Australian Festival of Chamber Music 2018 Program Revealed

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) is making a glorious return this 2018, taking place over 10 days from Friday 27th July to Sunday 5th August in Townsville. With a program carefully curated by new Artistic Director, the highly distinguished UK pianist Kathryn Stott, the 28th AFCM will feature more than 25 concerts and 5 special events, including extraordinary concerts on the beach of Orpheus Island and on Magnetic Island, as well as collaborations, conversations and masterclasses performed by the world’s best chamber musicians in churches, theatres and gardens throughout the North Queensland city.

The program also includes six morning Concert Conversations, five Sunset Series events, seven Evening Series concerts and Winterschool masterclasses and performances. New to 2018 are the Cleveland Bay Supper Club Lounge Concert, the AFCM Up Late event titled ‘The World Comes to Flinders’, the Dovetailing Barber which is set to be a wonderful event at Mary Mackillop Church, and the AFCM After Party which will be held on Magnetic Island. Popular events include the Opening Night Concert titled ‘Lift Off!’, the Governor’s Gala on Saturday evening 28 July titled ‘Exotic Excursions’, the much-anticipated free Queens Garden Concert hosted by Mairi Nicholson as well as the Families Concert, the extraordinary concert experience on Orpheus Island and the Festival Farewell, which will celebrate 2018 with a concert called ‘Magical Connections’.


First Time Artists to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (*denotes also first time to Australia)

Alexander Sitkovetsky – Violin – Russia/UK
Caleb Wong – Cello – Melbourne (ANAM Cellist)
Eliza Sdraulig – Cello – Melbourne (ANAM Cellist)
Grace Clifford – Violin – Australia/USA (Philadelphia based)
Guy Johnston – Cello – UK/London
Istvan Vardai – Cello – Hungary/Berlin
Jessica Duchen – Director/Narrator – UK/London
*JP Jofre – Bandoneon – Argentina/New York
Julian Bliss – Clarinet – UK/London
Julian Yu – Composer in Residence – Melbourne
Karen Gomyo – Violin – Japan/Germany
*Katya Apekisheva – Piano – UK/London
*Lars Anders Tomter – Viola – Norway
Liam Meany – Cello- Melbourne (ANAM Cellist)
Mairi Nicolson – Host – Melbourne
*Pavel Fischer – Violin and Winterschool Director – Czech Republic
Siobhan Stagg – Soprano – Australia/Germany
*Tine Thing Helseth – Trumpet – Norway
Tobias Breider – Viola – Sydney
Vicky Zhang – Cello – Melbourne (ANAM Cellist)
*Wu Tong – Sheng – China

Returning Artists:

Anne Milanovic – Conductor/Choir Master – Germany/Australia
Bronia Renison – Accordionist – Townsville
Claire Edwardes – Percussion – Sydney
Daniel de Borah – Piano – Brisbane
Dene Olding – Violin – Sydney
Dimity Hall – Violin – Sydney
Howard Penny – Cello – Melbourne
Ian Brunskill – Percussion – Townsville
Irina Morozova – Viola – Sydney
Julian Smiles – Cello – Sydney
Karin Schaupp – Classical Guitar – Brisbane
Kathryn Stott – Artistic Director and Piano – UK/Manchester
Kees Boersma – Bass – Sydney
Paul Wright – Violin – Perth
Prudence Davis – Flute – Melbourne
Roderick Williams – Baritone – UK/Birmingham
Timothy Young – Piano – Melbourne
Wendy Yuan – Page Turner Winterschool – Adelaide
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Grab your tickets now and experience Australian Festival of Chamber Music‘s famed brand of musicality, wintersun, artist accessibility and warm, friendly atmosphere.

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