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FutureMakers 2020 - 2021

Musica Viva Australia is excited to announce violinist Harry Ward and chamber music ensemble Partridge String Quartet as the third iteration of its acclaimed leadership initiative, FutureMakers.

FutureMakers is designed to discover and enable brilliant early career artists to become Australia’s musical leaders of tomorrow. The artists will participate in a series of ‘intensives’ across the two-year program, receiving strategic mentoring from leading artists, directors, consultants and representatives from a diverse array of artistic and professional sectors.

The artists’ involvement in FutureMakers represents a long-term commitment to them by Musica Viva, beyond the scope of their initial two-year program.

2020 - 2021 Artists

Harry Ward (left) and the Partridge String Quartet (right).

Harry Ward 

Harry is an accomplished violinist, already in demand as a soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician for performances in Australia and internationally. A winner of the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition, Harry has also won the award for the Best Performance of Commissioned Work at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition and has been a finalist in the ABC Young Performer Awards.

‘This incredibly dynamic program will not only afford me opportunities to be mentored by and work with some of today’s most inspiring artists but will also allow me to further develop and explore my own artistic endeavours,’ says Harry.  

Partridge String Quartet

Melbourne-based ensemble Partridge String Quartet have also enjoyed their share of successes, winning first prize at the Queensland International Chamber Music Competition in 2019. In 2018 they were selected as one of ten string quartets world-wide for a three-week residency at the prestigious Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity in Canada.

Quartet members William Huxtable (violin), Mana Ohashi (violin), Eunise Cheng (viola) and Daniel Smith (cello) would also be familiar to Australian audiences, appearing at the Musica Viva Festival (AYO Chamber Players 2019), Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (2019) and inaugural Bendigo Chamber Music Festival (2020).

‘It is an honour for us to be part of this organisation as Musica Viva’s next FutureMakers,’ say the quartet. ‘We are incredibly excited to take the next step in pursuing our dreams of sharing our collective passion for chamber music with the world.’

FutureMakers Presenters 2020

Matthias Schack-Arnott - Percussive Artist, FutureMakers alumni 2018-2019
Alexis Wright - Author
Bruce Gladwin - Artistic Director, Back to Back Theatre
Cameron Lam - Art Music Specialist, APRA/AMCOS
Kiran Phatak - Arcadia Winds, FutureMakers alumni 2016-17
Michaela Coventry - Executive Producer, The Substation

Lead funding for FutureMakers is provided by the Berg Family Foundation.