- Featured: Ambre Hammond
- Release Date: 4/14/2006
Ambre began piano studies with her mother at the age of 3 and gave her first concert at age 5. In 1990 at age 12, Ambre achieved a world record when she received the Associate and Licentiate Diplomas of music in the same year. At 16 she received the First Prize in her first International Music Competition held in Argentina, South America. The following year she was invited to return to Argentina to perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 as her debut performance with the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra. This performance was recorded live and released as a CD, which has been acclaimed by the Rachmaninoff Society of USA as one of the finest recordings ever made 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. Ambre has performed both solo and with Orchestra throughout Switzerland, England, Italy, Spain, Poland, North and South America to consistent acclaim from both critics and public alike. Recently she has continued to perform not only the great classics but showed a flair for jazz and blues by combining talents with James Morrison in a series of concerts displaying a fusion of musical styles. A recent performance was with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in New Zealand at which she delighted audiences playing the magical Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto as well as teaming up with James Morrison for some blues and other jazz standards. Renowned Hollywood film writer and composer Lalo Schifrin was commissioned to write a very special Double Concerto for Jazz Trumpet, Classical Piano and Orchestra especially for Ambre and James Morrison. They will perform this work throughout Europe, USA and Australia with the World premiere performance to be held in Sydney on July 19 and 21 at the Sydney Opera House. One of Ambre's current projects is the recording of a CD of music commissioned by Ambre from several of Sydney's finest young jazz musicians. They have written 'classical' compositions with overtones of jazz, blues and the fusion of many other styles to create unique pieces of music which Ambre looks forward to presenting to her audiences to demonstrate the creative brilliance that is abundant in Australia's young musicians. Ambre is blessed with not only artistic brilliance and technical prowess of the highest order, but has a physical beauty and presence that leaves her listeners in awe of such a young, energetic and gifted talent. Ambre has the communicative skills to be able to share her passion for the music and delight audiences everywhere from age 1 to 100.