Steinway at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Steinway and Steinway-designed Boston and Essex pianos are again being used exclusively at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music – an international chamber music festival held over nine days each Winter (July / August) in Townsville, North Queensland.

Each year the Festival attracts around 25 chamber musicians from across the world to give concerts and teach Australia‘s emerging artists through the Winterschool program.   

In 2009, Steinway Artists Piers Lane (Artistic Director of the Festival), Kathryn Stott and Ian Munro will be joined by musicians as diverse as Zuill Bailey, William Barton, Kees Boersma, Paul Dean, the Goldner String Quartet and Jack Liebeck.  The Southern Cross Soloists and the Camerata of St John’s from Brisbane will perform and the  audience can spend an afternoon with the Olding family in honour of the 80th birthday of Queensland‘s veteran pianist Max Olding. There will be a world premiere of a work by the composer in residence – and broadcaster – Andrew Ford – called The Past, which juxtaposes the poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal with telling entries from Captain Cook’s journals.  

Townsville is the largest tropical city in Australia, with a sophisticated tourism infrastructure. Visit the city’s historic buildings, indigenous and contemporary art galleries, museum, wildlife sanctuary and tropical botanic gardens. Swim at the sensational city beaches between concerts. The restaurants and bars which run along the Strand beachfront promenade have sweeping views of Cleveland Bay whilst Palmer Street provides a hub of restaurants.  Townsville is an excellent base for exploring tropical North Queensland, including the World Heritage Listed reef and rainforest. The North Queensland region centres on the cities of Townsville and Thuringowa, and extends north to Mission Beach, south to the Burdekin, west to Charters Towers and includes the islands of Magnetic, Dunk, Hinchinbrook, Orpheus and Bedarra.  

For more information about the Festival visit  

Since inception in July 1991, the Festival has developed an international reputation for its distinguished artists and innovative programming across a range of chamber music styles.  

Emerging artist development is at the centre of the Festival and every year up to 20 music students attend the Winterschool during the Festival to participate in masterclasses with festival artists and perform concerts within the program. 

Prior to the Festival, an ensemble tours to regional and remote mining communities in northern Queensland for the Xstrata MacAir Outback Tour. 

For the past four years, the Festival has worked in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Reef & Rainforest Research Centre based in Townsville, presenting ReefTalks, a series of lectures by international scientists, addressing current issues affecting the Reef, climate change and other enviornmental issues.  

The Chefs in the North Dinner is one of the Festival’s most exclusive events, showcasing five chefs from Australia and New Zealand, combined with five of Townsville’s best chefs. Held on the grassy lawns of Jupiters Townsville, under a spectacular marquee, the evening features a six course degustation menu, a selection of award winning wines and entertainment by some of the Festival’s world class artists.

Concerts from the Festival are broadcast nationally on the ABC Classic FM network. 

Theme & Variations are GOLD PARTNERS of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. 

“A warm winter sun, sea, classical music performed by some of the world’s best musicians, good restaurants and the Great Barrier Reef across the water have been attracting southerners to the 10 day Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville for 15 years.” Sydney Morning Herald

Link to a Courier Mail article 3rd April 2009


Above: Artistic Director, Dr Piers Lane, plays a Boston GP215, with Carl Vine conducting the Barrier Reef Orchestra at the 2008 Australian Festival of Chamber Music.  The Boston featured at various events held at the Riverway venue.



Above: Jack Liebeck from the UK being interviewed during the Concert Conversations in 2008.  A new Steinway Model B was the instrument for all Concert Conversations performances.  In 2009, these events will be held at Jupiters Townsville Ballroom.

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