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2012 Festival

The 23rd Huntington Estate Music Festival took place on 21-25 November 2012, and was a classic vintage, bringing together a stellar collection of 34 brilliant artists from all over the world,

in unique and brilliant combinations. But don't just take our word for it: "world-class chamber music festival" Limelight Magazine, January 2013 "if you believe in heaven it might just look a little like Huntington" ABC Classic FM, November 2012

And view some photos of 2012 by Amber Hooper.

One of the world’s great violinists, Anthony Marwood “he’s a magic name in the business” (The Independent, UK); “superb…astounding” (The Boston Globe); “beautifully intelligent…compelling” (Sydney Morning Herald) graced the stage with unique repertoire - in a concerto, in sonatas and leading the Chamber Orchestra comprising the finest string players of ANAM, Australia’s musical ‘finishing school’, whose ranks were swelled by renowned cellist (and ANAM tutor) Howard Penny.

Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madžar “daring, tactile, sinewy…playing of this quality, without ego or indulgence remains rare…seek him out.” (The Guardian, UK)”, made his Huntington debut alongside some fabulous artists from New York: the acclaimed pianist and former Sydneysider Andrea Lam “melting lyricism, filigree touch and spirited eloquence” (The Australian) “…real talent” (Wall Street Journal)”, and the extraordinary and energetic Grammy Nominees Enso Quartet “…filled the Coolidge Auditorium with glorious sonorities, whatever they were playing.” (The Washington Post).

From closer to home, Jose Carreras' favourite mezzo-soprano, Perth-based Fiona Campbell "a strong, brilliant and stunning sound"(Sydney Morning Herald), "richly coloured and beautifully shaped..." (The Australian) provided our vocal component for 2012.

In a year featuring many first-time and overseas visitors to Huntington, Ian Munro made a welcome return; and the exciting new line-up of the Australian String Quartet made its first collective Festival appearance. The brilliant 20-year-old Armenian Clarinetist, Narek Arutyunian "...passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess, beguiling sensitivity and an energetic stage presence" (The Washington Post) completed the wonderful line-up for 2012. Winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists Award (previous winners include Ray Chen and the Tokyo String Quartet) amongst a fistful of other prizes, Narek joined us direct from New York.