Australian conductor and author Paul Kildea has been announced as the new Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia. He succeeds Carl Vine, whose 20-year tenure with the organisation comes to an end this year. Kildea’s appointment is the latest step in a succession strategy that began with CEO Mary Jo Capps’ departure at the end of 2018. He takes up a newly expanded role, which sees him responsible for establishing an artistic vision that encompasses all of the organisation’s activities, including programming, artist development and music education. Kildea assumes the role in mid-2019, with his first program for Musica Viva set for its 2021 season.

Paul Kildea. Photo © Penny Bradfield

“With Paul’s appointment, we complete the carefully planned leadership transition that began with the recruitment of Hywel Sims as CEO and Anne Frankenberg in the new position of Deputy CEO,” said Musica Viva Chairman Charles Graham. “In our complex world, the role of Artistic Director is pivotal, requiring a deep understanding of our musical heritage and a compelling vision for a diverse and vibrant future. Paul embodies this vision perfectly and we couldn’t be happier to...

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