Violinist Monica Curro and pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos will jointly succeed Iain Grandage as Artistic Directors of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival from 2019. This news comes after the recent announcement that Grandage has been appointed Artistic Director of the Perth Festival from 2020, with his final Port Fairy Festival taking place this year.
Monica Curro and Stefan Cassomenos
“I am so excited that Monica and Stefan are taking over this gem of a Festival from 2019,” said Grandage, who began his tenure as Artistic Director in 2016. “They are trusted and passionate colleagues whose exquisite music making has touched many Australians, and whose impeccable taste will no doubt thrill Port Fairy audiences in the years to come.”
“It is a great privilege for us to share this position, and we are tremendously excited to have the opportunity to work with the Port Fairy community on curating this wonderful festival,” said Curro and Cassomenos in a joint statement. “Our vision is to continue to bring artistic excellence to this already prestigious festival, to honour what it has been in the past, to propel it into an assured future, and to include and celebrate the unique and vibrant community in which the festival takes place.”
Curro has served as Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for 19 years. Prior to her time with the MSO, she spent five years with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Curro is also on the Board of the Australian Youth Orchestra, is an active teacher of young musicians, and a prominent public speaker.
Cassomenos is a familiar face to Port Fairy attendees, with a long performing association with the Festival. He is considered one of Australia’s leading pianists and is a prolific composer and conductor as well.
Both Curro and Cassomenos are founding members of the acclaimed Melbourne-based Plexus ensemble.
The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival 2018 is on from October 12 – 14