Musica Viva


Founded in 1945, Musica Viva is Australia's oldest independent professional performing arts organisation. Musica Viva stands for the transformative power of live music and for the unique creative force that is unleashed through a life-long engagement with music. Musica Viva’s International Concert Season is a season of seven national tours featuring the world’s best international chamber musicians, presented in Australia’s major cities: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and in Sydney at City Recital Hall.


The 2018 Musica Viva International Concert season glitters with dazzling talent and unexpected gems, including leading virtuoso violinist Ray Chen, electrifying mandolin wizard Avi Avital joining the Giocoso String Quartet, and superstars of the Baroque, Tafelmusik. 

2018 season subscriptions are available through their website and single tickets are on sale via City Recital Hall's Box Office and website. Click here to view all Musica Viva concerts currently on sale via our website and Box Office. 

Sabine Meyer & Alliage Quintett

Mon 26 Feb 7pm, Sat 10 Mar 2pm

Fantasia: a journey through musical fairytales, in a unique combination of legendary clarinettist Sabine Meyer and the brilliant piano and saxophones of the Alliage Quintett.

Experience the collaboration between legendary clarinettist Sabine Meyer with the Alliage Quintett, a unique ensemble of four saxophones and a grand piano.  Both opulent and intimate in its appeal, this unexpected combination offers a magical program of Fantasia.

Avi Avital & Giocoso String Quartet

Sat 7 Apr 2pm, Mon 9 Apr 7pm

A mandolin superstar and an award-winning quartet bring you a fascinating, eclectic program of music for the heart and mind.

A solo superstar, an award-winning quartet, and music for the heart and the mind: the bright yet intimate sounds of Avi Avital’s mandolin are a perfect foil for the warm strings of the Giocoso Quartet.

Tafelmusik: Bach and His World

Sat 2 Jun 2pm, Mon 4 Jun 7pm

A miraculous blend of sights, sounds and brilliant ensemble playing, ‘Bach and His World’ takes the audience behind the scenes in the life of this great composer.

Step back into the age of JS Bach and experience this music as it was created. This latest show by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra utilises 21st-century technology and expert research to create an enthralling blend of sight and sounds.

Joyce Yang

Sat 14 Jul 2pm, Mon 23 Jul 7pm

Leading light of the next generation of piano stars, Joyce Yang plays music pianists love to play, and piano lovers love to hear.

Joyce Yang is one of the leading pianists in the newest generation of virtuosi. Presenting a program of music that pianists love to play, and piano lovers love to hear, Joyce demonstrates her technical brilliance and flair.

Ray Chen with Julien Quentin

Sat 18 Aug 2pm, Mon 27 Aug 7pm

A Ray Chen recital is a thoroughly entertaining celebration of the violin, from heartfelt artistry to jaw-dropping virtuosity.

Experience a terrific celebration of the violin in all its moods with Ray Chen. Appearances with great orchestras worldwide have carved his niche as a heart-stopping virtuoso and Ray’s return to Australia promises the same.

Borodin Quartet

Mon 1 Oct 7pm, Sat 6 Oct 2pm

Experience living tradition with this legendary Russian quartet as they cement their place as the undisputed interpreters of Shostakovich.

The Borodin Quartet is an extraordinary living tradition. Recently celebrating their 70th anniversary, enjoy a rare opportunity to honour the past with a concert that highlights masterworks from both the Classical and Romantic periods.

Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

Sat 10 Nov 2pm, Mon 12 Nov 7pm

Exemplary talent combines as this chamber music A-team make their Southern Hemisphere debut.

Chamber music A-team Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk come together as three stellar soloists to form a beautiful piano trio light up the stage with two of the great masterworks of the trio repertoire by Brahms and Ravel.


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