THE LOGAN SOLOISTS

The Logan Soloists brings together four passionate musicians with a wealth of international performing experience. The ensemble draws its repertoire from a diverse range of solo and chamber music for flute, oboe, cello and piano from around the globe. They are especially proud to feature works from the countries they have lived in, including Australia, Germany, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Russia.  

The Logan Soloists features the Australian flautist, Dr Karen Anne Lonsdale; Venezuelan born oboist, Frank Giraldo; and Uzbek/Australian musicians Dr Hila Yusupov (piano) and Renat Yusupov (cello). Each member of the ensemble has performed extensively in Australia and overseas. As well as being outstanding musicians, each is a passionate music educator who loves to share their knowledge with emerging artists and the broader musical community.
 

Meet The Artists

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Dr Karen Anne Lonsdale

FLUTE

Frank Giraldo

OBOE

Dr Hila Yusupov

PIANO

Renat Yusupov

CELLO

Dr Karen Anne Lonsdale studied flute with Gerhard Mallon at the Queensland Conservatorium and Professor Paul Meisen at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich.  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Griffith University (2011) and a Graduate Certificate in Education from the Queensland University of Technology (2020).  She has performed as an orchestral flautist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony, Munich Symphony, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Camerata, Topology, Southern Cross Soloists, and Camerata. She has performed in Australia, Germany, Israel, Malaysia and the USA. From 2012-2018 Dr Lonsdale was a Senior Lecturer in Music at Sultan Idris Education University in Malaysia and previously taught flute for Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, and the University of New South Wales. She is the flutist and a lead vocalist with X-Collective Cabaret Ensemble, and a performer with The Stairwell Project.

Frank Giraldo is a Venezuelan-born Oboist and Cor Anglais performer trained in the renowned El Sistema programme. At age 14, he was appointed by audition as one of the founding members of the National Children's Orchestra of Venezuela, which later became the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, where he was Principal Oboe. Mr. Giraldo studied Oboe at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music in Caracas under Ricardo Riveiro, and attended master classes under Albrecht Mayer, Maurice Bourgue, Andreas Wittmann and the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. He has toured to over 40 countries, participating in festivals such as the BBC Proms, Lucerne, and Salzburg Festivals, under maestros Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, and Sir Simon Rattle. He has performed for recordings with the label Deutsche Grammophon, including Fiesta - nominated to the Latin Grammy Awards for Best Classical Music Album of the Year in 2008. Mr. Giraldo lives in Brisbane, where he has played with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia of St. Andrew’s, Camerata, Orchestra Corda Spiritus, and the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra.

Dr Hila Yusupov studied piano in the class of Professor Galina Kalmikova at the Tashkent State Conservatorium of Music, Uzbekistan (1986-1992). She completed her Master’s degree (1997) at the same conservatorium under the direction of Professor Nicolay Bukin. After migrating to Australia in 2005, she was employed by the Australian Institute of Music (Sydney) as a piano teacher, accompanist, and chamber music fellow.   Performance highlights include recitals with the New Cologne International Philharmonic Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, and with the Wesley International Chamber Orchestra in St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane, and tours with various chamber groups and soloists in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Adelaide.  In 2019, Hila obtained her Ph.D. in Music Performance from the University of Queensland. Her research focused on elements of Uzbek folk music and their interpretation in the chamber music repertoire of the Uzbek Soviet Composers. Dr Yusupov presented a research paper at the Fourth Annual Graduate Student Music Conference at the University of Arizona, USA. She is keen to raise awareness of Uzbek composers through the performance of their largely unknown repertoire.

Renat Yusupov studied cello in the class of Professor Nikolay Bukin at the Tashkent State Conservatorium of Music, Uzbekistan. From 1992 to 1999 he worked as an Assistant Principal Cellist in The National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan, and Concertmaster of the State Conservatorium. Renat Yusupov migrated to Australia in November 1999 from St Petersburg, Russia, where he worked with the St Petersburg Orchestra as an Assistant Principal Cellist. Since arriving in Australia, he has performed as a soloist with numerous community orchestras. He also taught cello in a number of schools in Sydney, including The Australian Institute of Music, Ascham school for Girls, and St Patrick’s College Strathfield. Mr Yusupov has extensive experience in both music education and music performance. From 2005 to 2016 he was the Head of Music at a leading private school in Brisbane. Currently, he is the Primary Performing Arts Co-ordinator at the Glasshouse Christian College.  He continues to perform regularly as a soloist and chamber musician.