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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.

2021 Season

Join Musica Viva as they return to live music with an unmissable 2021 concert season, the first programmed by Artistic Director Paul Kildea. Enjoy a season celebrating musical ingenuity, creative collaborations and daring repertoire with Australia’s finest musicians.

2021 season subscriptions are available through Musica Viva's website. Single tickets are now on sale via City Recital Hall's Box Office and website. 


Diana Doherty & Streeton Trio

Sat 6 March 2pm, Mon 8 March 7pm, 2021

Oboist Diana Doherty is acclaimed worldwide for her mastery of this challenging, beautiful instrument. Her friends, the award-winning Streeton Trio, share her delightful, eyes-alight style of performance in this ravishing program of masterworks and rarities for piano trio and oboe quartet.

Konstantin Shamray & ANAM Orchestra

Sat 1 May 2pm, Mon 10 May 7pm, 2021

The Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra’s wonderful strings, led by the dynamic Sophie Rowell, collaborate with brilliant pianist Konstantin Shamray for this beautiful and emotionally intense program: a new arrangement of Mahler’s Piano Quartet; a heartfelt work by Mihkel Kerem; Schnittke’s serious, deeply moving Concerto, and Tchaikovsky’s sunny Serenade.

Nicolas Fleury, Emily Sun & Amir Farid

Sat 19 June 2pm, Mon 21 June 7pm, 2021

Two legendary works for French horn and one thoroughly engaging new violin sonata are brought to life by three wonderful musicians. With exceptional individual artistic voices, yet alike in their sensitive virtuosity, Nicolas Fleury, Emily Sun and Amir Farid together create the true magic of chamber music. 

Genevieve Lacey & Marshall McGuire

Sat 17 July 2pm, Mon 19 July 7pm, 2021

Bower was conceived by phenomenal musician Genevieve Lacey as a recording project for herself and renowned harpist Marshall McGuire and is reimagined here for live audiences. She describes Bower as ‘a nest, woven with memories, heart, hope. Musical treasures found, borrowed and made, lovingly fashioned into a sanctuary.’

Ensemble Q

Sat 14 August 2pm, Mon 23 August 7pm, 2021

Ensemble Q is a sharp-shooting group of celebrated soloists, brought together out of the desire to create a collection of ‘exceptional players and wonderful people’. Their program is a snapshot of virtuosic wind writing, with the contrasting warmth of solo cello.

Goldner String Quartet & Piers Lane

Mon 27 September 7pm, Sat 9 October 2pm, 2021

These are concerts of masterpieces, glowing with warmth and melody, performed by masterly artists the equal of any in the world. Beloved pianist Piers Lane joins his dear friends the Goldner String Quartet to celebrate the Quartet’s quarter-century of sustained musical brilliance. 

Chopin's Piano with Aura Go

Mon 15 November 7pm, Sat 20 November 2pm, 2021

Drawing on an inspiring cast of real-life historical characters set amongst a complete performance of the Preludes, and other works, this dramatic mix of words and music is adapted from Paul Kildea’s book Chopin’s Piano – and underlines the sheer originality and enduring power of this most adored composer. 


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