2012 Huntington Festival line-up announced

Our friends at Huntington Estate have been busy boasting about the line-up for the 2012 Huntington Estate Music Festival, so we thought we’d join in the fun and share with you some details of what’s coming up in November.

Musicians from ANAM

Anthony Marwood, one of the world’s great violinists, will share his renowned skills as soloist and chamber player. He will also direct a welcome return visit from the top string players of the Australian National Academy of Music, whose youthful energy and passionate commitment made them such a hit at the 2010 Festival. ANAM will bring with them the popular Australian cellist Howard Penny, whose exceptional career as a chamber musician has seen him awarded a Gold Medal for services to the Republic of Austria.

We are delighted to introduce the pianist Aleksandar Madžar to Mudgee. Sasha is more usually found lending his rare combination of sensitivity and brilliance to great European festivals, so we look forward to introducing him to the special atmosphere of this great Australian one!

Fiona Campbell

Two fine quartets will join us. The prizewinning young Ensō Quartet from the US received a Grammy nomination in 2010 and make their first Huntington visit. The Australian String Quartet will appear in its exciting new formation, with Kristian Winther and Steven King as first violin and viola. The delightful mezzosoprano Fiona Campbell will bring her compelling artistry to some classics of the repertoire.

Narek Arutyunian

Beloved pianist Ian Munro returns while the sparkling Andrea Lam makes her Huntington debut. Our line-up is completed by brilliant young clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists Award (previous winners include Ray Chen and the Tokyo String Quartet) amongst a fistful of other prizes. Information and tickets are available from Huntington Estate.

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