Musica Viva’s 2019 concert season is such a glittering array of treasures that it’s hard to know where to start.
Arguably the most famous choir in the world, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge makes an eagerly awaited return in a poignant year that marks the farewell performances of Stephen Cleobury after 37 years as the group’s Director of Music.
Also an exceptional event is the appearance of legendary American ensemble the Emerson String Quartet on its first visit to Australia in 19 years.
Other familiar faces in the year are those of the most exciting string quartet in Britain today, the Doric String Quartet. The Doric has appeared previously at the Musica Viva Festival and at the Huntington Estate Music Festival, but this will be its first national concert tour.
The rest of the season comprises stunning debut appearances, headed by rising superstars the Skride Piano Quartet. Thrilling British cellist Natalie Clein has appeared Down Under before, but this will be her first tour for Musica Viva.
Early music has rarely sounded as chic and brilliant as when played by the young French ensemble Nevermind. Our final debut ensemble is the ZOFO piano duet from the USA in awe-inspiring multimedia performances built on newly commissioned music by fifteen international composers accompanied by paintings from the leading artists of their homelands.
The year’s program covers an immense range of repertoire which also features world premieres commissioned from Australian composers Natalie Williams, Brett Dean, Ross Edwards and Graeme Koehne.
Chamber music at its best is a unique and sublime expression of human achievement that reminds us all of the beauty in our world and everything worth preserving. We look forward to sharing it with you.
Carl Vine AO
Artistic Director, Musica Viva