With more than 40 events from breakfast to bedtime, the 2019 Canberra International Music Festival shows Bach – and the capital – in a new light.
The 25th Canberra International Music Festival revels in the ever-deepening artistry of baroque specialists from Australia and Europe, including Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia directed by Madeleine Easton and rising star Korneel Bernolet. International heavyweights such as Brodsky Quartet, Quatuor Voce and Vyacheslav Gryaznov join forces with some of Australia’s most charismatic artists: Kristian Winther, Andrew Goodwin, Natalie Peluso and many more.
But the majesty of Bach’s musical architecture also insires new and unexpected pathways. Enter the Ntaria Choir, ‘keepers of song’ from Hermannsburg, NT, and intrepid musicians like Dan Tepfer, sonic.art saxophone quartet and Trio SR9.
Bach is alive in Canberra. And so is the 2019 composers’ collective-in-residence: Jess Green, Bree van Reyk and Nick Wales. Along with Moya Henderson, Ella Macens, Chris Sainsbury and Michael Dooley, they compose new work for our 25th Anniversary.
Concert 22 - Canadian Eve Egoyan shows the way for the acoustic piano in the digital century.
Concert 20 - New York phenomenon Dan Tepfer takes up the challenge of Bach’s iconic variations and produces his own in real time.
Concert 18 -Rising star, Belgian harpsichordist Korneel Bernolet solo recital
Concert 17 - Andrew Schultz’s chamber opera based on Helen Garner’s novella, a gripping study of human and musical counterpoint.
Concert 16 - Back to school with three takes on the greatest music teacher of them all.
Concert 15 - ‘The team for the new century’ shines its light on Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Bartók.
Concert 14 - Two of the world’s great string quartets negotiate over Elgar and Franck.
Concert 13 - Local history meets outer space – a constellation of performances on Mt Stromlo.
Concert 12 - The living embodiment of the Russian piano tradition, Vyacheslav Gryaznov, in his Australian debut.
Concert 11 - The festival’s most intimate experience. Music up close and personal in the artists’ studios of Gorman House.
Concert 9 - A musical discovery walk from the rain forest gully to the red centre.
Concert 8 - Bach, Beethoven and Bruckner by ‘one of the best ensembles in the world’, French string quartet Quatuor Voce.
Concert 7 - Barbara Blackman Festival Blessing - The Ntaria Choir with William Barton and the Berlin-based sonic.art sax quartet.
Concert 5 - The seduction and nostalgia of South American song in Los Pitutos’ Australian debut.
Concert 3 - Let French marimba trio SR9 sweep you off your feet with elegant music from their new album Alors on danse?
Concert 2 - Fearless virtuoso Kristian Winther in a rare performance of Bach’s complete works for solo violin.