Join us in 2018 for inspiring performances and great company with morning tea, coffee and cake.
The four basic tenets I apply when devising Musica Viva concerts are Quality, Diversity, Challenge and Joy, and this year’s Coffee Concerts are a perfect example of how these principles transmute into musical enjoyment.
All of this year’s performers are, as usual, of the highest calibre, and are chosen for the exuberance and joy they each bring to the concert platform. But 2018 excels in diversity and challenge.
From the entirely unexpected but utterly compelling guitar–cello duo of Karin Schaupp & Umberto Clerici, through to the burnished golden tones of the Australian Brass Quintet, there is an extraordinary range of ensemble styles and repertoire.
In Sydney, Australia’s finest chamber group, the Goldner String Quartet, draws us back into more classic fare, as will whichever world-beating young piano trio or string quartet emerges as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition – that won’t be known until just a few days before their Coffee Concert appearance.
The Melbourne series features the outstanding artistry of clarinet trio, Ensemble Liaison; and the ARIA-nominated Latitude 37, in a rare sextet formation, throws some surprising gems of the early Baroque into the mix.
Although all of these musicians have strong overseas connections, the most convincing international credentials come from the winner of the 2017 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Ioana Cristina Goicea, in her debut Australian appearances accompanied by Andrey Gugnin.
Our Coffee Concerts for 2018 are an arresting combination of talent and intriguing content, and an exemplary embodiment of Musica Viva’s core principles.
Carl Vine AO