Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition
Witness the rise of ten of the world’s finest emerging ensembles as they compete at Melbourne’s prestigious International Chamber Music Competition.
The eighth competition since its inception in 1991, the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition will deliver a world-class cohort of national and international artists, as piano trios and string quartets perform to win recognition and acclaim on the world stage. Previous ensemble winners have included the Leningrad String Quartet (now the St. Petersburg String Quartet), the Gould Piano Trio, the Noga Quartet, the Aviv Quartet, Aaah the Atos Trio and the Kelemen Kvartett.
In the company of music expert Mary Jo Capps, attend the exhilarating semi-final and grand finals of this high-calibre competition. Between the recitals, spend a day exploring the vibrant city of Melbourne with its plethora of galleries, exhibitions and theatres.
Arrive in Melbourne and make your way to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.
Join Mary Jo and fellow travellers for an early evening welcome reception along Southbank’s promenade. Afterwards, head to Hamer Hall for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Masters Series concert featuring celebrated Australian conductor Simone Young, and acclaimed violinist Kolja Blacher performing Britten’s Violin Concerto and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6 on his 1730 Stradivari.
Today, depart for the Australian National Academy of Music for a full day of recitals as part of the semi-final round of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
Five string quartets and five piano trio ensemble finalists will each perform a complete work of either Beethoven or Schubert, showcasing their mastery of seminal works of the late Classical era.
In the morning, attend a panel discussion with Mary Jo Capps and leading artists of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the arts and spaces of Melbourne. If you wish, attend a special performance by the ensembles of the Competition in an unexpected setting not usually open to the public. We also suggest you visit the ‘Masterworks of MoMA’ exhibition currently on at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Spend a morning at leisure. Then, attend a pre-performance reception with Mary Jo and fellow travellers.
Following lunch, join chamber music connoisseurs at the Melbourne Recital Centre for the final round recitals of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Three piano trio ensembles will perform a selected complete work of choice, with one ensemble awarded the first prize award of $22,500.
In the evening, return to the Melbourne Recital Centre for the string quartet finals, where each of the three quartets will perform a complete work of the quartet’s choice, with the winning ensemble awarded $30,000. A final Grand Prize will be awarded to either the winning string quartet or piano trio which includes a 2019 performance tour of Australia and an additional $30,000. Following the presentations, celebrate the conclusion of the Competition at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition after-party at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your travel arrangements.
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21 May 2018
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Tour price includes
- Premium-reserve tickets to the semi-final and grand final performances of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, as well as a performance by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simone Young
- Briefings throughout by your tour leader, music expert Mary Jo Capps
- Accommodation at a centrally-located hotel with breakfast daily (B)
- Complimentary programme booklet, access to VIP lounge during the Competition, and interval drinks at the Australian National Academy of Music and the Melbourne Recital Centre
- Return coach transfers to the Australian National Academy of Music. All other venues are within walking distance from the hotel.
- Meals as per itinerary (R = Reception, D = Dinner); including wines with meals
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
- Tips and gratuities
Tour price does not include
- Flights to/from Melbourne (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
- Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
- Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
- Travel insurance (recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank ****
The Travelodge Southbank offers 275 comfortable rooms, all with a kitchenette. A full buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s dining room each morning. Laundry and dry-cleaning services are available and reception is open 24/7. The hotel is situated close to restaurants, cafés and bars (chargeback facilities available with some restaurants) and is a 7-minute walk from the Arts Centre Melbourne.
NB: Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.
Established in 1991 and staged every four years, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition is one of the world’s greatest chamber music launching pads, providing a place for young emerging international ensembles to find recognition and career development opportunities. The 2018 Competition will mark a turning point in the competition’s history with its delivery for the first time by Australia’s leading chamber music organisation Musica Viva, in partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian National Academy of Music. First, second and third prizes, and a Grand Prize, will be awarded to the finalists of the string quartets and piano trio ensembles, with a total prize pool of over $150,000. Judges for the competition include cellist Kyril Zlotnikov of the Jerusalem Quartet, violinist Simin Ganatra of the Pacifica Quartet, former violinist of the Alban Berg Quartet Gerhard Schultz, and eminent Australian pianist and composer Ian Munro.
2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition ensembles
Amatis Piano Trio – Netherlands/Germany/UK
Bukolika Piano Trio – Poland
Clarendon Trio – Australia
Merz Trio – Australia/UK
Mosa Trio – Netherlands/Belgium
Trio Gaon – Germany/South Korea
Trio Marvin – Russia/Kazakhstan/Germany
Trio Sõra – France/Latvia
Barbaro Quartet – Australia
Baum Quartett – South Korea
Callisto Quartet – USA
Eliot Quartett – Austria/Russia/Germany
Goldmund Quartet – Germany
Idomeneo Quartet – Belgium/Hungary/Spain
Quatour Agate – France
Thaleia Quartet – Japan