the point-of-view. The omniscient pointed view taken in this tale is probably the only way to have handled such a complexity of relationships over a long period of time, and it is handled well. Having read many stories of the Holocaust, this one added a completely new dimension for me, particularly the element of intermarriage, the repercussions of which can be so great, as we learn from the story. It has given me pause for reflection on how future lives can be influenced by such a decision based on love, especially during turbulent times in history. It was a wonderful book for me to read. Thank you for writing it.
Echo of the Past by Polina Roussou
Dr Galina Daraganova Research Fellow Honorary Melbourne University Fellow
I was astounded by this book. This is one of the few books that you cannot put down until you’ve read till the very last page. The book is well researched, intelligently written and emotionally stimulating. It reads like a fast paced action novel and the mood of dread, fear and hope are touchingly communicated to the reader. The plot is intriguing and twisted. It reads like a puzzle that you put together only at the very end. It gives you a chill when the you think about choices and sacrifices people make when their loved ones belong to fighting countries. It is a rewarding read and an adventure from the beginning. Highly recommended!
Echo of the Past by Polina Roussou
M.J. Bedewi, Writer The twisting plot masterfully creates an underlying sense of mystery to reveal how the pent up passions of individuals, caught in the devastation of a war ravaged Europe, must face the often cruel hand of serendipity. It is a well created story that weaves itself through a bygone era to resolute with universal truths and astonishing realizations. You may want to read it twice.
... fresh, delicious and available direct from the factory Blue Bay Cheese is proud to announce that we have gained kosher certification for our range of soft cheeses. Established in 1968 under the auspices of Rabbi Baruch Abaranok z”l, Kosher Australia (formerly Melbourne Kashrut) is widely recognised as the foremost Kosher Certification body in Australasia. A Kosher Certification can be compared to a Quality System or ISO audit and is not a trivial exercise. For a product to gain Kosher Certification its complete Bill of Manufacture must be Kosher Certified including manufactured products purchased in as raw materials by a manufacturer. Blue Bay yoghurts and kefir – fresh and delicious Buffalo Yoghurt Blue Bay Cheese announces its new Buffalo Yoghurt: gentle and light on the palate with a clean after taste, a panacotta texture, it's refreshing, not so overpowering or sharp as sheep or goats' milk and not heavy or lingering like some regular yoghurts.
Available FRESH at:
Our Mornington Blue Bay Factory 1/6 Latham St, Mornington (Mel Ref: 145 J3) Open Thurs-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 9am–noon
Our Frankston Blue Bay Deli 8 Young St, Frankston (opposite railway station, next to Dive shop) Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 8am-2pm 'Sparkling inspiration' - making grandmother proud
Andriy and Taras Kogut are the familiar faces of Blue Bay Cheese at the farmers markets of the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne's Kosher food scene. They come from a rich heritage of cheese making, have embraced Port Phillip Bay and Mornington as their "sparkling' inspiration" for a new life in Australia - and now produce cheeses that would make their grandmother very proud.
The identical twins grew up in the Carpathian Mountains in the Ukraine, where they learnt the art of cheese making from their grandmother who believed in the health benefits of fresh yoghurt. Their grandmother taught them to be self-sufficient on small acreage, until Chernobyl.
Like so many new immigrants the Koguts say that survival in a new country has been a great motivator. It's been a big risk starting a business and a daily challenge for the two boys, and their family in a new country where they hardly knew the language let alone the business networks and had to learn Australian codes and practices.
"Our grandmother milked the cows and goats herself daily, taking great pride in having fresh yoghurt and cheese on the table every day," Andriy says.
"After Chernobyl, Taras, my identical twin and I, both studied in Kiev and majored in Agricultural Engineering and Dairy Production and Processing."
"I came out to Australia first. I was the scout for the family. After jackerooing up north I came to Melbourne and liked the multicultural feel of the place and the fact that there was a big strong Ukrainian community. So much has happened in the last few years and it is hard to imagine that it was only in 2004 that Taras and I drove down to the Mornington Peninsula for the first time.
"Coming from a rural background, we were struck by the beauty and modernity of Australia, the blueness of Port Phillip Bay, and we came up with the name Blue Bay Cheese even before we had a business or a factory.
"Working with the public and selling our products at farmers markets has been a great way of learning and meeting people and communicating. When our factory opened in Mornington in 2005 I felt happy for us that Australia has welcomed our family to this country and people appreciate the difference in our yoghurts and cheeses."
Andriy handles more of the customer relations and marketing side of the business while Taras focuses on technical aspects and production.
"As children there was some rivalry, but as adults we share and grow ideas with total trust which makes it fun and makes it easier".
Taras recalls: "I have never forgotten the day we both drove to the Mornington Pier for the first time. We were both riveted by how sparkling the bay was. We knew together instantly something good was going to happen in this place. Both of us knew it. It was an inspiration for both of us.
"Our parents came out for a holiday and stayed to make this business happen. Working in a new country means that your family is your strength."
"We are not egotistical people. We have grown up in childhood of sharing in a rural environment in a simple agricultural community. We have chosen to use simple techniques for all our fresh cheeses and yoghurts. Everything is controlled by hand, not computers, and we use no preservatives, which means we work hard, for small batches."
"Both of us love the feedback from the public and our customers have become part of our adventure. Our work brings us in contact with a lot of different people and it is a buzz."
The founders of Casella Wines, Filippo and Maria Casella, immigrated to Australia from Sicily in 1957
Filippo and Maria Casella, the founders of Casella Wines, immigrated to Australia from Sicily in 1957.
Along with their hopes and dreams, they brought know-how acquired through three generations of grape growing and winemaking in Italy.
Even in these early days, the Casella family's wine was much more than something you simply drank with dinner - it was something you shared with family and friends.
Filippo was passionate about his wine and enjoyed sharing it with friends and family. He knew exactly how much hard work, cooperation and skill went into producing a great wine, and he instilled this knowledge in each of his children. It's an approach they remain true to today.
Recognising the potential of the Riverina region of New South Wales, Filippo purchased a farm on the fringe of the Yenda township in 1965. In 1969, after successfully selling the grapes from his farm to local
Wineries, he decided it was time for a new generation to put its winemaking skills to use, and the winery was born.
Today, Casella remains very much a family business, with second- and third-generation family members all playing a part in this extraordinary success story.
From humble beginnings, the Casella family has become Australia's greatest wine exporter.
Grapes from Australia’s warm and cool-climate wine regions are blended for complexity and flavor to produce [yellow tail] The Reserve.