FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
2019 HUNTINGTON ESTATE MUSIC FESTIVAL
We've assembled a sparkling roster of artists for the thirtieth Huntington Festival, featuring international stars such as the stunning Ukrainian-Australian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, the brilliant French harpist Isabelle Moretti, and outstanding Ukranian viola virtuoso Maxim Rysanov.
Possibly the most admired singer ever to appear at Huntington, tenor Andrew Goodwin, marks his third visit to Mudgee with another sumptuous selection of familiar lieder and uncommon vocal works.
We also welcome the winners of the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the multi-national Trio Marvin, winding up the Australian Concert Tour component of their grand prize from the competition. We welcome back the ever popular Goldner String Quartet, but are also lucky enough to feature the masterful Australian String Quartet for the first time in many years.
Australia's favourite wind quintet, Arcadia Winds from Melbourne make their Huntington debut, and I'm delighted to welcome back two wonderful pianists - Ian Munro and Aura Go.
As always these 22 musicians will ring the changes on every conceivable combination, taking us on an exhilarating journey through 250 years of music old, new, well known and never heard before. There are no world premieres this year, but instead a healthy collection of "second" performances. The thrilling String Octet by young Adelaide composer Jakub Jankowski that so amazed audiences of the Musica Viva Festival in 2017 gets its second airing. My own sixth string quartet, Child's Play, will receive its first Australian performance since its premiere concert tour in 2017, and Ian Whitney's Five Scenes for wind quintet can be heard for the first time since the Arcadias premiered it in 2018.
Phenomenal artists playing wondrous music. It must be Huntington.
Carl Vine AO
Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival
Opening Weekend Artists are marked with an asterisk*
Aura Go *
'Alexander Gavrylyuk is, easily, the most compelling pianist of his generation.' LIMELIGHT AUSTRALIA
A stunningly virtuosic pianist, Alexander has received international critical acclaim for his electrifying and poetic performances. Gavrylyuk has appeared at many of the world’s foremost festivals, including the Hollywood Bowl, Bravo! Vail Colorado, Mostly Mozart, the Ruhr Festival, the Kissinger Sommer International Music Festival, the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, as well as the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony, his debut performance making it onto the BBC Proms 2017 "Editor's Top 10 Picks" list.
'Rysanov is a prince among viola players' GRAMOPHONE
Award-winning Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the worldʼs most vibrant and charismatic musicians. As a violist, he is principally known as a frequent guest of the crème of the international music scene, such as BBC Last Night of the Proms and the festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg and Verbier.
‘Moretti’s harp in turn seduces, captivates, invents and provokes.' CULTUREBOX
Laureate of international competitions in Geneva, Munich, and Israel where she obtained the highest award in 1988, Isabelle has been invited to perform worldwide at the most prestigious venues and festivals, such as the Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall in London, Soka International Festival in Japan, the Auditorium du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Maison de Radio-France, Salle Gaveau, la Folle Journée de Nantes and the Evian International Music Festival where she played a ragtime with Mstislav Rostropovitch.
‘One of those performances that lives in the memory for days, the delivery clarion-clear with unshakeable reliability’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Returning to Huntington for his third appearance, Andrew Goodwin has appeared with orchestras and opera companies in Europe, the UK, Asia and Australia, including the Bolshoi Opera, Gran Theatre Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, La Scala Milan and Opera Australia.
‘ASQ is a polished product — from the quality of its musicianship to the matched sound of its 18th century Guadagnini instruments, everything fits the bill.' THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for national and international audiences. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian flavour, their purpose is to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet music.
‘A group worth watching for their dedication, insights, and a performance bravado that catches your breath.’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Winners of the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Berlin-based piano trio was founded in 2016 in Leipzig by pianist Vita Kan, cellist Marius Urba and violinist Marina Grauman. Only a few months later, it was awarded first prize at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition 2017 in Berlin. This success formed a solid foundation for the young trio who have already cultivated an inimitable fusion in their short time together.
‘Captivating from the moment they took to the stage. Playing with great gusto and passion, these five uber talented musicians stole the hearts of everyone in the crowd.’ THE ADELAIDE REVIEW
Arcadia Winds are trailblazers for Australian wind music. Awarded a fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music upon their formation in late 2013, they became Musica Viva Australia’s inaugural FutureMakers musicians from 2015–17. They have brought their brand of energetic, joyful and spontaneous performance to festival stages in almost every state and territory in the country; concert halls across mainland China; and listeners around the world through broadcasts of the BBC Proms Australia chamber music series.
'A touchingly beautiful singing sound and a dazzling ability to elicit the multi-layered textures.' RONDO
Australian pianist Aura Go enjoys an active and multifaceted musical life, performing as a soloist, chamber musician, Lieder pianist and conductor. She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, at ANAM, and attained her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and is now a doctoral candidate at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Aura is one of Musica Viva’s 2018-19 FutureMakers and is making her second appearance at Huntington.
'Precisely remarkable…sublimely lovely' THE AUSTRALIAN
Regular guests at Huntington, the Goldner String Quartet has widespread and long-standing recognition for excellence, not only as Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet but as an ensemble of international significance, favourably compared with the best in the world. Officially launched in 1995, it still retains all four original members; an outstanding achievement, which is unique in the history of string quartets in Australia.
'Munro created a stunning array of tone colours…playing with plenty of character and emotion.' ADELAIDE NOW
Ian Munro has emerged over recent years as one of Australia's most distinguished and awarded musicians, with a career that has taken him to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. His award in 2003 of Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition for composers (Belgium) is a unique achievement for an Australian and follows on from multiple prizes in international piano competitions in Spain (Maria Canals), Italy (Busoni), Portugal (Vianna da Motta) and the UK, where his second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1987 established his international profile.
The West Australian
Program highlights for the Opening Weekend include:
SCHUMANN Piano Quartet in E-flat major
VINE String Quartet no 6
BRAHMS Piano Trio no 3 in C minor
FRANÇAIX Wind Quintet no 1
DEBUSSY Suite Bergamsque