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About the 2018 Season

2018 ICS promo video. Images: Keith Saunders.


Musica Viva’s 2018 International Concert Season glitters with dazzling talent and unexpected gems.

Superstars of the Baroque, Tafelmusik, deliver an incredible theatrical expedition in Bach and His World, legendary German clarinettist Sabine Meyer makes a surprising appearance in the company of the remarkable Alliage Quintett for a program of orchestral favourites especially arranged for this unusual ensemble. A leading virtuoso fêted the world over, violinist Ray Chen undertakes his second national tour for Musica Viva with pianist Julien Quentin.

Electrifying wizard of the mandolin Avi Avital joins the energetic young Giocoso String Quartet to present masterworks old and new. For more than 70 years the unparalleled Borodin Quartet has encapsulated generations of Russian string-playing tradition; it once more brings its trademark musical depth and perfection to our concert halls. 

Joyce Yang, Silver Medallist in the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, offers two powerhouse programs of scintillating piano music, and the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio perform sparkling programs that combine the trios of Brahms and Ravel with solo sonatas by Strauss and Prokofiev. 

Australian composition figures strongly through the season, with new works commissioned from Elena Kats-Chernin, Elizabeth Younan and Matthew Hindson, and repeat performances of Gordon Kerry’s atmospheric Im Winde piano trio.

Legendary musician Sir András Schiff will perform two special Gala Concerts. This grand master of the piano performs just one time each in Sydney and Melbourne, in a wonderful opportunity for Australian audiences.

I try to make every season as diverse as possible, but it is hard to imagine a chamber music smorgasbord more multifarious than this. Small ensemble classical music is a refined form that attracts the most discerning audiences, and when the quality of both performers and repertoire is at its peak, the rewards for the listener are unequalled.

Carl Vine AO
Artistic Director, Musica Viva