AMBRE HAMMOND

AMBRE HAMMOND

Virtuoso, glamorous Classical Pianist/Speaker and Entertainer

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Ambre began piano studies at the age of 3 and gave her first public concert at age 5. In 1989, at age 11, Ambre achieved a World Record, which she still holds, when she received the Associate and Licentiate Diplomas of music in the same year. At 16, she received the First Prize in an International Music Competition held in Argentina, South America.

The following year Ambre was invited to return to Argentina to perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 as her debut with the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra. This performance was recorded live, released as a CD and has been acclaimed by the Rachmaninoff Society of USA as one of the finest interpretations of this piece. At 16, Ambre recorded and released a CD of music by Franz Liszt titled ‘Devotion’ which was funded by Australian artist Arthur Boyd who was astounded with Ambre’s natural ability and invited her to be first Artist-In Residence at his Shoalhaven Property ‘Bundanon’ on the South Coast of Australia. Ambre has performed both solo and with Orchestra throughout Switzerland, England, Italy, Spain, Poland, North and South America, New Zealand and China.

In 2006 Renowned Hollywood film writer and composer Lalo Schifrin was commissioned to write a unique Double Concerto for Jazz Trumpet, Classical Piano and Symphony Orchestra especially for Ambre and James Morrison. Ambre traveled to Schifrin’s home in Los Angeles where she played the piece to Lalo who has dedicated the Concerto to her. The World Premiere performance was held in Sydney at the Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Schifrin Conducting in July 2007 to great acclaim from both critics and public alike. In 2008, Ambre traveled to New York to record the music of outstanding American composer, Patrick Zimmerli at the legendary Studio’s of Rudy Van Gelder, working with Producer Don Sickler and Van Gelder himself.

In March (2011) Ambre collaborated with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Indian legendary slide guitarist who won a Grammy for his album with Ry Cooder. They united with their unique and individual styles playing a special one off fusion concert at the Sydney Opera House titled ‘Raag Beethoven’. Ambre is Ambassador for the NSW Brain Foundation of Australia and the NSW Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.

Ambre’s CD ‘Reverie’ (2009) is a compilation of Romantic compositions written for piano, by various composers. “Flawless technique, beautiful sound, exquisite repertoire... all these are in abundance on this recording but they are not why one listens to this music time and time again. The reason you’ll immerse yourself in these sublime sounds more than once is the passion that Ambre brings to everything she does.” James Morrison OBE – Multi-instrumentalist

'Oblivion' (2012) is the latest release from Ambre Hammond in collaboration with brilliant musical talent Marcello Maio on Piano Accordion. 'Oblivion' consists of music by the Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla, featuring 'Milonga del Angel', 'Libertango' and the bewitching 'Oblivion'.

"Ambre Hammond is a great interpreter of Astor Piazzolla's music. His romantic approach to the Tango, his lyrical lines, which are so expressive, and his rhythmic pulsations are totally conveyed by her wonderful performances. Extraordinary! Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!"  Lalo Schifrin - Film Composer 

 


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