2 AUG 2012: Two technicians from Theme & Variations Piano Services are preparing and tuning pianos for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (27 July – 4 August, Townsville). Over the past few years, Brian Wilson and Ara Vartoukian have been the tuners who travelled from Brisbane and Sydney to take care of the grand and upright pianos supplied by Theme & Variations Piano Services.
On the 2nd August, ABC North Queensland caught up with Ara Vartoukian as he was tuning for a concert at the Townsville Civic Theatre.
You can listen to the audio file here
The Festival brings together outstanding musicians from around the world and around Australia, musicians who won’t necessarily be performing elsewhere in Australia. They play beautiful music in comparatively small venues, in a tropical setting of blue skies and perfect temperatures. This combination of quality musicians and music in a laid back tropical atmosphere creates an intimate experience where you don’t just admire their skill from afar, but bump into them at events and around town.
Held annually in August, the Festival was designed to enhance Townsville’s cultural environment by presenting internationally acclaimed classical musicians to audiences from Townsville, around Australia and overseas. Celebrating its 22nd season this year, the Festival is now internationally recognised for the quality of its programming and performance as well as for its unique tropical winter setting.
The Artistic Director of the AFCM is pianist Piers Lane, AO.
For more information about the AFCM visit here
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