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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.

2019 Season

The 2019 Musica Viva International Concert season is a rich array of the world’s greatest treasures. From the eagerly anticipated return of The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and the Legendary American Emerson Quartet to the rising superstars from the Skride Piano Quartet - this season has something for every fine music lover!

2019 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.

Emerson String Quartet

Mon 9 September 7pm, Sat 7 September 2pm, 2019

Perhaps the most celebrated string quartet ever to emerge from the USA, the Emerson String Quartet is making its first Australian tour in over 19 years. Founded in 1976 and with only one personnel change in all that time, the ensemble has stacked up more than 30 recordings and countless awards.

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Sat 26 October 2pm, Mon 14 October 7pm, 2019

Early music has rarely sounded as chic or brilliant! Nevermind is rewriting the rule-book on period-instrument concerts with an engaging mix of virtuoso expertise and unpretentious charm. Delighting audiences in festivals and concert series across Europe and making their Australian debut with Musica Viva, Nevermind are dedicated to the universal appeal of good music.

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Skride Piano Quartet

Mon 4 November 7pm, Sat 9 November 2pm, 2019

A new classical supergroup of four leading European soloists, the Skride Piano Quartet is sweeping through the northern hemisphere like a breath of fresh air – and is now bringing its dazzling energy to Australia. Together these stunning virtuosi play with an exhilarating sense of joy, mutual respect and endless invention.

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2020 Season

Musica Viva celebrate their 75th anniversary with their 2020 International Concert Season! The exciting selection of local and international stars will feature world-class virtuosi including pianist Garrick Ohlsson, Baroque ensemble Les Talens Lyriques with soprano Siobhan Stagg, violinist Cho-Liang Lin with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, and a cappella group Chanticleer, plus many more.

2020 season subscriptions are available through Musica Viva's website. Single tickets will be on sale via City Recital Hall's Box Office and website from Tuesday 5 November 2019. 

Garrick Ohlsson

Sat 22 February 2pm, Mon 24 February 7pm, 2020

Garrick Ohlsson is a revered American pianist, a master of the intimate art of the solo recital. His commanding presence is at odds with the delicacy and finesse for which he’s famous. Join us to experience this legendary artist.

Goldner String Quartet and Piers Lane

Sat 4 April 2pm, Mon 20 April 7pm, 2020

Australia's most recognised and beloved pianist, Piers Lane, joins his dear friends the Goldner String Quartet in a national tour that marks the Quartet's 25 years of sustained musical brilliance. This quintessence of homegrown musical royalty plays works glowing with warmth and melody.

Cho-Liang Lin and Jon Kimura Parker

Mon 25 May 7pm, Sat 30 May 2pm, 2020

A meeting of true musical minds, Cho-Liang Lin and Jon Kimura Parker make a stellar duo. One of chamber music’s most illustrious partnerships can at last be heard by Australian audiences: touchingly expressive, technically spectacular, altogether unforgettable.


Sat 18 July 2pm, Mon 20 July 7pm, 2020

2020 will see Chanticleer’s very first Australian tour, after decades of international acclaim. This is unaccompanied singing of a rare and beautiful kind, as 12 male voices blend seamlessly in enchanting music that ranges across centuries and styles.

Goldmund Quartet

Sat 22 August 2pm, Mon 31 August 7pm, 2020

Germany’s youthful Goldmund Quartet began their career in stellar fashion, winning prizes at major events including the 2018 Wigmore Hall Competition and the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Old-school talent and musical dedication of the highest order underpin their performance style: a fresh, modern-day, more relaxed vibe.

Eggner Trio and Diana Doherty

Sat 26 September 2pm, Mon 12 October 7pm, 2020

The brothers of the Eggner Trio personify the history of chamber music - they grew up playing music together in their living room. Joined by renowned oboist Diana Doherty, these four engaging, dynamic personalities create a vividly memorable collaboration.

Les Talens Lyriques and Siobhan Stagg

Sat 7 November 2pm, Mon 16 November 7pm, 2020

To experience Christophe Rousset’s magnificent Baroque ensemble Les Talens Lyriques is to understand why French contains so many words like ‘élan’ and ‘panache’ – words which equally describe the stunning virtuosity of Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg, featured soloist in this program.

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