No Frills Philanthropy

A new Silo built to be filled with the rudiments of composition in Australia.

Sitkovetsky Trio: The view from the Tweet Seats

Musica Viva's twitterati tell all on the Sitkovetsky Trio's Australian tour.

Concert review: Sitkovetsky Trio (Musica Viva)

Brit Trio conquer Melbourne with Czech and Russian fare, plus Carl Vine's 60th birthday present.

Concert review: Kelemen Quartet (Musica Viva)

One man down but the heroic Hungarian's don’t let that stop them.

Kelemen Quartet: The view from the Tweet Seats

Spirits were high – and so too were the seats at Musica Viva's first Tweet Seat concert.

Musica Viva launches Tweet Seats

Musica Viva Australia move with the times by launching Tweet Seat initiative.

Live review: Huntington Festival opening (Musica Viva)

Food, wine, good music and then more food and wine. What's not to like at Huntington 2013?

Live review: Angela Hewitt plays Bach and Beethoven (Musica Viva)

An aristocrat of the piano turns Bachian teaser with part one of a two-part fugue-fest.

Live review: Tokyo String Quartet farewell tour (Musica Viva)

The Rolls Royce of string quartets say farewell to our shores with grace, elegance and more than a hint of nostalgia.

Sayonara Tokyo String Quartet

The legendary foursome reminisce as they take a final bow after more than 40 years together.

Live Review: Musica Viva Festival (Beilman, Bezaly, Pacifica Quartet)

Benjamin Beilman dazzles in Brahms and Sharon Bezaly sparkles in Prokofiev while the Pacifica Quartet shine their light on Shostakovich.

Review: Huntington Estate Festival 2012 (November 21–25)

Music, wine and conversation flow freely at Mudgee’s Mecca of chamber music.

Huntington Estate Music Festival 2012, Mudgee

This chamber music fest is a feast for the eyes and the ears... And that's not even including the wine!

Making Music Together

On the transformative power of music, whether played by professionals or underprivileged children.

Anthony Marwood & Aleksandar Mazdar: musical soul mates

The virtuosos reveal the recipe to their 20-year chemistry, and details of their latest collaboration.

Sealed with a Kuss: the special bond of a string quintet

Violist Naoko Shimizu joins forces with the Kuss Quartet, formed when they were in their teens.

On the road with Paul Lewis

The British pianist's two-year Schubert world tour is giving him new insights into the composer.

Amarcord: when choirboys grow up

This a cappella quintet has had Bach on the brain since they met singing at St Thomas' Church Leipzig.

Takacs Quartet returns to Australia

Formed in 1975, the ensemble presents music that is "dark and depressing, glorious and wonderful".

Trio Dali: three's company in chamber music

Belgium ensemble Trio Dali are very serious about having fun with music.

St Lawrence String Quartet: cool kids on campus

The Stanford-based ensemble tours Australia with oboist Diana Doherty.

SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas, Impromptus (Paul Lewis)

Another win for Lewis: is this pianist the new voice of Schubert?

A Baroque space odyssey

Canadian ensemble Tafelmusik play the music of the spheres, with a little help from Galileo.

Stephen Hough signs a Steinway in Sydney

Friday, October 21, 2011: a quaint moment in Steinway history as Stephen Hough signed and fingerprinted a key of one of the pianos at the Theme and Variations studio in Willoughby. The British virtuoso was in Australia finishing up his Musica Viva national tour, and joins Lang Lang and other illustrious musicians in Sydney's very own Steinway fingerprint bank!

CHOPIN: Complete Waltzes (piano: Stephen Hough)

The British virtuoso breezes through these pieces with his characteristic charm.

Stephen Hough: the well-spoken, well-travelled pianist

The British pianist talks politics, blogs, bowler hats and trying his hand at composition.

Stephen Hough: waltzing with Chopin on his new CD

Chopin's waltzes may be mere soufflés, but they are very tasty ones, says the British pianist.

LISZT: Sonata in B Minor; Piano Works (Khatia Buniatishvili)

Not since Argerich have we heard such a triumphant debut performance of the Liszt Sonata.

BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonatas vol 3 (Alina Ibragimova; Cedric Tiberghien)

The duo maintains the wonderful synergy of their two previous albums in the final instalment of this riveting series.

ELGAR: Piano Quintet, String Quartet, Piano Works (Goldner Quartet; Piers Lane)

Australians the Goldner String Quartet and pianist Piers Lane explore Elgar's exquisite, unfairly neglected chamber music.

BEETHOVEN: Diabelli Variations (piano: Paul Lewis)

Indispensable Beethoven from the English pianist finds the underlying strength of the variations.

MOZART: String Quartets K157, K458, K589 (Jerusalem Quartet)

The Jerusalem Quartet captures Mozart's youthful zest and deep reflection.

Recorder Romp: Genevieve Lacey on a mission

The recorder virtuoso explains why she welcomes the tooting and squealing of children's ensembles.

The Musica Viva Festival 2011

Musica Viva presents four days of engaging and diverse classical music, featuring renowned international and Australian artists performing alongside the nation’s finest young musicians from the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Starring: Pekka Kuusisto, Takacs Quartet, Eggner Trio, Goldner String Quartet and Khatia Buniatishvili.

Andreas Scholl comes home

Countertenor Andreas Scholl has discovered that returning to his roots has enriched not only his personal life, but his artistic endeavours too.
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