General Manager Position - Expressions of Interest

Australia’s most innovative art music Festival, the Canberra International Music Festival, is seeking to appoint a General Manager to run the day to day operations of our office and the management/administrative functions associated with presenting the Festival each year. The appointment is a permanent part-time position.

Enquiries can be directed in the first instance to Board Chair, Bev Clarke
Email:  or 0408 227 315.

Applications close COB Friday 6 July 2018.

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"A Musical Experience of the Highest Order": CIMF2018 in the Press

"A Musical Experience of the Highest Order": CIMF2018 in the Press

Our 2018 season enjoyed a wealth of media coverage, both from local media outlets and nationally. Here are just some of the highlights as featured in Limelight Magazine, Canberra Critics Circle, and City News, the latter who once again took on the ambitious project of reviewing the 2018 program in its entirety!

Woodward looked exhausted as he walked off, but graciously returned for two short encores. Sometimes music reviewers have the privilege of hearing something quite exceptional. This was one of those occasions.

Talk of the Town series returns in 2018

Our popular Talk of the Town series is back in 2018, with three intimate chats in the serene setting of Gorman Arts Centre, as well as a special masterclass at the ANU School of Music! Ask that burning musical question. Hear the story that drives exceptional artists to pursue a path less travelled. Listen to world-class musicians as they demonstrate their craft.

 CIMF 2016 - Talk of the Town - Forma Antiqva.


FRIDAY 27 April, 2:00pm | Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre
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Meet two major protagonists of the violin: New York based Tim Fain of Philip Glass fame and Cecilia Bernardini, Dutch-Italian specialist of baroque and classical violin. A discussion on versatility, virtual reality and the rewards and challenges of classical music in the digital age.

MONDAY 30 April, 4:00pm |
Larry Sitsky Room, ANU School of Music
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Be a fly on the wall at this Roger Woodward masterclass and gain a rare insight into the working methods of a master pianist. With young pianists Rachael Shipard and Aaron Chew.

String Quartet
TUESDAY 1 May, 2:00pm | Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre
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Two home grown Australian quartets: Orava Quartet reflecting on their first ten years share stories with the freshly-minted Pietra Quartet.

Dutch Treat
THURSDAY 3 May, 2:00pm | Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre
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Four international festival artists call Amsterdam home: celebrated fortepiano specialist Keiko Shichijo, flautist and composer Ned McGowan along with Adrian Brown and Susanna Borsch from Dapper’s Delight. All four have carved out a unique creative pathway in a very competitive environment.

Tickets for all three events just $10.00. Light refreshments and a short performance included in the ticket price for the three Gorman House events. For more information, contact or visit us online at

Antique harp makes its Australian debut at the 2018 Festival

Celebrated harp soloist Alice Giles AM has received her antique 18th century harp just in time for its Australian debut at the Canberra International Music Festival. The harp was made in Paris by Godefroi Holzman around 1785. Decorated with ebonised lacquer and guilt Chinoiserie and a painted soundboard after the style of Watteau, it has been lovingly restored to perfect playing condition by the London based antique harp expert Michael Parfett.

The acclaimed musician is delighted with the instrument restoration. “The harp sounds so beautiful I just want to sit and play it all day,” says Alice Giles. “It was a risk because I bought it at online auction in the UK with only Michael’s evaluation of it in an unrestored condition. It’s rare to find such an even sounding fullness of tone - it surpasses reproduction instruments in this way as you can hear the maturity of the centuries.

“Basically the whole harp had to be taken apart: woodworm holes filled, soundboard re-set and the mechanism repaired. It has all been brought back into great shape. I didn’t want it re-gilded though, because I want to cherish its venerable age as a working instrument, not as an antique.”

 Seven Harp Ensemble

Seven Harp Ensemble

String players are used to the idea of playing on an instrument with history, but it is a special feeling for a harpist. The ‘touch’ is completely different from a modern harp as the tension is much looser. The tone is quite different also - clear and bell-like.

“In general the French harps from this period have a very particular sound quality, which I just really love,” enthuses Giles.

The instrument is typical of a kind of renaissance of harp making in Paris. As well as becoming the instrument of choice for elegant and educated young women, many accomplished harpists were developing a new technique at the instrument, writing methods and performing solo works. It is worth noting that Mozart wrote his flute and harp concerto in Paris at exactly this time.

The harp will see its Australian debut in an interlude as part of Handel’s ‘Saul’ during Concert 1: Opening Gala on Friday 27 April, 7:30pm in the Fitters’ Workshop.

Alice Giles will also be appearing with the Seven Harp Ensemble (SHE) as part of Concert 4: Four Seasons on Saturday 28 April, 8:00pm in the Fitters’ Workshop.

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It's not just a Festival, it's an Experience!

"This autumn, you'd be hard pressed to find a more cultural experience than the Canberra International Music Festival: ten days of bliss for the eyes, the ears… and tastebuds.  The Festival has it all: from medieval bards to baroque excellence, from classic refinement to contemporary discoveries, interspersed with gallery visits, forums, discussions and culinary tastings. Indeed, the mix of international guests with something to say, Australians at the top of their game, eager young musicians and senior artists with a lifetime of experience creates a heady brew.

"Music making may be the centrepiece of the Festival but the experience is all encompassing. Come see for yourself between 27 April - 6 May, the 24th Canberra International Music Festival."

Roland Peelman, Artistic Director

Discovery and re-discovery make the Festival experience so wonderful. So why not treat yourself and take in more than just one event at CIMF2018? Here are some recommendations to get you started:

If you like Israel in Egypt, you'll love Il Ritorno

Ulysses Now
Wednesday, 2 May at 6:30pm
Fitters' Workshop

One of the great pillars of Italian opera, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno is a study in humanity and compassion. Featuring Chloe Lankshear, soprano; Kate Howden, mezzo-soprano; Tobias Cole, countertenor; Dan Walker, tenor; Andrew Fysh, bass - along with an all star cast of Festival artists.

If you like The Trout, you'll love Classsic Souvenir

Classic Souvenir
Sunday, 29 April at 6:30pm
Fitters' Workshop

Beethoven's Sonata op. 96 is characteristic of his late style: ineffable beauty and restrained exaltation. Performed by Cecilia Bernardini and Keiko Shichijo, two of Europe’s most respected performers on historic instruments of the early 19th century.

If you liked Antiqua Forma, you'll love I Bassifondi

I Bassifondi
Saturday, 5 May at 11am
Fitters' Workshop

Led by Roman lute/theorbo player Simone Vallerotonda, I Bassifondi – freely translated as “the wrong side of the tracks” – have recently shot to fame with irreverent and catchy versions of guitar music from the 16th and 17th century.

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