Join music specialist Phillip Sametz for a unique weekend of sublime piano music by some of Australia’s leading musicians at the Out West Piano Fest near Bathurst.

At a Glance

  • Delight in a series of intimate piano concerts by renowned Australian pianists
  • Enjoy a unique country atmosphere at Blackdown Farm, Australian artist Tim Storrier’s former home
  • Enrich your experience with talks by your tour leader, music specialist Phillip Sametz
  • Indulge in gourmet food and wine showcasing the best of NSW’s Central West region

Enjoy three days of intimate concerts in a curated program crafted by Piano+ (formerly the Sydney International Piano Competition) and Musical Director Konstantin Shamray, in the beautiful surroundings of Blackdown Farm in country NSW. This year’s festival showcases eminent Australian pianists such as Lee Dionne, Vatche Jambazian and Grace Kim.

Between performances, benefit from private pre-performance talks with your tour leader, music specialist Phillip Sametz, and delight in a selection of gourmet food and wine carefully chosen to complement the festival’s theme.


25 – 28 October 2024 (4 days)

Tour leader

Phillip Sametz

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Konstantin Shamray
Russian Australian pianist Konstantin Shamray, known for his impeccable technique and commanding presence on the piano, thrives on the international stage alongside leading orchestras and concert organisers. His notable achievements include winning the First Prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2008, and clinching the First Prize at the Klavier Olympiade in Bad Kissingen, Germany, in 2011, along with the esteemed Luitpold Prize. With a prolific recording career encompassing labels like Naxos, ABC Classics and Fonoforum, Konstantin has graced stages worldwide, collaborating with renowned conductors and orchestras including the Russian National Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. Embracing chamber music fervently, he engages in partnerships with esteemed ensembles and artists, while also contributing to music education as a lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide.

Vatche Jambazian
Sydney-born pianist Vatche Jambazian, a Juilliard graduate, has performed globally since his debut in Armenia, earning accolades including the 2MBS Young Performer of the Year award. He’s played at renowned venues like Carnegie Hall and collaborated with notable musicians like David Greco. Despite the pandemic, he maintained an active performance schedule participating in digital concerts and holds key positions at The Piano Institute and Omega Ensemble while serving as an academic lecturer at the Australian Institute of Music.

Grace Kim
Grace Kim, a Winston Churchill Fellow, concert pianist and music educator, advocates for accessible live music. She has performed worldwide, receiving prizes like the Bellini International Piano Competition and Symphony Australia Young Performers Award. With two Master of Music degrees, she’s performed for dignitaries and directed concerts at prestigious venues. She’s active as a performer, teacher and advocate for music education, founding Sensory Concerts® for neurodivergent communities. Currently undertaking a PhD, she also teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and conducts research on music’s calming effects.

Lee Dionne
Praised by major publications, Lee Dionne leads an innovative career, performing in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall. In 2023, he co-founded Sydney’s Hayes Street Studio, promoting local talent alongside flautist Rosie Gallagher. Formerly part of Merz Trio, Lee earned recognition showcasing his creative flair and collaborative spirit. With global collaborations and recordings, Lee demonstrates his versatility while also contributing to music education through teaching roles.

Arrive in Sydney on suggested Qantas flights. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including pre-tour accommodation and a private transfer from the airport.

Meet tour leader Phillip Sametz and fellow travellers at a Sydney CBD hotel (venue to be confirmed) at 8:45am. Depart Sydney to Bathurst, stopping for a light lunch in the Blue Mountains.

Arrive in Bathurst and check in to the hotel. In the late afternoon, transfer to Blackdown Farm, the venue of the festival, and once home to the Australian artist Tim Storrier and a fine example of Australian heritage architecture. Enjoy a welcome dinner served al fresco in Blackdown Farm’s olive grove followed by the opening concert of the Out West Piano Fest entitled Night Music, featuring a diverse range of nocturnal moods from the fantastical to the atmospheric, with a blend of romanticism and impressionism.

