Kathryn Stott is to conclude her tenure as Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in 2020, coinciding with its 30th anniversary. Stott, herself a pianist, took up the role in 2017 after frequent appearances at the Townsville festival over the years.

Kathryn Stott. Photo supplied

“What an extraordinary few years this has been!” said Stott. “I’m so grateful to all the amazing musicians who have given my artistic vision so much support and wholehearted commitment – something I will always treasure. Sadly, it’s time for me to move on, but I’m thrilled that the 30th anniversary fell on my watch and I remain committed to the exciting program I’ve planned for this very special celebration.”

AFCM Executive Director Gavin Findlay said, “2020 marks AFCM’s 30th anniversary, and we are excited about presenting our biggest program to date, programmed by our incredible Artistic Director, Kathryn Stott. This will be a fabulous opportunity to say farewell to Kathryn, whose first and second festivals were an outstanding success.”

Sixteen international artists and 29 Australian artists will perform during Stott’s final festival, with the line-up to include cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, horn player Radovan Vlatković, soprano Carolyn Sampson, baritone Peter Coleman-Wright, oboist Diana Doherty and the Goldner String Quartet.

“The standards set by Kathryn and her predecessors Piers Lane and Theodore Kuchar have stood the Festival in good stead for the future and we will be seeking a director of international stature as befits the quality and reputation of the largest chamber music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, to build on the achievements of the past 30 years,” said AFCM Chair Sandra Yates.


The 30th Australian Festival of Chamber Music runs from July 31 to August 9

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