AFCM was established in 1991 to enhance the cultural environment of Townsville by presenting internationally acclaimed classical musicians to audiences from Townsville, around Australia and overseas.
Entering its 20th year, the AFCM has developed an international reputation for its distinguished artists and innovative programming across a range of chamber music styles. Besides the core chamber concert series, the AFCM has a number of other key components focusing on music, entertainment, education, community outreach and the environment.
The Festival is held over nine days with approximately 25 to 30 chamber musicians appearing in over 25 concerts presented in a variety of venues around Townsville. As part of the Festival's commitment to regional Queenslanders, concerts and performances are also held in surrounding centres with past concerts taking place at Charters Towers, Mount Isa, Karumba, Magnetic Island and Orpheus Island.
The natural beauty of Townsville and the North Queensland region in August along with its friendly people, wonderfully temperate weather and tropical ambience provides a unique backdrop for the Festival's concerts and events.
A great way to combine exceptional music with an exceptional holiday.
I am delighted to be able to extend our international partnerships to include the Martinu Festival in Switzerland. We share the same commitment to excellence, and as Director of the film ‘Music of Exile’ on the life and music of Bohuslav Martinu for the BBC, I share the same admiration for the music of this fine Czech composer, whose works I have featured in Wimbledon.
Basel’s oldest classical music festival, organised by pianist Robert Kolinsky since 1995, has been recognized as "among the smallest and finest of its kind. It remains true to its original idea to spread the works of Bohuslav Martinů, and to motivate internationally renowned artists to include it into their repertoires.
The annual events are limited to a few, but carefully selected evenings that relate Martinů’s music to works of other great composers. In addition to classical chamber and orchestral concerts the programme contains jazz, film evenings, ballet and contemporary dance. The family concerts, combining music and narration, are especially addressed to young visitors.
Thanks to their consistently high artistic level, MARTINŮ FESTTAGE have become an integral part of Basel's culture, and artists who have performed there include: conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy. Neeme Järvi, Gennady Rozhdestvensky; artists Janos Starker, Josef Suk, Heinz Holliger, Alison Balsom, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Hagen Quartet Camerata Bern…
Robert Kolinsky has performed under such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy and Gustavo Dudamel, and regularly gives solo recitals. His duo partners include Josef Suk, Peter-Lukas Graf, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Veronika Hagen, Alison Balsom, and Sasha Rozhdestvensky. He has performed svamber music with percussionist Peter Sadlo, oboist Heinz Holliger, and Kremarate Baltica under Gidon Kremer.
The Sitka Summer Festival began in 1972 as an informal musical reunion of the students of Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky from the University of Southern California rejoicing in playing music together in Sitka's beautiful beautiful surroundings. Their concerts were a success and the "reunion" became an annual festival, growing larger throughout the years. The associated Autumn and Winter Classics in Anchorage were founded in 1980 and have also continued successfully since.
Zuill Bailey is widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality have secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.s
A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey has been featured with the symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. He has collaborated with such conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, James DePriest and Stanislav Skrowaczewski and has been featured with musical luminaries Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, the Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker.
His international appearances include celebrated performances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in its 50th anniversary tour of Russia, as well as concerts in Australia, the Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Spain, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom. Festival appearances include Ravinia, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Manchester Cello Festival (UK), Consonances- St. Nazaire (France), Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Deia Music Festival- Mallorca (Spain), Santa Fe, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Bravo!Vail Valley, the Maverick Concert Series, and the Music Academy of the West.