A sneak peek into our 2018 season

In 2018, the Canberra International Music Festival promises another exhilarating season - 10 incredible days filled to the brim with events, forums, talks and no fewer than 23 concerts! You can expect a wealth of early music, from the great classic epics to a number of masterpieces of the baroque as well as classical music on period instruments.

This year’s featured composers include Bach, Handel, Schubert, Chopin and Stravinsky, alongside world premieres from 2018 composer-in-residence Mary Finsterer. The Festival shines a spotlight on young Australian talent with performances by the Orava Quartet and Bach Akademie Australia. Above all, 2018 will be a celebration: Leonard Bernstein’s one hundredth birthday and Debussy’s centenary with none other than pianist Roger Woodward taking centre stage. The full program will be released in mid-November, but read on for a preview of this year’s selected highlights.

Saturday 28 April | 11AM
Fitters’ Workshop

English-German duo Dapper’s Delight (pictured above) gained renown for their exuberant impromptu performances on the streets of Europe. In this Festival exclusive, these early music specialists present music from a time when English glee clubs morphed into music hall.

 Living Legend Roger Woodward

Living Legend Roger Woodward

Saturday 28 April | 3PM and
Tuesday 1 May | 6:30PM

Power and magic: living legend Roger Woodward returns to his old love for Chopin and Debussy. Over two much anticipated recitals he performs Chopin’s complete Etudes as well as Debussy’s most beguiling poetic tableaux.

 New York based violinist Tim Fain

New York based violinist Tim Fain

Saturday 28 April | 8PM
Fitters' Workshop

Max Richter’s re-invention of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is one the most remarkable and remarked upon musical statements of our time. Tim Fain, Philip Glass’ close collaborator shines on the violin with the Festival strings.  A new take on the passing of nature features the luscious sounds of the Seven Harp Ensemble directed by Alice Giles.

 Madeline Easton at the 2017 Festival. Photo by Peter Hislop

Madeline Easton at the 2017 Festival. Photo by Peter Hislop


Monday 30 April | 6:30PM
Fitters' Workshop


Flies, frogs, locusts, horses and riders, nothing stands in the way of Handel’s wondrous oratorio covering the Israelites’ return to their homeland. A Festival exclusive featuring Bach Akademie Australia.

Thursday 3 May | 6:00PM
Fitters' Workshop


With a reputation for passionate and engaging performances in Australia and abroad, Orava is one of the most exciting string quartets of its generation. Music by Haydn, Rachmaninov and Debussy.

Tickets for the 2018 Festival will go on sale 1 December, with a one week priority booking period for members. Sign up for our newsletter and make sure you are the first to hear all the news about our upcoming season!

The Festival reserves the right to vary any aspect of the program.