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Konstantin Shamray with ANAM Orchestra & Sophie Rowell

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27 Apr - 30 Jun 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. 


Perth Concert

For Perth patrons, please note that we have rescheduled the concert with Konstantin Shamray, ANAM Orchestra led by Sophie Rowell, and Harry Ward concert to Wednesday 30 June at 7.30pm. Your tickets will be transferred to this concert.

If you have lost or misplaced your tickets, we will issue replacement tickets. Simply contact our Box Office team at [email protected] or on 1800 688 482.

Pre-Concert Insights

View the concert guide online or print at home here.

Listen to the pre-concert talk with Dr David Larken online.

Listen Paul Kildea and violinist, composer, and Musica Viva FutureMaker Harry Ward talk about the tour on the Chamber of Musical Curiosities Podcast.

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​.

Download the concert guide here.


Immediately following the performance, join us for an entertaining and light-hearted Meet the Artist session. Come with any questions you may have! ​

  • Canberra 29 Apr - Post-concert
  • Sydney (Sat) 1 May - Post-concert
  • Brisbane 11 May - Post-concert
  • Adelaide 13 May - Post-concert

To our Ensemble Patrons the Perth Giving Circle - Michael Chaney AO, Bridget Faye AM, Janet Holmes à Court AC, Ros Kesteven, Mandy Loton OAM, Alan Robson AO, Margaret Seares AO, and Vivienne Stewart - for their support of this tour.

And thanks 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)

This concert is dedicated in memory of Rodney Crewther

Paul Kildea introduces the tour

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


In Episode 7 of the podcast, Artistic Director Paul Kildea chats with violinist, composer, and Musica Viva FutureMaker Harry Ward.

Their wide-ranging conversation begins with a discussion of Harry's exciting new arrangement of Mahler’s Piano Quartet, which will be debuted by pianist Konstantin Shamray, the ANAM Orchestra, and concertmaster Sophie Rowell for Musica Viva’s upcoming tour.

Click on the play button below to listen.

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.

Meet the ANAM Orchestra | Rollin Zhao & Phoebe Masel

Get to know two of the fabulous young artists from the ANAM Orchestra who will be playing the violin during this tour.

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Event Dates

  • Melbourne 27 Apr 2021 7:00 PM
  • Canberra 29 Apr 2021 7:00 PM
  • Sydney 01 May 2021 2:00 PM
  • Sydney 10 May 2021 7:00 PM
  • Brisbane 11 May 2021 7:00 PM
  • Adelaide 13 May 2021 7:30 PM
  • Melbourne 15 May 2021 7:00 PM
  • Perth 30 Jun 2021 7:30 PM

Ticket information

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Single tickets including full price, concession and under 40's tickets are now available.

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

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Listen to the tour playlist