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Konstantin Shamray & ANAM Orchestra, Sophie Rowell, Director & Violin

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27 Apr - 15 May 2021

As a 15-year-old student nearing the end of his first year at the Vienna Conservatory, Gustav Mahler composed one movement of a piano quartet, a work that always gives the impression that something bigger is struggling to emerge. Following Mahler’s own tradition of enlarging certain chamber pieces, this program includes an orchestration of the quartet, made by the outstanding violinist Harry Ward: an ANAM alumnus and a Musica Viva FutureMaker.

Alfred Schnittke was keenly aware of his Soviet/German musical heritage, even as he stomped on it in heavy boots. Yet his piano concerto is a touching affirmation of his artistic roots, and his affection for Tchaikovsky makes the two Russians good bedfellows, the elder’s Serenade here prefaced by Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem’s Lamento, a work of searing beauty.

ANAM’s ensemble of wonderful young string players is directed with equal verve by the terrific Sophie Rowell, one of Australia’s most admired instrumentalists. They are joined onstage by Adelaide’s brilliant, Russian-trained Konstantin Shamray. 



On 15 May at 7pm AEST, enjoy the live streamed performance at Melbourne Recital Centre from the comfort of your own home. Tickets available now.

MAHLER Piano Quartet (1876) arr. Harry Ward**
SCHNITTKE Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra (1979)
KEREM Lamento (2008)*
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 (1880)

*Australian premiere performances.
** Arrangement commissioned by Musica Viva Australia.

Sophie Rowell appears courtesy of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Presented in association with the Australian National Academy of Music​.

To our Concert Champions:

  • Elizabeth Ho OAM and Michael Jacobs, Anonymous, and Helen Bennetts and Tim Lloyd (Adelaide)
  • Barry and Diana Moore and Friends of Brisbane Chamber Music (Brisbane)
  • The Humphries Family Trust (Canberra)
  • Mary and Arnold Bram (Melbourne)
  • The Prichard Panizza Family (Perth)
  • Pam Cudlipp and Anthony Strachan (Sydney)
  • Musica Viva Victorian Committee (Melbourne)

Paul Kildea introduces the tour

Watch as Artistic Director Paul Kildea introduces the musicians ahead of their national tour.

Program Notes with Konstantin Shamray & Sophie Rowell

​Ahead of experiencing the music live, explore the program with Australian-based Russian pianist, Konstantin Shamray and the Director/violinist Sophie Rowell.

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Event Dates


Live Stream 15 May 2021 7:00PM AEST

Enjoy a live streamed concert from the comfort of your own home.

Ticket information

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Family tickets are available for a group of four, with a maximum of 2 adults.

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