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Musica Viva's new podcast lands

Hosted by Artistic Director Paul Kildea, the Chamber of Musical Curiosities is a podcast exploring the world in and around Musica Viva Australia. When brainstorming names for this new audio venture, the image that came most vividly to Kildea’s mind was that of a Wunderkammer. Also known as ‘cabinets of curiosities’, these rooms emerged in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, filled with exotic objects: antlers, claws, stuffed birds, artworks plundered from many different lands, a skeleton playing the violin. It is also a pretty neat way of describing a chamber music concert – a chamber of marvels.

This season features an eclectic range of guests in conversation with Paul Kildea, as both parties reflect upon creativity, their careers, and their passion for chamber music. Australian academic and musicologist Malcolm Gillies, violinist Wilma Smith, writer and broadcaster Jane Caro, and actor and theatre director John Bell all feature. 

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Episode 2: Wilma Smith and Paul Kildea: Musical journeys, founding ensembles & Strike A Chord

In the second episode, Artistic Director Paul Kildea is in conversation with Musica Viva’s own Artistic Director of Competitions, Wilma Smith. Together they discuss Wilma’s musical journey from New Zealand to the United States, her subsequent studies with the legendary Dorothy DeLay, and the founding of the New Zealand String Quartet.

Wilma shares the fascinating and fortunate story of how her 1761 Guadagnini violin came into her life, and reflects upon the importance of chamber playing in a musician’s career, and the extraordinary talent uncovered by Musica Viva’s latest venture, Strike A Chord. Read the show notes and transcript here.

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Episode 1: Malcolm Gillies and Paul Kildea: Creativity, careers and chamber music

Welcome to the Chamber of Musical Curiosities! In this episode, Musica Viva's Artistic Director Paul Kildea and Australian academic and musicologist Malcolm Gillies reflect upon creativity, their careers, and their passion for chamber music.

Read the show notes and transcript here.