C14 High Stakes

  • Friday, 5 May 2023

  • High Court of Australia

    Parkes Place, ACT 2601

The High Court of Australia opens its doors again for music worthy of its lofty light-infused spaces. The glorious constructs of J.S. Bach create a musical order as seductive to the ear as it is satisfying to the mind.



William Kraft,  Encounters II (1966)

J.S. Bach, Adagio and Fuga from Violin Sonata BWV 1001 (1720)

Aron Ottignon, improvisation

J.S. Bach, Grave and Fuga from Violin Sonata  BWV 1003 (1720)

Aron Ottignon, improvisation

J.S. Bach, Adagio and Fuga from Violin Sonata BWV 1006 (1720)

Aron Ottignon, improvisation

J.S. Bach, Chaconne from Partita BWV 1004 (1720)


James Wannan, viola
Aron Ottignon, piano
Jason Catchpowle, tuba

ARTIST Learn more about the artist

Artist James Wannan


Violist James Wannan is a founder of the Australia Piano Quartet (APQ), Co-Artistic Director of the Ensemble in Residence at the University of Technology Sydney, a member of Southern Cross Soloists and an Artistic Associate of Sydney Chamber Opera. He teaches chamber music and viola at the Sydney Conservatorium’s Rising Star program and has been a guest teacher at the Australian National Academy of Music. He is currently based in Sydney, having previously studied viola with Alice Waten and Caroline Henbest in Melbourne, Janet Davies in Sydney and viola d’amore in Vienna with Marianne Rônez. He explores his passion for music from ancient to contemporary on a number of instruments.

James has appeared as a soloist with many of Australia’s orchestras including the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, ACO2, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.