On The Vine – March 2015
Welcome to Musica Viva Festival 2015, a concentrated explosion of music performance, learning, exploration and enjoyment that overtakes the Sydney Conservatorium of Music the week after Easter. Chamber music is a most incredible human endeavour, and its full spectrum being compressed into a few short days is an essential encounter for both the aficionado and the novice.
Our collaboration with the Australian Youth Orchestra and its remarkable Chamber Players Program once again brings exceptional young Australian musicians into the spotlight and under the microscope. Directed this year by renowned German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, the Chamber Players spend a week learning from international masters imported to perform in the festival, and display their achievements in a series of concerts spread through the festival. Alumni of past AYO Programs, the Orava Quartet, perform for the first time in this year’s main concert events.
The Sydney Con provides the perfect location for this tightly packed series of events, and the Con’s staff contributes a special Showcase Concert on Saturday afternoon directed by Associate Professor of Music Dr John Lynch.
Internationally acclaimed cellist Mischa Maisky heads the register of wonderful musicians performing in the festival. It is a great thrill to welcome back some of the greatest artists who have appeared recently for Musica Viva – Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madžar, Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the Doric String Quartet from the UK and the Pavel Haas Quartet from the Czech Republic. Brilliant young Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova, winner of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, makes her Australian concert debut. Outstanding Brisbane guitarist Karin Schaupp and accomplished Melbourne pianist Daniel de Borah round out the masterful cast of the main festival concerts, alongside their Sydney colleagues Kees Boersma, Umberto Clerici and Timothy Constable.
The 2015 festival features not only great masterworks of the classical canon, but also the world premiere of two works by Australian composers. Lachlan Skipworth’s first Piano Trio, and Natalie Williams’ Saudade octet will be performed for the very first time by some of the world’s finest musicians. Chamber music is not only alive and well; it is thriving and evolving before your very eyes at the Musica Viva Festival.
Carl Vine AO
The 2015 Musica Viva Festival takes place April 9-12 at the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney. For more information, and to book your tickets, please visit: www.musicavivafestival.com.au