Camerata of St John’s have bagged ABQ violin legend Gerhard Schultz. Brendan Joyce discusses how and why.

The intrepid unofficial Queensland Chamber Orchestra – the Camerata of St John’s – pulled off quite a coup earlier in the year when they bagged Notre Dame titular organist Olivier Latry to come and play Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in, among other places, exotic Toowoomba. It looks like they’ve done it again this month, tempting Gerhard Schultz, former violinist with the legendary Alban Berg Quartet, to travel down under and not only conduct them in concerts but stick around for a two week educational residency.

“I guess it’s the first time we’ve extended one of our visiting guest artists in this way,” says Brendan Joyce, self styled ‘first among equals’ and violinist with the chamber ensemble. “Gerhard’s directing our concerts but he’s also going to help us develop. We can all of us sit around doing our own thing but it’s good to get some input from someone of his experience.”

The program is appropriately entirely Viennese – Mozart, Schubert and Webern – with some ‘mystery music’ that I can reveal is, yes, Viennese. It was the group’s founder Elizabeth Morgan who introduced...

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