Harry Ward will tour nationally for Musica Viva Australia with pianist Konstantin Shamray and the Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra, directed by Sophie Rowell, in April and May. The violinist, who is one of Musica Viva’s FutureMakers in 2020/2021, spoke to  Limelightabout plans during the pandemic, Mihkel Kerem’s Lamento and arranging Mahler.

Violinist Harry Ward Violinist Harry Ward

You were due to be in Berlin at the Karajan Academy this year as the winner of the 2021/2022 Karajan Academy Place under ANAM’s Academy Program. How have you been coping with the uncertainty and changing plans caused by the pandemic?

It has definitely been an odd time… I think a lot of people have felt as if their lives are on pause – at the mercy of lockdowns, travel restrictions, and just the incredible mental fatigue of living through a pandemic. However, I have been so lucky to have this opportunity in Berlin to work towards and, despite its delayed commencement, the extra time has meant I can work on meaningful projects such as this tour with Musica Viva.

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