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The composer and his wife Marta have been awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award on his 91st birthday and their 70th anniversary.
Google's new musical experiment with artificial intelligence means you'll never have to play alone again.
The prestigious Australian comp marks 40 years with national recital tours by First Prize and People's Choice winners.
Teens and concession card holders have greater opportunities to attend the Fest with the return of accessibility schemes.
Fifteen of Australia’s rising classical music stars will participate in the orchestra’s intensive training programme.
Ernst and Young report finds Festival Centre Trust made a $107.8 million contribution to the economy in 2015-2016.

Editor’s Choice

Double Helpmann-winner Mark Leonard Winter on playing an American photographer searching for Beijing's 'Tank Man'.
The chamber musicians featured in 3MBS FM's upcoming Mozart-fest choose their favourite Wolfgang Amadeus ditties.
A new exhibition explores Warhol as a commercial artist before he became a pop icon.
The one-time enfant terrible is now the toast of Covent Garden and Glyndebourne and runs his own opera company in Berlin.
Musica Viva’s FutureMakers ensemble, Arcadia Winds reflect on the highlights of their first year.
The Romanian tenor is making his Aussie debut as Cavaradossi. But which operatic character would he most like to date?

Live Reviews

★★★★☆ An attractive concert of chamber favourites kicks off Omega's year.
★★★★½ A perfect match creates a youthful supergroup of unfettered imagination and immense control.
★★★★☆ Alondra de la Parra delivers provocative, persuasive Mahler in her first official outing as MD.
★★★★½ Vengerov launches Robertson's fourth season with a touch of Russian fire.
★★★★½ Joseph Nolan pulls out all the stops and is 'knighted' for his pains.
★★★★½ An off the rails, porcelain bus ride, exposing the worst of humanity.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★★ Clean-cut German violinist makes a devil-may-care pact with a band of HIP Italian rebels.
★★★★★ The Norwegian Soloists take us from comforting to confronting.
★★★★★ Bavouzet's Modernist-meets-Gallic Beethoven gallops over finish line.


Sarah Sweeting on how she came to discover a more sensual, seductive expression of Venus.
Perhaps explaining how a contrabassoon makes noise via smartphone translation is not so odd.
Composer Elena Kats-Chernin was flown in for the Festival Farewell.