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Maxim Vengerov, Musica Viva's 70th Anniversary Recital, Melbourne Dec 2015.

“In 1945 the Romanian-born Jewish immigrant Richard Goldner founded Sydney Musica Viva to promote chamber music in his adoptive home. Seventy years later, it has morphed into the largest chamber music presenter in the world. Its contribution to the cultural life of this country – to young and old, in cities and throughout regional Australia – is immense, and deserves celebration.” 
Harriet Cunningham, Sydney Morning Herald 

Musica Viva is the largest presenter of chamber music in the world, a truly national company with offices in every Australian state and territory, reaching approximately 360,000 people directly every year.

Our story began in 1945 as a chamber music organisation focused on just one ensemble. Over the years we have evolved to embrace ensemble music of all styles and genres, presenting leading Australian and international artists to concert audiences and school students across the country. Today, our activities embrace digital technologies to reach an even wider audience, and we are at the forefront of artist development – inspiring musicians and audiences alike in a shared passion for ensemble music of quality, diversity, challenge and joy.

We see a future for Australia in a world shaped by creativity and imagination, in which music plays an essential inspirational role.

Musica Viva exists to connect audiences with ensemble music of quality, diversity, challenge and joy, which inspires personal fulfilment and cultural vibrancy

We lead by offering programs of excellence that nurture Australian artists and audiences.
We listen and we welcome new ideas, partners, collaborations and processes.
We deliver innovative programs that reach every corner of Australia; and take Australian musical expertise internationally through digital products and artist development.
We inspire audiences to engage with music; musicians to take creative risks; and stakeholders to support us with confidence.

reconciliation action plan

We pay our respects to all Traditional Custodians on whose lands we live, work and travel through.

Musica Viva’s vision for reconciliation is that through collaborative performance and mutual education we can help raise the levels of respect and understanding throughout Australia for the culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples.

Reconciliation Action Plan (573.7 KB)



In April 2015, Musica Viva launched the Musica Viva Storybook website to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary year.

The Storybook showcases inspiring stories and important moments in Musica Viva’s history, along with images and sounds from the last 70 years.

Some of the content highlights include copies of Musica Viva founder Richard Goldner’s immigration papers; video interviews with performers, administrators and volunteers; images of concert programs over the years; and long form articles commissioned from various writers on topics such as how Musica Viva began, commissions, music education, festivals, and moving beyond our history.

The Storybook website is a resource that Musica Viva will continue to add to as we look ahead to the next 70 years.

The Musica Viva Storybook was made possible through generous support from the estates of the late Dr Anthony J Bookallil and the late Elisabeth Wynhausen.