Melbourne Morning Masters
Welcome to another five magical Tuesday mornings in Melbourne in 2020, the last season that I have the privilege of designing for Musica Viva. As usual it is brimming with variety, bringing together local and international talent of the highest order.
Accomplished soprano Greta Bradman takes a break from her accustomed operatic fare in an extremely diverse recital program accompanied by pianist/composer Calvin Bowman.
Homegrown quintet of excellence, Arcadia Winds, joins us again in a lovingly crafted selection of wind quintets from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Travel back to the very origins of chamber music with a program of instrumental sonatas from the peak of the Baroque period with violinist Rachael Beesley, cellist Natasha Kraemer and theorbist Simon Martyn-Ellis.
We are especially fortunate this year to feature, with generous support from the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, the brilliant young South Korean violinist Anna Im, grand prize winner of the competition in 2019. Anna will appear with renowned New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge.
The year draws to a brilliant close with the Orava Quartet, now featured Deutsche Grammophon artists, in a gorgeous program topped with Ravel’s immaculate string quartet. It also includes the world premiere of new music by young Sydney composer Christine Pan.
Whatever path my successor, Paul Kildea, chooses to carve through the boundless delights of chamber music, I’m sure that Melbourne Morning Masters will continue to be a highlight of the musical year.
Carl Vine AO