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Nicolas Fleury, Emily Sun & Amir Farid

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9 Jun - 26 Jun 2021

In a matter of weeks in 1865 Johannes Brahms composed a horn trio in memory of his mother, bringing together a combination of instruments that seemed to occupy a new, magical land. No doubt inspired by its poised beauty, in 1910 the composer Ernst Naumann made an imaginative arrangement of Mozart’s Horn Quintet for this same line-up.

Placing both these demanding works on the same program asks a lot of a horn player, which is where Nicolas Fleury comes in. Resident in Australia since 2019, Nicolas has a brilliant pedigree, which includes studies in his native France, postgrad tuition in London, and a decade as a soloist and Principal with orchestras throughout the world.

Matching such beautiful playing is the welcome responsibility of Amir Farid and Emily Sun, two radiant musicians whose commitment to contemporary music is here expressed in the premiere of a Sonata by Gordon Kerry, generously commissioned by Julian Burnside in celebration of Gordon’s improbable 60th birthday. 



On 21 June at 7pm AEST, enjoy the live streamed concert at City Recital Hall from the comfort of your home. Tickets available now.

MOZART Trio for Piano, Violin and Horn (arr. Naumann), K407 (1782)
KERRY Sonata for Violin and Piano (2020)*
BRAHMS Horn Trio in E-flat, Op. 40 (1865)

*Commissioned for Musica Viva by Julian Burnside AO QC. World premiere performances.

Nicolas Fleury appears courtesy of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Gordon Kerry

From his rural home – surrounded by the Australian countryside, and with a dog at his feet – Gordon Kerry creates extraordinary and sophisticated music that touches the heart and mind. Gordon’s Sonata for violin and piano was written for Emily Sun and Amir Farid for their national tour (with Nicolas Fleury) in June 2021.

Gordon Kerry is a composer and writer based in north-eastern Victoria. New and recent works include a Sinfonia concertante for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, chamber works for the Omega, Halcyon, Plexus, Marais Project, and Elysian Fields ensembles, several new choral pieces, and his fourth opera, The Snow Queen, for Victoria Opera. He was Musica Viva’s Featured Composer in 2012 and is the author of New Classical Music: Composing Australia.

To our Ensemble Patron Eleanore Goodridge OAM for her support of this tour.

And thanks to our Concert Champions:

  • The Salon Society (Canberra)
  • Rosemary and John MacLeod (Melbourne)
  • Mrs Morrell (Perth)
  • Patricia Crummer, and Charles Graham, in acknowledgment of his piano teacher, Sana Chia (Sydney)
  • In Memory of Lesley Lynn (Adelaide)
  • Andrea and Malcolm Hall-Brown (Brisbane)

Listen to the Podcast

In episode 8 of the podcast, Paul Kildea sits down with French-born, Australian-based French Horn player, Nicolas Fleury. During the episode, the pair discuss some of the most iconic pieces played on the horn. Nicolas explains some of the most interesting technical and non-technical facts about a few of his favourites, such as Mozart’s Horn Concerto and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. 

Listen to the full episode below.


Meet horn player Nicolas Fleury, violinist Emily Sun, and pianist Amir Farid – three outstanding soloists who’ll perform chamber music together for the first time, exclusively for Musica Viva in 2021. Watch as each of them reminisce on their extraordinary individual careers, reflect on the unique challenges of their respective instruments, and share childhood memories of their discovery of music.

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Event Dates


Live Stream 21 June 2021 7:00PM AEST

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This concert will be live streamed. Stay tuned for dates and more information.

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