Steinway and Steinway-designed
Each year the Festival attracts around 25 chamber musicians from across the world to give concerts and teach
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
Townsville is the largest tropical city in
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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
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
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
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.