Felix Mendelssohn – Overture from A Misdummer Night’s Dream Op.21 (8 hands, 2 pianos)
Maurice Ravel Ondine from Gaspard de la nuit M.55
Modest Mussorgsky/Nikolay Artsybushev Night on Bald Mountain (4 hands)
Franz Liszt – from Études d’exécution transcendante S.139 No.11 Harmonies du soir
Komitas Nocturne
Frédéric Chopin – from Nocturnes Op.37 No.2 in G major
Nikolay Medtner – Piano Sonata Op.25 No.2 in E minor Night Wind


After breakfast, join Phillip for a pre-performance talk, before departing for Blackdown Farm for a morning concert entitled Bells Across Europe, representing a journey across Central Europe with its intricate melodies and complex harmonies.

Franz Liszt – from Années de pélerinage II S.161 No.1 Sposalizio
Olivier Messiaen – from Visions de l’amen (2 pianos) No.7 Ammen de la Conommation
George Enescu – from Suite No.3 for Piano Op.18
Maurice Ravel – from Sites auriculaires M.8/13 (2 pianos)
Richard Wagner/Karl Klindworth/Konstantin Shamray – Excerpts from Parsifal Act I WWV 111 (4 hands)
Maurice Ravel – from Miroirs M.43
Sergei Rachmaninoff – from Suite No.1 Op.5 (2 pianos)

After the concert, enjoy a long table lunch under the canopy of the farm’s magnificent crab-apple tree walk before attending an afternoon concert entitled En Plein Air, with pieces celebrating the elements and the outdoors.

Johann Sebastian BachCapriccio on the departure of a beloved brother BWV 992
Francis Poulenc Promenades FP24
Maurice RavelJeux d’eau M.30
Béla Bartók Out of Doors Sz.81
Robert Schumann Waldszenen Op.82
Sergey Prokofiev 3 Pieces for Piano Op.59
Claude Debussy L’isle Joyeuse

After the concert, return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.


After breakfast, join Phillip for a pre-performance talk, followed by a morning concert entitled Two by Four exploring the world of rhythm and dance.

Sergei ProkofievTrain (8 hands)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Ferruccio Busoni Duettino concertante BV B 88 (2 pianos, 4 hands)
Franz Schubert/Sergei Prokofiev Waltzes (2 pianos, 4 hands)
Antonín Dvořák – 4 Slavonic Dances Op.46 (2 pianos, 8 hands)
Igor Stravinsky/Achilleas Wastor The Firebird Suite (2 pianos, 4 hands)

After the concert, enjoy lunch before attending the final concert entitled Printemps, with a collection of pieces celebrating the essence of spring’s beauty.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky – from The Seasons Op.37a
Franz Liszt – from 12 Lieder von Franz Schubert S.558
Franz LisztFrühlingsnacht, Lied von Schumann S.568
Sergei Rachmaninoff/Earl Wild – from 12 Romances Op.14
Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring K015 (2 pianos)

Following the concert, return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.


Check out of the hotel and transfer to the Blue Mountains for a farewell lunch before continuing to Sydney where tour arrangements conclude upon arrival in the CBD (venue to be confirmed) around 4:30pm.

Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including airport transfers, travel insurance (strongly recommended) and additional nights’ accommodation either before or after the tour.



Per person, twin-share

AUD 4,650

Single supplement

AUD 350

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 1,000

Final payment due

26 August 2024

Room category upgrade available on request; please enquire with us.

Tour price includes

  • Three nights’ accommodation in a four-star hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Tickets for all performances of the Out West Piano Fest
  • Return coach transfers from Sydney to Bathurst
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine
  • Talks and discussions with your tour leader, Phillip Sametz
  • Gratuities for drivers and wait staff

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel porterage
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, room service, minibar, taxis etc.)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel
Bathurst – Mantra Bathurst****

 N.B. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.

More Details

Tour code: SB2411

Fitness level: Above Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions here.

Suggested airline: Qantas
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.

New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Australia.

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