International Classics – Steven Isserlis & Charles Owen

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Your only chance to see the cello sensation in recital.

Since his last show-stopping performance at Melbourne Recital Centre eight years ago, Steven Isserlis has continued his world domination as one of the most in-demand cellists globally, with audiences and reviewers alike praising the beauty and emotion he emits from either one of his two Stradavarius celli.

In this program of cello and piano masterworks, Isserlis, ‘the lyrical, expressive soloist’ (The Guardian U.K.) partners with Charles Owen for an intensely passionate display of artistry in what is the only opportunity to see the British cellist in recital during this Australian visit.

Filled with romantic and mid-twentieth century music, audiences can experience some of the greatest works in Isserlis’ canon, including Beethoven, Brahms, and Martinů’s respective second Sonatas.

Thanks to our partner

Program Partner: The Langham Melbourne

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About International Classics

In 2023, Melbourne Recital Centre’s flagship recital series Great Performers becomes International Classics.

As the Centre evolves, so too do our programs and offerings. While the acclaimed series may now be known by a new name, International Classics continues to showcase Australian and international artists of the highest calibre performing the greatest classical repertoire on the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage.

Intimate, moving and awe-inspiring, the International Classics concert experience offers audiences the opportunity to witness the compelling virtuosity of artists from across the globe as they perform a curated program of music in an award-winning venue specially designed for classical music to soar.

Whether you’re a seasoned concertgoer, or seeking your first classical concert experience, International Classics is your must-have ticket to experience classical music excellence.

‘In this series we showcase an outstanding lineup of musicians from around the world, who make the most intimate recital into epic memories. These are artists at the top of their game, delighting and inspiring audiences in great venues of the world. There’s no magic at work here – it’s simply incredible artists having a conversation with an audience, in Australia’s best recital venue.’ Marshall McGuire, Director of Programming

Artists & Program


Steven Isserlis cello
Charles Owen piano


Ludwig van Beethoven
Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2

Bohuslav Martinů
Sonata No.2 for Cello and Piano, H.286

Josef Suk
Ballade and Serenade, Op.3

Johannes Brahms
Cello Sonata No.2 in F, Op.99