Carl Vine on the Musica Viva Festival
Chamber music festivals throughout the world generally feature a holiday setting or picturesque surrounds. While Sydney is hardly an eyesore, and the Botanic Gardens are extraordinary, mounting a music festival in a capital city remains a challenge, requiring the unique attributes that constitute the Musica Viva Festival.
Our collaboration with the Sydney Conservatorium means that we can present all events in high-class purpose-built venues, conveniently connected by an impressive communal atrium space. Our collaboration with the Australian Youth Orchestra means that we can combine Viva’s two primary objectives of education and performance in a single hothouse environment encompassing multiple strands of the music/education spectrum.
The 2013 Musica Viva Festival is designed to offer every imaginable level of connection to the complete chamber music experience. From the main festival concerts featuring sensational international soloists and ensembles, through to recitals by the cream of young Australian musicians, masterclasses that dissect the entire process of concert preparation, and special workshops to enrich musical appreciation, every stone on the path to musical enjoyment is overturned.
The 2013 festival features some extraordinary artists, ranging from a brilliant young violinist at the start of a meteoric career to one of the world’s most renowned chamber pianists. A unique aspect of this festival is its intimate link with the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Players Program, arguably the most comprehensive specialised training course in the country. Directed this year by renowned cellist Pieter Wispelwey, dozens of our most talented young musicians will receive detailed firsthand instruction from the world’s best on how to enhance their chamber music skills. Discover precisely how many hours it takes to prepare a string quartet, uncover the secret language of professional musicians, or just witness the end result in the Chamber Players’ recitals.
The festival also includes three concerts by staff and students of The Sydney Con, to give a microscopic glimpse of the wealth of musical activity that continues daily in this world-class facility.
With 7 main concerts and almost 30 other recitals, masterclasses, seminars and events, this is a festival of uncommon depth and richness. Pick and choose from the ample options, or else simply dive in and immerse yourself in the entire experience.