AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL OF CHAMBER MUSIC
The Wimbledon International Music Festival is delighted to have formed a partnership with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the largest and most significant festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Its Artistic Director is the distinguished pianist Piers Lane.
Australian pianist Piers Lane
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) presented its first season in Townsville in July 1991, initiated through the vision and commitment of the former Vice Chancellor of James Cook University, Professor Ray Golding and the Festival's previous Artistic Director, Theodore Kuchar.
Held annually in July and August, the Festival was established to enhance the cultural environment of North Queensland by presenting internationally acclaimed classical musicians to audiences from Townsville, around Australia and overseas. The natural beauty of Townsville and the North Queensland region in winter, along with its friendly people, wonderfully temperate weather and tropical ambience provides a unique backdrop for the Festival's concerts and events.
Celebrating its 25th year in 2015, the AFCM has developed an international reputation for its distinguished artists and innovative programming across a range of chamber music styles.
The Festival is held over 10 days with approximately 25 to 30 chamber musicians appearing in over 25 concerts in a variety of venues around Townsville.
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is a happy meeting place for North Queensland locals as well as Australian and overseas visitors who enjoy the opportunity to hear and meet international musicians in a wonderfully inviting and unsurpassed tropical winter setting.
MARTINŮ FESTTAGE, SWITZERLAND
"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."
Robert KolinskyBasel’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…
Festival Director Swiss pianist Robert Kolinsky (b.1970) studied in Basel and Prague with Laszlo Gyimesi, Peter Efler, and Jan Panenk (Suk Trio) and continued studies with Gyorgy Kurtag and Witold Lutoslawski.
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.
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SITKA SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
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.
The festival runs for a month taking place from early June into the first week of July with three groupings of musicians. Each group of musicians performs three concerts before a new group arrives to perform the next three concerts. After almost 40 years, Paul Rosenthal handed the baton of musical director to internationally acclaimed cellist, Zuill Bailey.
ZUILL BAILEY Zuill is our partner Artistic Director of both El Paso and Sitka
Zuill Bailey is widely considered one of the premier 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.
Zuill Baileysee artist in residence page.
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