Aura Go, Musica Viva FutureMaker 2018-19 artist, enjoys an active and multifaceted musical life, performing as a soloist, chamber musician, lied pianist and conductor. She has performed concertos from Bach to Rautavaara with many of Australia’s professional orchestras and been a guest artist at numerous international music festivals including the Melbourne International Arts Festival and Edinburgh Festival.
In 2017 Aura appeared as soloist in Aarre Merikanto’s third piano concerto with the Tapiola Sinfonietta for the 2017 PianoEspoo Festival and gave solo and chamber performances at the Kuhmo and Kauniainen music festivals.
Aura’s regular chamber music partners are Japanese pianist Tomoe Kawabata in the KIAZMA Piano Duo and Finnish-Swedish mezzo-soprano Erica Back.
A keen advocate of new music, Aura enjoys collaborating with composers and has presented numerous world premieres in the USA, Australia and Finland. She has given first performances of works by composers including Gordon Kerry, James Rushford, Garth Neustadter, Tiina Myllärinen and Kate Neal. Her work as conductor/pianist for the premiere of Neal’s large-scale multidisciplinary work Semaphore was awarded Best Instrumental Performance at the 2016 Australian Art Music Awards.
After studies in Australia and the Yale School of Music, Aura is currently a doctoral candidate at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where her artistic research addresses the aspect of creativity in classical music performance and explores ways in which musicians can achieve a more open, spontaneous creative state when practicing and performing.
Matthias Schack-Arnott, Musica Viva FutureMaker 2018-19 artist, is a Melbourne based percussive artist working in performance, composition and collaborative contexts.
Described by The Guardian as 'sonically and visually exquisite’, Matthias’ solo work explores unique approaches to percussive performance, often involving the development of new instrumental set-ups built in collaboration with architects, engineers and technicians.
His work has been presented by Melbourne Festival, La Comete (France), The Unconformity (Tasmania), Arts House, Supersense – Festival of the Ecstatic (Arts Centre Melbourne), MPavilion, Spor Festival (Denmark), Spot Festival (Denmark) and Next Wave (2012 & 2014).
Matthias has received the 2016 Melbourne Prize for 'Music Development’ Award, the 2014 Green Room Award for 'Outstanding Work by an Emerging Artist’ and multiple Australian Art Music Awards (with Speak Percussion).
At the age of 21 Matthias was invited to be the Artistic Associate of Speak Percussion. He is a key artist in the creative team and a performer in almost all of Speak’s projects nationally and internationally.
As a guest artist Matthias appears with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Exo-Tech, ELISION, Australian Art Orchestra, Synergy, Chamber Made Opera and Nick Tsiavos Ensemble. As an interpreter, collaborator and improvisor Matthias has worked with a diverse range of musicians including Steve Reich, John Zorn, Steven Schick, Tony Buck, Kimbra, Sophia Brous, Spiritualized, The Necks, Jim Denley, Chris Corsano, Erkki Veltheim, Fritz Hauser, Brett Dean, Anthony Pateras, Johannes Kreidler, Richard Barrett, Jon Rose, Matthew Shlomowitz, Robin Fox, Thomas Meadowcroft, Liza Lim, Michael Pisaro and Juliana Hodkinson.