Another two years has passed and it is again time for the walls of the Sydney Conservatorium to pulse with that powerful distillation of chamber music that is the Musica Viva Festival.
Heading the list of visiting artists for 2019 is a double bass player who is only ever referred to as “the best in the world”: Edgar Meyer. He is joined by some of his friends and collaborators – the Dover Quartet and pianist Andrew Tyson – as well as getting to work for the first time with the brilliant young violinist Tessa Lark and our own chamber music legends, the Goldner String Quartet.
The roster is rounded out by the incredibly talented Principal Flute of the London Symphony, Adam Walker, the esteemed Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Timo-Veikko Valve, and two multiple award-winning pianists, Konstantin Shamray and Aura Go.
Also under the Festival spotlight – and revelling in the opportunity to work with and learn from these stellar artists – are some of Australia’s brightest young musicians, thanks to the Chamber Players Program of the Australian Youth Orchestra.
The 2019 Festival also features some exceptional ensembles from Musica Viva’s national education program, providing holiday activities for youngsters and genial entertainment for festival patrons.
The six major festival concerts contain nine hours of music, covering a massive swathe of chamber music with great classics alongside new and less familiar repertoire. There will be two major compositions by Edgar Meyer plus the world premiere of a new string octet by Australian composer Nicole Murphy.
If you enjoy chamber music as much as we do, then you should set aside the week after Easter for self-indulgence. If you’re still not sure, but have ever wondered about the insane dedication of its aficionados, this is the place to find out what makes the intimacy and concentration of the best chamber performances an unmissable thrill and an affirmation of life itself.
Carl Vine AO
Artistic Director, Musica Viva