Musica Viva

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: CARL VINE AO

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.

2018 SEASON

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.

2017 SEASON

Musica Viva’s 2017 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. 

EIGHTH BLACKBIRD

Sat 25 Feb 2pm, Mon 27 Feb 7pm

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird, an ensemble that revels in the work of living composers. This tour sees them delve into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.

ANGELA HEWITT

Mon 8 May 7pm, Sat 27 May 2pm

Everything about acclaimed pianist, Angela Hewitt’s playing serves to highlight the innate beauty in each piece. Across two programs, Angela brings her emotional openness and faultless technique to masterworks by Bach, Beethoven, Chabrier, Ravel and Scarlatti.

PACIFICA QUARTET

Sat 24 Jun 2pm, Mon 26 Jun 7pm

Exhilarating, exuberant, virtuosic: the Pacifica Quartet has won hearts around the world for its passionate performances. Such intensity throws a brilliant light onto quartets by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Shostakovich, as well as Nigel Westlake’s second quartet.

SITKOVETSKY TRIO

Sat 15 Jul 2pm, Mon 24 Jul 7pm

Three virtuosi with countless solo prizes and achievements to their names: together, the music-making of the Sitkovetsky Trio is little short of miraculous. Their 2017 program progresses from darkness to light, in trios by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Lachlan Skipworth.

TAKÁCS QUARTET

Sat 19 Aug 2pm, Mon 28 Aug 7pm

The secret behind the love affair between this renowned ensemble and its Australian public is both the simplest and hardest thing about chamber music: the interplay between different creative personalities. The Quartet performs works by Haydn, Beethoven, Dvořák and a world premiere by Carl Vine.

NICOLAS ALTSTAEDT & ALEKSANDAR MADZAR

Mon 11 Sep 7pm, Sat 16 Sep 2pm

Two brilliant adventurers set out across an enthralling musical landscape when Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar step onto the stage. The programs offer a delicious survey of romantic and modern cello sonatas from Debussy, Britten, Shostakovich and more. 

ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT & RACHEL PODGER

Sat 11 Nov 2pm, Mon 13 Nov 7pm

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment makes its first, widely anticipated tour of Australia. Led by acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger and played on original instruments, enjoy symphonies by Haydn and JC Bach, as well as two violin concertos by Mozart.