The Four Winds Easter Festival has announced its 2019 line-up, showcasing an eclectic string of guests including international artists such as Viennese pianist and conductor Stefan Vladar and English soprano and early music specialist Dame Emma Kirkby, alongside Australian artists such as Elena Kats-Chernin and the Australian String Quartet, in a program that mingles musical cultures and traditions.

Four WindsThe Four Winds Sound Shell. Photo © Ben Marden

“Four Winds is not just about presenting marvellous artists in a beautiful setting, but allowing our audience to discover those artists performing in new collaborations,” said Artistic Director James Crabb. “It’s also about the experience of great classical works of the western canon alongside music and influences from other cultures – and where those worlds meet.”

Four Winds, James CrabbJames Crabb. Photo © Ben Marden

“This is a chance for our audience to discover more about the Festival artists and to hear them collaborating in performances which are genuinely unique to Four Winds,” said Crabb. “For instance, our international guest, pianist and conductor Stefan Vladar will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 on Easter Sunday with our Festival Orchestra – an absolutely not to miss experience, particularly in the exceptional surroundings of the Sound Shell.”

Four Winds, Emma KirkbyDame Emma Kirkby. Photo © Howard Williams

The Festival runs from Thursday to Sunday across the Easter weekend at Four Winds in Barragga Bay, south of Bermagui, with concerts playing morning till night. Dame Emma Kirkby and lutenist Jakob Lindberg – who performed at Four Winds last year as part of a tour that took them to Melbourne and Sydney – return to perform in events across the festival. Composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin will join other Australian artists on the festival line-up including the Australian String Quartet, the Enigma Quartet and Arcadia Winds, among others.

“There will be a distinct world music flavour to the 2019 Festival,” Crabb said. “Riley Lee (shakuhachi), a great friend of Four Winds, will be returning to perform with Enigma Quartet with music that will help us all discover and explore the elements. Tabla player, Bobby Singh will collaborate with the Compass Saxophone Quartet and Sitar player and vocalist Sarangan.”

The music won’t be confined to Four Winds itself however. “It’s exciting to see the Festival spreading its wings beyond Nature’s Concert Hall,” said Crabb. “With that in mind, look out for the workshops and performances in Tilba, the morning yoga session, the free community performance in Bermagui and the After Dark social music events in town.”

The Four Winds Easter Festival runs April 18 – 21, 2019