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Experiences

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Make the most of your musical experience by including some of these additional activities into your Festival plans.

Artists in Conversation

Free and open to the public

Join Artistic Director Carl Vine at the ever popular In Conversation sessions, where Festival artists are interviewed about their life and work. Take the opportunity to ask your own questions – there are always some surprising insights into the extraordinary world of music!


Inside the Music

Free and open to the public

Expand your musical knowledge through talks, instrument demonstrations and presentations from top music experts. Enrich your enjoyment of the music you hear onstage as we delve more deeply into the lives of the musicmakers.

The Story of Sax
Friday 21 April, 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Recital Hall

From the hands of Adolphe Sax, through to the saxophone craze of the 1920s, and later to its prominence in jazz and then rock, the saxophone has enjoyed a rich and colourful history. Even today, the future of the saxophone has been growing ever brighter with artists, such as Amy Dickson, finding new ways to bring it greater prominence in modern classical performance. In this enlightening presentation, delivered by saxophonist and Sydney Conservatorium of Music Senior Lecturer, Dr Michael Duke, you’re invited to traverse the story of the saxophone.

Zukerman Trio
Saturday 22 April, 1pm - 1:45pm
Recital Hall

Brought together by a love of music in 2011, the Zukerman Trio have performed with critical acclaim at major festivals around the world, leading to the official launch of the Zukerman Trio in 2013. In this ‘Meet the Artists’ style session, join Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth and Angela Cheng from the Trio as they chat with Carl Vine about their shared passion for music and answer questions from the audience.

Commissioning Music
Sunday 23 April, 10:30am - 11:15am
Recital Hall

Explore the relationship between the commissioner and the composer in this lively conversation between one of Australia’s best known and most-performed composers, Professor Ross Edwards AM, and former Musica Viva Chairman, media baron and a commissioner of Edwards’ work, Kim Williams AM. Together they share their perspective on each other’s role in composing new music and the impact it has had on each of their lives and careers.


Dining options

Dining options will be available for purchase before concerts on Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 22.

Check back here in March to book your spot - places sell out fast!


Pinchas Zukerman Masterclass

Be a witness to musical tradition being handed on, as one of the world’s great violinists, Pinchas Zukerman, shares his knowledge with hand-picked young Australians. Join us for this exciting and privileged opportunity to see the next generation connect with one of the great performers of our time.

FRIDAY 21 APRIL 2PM - On Sale Now!
Tickets $20 (premium Festival Subscribers can attend this masterclass for free!)

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The Social Side

Between concerts, indulge in fine food and wine at the Music Café and bar, transformed for the Festival into a buzzing hub for music lovers. Be entertained by pop-up musical performances while sharing a meal with old friends, or meeting like-minded new ones.

Attending the final concert of the Festival? Celebrate a superb weekend of fine music by joining us in the foyer following the Sunday afternoon concert, as the Festival musicians, audience, students and staff come together to say farewell over a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. This has become a favourite event for artists and audiences alike – and the perfect way to round off your Festival experience.