Sydney Morning Masters
Welcome to another five magical Wednesday mornings in Sydney 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.
For something completely different, the year hits the ground running with the brassy saxophonic brilliance of the Nexas Quartet in a virtuosic program featuring An American in Paris.
Two remarkable young Australians, mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean and guitarist Andrey Lebedev, now live in London but reunite in Sydney for our dazzlement in a program of shimmering Hispanic spice.
Equally multinational and only slightly less exotic, the masterful Ian Munro makes a long-awaited return to the solo piano seat in our morning concert series.
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 magnificent close with the Goldner String Quartet celebrating its 25th year of music-making. Their program of Mendelssohn and Beethoven encircles the world premiere of music by a young composer from the Sydney Conservatorium, Christine Pan.
Whatever path my successor, Paul Kildea, chooses to carve through the boundless delights of chamber music, I’m sure that Sydney Morning Masters will continue to be a highlight of the musical year.
Carl Vine AO