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.

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.