10 days to the Musica Viva Festival featuring AYO Chamber Players

29 of Australia’s best young musicians, forming five string quartets and three piano trios, have been specially selected at national auditions during 2010 to take part in the Musica Viva Festival 2011. During the Festival they will appear in public masterclasses and concerts under the banner of AYO Rising Stars. We talk to violinist Rebecca Gill, who will take part in one of AYO’s piano trios.

What are you most looking forward to at the Musica Viva Festival?

The opportunity to be completely immersed in Chamber music for 12 days while we prepare for the Festival. Then to work with Pekka Kuusisto, Takacs Quartet, Eggner Trio, Goldner String Quartet and Khatia Buniatishvili is every young musician’s dream. These players are our superstars and our idols.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the AYO?

AYO is the most incredible meeting place for young musicians. You very quickly make lasting friendships with musicians from all over the country and then are guided through an exciting and challenging musical program by the best professional musicians from Australia and around the world. We all talk about dealing with post-AYO blues after each program ends and we return to our own cities and reality.

Which musician / musicians are you inspired by?

So many! Pekka Kuusisto has been especially inspirational. He is one of the most exciting musical personalities in the world and his work bridges so many gaps between classical music and other styles. Great Australian musicians are also a wonderful inspiration. The incredible work of the Goldner String Quartet and also the ACO is proof of what is possible for Australian musicians.

What would you ideally like to be doing in 10 years time?

Performing and playing with wonderful musicians. I’d love to have a career where I can play in many styles and with many different ensembles at the very highest level.

Do you have a favourite piece of music?

I’m always finding new favourites. There is so much I’m yet to discover. I tend to love whatever I’m playing at the time.

When did you decide you wanted to be a musician?

I think at some point when I was in high school I realised I got an incredible buzz from music that was unlike anything else in my life. I’ve always loved Orchestral playing and Chamber Music and when I first met the other musicians studying at the conservatorium I remember thinking, ‘Ah! These people get it too!’

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