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.
FutureMakers 2018-2019 activity included a number of professional development intensives, bringing together the participants, FutureMakers mentors and industry leaders for discussions and learning opportunities. Lead mentors involved in the initiative include Chris Kotur (Leader In Residence, Leadership Victoria), Professor Margaret Barrett (The University of Queensland), Caroline Sharpen (Principal, Sharpen Creative Industries Consulting) and Michaela Coventry (independent producer).
Monash University, through the Monash Academy of Performing Arts and Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, is the FutureMakers Education Partner, supporting the creative development of Aura and Matthias’ performance projects and having the artists and mentors in residence in the School of Music, creating an environment for the sharing of knowledge under the guidance of Professors Paul Grabowsky and Cat Hope with FutureMakers Artistic Director (2015-2019) Genevieve Lacey.
One Space One – Aura Go
Shimmer States – Matthias Schack Arnott
Adele Schonhardt, Musica Viva
Alison Beare, UKARIA
Amanda Duthie, Adelaide Film Festival
Amelia Morgan-Hunn, Musica Viva
Anton Andreacchio, Jumpgate Virtual Reality
Antony Hamilton, Chunky Move
Bruce Gladwin, Back to Back Theatre
Cameron Lam, APRA
Catherine Haridy, Catherine Haridy Artist Management
Chloe Hooper, author
David Stiff, Collingwood Football Club
Emma Valente, THE RABBLE
Fiona Winning, Sydney Opera House
Geoff Cobham, Patch Theatre
Gianna Rosica – chartered accountant
Gideon Obarzanek, Chunky Move
Imogen Corlette – Media, Communications and PR Director
Jude Gun, Dark MOFO
Kara Ward, independent producer
Kate Davis, THE RABBLE
Katrina Sedgwick, ACMI
Keith Saunders, Keith Saunders Photography
Liza Lim, Composer
Lucy Guerin, Lucy Guerin Inc
Lyle Chan, composer
Lynette Nixon, PwC Australia
Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, audio conceptual artists
Max Delaney, Melbourne Festival
Naomi Edwards, Patch Theatre
Patricia Cornelius, Melbourne Workers Theatre
Paul Mason, Australia Council
Richard Ward, artist and physchotherapist
Robin Fox, independent artist
Scott Rankin, big hART
Thora Klein, TK Lifestyle solutions
Tilman Robinson, composer and sound designer
Tim Matthies, Musica Viva
Toby Chadd, ABC Classic
Vanessa Picken, Comes with Fries
Wesley Enoch, Sydney Festival
Zoe Morrison, autho